MCD007 - Not true.. Some of the best/highest sound stages I've heard are from kick panels, it's one of the best locations by far. You can't just throw some speakers in the kicks to get them to sound good you have to do a lot of testing to get them right. The first serious set I built for for my old car took me at least two weeks of testing to get them angled just perfect. There are also alot of tricks you can apply to get the stage high, wide and centered.