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Power Acoustik P3-12W

12" Dual 2 ohm P3 Series Car Subwoofer

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  • 12" Dual 2 ohm P3 Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 2600 watts
    • RMS: 1000 watts
  • Polypropylene injection molded cone woofer
  • Butyl rubber surround
  • Poly cotton spider
  • Texture coat finish on stamped steel basket
  • KSV Kapton voice coil
  • Nickel plated 8 Gauge compression wire terminal
  • Suspension integrated tinsel leads
  • 150 oz. Magnet structure
  • Sensitivity: 83 dB
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Power Acoustik P3-12W)

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
P3
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.
2600 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.
1000 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
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".
83 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.
34.5 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.
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.
Injection Molded Polypropylene (IMPP)
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.
Butyl 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

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
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.
1.25 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.
1.25 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the minimum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.25 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.
Maximum Ported Box Volume
This value indicates the maximum ported box volume that the manufacturer recommends for the subwoofer. The volume is typically displayed in cubic feet.
1.25 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.
6-3/4"
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"
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

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
70%
4 Star
20%
3 Star
7%
2 Star
3%
1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.3
Value
4.8
Features
4.6
Design
4.5
Usability
4.8

raif

Mountain Home, ID

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Great Subwoofer!

May 20, 2011

Best thumper for the price you pay for it. Only costs like 85 dollars, but hits like the subs my other friends have (who paid alot more for theirs than I did)!!! Great find

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Yaunez

Anderson, IN

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dude...

September 2, 2009

i currently own 2 PA Fubars, and they've lasted me about 2 years, and yes, i pound the s**t out of em, if its cold they'll start right up, there's really no warm up time needed. PA is the only sub i will trust. i also have a PA 1000 watt amp. and ive owned that just as long as the subs. they make the best shizz. no doubt. i plan on buying 2 or 3 of these for my 97 riviera. i have no trunk rattle at all so this'll be tight.

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SOLOW

prior lake, MN

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It is worth it

February 5, 2013

These sub is very worth the money I paid for them I got 8 12's of these In my suv and it was worth it

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Ray

Ma

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Sonic elect

January 15, 2013

Reliable co and they stand behind there product very good people

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Jon

Santa Rosa, CA

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Awesome!

December 10, 2012

Speaking from online retail experience, SE has provided the BEST customer service, and always a quality product, shipped incredibly fast. About the driver, it was placed in a custom-build box and tuned to 27hz And is being driven by a SSL 1600W Max amp, and I KNOW this driver can handle much more. Due to the box design, the sub sounds very "airy" and not very accurate, tight, or producing "louder" tones, it's more of a trunk rattler that can hit notes great, but a little late. This is 100% the box though, and the guy who designed my box told me that this subwoofer would SHINE in a sealed enclosure. (This was not installed in my vehicle though.) I'm sure that this sub can take much more than what it is currently being fed. So don't skimp out on the amp. I would buy again! Decent-looking sub, a little bit of marketing hype with the construction, but I'm sure someone else can push these better than I could afford with that setup. P.S. I got it on sale. It was 100% worth it, but at the non-sale price, I might consider other options.

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POPPEYE

PRIOR LAKE MINNESOTA

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POWER ACOUSTIK P3-12W

December 4, 2012

I have 8 12" inch in my 2005 GMC Envoy with two 4000 watt Power Acoustik OVN-1 amp.. And that thing hits real good it's loud the price is even good for what you get. I will let you no power Acoustik is a good brand for music buy it you will for sure like it..

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basshead

lafayette,la

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143.1

November 13, 2012

143.1 with a pair on a powerbass 2000.1 ....I guess not bad but it was in a Cherokee big ported box. they heat up fast. after few minutes like 10-15 minutes they smell. But I was really pushing it

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Cliff

Bon Aqua, TN

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Good value

October 25, 2012

I just got these subs today hooked them up and still not too sure about them. Of course im breaking them in but ive had subs that hit harder then these do. So we'll see. Although they are decent subs for the price and Sonic Electronix is very good on getting the right products to you at a fast pace.

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Broken

North Augusta, SC

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Very Surprised!

June 22, 2012

When I pulled this thing out of the box I thought there is no way this cheap a** speaker is going to hold the wattage it is rated for. Do not put this beast in a ported box it will pop. I put it in a 1.5 cu.ft. sealed box without polyfil in and extended cab pickup at 1000 watt rms and this is a happy little subwoofer. Only problem I had with it is that the cone is a little brittle. When I mounted it in the box I GENTLY pressed the cone as, I always do for sealed boxes to check for leaks, and the d*mn cone cracked. It was only about a .5 inch crack so i put a little super glue on the back of the cone and no problems. 850 to 1000 watts rms at 1ohm and this thing beats hard and holds up well but select your box carefully.

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john

tombal, TX

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Power Acoustik P3 12" subs

May 10, 2012

They are a great bang for your buck, and they are great if you wire them as specified. The only thing I have to say is that I wished that they could be wired down to 1 ohm; then they would really bang.

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Equallizer

Lincoln Park, Mi

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Better then expected

April 16, 2012

I only bought one and have it in a sealed box in a quad cab truck and it sounds good. Two would sound amazing im sure. I wish I bought the MOFO series though, I think the extra 40 dollars would be worth it. Disappointed to see how light this sub is as well. Feels cheap its so light. Most of my other subs that are lower watts and smaller magnets weighed more. For the money you pay though it sounds good. It don't hit the lows like a high end sub does but for what you pay it can't be perfect.

