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JL Audio 12W6v2-D4

12" Dual 4 ohm W6v2 Series Car Subwoofer

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Product Features:

  • 12" Dual 4 Ohm W6v2 Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • Peak: 1200 watts
    • RMS: 600 watts
    • Recommended Power Range: 150-600 watts
  • Impedance: Dual 4 ohms
  • W-Cone: unibody design, extremely stiff and light
  • Large, progressive-roll spiders: optimized to controls long excursion without limiting it
  • Floating-Cone attach method: ensures proper surround geometry for better excursion and voice coil alignment
  • Plateau-reinforced spider attachment: relieves stress from the spider at high excursions
  • Pole and cone venting: removes hot air during high power operation to improve sound quality and reliability
  • Forced-air-cooled aluminum alloy frame: enhances power handling and sound quality
  • Highly optimized motor systems: reduce distortion, and improve transient behavior
  • Kapton voice coil former
  • Customizable trim ring: can be painted to match installation colors
  • 2.75" 4-layer dual 4 ohms voice coils
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty
JL Audio 12W6v2-D4 Recommended Power Range

Product History:

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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.
W6v2 (JL Audio)
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.
1200 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.
600 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.
4 ohms
Voice Coil Diameter
Diameter of voice coil, usually measured in inches.
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".
86 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.
17 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.
Black
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.
Rubber
Magnet Structure
Defines the overall structure of the subwoofers magnet.
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.
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.
1.5 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.
1.5 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.
7.6"
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
93%
4 Star
7%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.9
Value
4.5
Features
4.8
Design
4.8
Usability
4.8

Rene

Los Angeles,CA

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Greatest Sub Ever!

January 4, 2012

This is by far the best sub i have heard ever, i have two in a ported downfiring custom box and wow do they pound, the bass is so accurate and clean, JL Audio is the best!

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james

cola. sc

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great product and value

November 25, 2009

its jl that says it all and i had to try it to see for myself the single w6 in my tiburon sounds great nobody thinks its just one sub

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jay

hudson, nh

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good subs

October 11, 2013

I'm running 2 12 w6v2's loud subs but bass wise don't hit that hard. I used to run 2 kicker l7's they did on volume 10 what the jl's do on 20.

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Ben

Anaheim, CA

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Deep BASS....

October 8, 2013

Have two in a custom made slot ported enclosure made out of 1" mdf board, powered by a Hifonics BRUTUS 1200 wired down to 2 ohm. These subs hit hard , great product.

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Ice cold

winnsboro,sc

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13'w7

February 10, 2013

This is a monster,its not a subwoofer,its a machine,awsome tecnology in this sub..highly recommend it,not the average subwoofer,i have 1 13'5 w7 in my 1986 300zx turbo,with a 1000/1v2 slash.ears cant take it half way up

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Jake

Louisiana

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12w6v2-d4

August 3, 2012

This would be the second time I own one of these. Sound quality is amazing!!! It hits the lows great. With the rite box it gets pretty loud!!

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Anton

Uzbekistan

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Outstanding Subwoofer from Great Company!

July 26, 2012

I listen to a jazz. It is a "musical" subwoofer, it is ideal for jazz music. If is necessary to you the detailed, musical bass - this is your choice.

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dBHedz

404_AUDIO

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you only need one

May 28, 2012

I have 2 12W6's, but only use one. I got the first one on trade and decided I wanted two. So I found a second one that needed a new surround. I repaired the foam. After a break-in period, I hooked it up to my KX500.2 amp and realized the amp only takes the pounding of one sub. I'm using a JL basswedge deep slot ported box designed for the 12w1 sub. 500-700w is plenty of power. I prefer the oldschool class A/B amps of my generation. (MTX,RF,KICKER,ORION, etc...) I have a customer that wants to trade me his mojo for my other one, but I think I will just hold onto it because I can't buy another one for what I have invested so far. Definitely recommended! Please know your amp and how to tune a system. I also recommend some type of subsonic filter and parametric eq.

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Jgofx

Miami fl HOME OF THE BASS!

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Worth the big bucks

May 22, 2012

I have had these in 2 of my suv now for the last 7yrs started with 1 on 500w rms and now moved up to 2 with hd750/1 .I'm very happy with the way it sounds with my factory set up in a sealed box they hit hard And tite .I like sound clean sound and I have to say this is the best sub i heard that sound good with any kinda of music you play. Some speaker can only sound good when you plan hip hop or bass but can do much with rock or a slow jam these speaker will make anything sound good.I had some kind of sound system from a full blown 4 amp set up 2000watts rms with13 speaker epic center all out in my cars to just adding a single sub to a mark levinson system for the last 20yrs and I never thought jl was worth all that money man was I wrong . these speakers are tanks they don't die and the over all sound is AMAZING!

