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600W RMS 13.5" W3v3 Series Single 4-Ohm Subwoofer Driver

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JL Audio W3v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
JL Audio W3v3 Series Subwoofer Driver

Easily the best selling subwoofer driver, next to the W6v3, the JL Audio W3v3 provides phenomenal performance at moderate power levels with superb sound quality. The W3 series is in its 3rd iteration, embodying the series' pursuit for providing outstanding output and world-class sound quality. This is accomplished by utilizing a whole suite of advanced technologies originally developed for JL Audio's flagship W7. An Elevated Frame Cooling design helps in delivering enhanced power handling and sound quality. The DMA-optimized, long linear excursion capability minimizes distortion and increases output, while multiple patented technologies enhance performance and reliability. Such advances make the v3s the best sounding, most reliable W3s yet.

Although the W3v3 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 150 Watts, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 400 - 600 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio XD1000/1v2 or JL Audio JX1000/1D. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosure, needing only 1.50 cubic feet of air space in a sealed box and 2.25 cubic feet in a ported/vented enclosure. (Specific dimensions and figures can be found in the user manual, linked further below.)

Like many other high quality JL Audio products, all W3v3 subwoofers are built in JL Audio's Miramar, Florida factory, with extreme precision and top-notch build quality. Its this attention to detail that delivers the JL Audio quality and performance we have all become accustomed to.

JL Audio Patented Cooling Technology

JL Audio Patented Cooling Technology

JL Audio's patented Elevated Frame Cooling design delivers cool air into the heart of the subwoofer in ways no other manufacture's driver can. Purpose-engineered slots located directly above the top-plate stream air to the voice coil. In addition, the upper surface of the top-plate is directly exposed to this air flow, whereas on a conventional design it is isolated from this flow by the lower flange of the frame. This technology not only increases thermal power handling, but also sound quality by minimizing dynamic parameter shifts and power compression. In plain English, this driver keeps itself cool so you can play your system longer, safer and without having to worry about frying the motor.

Extraordinary Linearity and Control

Tight, Clean, Articulate Bass

DMA is JLAudios proprietary Dynamic Motor Analysis system and is aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W3v3 motors remain linear in motor force over an extreme range of excursion and also maintain a highly stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. This leads to vastly reduced distortion and faithfully reproduced transients... or put simply: tight, clean, articulate bass. Its main catalyst is the driver's Ultra-long Voice Coil, that allows extreme linear excursion, phenomenal power handling and control, control, control.



JL Audio 13W3v3 Recommended Power Range

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  • 13.5" W3v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 600 watts
  • Recommended Power Range: 150 - 600 watts
  • Impedance: Single 4-Ohm
  • Injection-molded, mineral-filled polypropylene cone
  • Nitrile butadiene rubber surround
  • Stamped steel basket
  • Customization trim ring
  • Floating-cone attach method
  • Highly linear, DMA-Optimized motor system
  • Insert molded suspension, coil and terminal sub-assembly
  • Patented vented reinforcement collar (VRC)
  • Elevated frame cooling design
  • Nickel plated brass spring terminals
  • Engineered lead-wire design and attachments
  • Black Steel-Mesh Grille Insert Available: JL Audio SGRU-13
  • Mounting depth: 7.63 "
  • Cutout dimensions: 12.5625 "
  • Free Air Resonance (Fs): 23.66 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 87.90 dB
  • Xmax: 15.5 mm
  • Reference Efficiency (no): 0.3700%
  • Frequency response: ~20 ~ 200 Hz
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  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Check out the JL Audio 13W3v3 Owner's Manual


JL Model Comparison
From entry level woofers to competition grade, JL has them all. Let us find which one works for you.

Model RMS Power Cone Material Surround Material Sensitivity (dB) Frequency Response Xmax (mm Terminals Made In America
W7 Series 500-1500 Watts Polypropylene Foam Overroll 82.7 - 86.3 15-250 Hz 19-32 Push Terminals
W6 Series 600 Watts Polypropylene Rubber 82.7 - 85.4 20-200 Hz 19 Push Terminals
W3 Series 150-600 Watts Polypropylene Rubber 80.5-87.90 20-250 Hz 8.89-15.5 Push Terminals
W1 Series 150-300 Watts Polypropylene Rubber 83.9-86.1 22-200 8-11 Push Terminals
W0 Series 300-500 Watts Polypropylene Foam 84-88.20 20-250 Hz 11.4-12.7 Push Terminals
WX Series 200 Watts Polypropylene Foam 86-87.17 22-250 Hz 10 Spade Terminals


Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
W3v3 (JL Audio)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
13.5"
RMS Power Handling
The RMS power is the amount of power the speaker requires to operate safely and properly. RMS Power Handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle on a continuous basis. We recommend powering your speakers or subwoofer with 80%-120% of its recommended RMS rating. The RMS power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
600 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Dual voice coil subs have more wiring flexibility than single voice coils subs; however, single voice coil subwoofers provide easier hookup options for wiring multiple subwoofers in parallel or series. You may also run a dual voice coil (DVC) sub in parallel, series, or combination. A quad voice coil has four voice coils and is equal to two dual voice coil subwoofers as far as wiring goes.
Single
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
The load value (in ohms) that the speakers present to the amplifier per voice coil - the amount of resistance to the current flow. This is a key specification as subs wired in parallel or low impedances can create problems with your amplifier and potentially void all warranties. We encourage you to ask our support department prior to purchase if you do not understand which impedance level will suit your application best.
4 ohms
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 200 Hz
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
87.90 dB
Xmax (millimeters)
Typically measured in millimeters, the Xmax value is the measure of a speaker cone's maximum excursion in one direction while maintaining a linear behavior.
15.5 mm
Subwoofer Design
This is the design of the subwoofer or the opening of the subwoofer enclosure. Each design has it's own benefits, whether it is a square, circle, or oval.

Round/Circle: This is the typical and common subwoofer design. They have a round cone and are a circle in design.

Square: These woofers are able to achieve a greater cone area in a smaller space. Because of the greater surface area, some square subwoofers will be louder than a round subwoofer of the same size.

Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
This is the color of the speaker's or subwoofer's cone.
Black
Woofer Composition
Lightweight woofer cone materials are essential for efficient operation. Poly cones produce exceptional sound and are sturdy against various changes in temperature. Paper cones are very efficient, and when treated for moisture resistance, will perform at a high level. Poly refers to polypropylene, which is thermoplastic or fibers that are polymers of propylene. IMPP refers to injection molded polypropylene, a commonly used process and material in speakers.
Mineral-Filled Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
A speakers surround is part of the suspension system. The surround protects the cone and prevents it from being displaced as it flexes out from the basket. It is usually made of a durable material like treated foam or rubber in order to withstand the strenuous job of producing bass frequencies.
Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR)
Subwoofer Grille
Most subwoofers are able to accommodate a universal grille; however, some subs include a grille and others have a specific, optional grille available for purchase separately. If "yes", then the subwoofer includes a grille. If "optional (sold separately)" the matching grille will need to be purchased in addition to the sub.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Re-Cone Kit Available
Some higher end subwoofers have replaceable cone assemblies. In case of a blown woofer, a recone kit allows for a simple replacement, as opposed to purchasing an entire new subwoofer.
No

Recommended Enclosure Specifications

Recommended Enclosure Type
This is the recommended type of enclosure that the subwoofer should be installed into. Some subwoofers are specially designed for particular enclosures.

Sealed: These enclosures completely enclose the air inside the box. These boxes produce a tight bass.

Ported/Vented: These enclosures have a slot of air to escape from the box. The result is a sound that has more "boom".

Bandpass: These are a combination of both sealed and ported enclosures. They can be very efficient, but require tuning for the best response.

Ported / Vented
Sealed
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.50 cubic feet
Optimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the ideal ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
2.25 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth
The depth when installed on top of the mounting surface. Measured from the bottom of the speaker's magnet to the bottom of the mounting holes on the rim of the speaker.
7.63"
Cutout Diameter
The actual diameter of the hole you will need to cut out if you are creating a new mounting location for this speaker, or if you are mounting a subwoofer in a box.
12.5625"
Shallow Mount Installation
This means that the subwoofer/speaker is designed to be installed in areas that do not have a lot of space. Shallow mount subwoofers are typically found under a seat or behind the seat in some trucks.

Shallow mount speakers will typically have a mounting depth of 2" or less, while shallow mount subwoofers will typically have a mounting depth of 3" or less.

No

Electromechanical Parameters

Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
The free-air resonance frequency of the subwoofer, measured in Hz. At this frequency the weight of the moving parts is perfectly balanced with the subwoofers suspension system.
23.66 Hz
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
This is the amount of air that has the same stiffness as the subwoofers suspension. The greater the rating, the lower the stiffness and larger recommended enclosure. It is measured in Liters.
135.74 liters
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including all dimensionless losses. Essentially, a high Qts value (closer to 1.0) means the subwoofer is great for sealed enclosures and a low Qts value (closer to 0) means the woofer is great in vented enclosures. A Qts of around 0.45 means the woofer will work decently in either enclosure type.
0.435
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
The subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including electrical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. The unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 10.
0.465
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
Amount of DC resistance of the subwoofer when measured with an ohm meter. Typically, this will read less than the impedance rating of the subwoofer.
3.569 ohms
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
This is the subwoofers relative damping (Q) at the resonance frequency (Fs), including mechanical losses. Also called the mechanical damping of the subwoofer. This unitless measurement usually varies from 0.5 10.
6.774

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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

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5.0
Value
4.6
Features
4.7
Design
4.7
Usability
4.9
Gilligan

Chippewa falls, wi

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Impressive..... Period

February 18, 2013

I've been in car audio / home theater for over 20 years, always have been a JL fan, this 13w3-4 I use in a ported box ( specsfrom JL website) I drive it with 500 watts rms in a home theater application... It hits hard similar to a 12" on steroids, and Carrys the boom of a 15" you cannot go wrong...it's tight and clean even in a ported application if the box is built right

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William

Aurora, IL

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Bangin'!