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Derek

warrensville, OH

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best bang for your buck

April 2, 2012

I recommend these for your more than average system. They hit hard, have clear low rumble, they were my replacement for my blown alpine single voice coil 12's. Oh and did I mention I blew up two sealed boxes so I am going to switch to a bandpass box.

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Jared

Springfield, MO

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Great for price!

January 13, 2012

I have two of these in a sealed box powered by a SSL EV5000D wired down at 2 ohms. They hit pretty hard, cone/ motor noise is noticeable, but not unbearable. One of them has developed holes around the outer edge of the surround where the molded ridges meet the flat part of the rubber. Overall though i was impressed with them.

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Oscar

Frisco, TX

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Great subs

December 26, 2011

This baby is awesome sounds good and holds 30's and lowe's like nothing. No distortion what so ever. Only down was the connectors for the wires one broke but nothing that a little soldering wouldn't fix.

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Broken

North Augusta, SC

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Good Value but...

December 23, 2011

I have been installing for thirteen years now and have seen a lot of crap and a lot of good stuff. I just installed one of these in my cousins truck after he blew his first sub (not my fault) and I am not impressed. I have it at 1 Ohm on a 1000 watt RMS amp in a 1.25 CuFt sealed box as suggested and the excursion is too much. I believe this sub would work better in a 1 CuFt box with a thin layer of poly-fil sheet because the air suspension would be tighter for higher Hz thumps. Overall this is a good speaker for the money but the specs are not correct. If you have a good certified RMS amp it will blow this sub easy. I would recommend 800 Watts RMS in a (properly!) tuned ported enclosure.

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TARA

GASTON, SC

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Power Acoustik P3-12W

August 31, 2011

Nice product, great price great seller.

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TARA

GASTON, SC

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Power Acoustik P3-12W

August 31, 2011

Nice product, great price great seller.

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Deuce Deuce

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

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Awesome product.

August 18, 2011

If you are looking for something that is easy to handle, light and gives you the absolute power your looking for, you would love this subwoofer. I bought fuor and put it in my bros 98' Honda Civic, and it did nothing but impress everyone for the set show competition. This is a great buy.

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Kadafi

Muskegon, Mi

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best subs i ever bought

April 16, 2011

These are the best subs i think i ever bought. I have 3 of these in my 95 pontiac bonneville hooked up to a 2200 power acoustic mono amp and these knock hard

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Kurt

Quarryville, PA

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Cheap but SLAMS!

March 25, 2011

You CAN'T beat this sub for the price. I was very skeptical at first. 1000w rms / 2600w max for $90? Really? After reading reviews and watching videos on Youtube I went ahead and got one.. I have 2 Alpine Type R's in one car running 1500w rms. I have ONE PA P3 in another car running the same exact amp and it hits just as hard as both my Alpines. I am very impressed for such a cheap sub. I beat the snot out of my Alpines. Lets see how these hold up. Highly recommend

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Single 12" Subwoofer Angled Truck or Hatchback Box Enclosure

CARB Compliant, 5/8" MDF Shallow Sub Enclosure Lined with Polyfil.

Your Price $34.99

Single 12" Ported Enclosure Custom Black Baffle

Gold Binding post terminals and a high quality 5/8" MDF construction.

Your Price $59.99

25 ft. of Streetwires 12 Gauge Speaker Cable

You'll need speaker wire to hook up that new subwoofer!

Your Price $44.95

Belva 23 ft. of 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

Ultra-flexible PVC blended jacket for easy installation.

Your Price $14.99

20 Square Feet of Sound Dampening Material

NVX Sound dampening is thicker than competitors, eliminates rattles and gives you bigger bass!

Your Price $59.99

Dynamat Sound Dampening Trunk Kit

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

Your Price $109.95

Stinger Sound Dampening Trunk Kit

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

Your Price $69.99

20 oz. Bag of Poly-Fil

Polyester fiber fiberfill adds better bass to your system.

Your Price $5.99

12 oz. Can of Adhesive Spray

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

Your Price $6.99

Spring Post Terminal Cup

Makes adding a spring post terminal to an enclosure simple! Banana clip ready!

Your Price $3.99

Gold Plated Dual Terminal Banana Plug Connector

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

Your Price $3.99

Car Stereo and Speaker Installation Tool Kit

Includes Test Light, Crimp/Splice Tool, Multi-bit Screwdriver and more.

Your Price $12.99

Cordless Multi-Functional Heat Tool Soldering Iron Kit

Continuous working lock allows you to work without holding down trigger.

Your Price $79.99

4 Ft of 1/4" Thick Black Heat Shrink Tubing

Provides abrasion resistance and added protection for your cables.

Your Price $3.99

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

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

Your Price $7.99

1mm All Purpose Solder

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

Your Price $8.99

12" Protective Waffle Subwoofer Grille

Keep your subwoofer looking amazing while keeping it safe.

Your Price $4.99

Scosche SPL Meter

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

Your Price $21.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-101

Low frequency test CD

Your Price $11.99

Impedance Meter / Signal Generator

Easy to locate tuning frequencies of passive radiators and ported enclosures

Your Price $299.99

1 Power Acoustik P3-12W Subwoofer

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 Power Acoustik P3-12W Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 Power Acoustik P3-12W Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

4 Channel Amp

4 Power Acoustik P3-12W Subwoofers

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

P3-12W

UPC

709483030077

Weight

16.50lbs

Internal SKU

p312w

Internal Product ID

17664

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: Power Acoustik P3-12W