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Power Acoustik P3-15W

15" Dual 2 ohm P3 Series Car Subwoofer

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  • 15" Dual 2 ohm P3 Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 2800 watts
    • RMS: 1200 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
  • 180 oz. Magnet structure
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • 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.
P3
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
15"
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.
2800 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.
1200 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.
2.5"
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 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.
13.25 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.
2.0 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.
2.0 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.
4.0 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.
4.0 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.
7-3/4"
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.
14"
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.
24.58 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.
160.4 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.
0.707
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.
0.780
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.
4 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.
7.655
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
74%
4 Star
21%
3 Star
5%
2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.8
Features
4.6
Design
4.4
Usability
4.8

Matt

Copley, OH

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Awesome!

October 1, 2009

I bought this with pretty low expectations to be honest. I mean $140 for a 15" sub pushing 1400 watts RMS, thats a pretty good deal. Well I was completely wrong! This thing pounds and whoops my old two 12" subs. Buy this sub!

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Luke

Albuquerque, NM

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good sub!

March 28, 2013

this subwoofer is awesome, everyone i know either runs 12's or 10's so decided i needed a 15....the lows that this sub will hit are amazing, im currently running 1 of these in a sealed box with at Kenwood KAC 1800 watt monoblock amp. This amp will put out 900 rms at 2 ohms....i have not needed to wire my sub at 2 ohms. i have it running at 4 ohms (500 watts) and it hits too hard, i upgraded the speakers in my taurus but im having to put an amp on them because of the obnoxious boom coming from the trunk, all in all a great subwoofer, doesnt hit the hi's like a 10 or 12, but the lows make up for it....can't beat the price either

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Shannon B

Springfield, IL

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P3 15W

March 10, 2013

This baby bangs and truley 1200 watts rms pair it with PA BAMF 4000.1 wired at 4ohms and your in business

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D

ohio windham

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ps 15

September 23, 2012

Great sub. It is super powerful. I only had one in a sealed box in my cavalier and made my head hurt.

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Christian

Lexington, KY

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Best subs I ever bought

August 10, 2012

I ordered two of the 15" power acoustic p3-15 subwoofers and to this day they put all my friends systems to shame. They sound immaculate and I haven't had any problems with them. I have had to replace a couple amps however they were low wattage and needed a better amp to begin with. Hifonics has some amazing amps and that's what's powering my subs now, of course I ordered everything off SonicElectronix.com, thanks again Sonic!

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Caddy90

cheraw,sc

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Pepole sleep on this sub!

May 22, 2012

anybody thats looking for a cheap sub to turn heads should get this one an a great ported box it hits hard with the rite set up run you like a power acoustik 2000 watt mono amp to it an push it see what happens an have a good head unit to

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bryan (bgowdy31 on CA)

campbellsville, KY

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PA P315

March 18, 2012

The P3's are not bad. I ran 2 out trunk in a "show box" built to look nice lol. They sounded good but wouldn't take the rms. I had a pair ran at 2 ohm and blew them?? That's about 550rms each from a power acoustik bamf 5500, if you know how Power acoustik amps work. In short you get a solid 2k - 2.3k from these at 1 ohm NOT 3200 LIKE THEY SAY. Unless ran at 16v if the amp will hold up for 16v. They sound pretty good for the price.

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dustin

early,tx

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Amazing

January 30, 2012

All i can say is buy it. I have two of these in my dodge ram 1500 ext cab on a 2400 brutus hifonics amplifier and they bump so hard my ears hurt. You can here me coming from 2 blocks away. It draws attention!!

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Andrew

Reno, Nevada

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Bam

December 27, 2011

This thing pounds. I previously had a $250 kicker and this absolutely kills the kicker especially for the price! Get this sub.

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YoungGutta561

Delray Beach, Florida

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WoW

September 9, 2011

All I gotta say is WOW.....i bought dese speakers let me tell u there LOUD n I only have a 2000 watt amp...and now I just ordered me a 6000 watt but these speakers are GREAT

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AdamG

Beaumont, TX

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DEEP BASS!!

April 26, 2011

I have 3 of these in a super bass pro box and they sound amazing!! Great buy and great sound! Recommend to anybody looking for good sound!

