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1,500W RMS 13.5" 10th Anniversary Edition W7 Series Subwoofer

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1,500W RMS 13.5" 10th Anniversary Edition W7 Series Subwoofer


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W7AE 10th Anniversary Edition Subwoofer Driver
W7AE 10th Anniversary Edition Subwoofer Driver

The W7AE embodies JL Audio's commitment to pushing the envelope of speaker technology. This Tenth Anniversary edition of JL Audio’s ultimate performance subwoofer features multiple patented technologies inherited from the previous W7 driver, but are distinguished by a few cosmetic differences to set it apart - most notably the Satin-Black Powdercoated Basket and Bright Anodized Surround Clamp Ring. Moreover, an OverRoll™ Surround, W-Cone technology and a Floating-Cone attach method are just a few of the JL Audio exclusive assets that set the W7AE above any other "high end" subwoofer driver currently on the market. These drivers have set the bar for drivers wanting to provide the deep transparent lows of a Sound Quality woofer and the hard hitting power of an SPL sub. The W7AE is able to provide its sublime sound quality and extreme output by efficiently dissipating thermal buildup and optimizing its staggering linear excursion.

Although the 13W7AE-D1.5 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 500 Watts, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 750 - 1200 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio HD750/1, JL Audio HD1200/1, or - best of all - JL Audio 1200/1v3. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosures, needing 1.875 cubic feet of air space in a sealed box and 2.375 cubic feet in a ported/vented enclosure. (Specific dimensions and figures can be found in the user manual, linked further below.)

Every W7AE subwoofer is built to exacting quality standards in JL Audio's Miramar, Florida factory. Each of the four models is a completely original design from surround to back-plate (even the bolts and screws used in assembly have been purpose-designed and manufactured to our specifications). Its this attention to detail that delivers the JL Audio quality and performance we have all become accustomed to.

1.25 inches (32 mm) one-way Linear Excursion

1.25 inches (32 mm) of Linear Excursion

By utilizing space wasted in conventional speakers, JL Audio's ground-breaking OverRoll™ Surround controls the W7's massive excursion without sacrificing precious cone area. In addition, the W-Cone™ assembly delivers astonishing cone stiffness with minimal mass. The shape also provides incredible torsional rigidity, which is critical to maintaining voice coil alignment at the suspension limits. Combined, these two technologies allow for the driver to achieve extraordinary linear excursion (Xmax), therefore providing that rich JL Audio bass.

Unparalleled Linearity and Accuracy

Unparalleled Linearity and Accuracy

DMA is JL Audio’s proprietary Dynamic Motor Analysis system and is aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W7AE 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 13W7AE Recommended Power Range

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  • 13.5" W7 Series Subwoofer Driver
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 1500 watts
  • Recommended Power Range: 500 - 1500 watts
  • 10th Anniversary Edition:
    • Satin-Black Powdercoated Basket
    • Bright Anodized Surround Clamp Ring
    • Anniversary Edition Cone Badge
    • Anniversary Edition Terminal Label
  • Impedance: Dual 1.5 Ohm
  • Polypropylene W-Cone assembly
  • Polyester foam OverRoll surround
  • Floating-cone attach method
  • Plateau-reinforced spider attachment
  • Radially cross-drilled pole piece
  • Massive forced-air-cooled aluminum alloy frame
  • Highly linear, DMA-Optimized motor system
  • Huge diameter, progressive roll spider
  • Co-extruded double lead wires
  • Dual ultra-long voice coils
  • Aluminum Bar Grille Available: JL Audio SGR-13W7
  • Mounting depth: 10.5 "
  • Cutout dimensions: 11.9 "
  • Free Air Resonance (Fs): 23.5 Hz

  • Sensitivity: 86.3 dB
  • Xmax: 32 mm
  • Reference Efficiency (no): 0.2700%
  • Frequency response: ~15 ~ 200 Hz
    • 85 Hz LPF recommended
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  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Check out the JL Audio W7AE 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

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Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
W7 (JL Audio)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
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.
1500 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.
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.
1.5 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).
15 - 200 Hz
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".
86.3 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.
32 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.
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.
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.
Polyester Foam
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.

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
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.
1.875 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.
2.375 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.
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.
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.


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.
23.50 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.
104.3 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.
2.41 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.

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Miam, FL

Great sound!!

August 10, 2011

Would recommend this to whoever wants bass. looks good and sounds good. i am thinking of getting another one.

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Carson City, NV

This Speaker Knocks Hard

August 24, 2012

I have this thing in a custom 13w7 box in the back of my Toyota Land Cruiser, and it is ridiculous!!! That truck has a lot of air space inside, and that speaker fills it up and then some. It's just small enough to keep up with the double bass drums in metal (and it sounds like a machine gun), but so deep that it sounds like an earthquake from down the street when I'm listening to rap or whatever thumps. I would buy another but I dont want to go deaf and shatter my windows.

