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300W RMS 12" W0v3 Series Single 4-Ohm Subwoofer

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JL Audio W0v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
JL Audio W0v3 Series Subwoofer Driver

The W0v3 offers superb excursion capability, linearity and an overall performance output that puts it right at the top of its price class. The driver features a very beefy 2.0-inch diameter voice coil, a DMA-optimized motor system and JL Audio's patented Elevated Frame Cooling design - all purpose-engineered for enhanced power handling and reliability. What this also means, is your system will be immediately injected with the increase in output and better sound fidelity that one expects from a JL Audio product. In addition, excellent excursion capability and linearity allow it to reproduce sub-bass with striking extension and quality. When matched up with the proper power source, signal and setup the W0v3 is capable of a well rounded sound that is unparalleled by any other driver in its price range.

Dynamic JL Audio Performance

Flexible JL Audio Power

The 12W0v3 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 75 Watts. However, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 200 - 300 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio XD300/1v2 or JL Audio JX500/1D. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosure, needing only 1.375 cubic feet of air space in a sealed box and 1.75 cubic feet in a ported/vented enclosure. (Specific dimensions and figures can be found in the user manual, linked further below.)

Striking Linearity and Control

Striking Linearity and Control

DMA is JL Audio’s proprietary Dynamic Motor Analysis system and is aimed at delivering superior dynamic stability and low distortion. As a result of DMA optimization, W0v3 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 tight, clean, articulate bass that also allows for extreme linear excursion, phenomenal power handling and control, control, control.

JL Audio 12W0v3 Recommended Power Range

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  • 12" W0v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 300 watts
  • Recommended Power Range: 75 - 300 watts
  • Impedance: Single 4-Ohm
  • Mineral-filled, polypropylene cone woofer for excellent durability
  • Large roll surround for generous amounts of excursion
  • Elevated frame cooling brings air directly to the voice coil
  • Designed for compact sealed enclosures or medium-sized ported enclosures
  • Large excursion for louder bass and less distortion
  • DMA Optimized motor system reduces distortion and tight, clean bass
  • Lead wire woven into spider for added strength
  • Metallic silver frame finish
  • 2.0" High temperature voice coil
  • Mounting depth: 5.40 "
  • Cutout dimensions: 11.0625"
  • Free Air Resonance (Fs): 28.43 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 85.64 dB
  • Xmax: 11.4 mm
  • Reference Efficiency (no): 0.2200%
  • Frequency response: ~22 ~ 250 Hz
  • Black Steel-Mesh Grille Insert Available: JL Audio SGRU-12
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  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Check out the JL Audio 12W0v3-4 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

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by JL Audio 12W0v2-4)

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
W0v3 (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.
300 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.
4 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).
22 - 250 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".
85.64 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.
11.4 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.
Mineral-Filled Polypropylene
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.
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.
1.375 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.
1.75 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.
28.43 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.
74.64 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.
4.280 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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lil paul

pasco , florida 727

holy dammmmmmmm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 14, 2012

All i can say is damn! I have a custom 99 s10 that i hooked up two of these to in a ported box. Running a quantam audio 1800 watt monoblock amp. These things pound!!!!!!! I have had many systems and let me tell you, JL is the way to go!!!! You won't be disappointed!

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Goodyear, Az

Fantastic subs

January 8, 2014

I bought one of these subs for my Nissan Armada, being powered by a JL amp and this 12 inch sub rocks. I have it in a sealed box and you can hear me from blocks away. I would highly recommend this sub and any JL product for that matter. It is all I ever use and JL has never done me wrong. As well as Sonic Electronix, I get all my car equipment and never have had a problem with shipping or product condition and their prices are the best.

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juicy j

Rochester, MI

sounds great

March 15, 2012

This sub sounds great, can hear from a block away. Only downside (to mine at least) is that it blew in 1 month, dont let that stop you from buyin it though. This sub is great for the money and warranty will cover any problems.

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Abilene, TX


December 19, 2011

JL Audio never lets you down, these subs are great for the price on Sonic. Great sound quality, nice bass ported & sealed. Strongly Reccomend!!!

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Hazleton, PA

JL keeps on making good stuff

October 28, 2011

If u want a budget sound you just need to get two of these hooked up at 2omhs with a JL JX500/1 amp running 2omhs. Will get good sound with ported box.

