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450W RMS 12" MS Series Dual 2 ohm Subwoofer


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The New Sound of JBL: MS Series Subwoofers

JBL MS-12SD2 Subwoofer JBL MS-12SD2 Subwoofer Cone

The Cone

No sound system is complete without some seriously deep bass. The hard hitting 12" JBL MS-12SD2 subwoofer provides just that. The dual voice coils allow for greater flexibility and more wiring options.

  • Lightweight polypropylene cone
  • Double stitched laminated polyurethane and fabric surround
  • Peak power handling: 1800 watts
  • RMS power handing: 900 watts
  • JBL MS-12SD2 Subwoofer Connections

    The Details Matter

    JBL has carefully engineered and constructed the MS-12DS2 from the ground up to ensure use for years to come. The durable, light weight aluminum basket is nonferrous, which dedicates more magnetic power to the motor assembly.

  • 56 oz. Barium ferrit magnet structure
  • Silver-plated push terminals
  • Stitched tensil weaves
  • Vented pole piece

  • The Sound of quality

    Sonic Electronix, one of the leaders in car audio, recently visited Harman, the premium global audio and infotainment group, at their research and development locations in Northridge, California and Detroit, Michigan. The purpose of these visits was to utilize and combine the powerful brand of Harman and the industry leading knowledge behind Sonic Electronix to begin working together on developing future car audio projects.

    General Features

    • 12" Dual 2 ohm MS Series Subwoofer
    • Power Handling:
      • Peak: 1800 watts
      • RMS: 450 watts
    • Impedance: Dual 2 ohm
    • Polypropylene cone material
    • Laminated polyurethane and fabric surround
    • Vented pole piece
    • Designed for both sealed and vented enclosures
    • Aluminum frame with black epoxy coating
    • 2-1/2" Copper voice coil with Kapton former
    • 56 oz. Barium ferrit magnet structure
    • Silver-plated push terminals
    • Frequency response: 30-400 Hz
    • Sensitivity: 87 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.
    MS (JBL)
    Subwoofer Size
    Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
    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.
    1800 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.
    450 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.
    2 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).
    30 - 400 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".
    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.
    29.3 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.
    Poly Coated Cloth
    Magnet Structure
    Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
    Single Stacked
    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.
    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.
    0.95 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.
    1.7 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.
    35 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.
    49 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.
    3.7 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.

    Warranty and Return Policy

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

    Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

    Rating Distribution

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    Average Attribution Rating


    Fort Edward, NY


    January 30, 2015

    the jbl Ms 12 are a great starting subwoofer and can handle a lot of power. the amp I had couldn't keep up with two of these they were running about 1200 watts at 4 ohm and hit pretty hard

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    Fort Worth, TX

    Pretty Good Subs

    July 1, 2014

    These subs were recommended to me by a SonicElectronix employee on the phone. I gave it some thought and decided to go with these, only because JBL products are used in my home studio so I assume the sound quality is very good. This is supposed to be an upgrade from the do-it-yourself Crunch subwoofer + box I got a couple years ago (and that was a pretty good set-up, actually.)

    These subs are pretty good for the price. I have them amped up to a Belva BB2000D which gives the sub nearly 600 watts rms, although JBL states this sub can do 450 watts rms. Needless to say, they can definitely take the power.

    The only issue I have with these subs is that...they're in a sealed enclosure. So this subwoofer absolutely SLAMS on certain frequencies (roughly 60-80-ish Hz) and anything below that sweetzone, the bass kinda rolls-off. Also, sometimes the subwoofer sounds like it is struggling to hit very quickly, which is odd since I was under the impression that sealed sub boxes give tighter bass response.

    So I honestly can't say whether that's an issue with the enclosure or just a limitation of the subwoofer itself. I need to put this sub into a properly tuned ported box to truly gauge its performance. So until then, I gotta give this sub a 7 out of 10.

    For those who want to go with great sound quality and are on a budget, these are good for the money; they put out good volume and can hit most low notes. BUT if you can afford something better - please buy better. Personally, I have NVX speakers working like slaves in my ride, so I'll be saving up for the NVX x-series subwoofer to complete the package and enjoy sweet blissful bass. But until then - JBL was a descent choice.

