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JL Audio 13TW5-3

13.5" Single 3 ohm Thin-Line TW5 Series Car Subwoofer

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Redefining the Shallow Mount Subwoofer

If you are in need of a shallow mount subwoofer, then look no further that the JL Audio 13TW5-3. This new and unique thin-line sub is going to give you the most sound out of the smallest space. The DMA-optimized motor system will produce a consistent motor force over a long range of strokes and power levels. U.S. Patented Floating Cone Attach Method (FCAM) aligns the cone and surround without depending on the spider and coil assembly, resulting in an improved pistonic motion. Even with all the advanced technology that JL Audio uses, the best feature is still its mounting depth. The 13TW5-3 only requires 2-1/2" inches of space to mount. You are only 2-1/2" away from the greatest sounding shallow mount subwoofer you have heard.

Product Features:

  • 13-1/2" Single 3 ohm TW5 Thin-Line Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1200 watts
    • RMS: 600 watts
    • Recommended Power Range: 100-600 watts
  • Impedance: 3 Ohm
  • Mica-filled polypropylene cone
  • Santoprene surround
  • Unique design allows for small airspace requirements
  • Requires only 0.8 cubic feet of airspace
  • Cast alloy basket
  • Frequency response: 20-500 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 85.87 dB
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty
JL Audio 13TW5-3 Recommended Power Range

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
TW5 (JL Audio)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
13.5"
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.
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.
3 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
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".
85.87 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.
9.7 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.
Mica Injected Polypropylene (MIPP)
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.
Santoprene Rubber
Magnet Structure
Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
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.

Sealed
Minimum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
0.8 cubic feet
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.
Maximum Sealed Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum sealed box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
0.8 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.
2-1/2"
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.
12-1/2"
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.

Yes

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.3
Features
4.8
Design
5.0
Usability
4.9
Tyler

Canada

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Awesome Sub!!

April 21, 2013

I have had this in my car for almost six months now and I love it as much as the first time I got it hooked up! It takes up next to no space because its so thin and I built a box for it to fit right in my trunk. It pounds out a lot of bass and I'm very impressed. It's very expensive, but I would easily recommend it to anyone willing to spend the money

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Juan

Brownsville, TX

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very good bass

November 26, 2012

recomiendo estos bajos por que son muy delgados y tienen un sonido muy fuerte 144 db en db drag con un amp orion HCCA 275 OCUPAN POCO ESPACIO ES LO MEJOR usadas en silverado 2003 cabina senciilla GOOGLE TRANSLATION: recommend this shallow because they are very thin and have a very loud 144 db in db drag Orion HCCA amp with a small footprint 275 IS BEST silverado 2003 cabin used in senciilla

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lucas

Frederick, SD

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JL w5 Crew Cab GMC

December 3, 2011

Well I bought a pair of these subs because of JL's reputation. I have a 05 GMC Crew Cab and really wanted to put them behind the rear seat. I've had boxes on the seat and it uses up too much space and makes a crew cab worthless. and i like to use the space under the seat and its just a mess to build a box for there. I also enjoy listening to my music very loud. I ordered a pair of these and hooked them to a Kenwood 1904D Amp and it pushes the pair pretty good. I have them in one box built to JL specs with a divider and sealed. They are pretty loud. I listen mosty to rock, and a lot of country. The subs aren't quite quick enough for quick pounding rock songs but they dont keep up bad for 13's. I talked to the local stereo shop and they didn't like them. They said when the JL rep came by and showed them in a spec box they werent very impressed. They said themselves they would put them in a much larger ported box and they sound better but that is a waste of the point of putting this thin of a sub in a large box. They were impressed with the sound of them in a spec box in my truck. I myself personally will probably step down to about 10's in a pair or maybe three for my crew cab. Bottom line if u like loud bass and have very little room or where you want to put them is a very thin space these are probably good to get but beware the 13's arent the quickest if your anal about very quick hitting bass.

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Marcus

Covington, GA

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Very nice

August 11, 2011

I heard it and it sounds good.

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crf250rider

palermo,ca

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jl

July 19, 2011

Best sub iv had so far bought it from a buddy of mine but I wanna get a nother one soon to make it dual's. I'd recomend it to anyone.

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Markel

Mabelvale, AR

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JL Audio 13TW5-3

June 6, 2011

Very Nice sounding sub have it in my Cadillac Escalade its sounds awesome.

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dave

slc, ut

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13tw5

February 21, 2011

I have this sub, it sounds great! Once it gets broke in it will sound a lot better... Also i just bought a second one of these subs and im getting the box built next week by my buddy justin

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Mike

Boston, MA

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Awesome Thumper!!

February 10, 2011

This woofer is an awesome addition to my system! Between this and a 10W3v3 the low end is completely covered. It handles an Alpine PDX6 amp nicely and I have it tucked under the back seat in my F150 iin a 0.8 cubic foot box where it sits in less that six inches of clearance. I don't think there is a better performing shallow anywhere!! I also think that this would outperform most standard speakers. I highly recommend this speaker!!!

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DS

Anaheim

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WOW

January 28, 2011

Got Three of them in Ford f-150 regular cab in a custom box powered by a Rockford Fosgate 1500 db1 amp. I love it. Great sub if limited on space.

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JoDe

Eau Claire, WI

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Amazing SUB

July 12, 2010

This is such a great sub. Dont let the "2 inch thick" fool you. This thing pounds my truck. Easily louder then most car systems in my area. I have two of these powered by a rockford amp, but these subs make it happen! Great product by JL like usual, if you have the money..spend it on this! wont let you down

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SQ fanatic

FLorida

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Amazing sub!!

June 23, 2010

I was a little skeptical of how much bass a 2" thick sub could actually put out, but my 13TW5 is no joke. It puts out more bass than my 2 old Rockford 10's I had before it. I am running this sub off of a JL 500/1v2 and it hits hard and loud. I'm running this sub in a sealed enclosure so the bass it very tight and accurate. I love this sub and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great SQ sub.

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Dew53

Eau Claire, WI

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Great Sub

June 15, 2010

Heck of a sub, had one running on the JL 750/1 slash series hitting real good. friends heard me coming in my regular cab truck from quite a distance, and I am putting in a second one real soon! sounds great, great sound quality, and hits hard! If your looking for an outstanding sub without a lot of room, I would definitely recommend this!

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nick

Slatington P.A.

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VERY IMPRESSIVE. POWERFUL

November 19, 2009

Installed facing down into the spare tire well of a 94 civic.Powered by a 500/1. I have had the 13w7 12w6v2's etc. and love them. I purchase this in hopes of retaining my trunk space by using nothing more then my spare tire well. and if it wasn't loud enough i would just put it under the seat of my truck and use the one of the other jl models in the civic. Thats not going to happen though. This thing not only sounds good. it is powerful.... Looks like i will be selling my other models for these. Only drawback is the mounting flange is rather small between the tabs. Will need to get the mounting hole just right.

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Tommy

Sacramento, CA

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JL TW5

November 14, 2009

Great sub. Put two in 08 gmc crew cab with 1000/1. Sound like my old w6. Cant ask for a better thin mount sub.

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Philip

Ontario, OR

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Great for its size...

October 29, 2009

I love this sub. It is very loud, the depth of it is very thin and it looks good. My only gripe is that it seems a little slow on response. Now that can be due to the box type, the amp settings, the deck, etc... So far however, this is a great purchase.

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

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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

13TW5-3

UPC

699440921817

Weight

21.00lbs

Internal SKU

13tw5

Internal Product ID

15350

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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