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Corpus Christi, Tx

Good sub for a small budget

March 25, 2015

I have two of these subs in 06 ford ranger ext cab powered by a 1000 watt rockford amp (500 watt x 4 ohm) slapped into a large ported pro box and these subs slam HARD. I've never heard a sub sound so clear yet so loud, i can easily make my passengers feel overwhelmed by how much bass these two subs put out. I totally recommend for anyone who doesn't want to spend a whole lot of money for a decent-good sounding sub

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Joe momma

denver, co

JL Audio w0v3 12

August 11, 2012

i have 2 12's in my silverado, the sound quality is great. 2 12's is enough to shake all the mirrors and stuff inside my truck. if youre looking to buy these subs, dont even think about it, buy them! best subs ive had so far! They Hit Hard!

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captain ron

zephyrhills fl


May 15, 2012

These subs are beast my 2 JLs hit harder than my brothers 3 kicker comps and his amp is a class D and mine isn't.. If you got the cash definately take the W0 over the WX worth the extra cash. I checked all around before I bought my subs here at sonic and they got the best price anywhere.

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Bradenton, FL

Verified Purchase
Jl Audio legendary Sound!!!

July 28, 2015

Great subwoofer for the price. I'm really impressed with the sound and how deep this sub plays. I bought 2 subs and pushing 600watts to them.
JL Audio has great products, this is one of them.

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Bryan, TX


March 20, 2012

Okay, so normally I can care less to review anything but I decided to since all these other reviews pretty much suck. The subs pound good. They are very bassy with alot of thump. They are very durable subs and a league all in their own. Got 2 of these in a Probox with 1000 watts to them and they beat!!! The only bad thing I would say about this sub is not a lot of highs but incredible kind of lows.

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JL 12s

November 11, 2013

These speakers are great! They were just what I was looking for. High quality, low cost and that legendary JL boom. Very satisfied with these.

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Newark, OH

JL 12W0V2

June 10, 2012

So about six months ago I ordered two of the 12 JL audio W0's. I spent a bunch of time scrolling through subwoofers and many hours reading the facts. After a few days to think about it I went with JL. My brother has some W3's and they are awesome! After the hook up, break in, and tuning period was over i finally was able to crank these babies up. I was completely shocked!! 150 watts of Kenwood power going to each sub at 4 ohms and in a custom dual chamber ported box at just over 30hz and these subs will go so hard!!! Very loud for the hip hop music (which is what I mainly listen to) but will keep composure and remain so precise. Perfect for any and ALL music! All in all these subs are awesome, anyone who knows JL knows that there is nothing but quality when it comes to their products. Definitely a good buy, worth it!!

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May 9, 2012

I bought two of these, wired them at 4 ohms in a ported box with 250 rms and they are loud and clear. I love these subs, they were cheap and couldn't sound better. I used to have two Kenwoods hooked up to my rockford amp but they ripped shortly after. They had roughly the same specs buy the jls go louder and sound a whole lot better. Very good subs for the price

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December 15, 2011

Strongly recommend these. Have 2 sealed hooked to a zx750.1 over powering each by 75 watts and these have been banging for along time. I wouldnt recommend under powering these by 250 each at least give them 300 each. If you over power them in a sealed enclosure they won't blow. They'l eat it up and make your system sound awesome.

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Little Brother

Corsicana, Texas

Great Value!

September 17, 2013

Best value for the bang. Got 2 12 JL Audio subs with 2000 watt amp and my whole system sounds clear and awesome. Cant beat them for the price.

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two w0's for almost 1 year now

February 25, 2013

Two 12W0v3-4 wired parallel to an alpine M500 amp at about .3 volts gain, wired parallel to 3 farrad cap. Subs are in 3/4 chipboard ported-box built to specs provided by JL Audio.

Very good price
Lower than 30hz average responce.
Low rms (cheaper amp)
Good db's

Does not do 20hz
Single voice coil
LONG BREAK IN PERIOD!!! these are pro subs! dont expect to do 250+ rms out the box

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jeffrey dahmer

port orange, FL

little sub big bass

December 31, 2011

This JL sub is amazing its super loud i made a custom box for it and it is the cleanest bass ever. This sub really does pound do not underestimate this sub.

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

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JL Audio SGRU-12

Black Mesh Grille for Select JL Audio 12" Subwoofers

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12" Protective Waffle Subwoofer Grille

Keep your subwoofer looking amazing while keeping it safe.

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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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