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    Fat Nate

    Anderson, IN

    Did okay at first, then not so good

    June 11, 2014

    I bought a pair of these looking for just a nice clean setup. I hooked them up at 2 ohms to my old kicker zx1000 and they did okay. Keeping in mind they may be seeing about half power for the first 2 weeks,and after 50 hours freeair with maybe 100 rms to each sub. Were the subs broke in? Yes. I tuned and clamped this setup to push 800 rms. Now they say 450rms a piece. Really JBL? First the Infinity Kappas sound like crap now these. I guess they sold out like most company's. The subs sound horrible on real lows struggle very sloppy, CANT BELIEVE THIS

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    Loves Park, IL


    June 2, 2014

    When I received the subwoofer something seemed off about the quality. The holes where the basket meets the cone were misaligned.... Odd for a new subwoofer, but not too major of a problem. After being broken in after a couple weeks the dust cap just came off. Not a big problem either but seriously wtf jbl?
    Honestly it's a decent sub for the money, but I wish I just spent more and got a better sub.

    20 of 37 found this helpful

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    Honoraville, AL

    awesome speakers,,great pricing..& fast secure shipping..

    March 3, 2015

    these subs are great ,jbl has always been a well known brand & now i know why ,,these subs are very clear ,& hit hard.

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    l a calif


    February 13, 2015

    Yes it is a great speaker to have you need to have one

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    Orlando, Florida

    Worth the price

    February 23, 2015

    The sound good. Can't really complain for what they cost.
    I bought 2 for a enclosed box. After like a week the center JBL plastic cap popped off... No big deal really. Didn't change the sound so I just gorilla super glued it back on and it hasn't come off since. In all reality, you get what you pay for. That being said though I'm still happy with the performance.

    8 of 19 found this helpful

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    Pasadena Texas

    JBL MS 12SD2

    April 4, 2012

    Good Speaker For The Money. Good S.Q. Good Power Handling Capability. Overall A Good Speaker.

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    corinth, TX

    Good Sounding Subs

    January 8, 2015

    Bought 2 of these and stuck them in a vented box. sound is great. hits hard on a PA ac2500.1m amp wired at 2Ohm. worth the money

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    greenville, sc

    great product...great shipping

    January 2, 2015

    this sub is as good as any in its price range and even alot more. classic JBL quality, both in build and sound. hard to beat at this price. sonicelectronix offered great price, easy ordering and very fast standard shipping.

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    1 JBL MS-12SD2 Subwoofer

    Mono Amp

    Mono Amp - Option 1

    2 Channel Amp - Bridged

    2 JBL MS-12SD2 Subwoofers

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    2 Channel Amp

    4 Channel Amp - Bridged

    3 JBL MS-12SD2 Subwoofers

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    Why did you choose this?
    Sonic Electronix Store
    Only had one just wanted to add another. Going in my Jeep Wrangler. One does the job but want one more to add to the system.
    RICK M on Nov 11, 2014
    I thought JBL made quality products, but this sub was shit.
    Dante S on Aug 13, 2014
    I have a friend with this same subwoofer. He recommended it, and there was a great deal on the product.
    Rashawn M on Oct 23, 2014
    Ive heard it before from a friend and think it's awesome.
    asdasd a on Aug 5, 2014
    What size (Wattage) mono block amplifier do you recommend for running 2 of these speakers?
    Sianyde on Oct 30, 2014
    Best Answer: 1000- 1700 amp I have an single sub in my 2002 Jeep Wrangler with an 500 watt kicker amp. I've taken the back seat out and have it in the middle of the jeep and it hits pretty good! The style of music you like plays into it also. I like classic rock, pantera, funk ect. I have my amp set 3/4 almost wide open with the crossover set between 50-60 hertz and 1/4 bass boost. The CD player settings are sub -1 low-2 mid -1 highs + 8 but, all is preference. I like the high attack on the kick drum and this set up works best for my jeep for the sound I'm looking for. Being a drummer/ musician, clarity is what I want!
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    hello i buy srg6953 and pair of subs wf2520 and amplifier xc1410 and asked to me if it is sufficient for the pair of subs s or is better buy one more amplifier.?

    markoz on Feb 18, 2015
    JBL MS-12SD2
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    Clarion WF2520
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    Clarion SRG6953R
    Clarion SRG6953R
    Best Answer: Hello Marcos,

    The Clarion XC1410 is intended to run FOUR Door Speakers, it isn't necessarily intended to run a Subwoofer, especially two, considering its lack of power. It can be done, but you will not get the performance you seek. Please consider a MONOBLOCK for JUST the subwoofers instead.
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    Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

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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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