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Famous

denver,colorado

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legit subs

August 17, 2010

I have 4 of these in a 2003 acura integra type s power by 2 power acoustik gothic series 5500 watt amps....I have them in a ported box at 37hz and I blew my front windshield out...i underestimated these when buying them but I take it all back....will continue to buy this brand...I recommend to anybody

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Brian

Omaha, NE

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An actual Review

January 25, 2010

Just giving an actual review on this product other than "iT bEaTz R33l hArd Y0!" The Power Actoustik P3-15W is what it advertises itself to be, a 15" power handling monster, but it is by no means on the level of Fi or RE car audio. Personally I have one of these in a box tuned to 32Hz in a Chrysler Crossfire, connected at 4 ohms with a 4000 watt Power Acoustik BAMF amp. These subs can be set up to be 1 ohm, and with the BAMF series amplifiers being 1 ohm stable, this is convenient. The only thing I will say is that when hooked up to 1 ohm these subs have some amazing SPLs, but they don't sound too great. If you want an analogy, if a Fi Audio Q or RE Audio XXX was a fine katana, the Power Acoustik P3-15W...or two of them for the price of one of those subs, is a large hammer. Overall if you're looking for large bass, get these subs. Large clean bass on a budget, get one of these subs, a Power Acoustik Bamf 4000/1D, and wire it to 4 ohms. If you just want to beat down the block, get as many as you can, wire them to 1 ohm, and let 'er rip.

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WR22

Chula Vista

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Great Subwoofer!!!

December 22, 2009

I have two of these subs connected to a 4,000watt Power Acoustik amp, and these badboys love the power they get! They hit like crazy, i can crank up the volume all the way and they just eat up the power. these are great subs, dont just buy JL, or Rockford Fosgate because of the BIG name brand; this sub does the job and way more at a fraction of the price. Overall best subs i've ever heard! A MUST BUY IF YOU LOVE THE BASS!!!

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Cameron

Miami Gardens, Florida

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Power Acoustik P315W

November 4, 2009

Man I have (2) of these in a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria with a Lanzar VCT 2230 amplifier...Damn they hit hard but the amplifier is not recommended for the amp because the wattage is too low but besides that i have people turning heads when i ride by

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TEEZO

LAS VEGAS, NV

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HELLA DOPE

October 30, 2009

YO THIS SUB BEATS REAL HARD, I ONLY HAVE ONE IN MY TRUNK I GET ALOT EYES WHEN THEY HEAR MY SYSTEM. GOOD STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Josh

Appomattox, Virginia

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Power Acoustik P3-15W

September 28, 2009

My friend is running on of these to a Power Acoustik Bamf Mono 2000 watt amplifier set at one ohm and they slam! He said that the rms is actually 1200 but still for the money they slam!

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The HOBO Burger

Priest River ,ID

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Great Subs

June 2, 2011

I would totally reccommend this product. I Personally have 12 of them in my 1998 Windsor Van and I have 2 Absolute 10,000 Watt Amps pushin these BEASTS. I hit a 197.3 in a local audio show in spokane Id. These things hit so hard you can't even be in the vehicle when running 1/4 of the power I can put into them. I am thinking about getting 8 more and adding them to my van because I still have room and oh yeah you WILL NEED LOTS OF BATTERIES OR CAPACITORS if you want to go big like me. I have 12 batteries and 3 200 amp alternators to keep up on the demanding power these things take.

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NT_Hardcore

Tampa, FL

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15" power acoustik p3

June 17, 2009

i have 2 15" p3's on a 3000d amp and for the money they slam! i had a custom ported box built and they are amazing.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

15 Dual Sealed Single Cab Truck Subwoofer Box

Durable 11/16" Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) construction.

Your Price $89.95

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

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

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

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

Your Price $39.99

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

Xscorpion 9-Piece Nylon Plastic Pry and Chisel Tool Set

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

Your Price $14.99

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

15" Protective Waffle Metal Subwoofer Grille

Keep your subwoofer looking amazing while keeping it safe with its durable metal construction!

Your Price $6.99

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 P3-15W Subwoofer

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 Power Acoustik P3-15W Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 Power Acoustik P3-15W Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

4 Channel Amp

4 Power Acoustik P3-15W Subwoofers

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

P3-15W

UPC

709483030084

Weight

18.00lbs

Internal SKU

p315w

Internal Product ID

17665

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 P3-15W