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abq nm


January 6, 2012

I have 3 of these subs in my yukon running on a rf bd1500 1 at .75 ohms. Each sub is getting a lil over 2100 watts absolutely clean and loud. there is a reason JL has not changed theses subs in 10 years there is no need i play at full volume all the time an for the first time in 6 years i blew one. 365$ to jl and i get re-coned back in business all i can say is this sub is the best sub ive ever heard. There are alot of other subs out there that claim to be louder an most of them are 18's an need 6000 watts. I promise 3 jls running on 2000 watts each is gonna be louder then any 18.

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kasson, mn


October 19, 2011

This is one of the best subwoofers ive ever heard. I have one hooked up in my car with a 1000/1v2 and it bangs hard! ive never heard anything like it. The only down side is they are a little spendy and are really heavy. But are definatly worth the money. If you can get your hands on one of these, they sound great and bump hard. Plus it will make everyone in your neighborhood jealous.

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13W7 review

September 3, 2012

I purchased a 13W7 and a ported box tuned to jl specs and this one sub hits very hard! In a 01 civic the 13 hits pretty tight when needed and super low and very deep. The sound quality is pretty remarkable! I'm running a JL 1000 on it and it loves it. I previously was running two MTX thunder 12 7500's and this one sub destroys them on the same amp. However on some music I still miss the MTX's sound. The only real drawback to the 13w7 would be the weight in a good box is close to 100 pounds, I would recommend a high output alternator and a XS Power battery and 1 gauge wire to maximize the full potential.

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W7 Rocks

September 20, 2014

This is my second review of this sub. I now have it "broken in" and have switched up my amp to a JL 1000/1 amp from an Alpine PDX1.1000. There is a noticeable difference, but not a drastic difference. The difference is only in the fact that the JL amp maintains its 1000 watts over a range of voltage(from 11.6 to 14.4) whereas the Alpine amp puts out its 1000 watts at 14.4 volts and starts to drop as your voltage drains(which it will unless you have multiple batteries AND a cap). I have come to the conclusion that JL has a wicked good marketing department, and is very much like Apple Inc. They both charge TOP dollar for their products, which are top notch, but you can find a comparable product for a fraction of the price. In hindsight, if I had the room, I would have gotten an RE Audio XXX15 or a Skar Audio TXL15 for less money and had extra cash to beef up my electrical system more(Mechman Alternator, 3rd Battery). But, I didn't have the room for the box requirements for the RE or Skar subs. That being said, it still amazes me of the output of this 13w7 in only 2.375 ft3 vented. There is no other sub that can come close to the output of the 13w7 AND do it in less than 2 and half cubes. If your looking for extreme output and have limited space, then this is most definitely the best choice out there, but if you have the room for 5 or 6 cubes of sub box, I would go with the Skar TXL18 for half the money, twice the power handling and more output. But, that is comparing an 18" competition woofer to a 13.5"(more like 15" because of the way the surround goes all the way to the edge of the frame, instead of having a visible frame using up what could have been another inch of cone area). So, with that said, to the people that say"I wish JL made a 15w7", they pretty much are a 15" woofer. After using this sub and after having owned two 10w3v3's and using countless other brands of subs, this one is one of the most musical sounding I have ever used. It hits lows effortlessly and doesn't sound like a "giant bass hum or buzz" as a lot of other woofers sound. Plays music with authority and accuracy. I would recommend this sub to anyone looking for extreme output with a moderate sized enclosure(vented) and SMALL enclosure(sealed). I just wish JL would come down on their price a little. If this sub was in the $500-$700 range, I would have 2 of them in a sealed enclosure and still be at only 3.6 ft3 total box volume. To sum this up, great sub. Works awesome in Small enclosure sizes. A bit overpriced.

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damn fine sounding sub

August 30, 2014

This sub is pricey, but is extremely loud and sounds good too. Paired with a spec vented enclosure, this thing rocks any type of music. A single 13w7 with a true 1000 watts rms will make your windows flex and I still don't have mine set up properly yet nor is it even broken in. Expensive, but well worth it. It's money you won't regret spending. Gave 4 stars for value because of price, and 4 stars for features and ease of use because of the odd dual 1.5 ohm voice coils.

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seattle, wa

good buy

August 10, 2011

These subs are beasts they are probably the loudest and best sounding sub for the money. they have a well rounded range of bass and the clarity of it is amazing.

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Buffalo NY

I dont't get what all the hype is about JL ! ! !

August 9, 2011

SQ sound quality subwoofer made. This makes me laugh as I have competed since 1994 and if this is sound quality then im Santa Clause! I have had the 13W6 and the 13W7 and have to say that I have found many better subs for way less. I switched to the RE Audio XXX and am much happier and payed less than my W7. I feel JL is just living off the reputation they built as the subs have not changed in about 7 years. 500 to 1100 dollars for these subs is robbery but if you just have to have JL then have at it.

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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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