February 14, 2009

I have two of these powered by a alpine mrd-1005 1000/1 and they make my head hurt and the amp only pushes about 700 watts at 12 volts great speakers, kinda high priced, but I'm happy.

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Nate

Tampa, FL

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More than enough BOOM for your buck!

September 6, 2012

The JL Audio 13W3 is by far one of the best subs on the market. Installed a pair in a 1970 Chevelle and even with the entire car covered in Dynamat, the body flexes and sounds like someone is trying to get out of the trunk!! Between the power handling and bass producing capabilities of this sub, I would own no other besides the W7 of course!!

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jackson lake oogha club

covington ga

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jackson lake ooogah club

February 1, 2013

these subs are about the best you can get. i used to have the 10" 3v3 sub,and it sounds really good, but waunted something with more "deeper bass" . without upgrading the amp [250 rms clarion marine a/b] and this guy did the trick! i even went from ported on my 10"- to sealed on my 13.5[ due to space limations]....man these jl's are awsome at lower power levels, and yet they don't cost that much...not only was i able to replace my ported 10" with the 13.5" sealed, but with a slightly less "footprint" . yes some mid-high notes aren't quite as strong as the 10". but the balance is there,and sonic's price point is awsome... did i mention these guys are made in the USA!!!!! yes they are and they sound awsome.it's been the best investment for my boat, and i NEVER feel guilty about supporting american jobs!!!!!!!!!!! [the circle of commerse/industry]......... thank you sonic[again] for the best products at a realistic price...btw i have had systems in my rides since "1996" and know a bit about what it takes to "make your nose itch".... these guys will not let you down.

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Brian

Canada

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jl 13w3v3

September 29, 2010

outstanding sound and quality. this bad boy shakes 2 square blocks.

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William

Australia

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Excellent Sound Quality and Price

June 17, 2012

One of the best deals around. Sonic Electronix had the best pricing for 2 of these subwoofers.

The subwoofer overall is a great piece of equipment, the sound quality and clarity is awesome, and on my current tune produces some awesome low tones with some high SPL numbers.

Look the part as well in a smooth black finish with a subtle JL Audio symbol moulded into the subwoofer cone.

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mac

michigan

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Clear

January 16, 2010

these are loud for the price and they are clean and clear. JL has the clearest sound ive ever heard. Worth the money

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Joshua

Orlando, FL

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LOUD!

August 19, 2008

My buddy has 3 of these in a blow-threw setup inside of a Ford F-150 extended cab, and the box/subs are in the bed of the truck firing into the cab and you can hear the entire song coming out of the truck for about 3 miles away, I also know someone with 3 of these in a ported enclosure in the back of an Explorer and his is so loud that he caused a police laptop to shut off from the vibrations.
I would highly recommend this sub, but it only hits hard when given alot of air space, but it bottoms out on low notes as well, I would reccommend the w6 series jl subwoofers over these any day, but it still sounds like a jl product, which is sound quality

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Robert

Naples, FL

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Great Speakers JL does it again

July 10, 2008

The JL Audio 13w3v3 is a excellent speaker has tight responsive bass but drops as well. I have 2 13w3's powered by a Jl 500/1 and the speakers are underpowered ! these subs are Worth every penny in my book!

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DB

Madison, WI

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Amazing

February 23, 2010

Sorry for the guy up top these are actually equivalent to a 12 w6 so no get the 13.5 w3 because your getting it for a couple hundred dollars less.

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100% OFC wire with EnvyFlex metallic jacket insulates and protects against damage from extreme conditions.

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40 Square Feet of Sound Dampening Material

Thicker than the competition, complete sound damping kit for entire vehicle! Use for trunk, doors, roof and floor.

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Dynamat Sound Dampening Bulk Kit

Did you know sound dampening will reduce those annoying rattles and even increase your SPL?

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Stinger's Roadkill sound dampening series is sure to kill unwanted road noise and rattles! Enough sound dampening for the whole car!

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12 oz. Can of Adhesive Spray

Spray adhesive used for adhering carpet to subwoofer boxes without bubbles.

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40" x 15 Ft Piece of Premium Un-Backed Automotive Trim Carpet

Durable design for long life-span, available in many colors and shades.

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Gold Plated Dual Terminal Banana Plug Connector

Enables an expandable, secure connection accepting up to 8 gauge wire.

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2" Universal, Professional Heavy Duty Roller for Sound Damping/Dampening

Universal rubber roller to make it easy to install sound dampening.

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Xscorpion 9-Piece Nylon Plastic Pry and Chisel Tool Set

Easily removes dash/trims, door clips, panels and pins, rubber grommets and vehicle emblems.

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1mm All Purpose Solder

Solder is all purpose for use on most projects where solder is needed.

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JL Audio SGRU-13

Black Mesh Grille for Select JL Audio 13" Subwoofers

Your Price $25.95

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

13W3v3-4

UPC

699440921572

Weight

21.00lbs

Internal SKU

13w3v34

Internal Product ID

10287

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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