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JBL P1222

12" Dual 2 ohm Power Series Car Subwoofer

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  • 12" Dual 2 ohm Power Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1200 watts
    • RMS: 400 watts
  • Impedance: Dual 2 ohm
  • Kevlar paper cone woofer
  • Plus One cone technology features more cone area to deliver an audible increase in bass output and efficiency
  • Die-cast frame ensures that the structure stays centered for long-term reliability
  • Sensitivity: 97 dB
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
Power (JBL)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
Peak Power Handling
Peak power handling refers to the amount of power a speaker can handle during a brief musical burst. The RMS power range figure is a much more reliable rating for determining the speaker's power requirements. The Peak power handling specification is typically rated per speaker unless otherwise noted.
1200 watts
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.
400 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.
Dual
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.
2 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
3"
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).
23 - 450 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".
97 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.
14.00 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
Silver
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.
Reinforced Paper
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.
Rubber
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.
No
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

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.
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.
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.
5-7/8"
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.
11-1/16"
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.
28.60 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.
43.00 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.
0.55
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.
0.58
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.
1.00 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.
9.04
Efficiency Bandwidth Product (EBP)
This number represents the trade off between having an efficient woofer and one with a wide bandwidth. To calculate this number, take the Fs and divide it by the Qes. If the number is below 50, the woofer is designed for a sealed enclosure only. If it's between 50-100 it can be used in either. Lastly, if it's greater than 100 it's designed for vented enclosures.

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
80%
4 Star
13%
3 Star
7%
2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.9
Value
4.7
Features
4.7
Design
4.6
Usability
4.6
Daren

Pleasant Grove, UT

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Amazing Subwoofer!

December 12, 2011

I'm running this at 1 ohm in a sealed 1.2 cuft 1.5" thick MDF enclosure with cotton fiber lined interior walls. The output is incredible. My previous woofer was $10 poly cone Dual 12" in a ported enclosure. The JBL P1222 puts out so much more sound that i had to turn the gain and bass boost down to zero. The 97db sensitivity is for real. It's in my computer room and has no problem shaking the entire house. It's powered by an older US Amps XT1000D amp at 15 volts. I can only imagine what this powerhouse would do in a car. My P1222 plays with some 1980s JBL tower speakers that have 10" ported woofers. The P1222 by itself has so much more bass output than the two towers that i can hardly believe it. Together it sounds amazing for classic rock, rap, Starcraft 2, anything. Buy this sub, and buid a very strong box for it.

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Ybfresh_x3

Ocala FL

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AWESOME !

October 22, 2011

This item is beautiful looking and it sounds phenomenal!

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Grench

la

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P1222

September 15, 2011

I have one in my trunk of my car in a big ported box and it bumps hard. The best 12 i eva had thats 400 watts.

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Parker

Fargo, ND

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HOLY SH*T

August 26, 2011

I would strongly recommend this sub. I just bought one today; placed it into a 2.0 cu. ft. ported box and HOLY BASS! This woofer sounds great. The lows are extremely accurate and, did i mention LOW? I have it underpowered at approx. 250 rms. I've herd basically everything out there and for 200 dollars you CANNOT beat this. My 1 12 alone hits lower and harder then my 2010 Kicker Comp 15s (no joke) Enjoy!

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Roger

Melbourne, AR

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great sound

May 25, 2011

I have two of these subs in a custom ported box in a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. I have them running @ 2 ohms on a mtx jh2400 and they sound great. I have never heard subs hit this hard and sound this clean. They are a bit bulky for a 12 but if you have the room for them buy them. Great product!!

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matt

great falls,mt

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nice!!!!

April 2, 2011

I am running one of these in a 3.2 ft. box tuned to 30 hz powered by a 2400 watt volfenhag amp. The bottom line is the rated power for the sub is way underrated with phenominal output. just wish i could get two more!

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Taylor

Hoquiam, Wa

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pretty good!

December 27, 2010

got 2 of these babies hooked up to a sony X-plode 1200w amp and in 2 2 cu ft boxes tuned to 28 hertz. i love them, but my car doesnt (:

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son

Lacey, WA

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not as great as people say

September 7, 2010

I'm really rather disappointed with this. can't stand to listen to metal with it because every time they do like a double pedal bass drum it doesn't respond fast enough to discern separate hits of the drum. when it comes to rap its adequate, but it bottoms out at too high of a tone. my old rockford fosgate p3 hit much much lower. also the frame on this thing is way too big for a twelve i can't put it in a lot of boxes because the part you screw into the box hangs over the edges of the box. I've never had that problem with any other sub. so all in all i guess its ok but there's much better options for about the same price. probably gonna get rid of mine and get a jl w7 or something

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soloboy619

san diego

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this woofers hit

June 15, 2009

If i was you i will get this subwoofer just because its a 400 rms woofers most people think its weak i had a p3,hx2,pionner 1000 rms woofer those woofers died on me im feeding 1200 rms to 800 rms woofers and they take it like a champ if you live in the san diego area and want to check them out hit me up [email protected]

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Mark

lubbock, tx.

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very loud

April 5, 2009

This woofer is really loud and has a deep tone to it. I only have 200 watts going to it and it sounds great. It did seem to need a bit of a break-in period cause it sounds even better after several days of listening.

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greg

akron OH

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JL Who...OOPS I mean J.B.L.

March 12, 2009

Listen guys, I have 2 of these monsters, and let me tell ya. At 1st I had them in a medium sized sealed box, and it just seemed wrong to imprison them. I have yet to here 2 12in. subs drop-nuts as hard as these things do. I am running them parallel on all v.c.'s to a Concept HP 1000 amp. It's rated at 1000@ 1 ohm, but if you level match everything it'll run about 110 degrees F. all day. At a 0.5 ohms which is what my subs are asking for. You do the math!!!

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Jordan

Palos Verdes, CA

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Good sub

January 7, 2009

I contacted JBL and the comment in the previous review about this sub being 400W per coil. This is not true. The JBL P1222 has a total RMS of 400W. Hope this helped

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Mark

Leesburg, OH

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Bumpin, Thumpin, and Slammin.

December 18, 2008

I own 2 of these bad boys on a 2000w JBL monoblock and they POUND, I have them in an undersized sealed enclosure and they still hit just as hard or harder than anyone around, I would recommend these subs for anyone who wants to POUND HARD and have amazing sound quality, I have friends that have loud systems but they dont have the deep rumble that my system has. If you plan on buying these sub's note that they are 400w rms and 1600 peak PER COIL so thats 800w rms and 3200 peak per sub, I talked to a JBL employee to find that out, the only downfall for these subs is the mounting rim, it is 14-5/8" from side to side which makes it difficult to find a box thats the right size and fits the subs right, other than that little discrepancy these subs are amazing, and you can get them for a steal here at sonic. Expect nothing less than AWESOME from JBL.

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sam

Bakersfield, CA

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Beast!!!

July 3, 2008

Wow, this thing really sounds good!! I have one of these and a crunch 1500.1 mono amp. i can flex my roof like 2 inches!!! It handles all of the power easily, my box is tuned to about 28 hertz. I am very impressed with this subwoofer.

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Luke

Leesburg, Ohio

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helpful information

May 5, 2009

Hi Luke, Thank you for the inquiry. The P1222's would make a great match to the GTO14001. The amount of power that the amp will generate into the cumulative 2ohm load the two subs will create is a great match as each voicecoil in each sub can handle 400w RMS. This translates into a total power handling of 1600w RMS by both subs. I hope this is helpful. Best Regards, Sean Hanney Harman Technical Support [email protected] So mr. jordan your wrong

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1 JBL P1222 Subwoofer

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 JBL P1222 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 JBL P1222 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

4 Channel Amp

4 JBL P1222 Subwoofers

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

P1222

UPC

050036118514

Weight

34.00lbs

Internal SKU

p1222

Internal Product ID

12257

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.

Product Name: JBL P1222

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