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Fin

los angeles

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Real Power Subs

May 9, 2012

I bought 2 of these subs and they shake the ground, I have them hooked up to the latest T1500-1bd mono amp. I'm currently running them @ 1ohm, I would recommend it to anyone who likes the power bass..

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kiley

greensboro, PA

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perfect

February 23, 2012

I put one of these in my tsx, and man did that thing rock. Great sound quality its worth every penny.

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Joshua

San diego

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Best subwoofer

February 6, 2012

I have owned and approved of only jl. The w6 is by far the best for its price. I paid 4 hundred for it used and feel it is definitely worth it once in and set up.

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t-roy

palermo,ca

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jl w6

January 30, 2012

I bought this sub a couple days ago and this thing pounds. I had 2 12" kickers comp and it out does them both. Would recommend this sub to anyone into systems plan on getting a nother one in the near future.

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Cody

Oklahoma City, OK

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12W6: Great Sub

December 19, 2011

I've had this sub for about 6 months. It's in a sealed 1cu' box powered by an XD600/1 with a small bit of the better polyfill, in my 06 Reg' Cab Silverado. It sounds great. This sub seems to work well in all sizes of enclosures and always sounds awesome. I like accuracy and it shines in small sealed boxes. It's tight, fast, big, loud and hits with force when you want it to, but you can also listen to it low and it sounds just right. It's got great excursion capabilities as well. The motor structure/basket are one of the coolest, cleanest designs I've seen. I listen to all kinds of music from metalcore, metal, rap, rock, indie, my girlfriend likes some country (haha)...etc. It sounds great with everything and it doesn't color everything like other subs do, it sounds so much more controlled. This is my favorite sub. It'll drop down to 20Hz in my setup just fine and lower. Get a good set of components and upgrade your system all around and you'll hear this sub shine even more. I didn't think this sub was gonna get any better until I heard it with my 6,1/2" C5's, wow. It's amazingly clean and gets loud too. I'm planning on getting another one and an HD1200/1 to power them both. Don't listen to the JL haters repping the internet brands. Simply do some research and you'll see JL is on top of the game. I recommend 500 to 600 RMS, it's perfect for this sub. If you're into SQ meet the JL W6v2. It's one of the cleanest out there and by far the nicest sounding sub I've heard.

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alex

bothell, WA

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w6

November 15, 2011

Very expensive. The only reason i got my w6 is becuase i got it and a hug box for 250 from a guy on craigslist. But about 4-5 months after i got it got damaged so i got a type-r. The w6 was really nice wen it wasnt damaged, i was running a rockford fosgate prime r-500 that was giving it 528 rms. It would pound. It set off car alarms multiple times when i was driving down the street and it had amazing sound quality for how loud it was. It hit sooo many notes compared to the type-r and the transition between the notes was so crisp i wish it didnt get damaged. I loved it i would recomend it to anybody that wants a loud ass sub thats extremely clear. However, you have to be willing to shell out some cash for it.

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Purcell

Fpo, AE

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Best Subs no questions asked

August 31, 2011

These subs deliver that tight bass while the excursion helps the sounds travel. I have a Fosgate Power Series 1000 amp running and it turn heads. I had to double dynamat my trunk plus take other parts together. Sometimes I think I have shaken something loose in my car. Highly recommend this sub to anyone that wants either deep bass or hurt someone's feelings int he competition world. JL Audio name/ quality speaks for itself.

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Fortitude253

Seattle, WA.

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VERY pleased!

April 10, 2011

It's a W6! What else do I need to say? 2 driven with an Alpine PDX-M12, sealed box; Excellent sound!

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Billy

Norfolk, VA

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A must have!

February 8, 2011

I have had my 12 inch Jl W6 for 5 months now and it sounds great. It has progressively gotten louder and the sound quality is amazing. I have it amped on 500 watts and it is perfect for what I need. People always ask me what the heck i got back there because it is a powerful low wattage sub.

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christian

Valencia, CA

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Is that just one sub?

January 24, 2011

I had this in my mustang and people would think it was 2 12s ... this is a really good sub

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Bill

Iowa

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Sound quality !

December 12, 2010

This is the best sound quality sub made, though it does get pretty loud for one 12". Highly recommended, I have it in a ported box to specs so I don't know what it's like sealed, it's actually recommended to be in a sealed box. Power it with a JL Audio 500/1.

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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" Sealed MDF Subwoofer Enclosure

12-inch Sealed Car Sub Box Made with 3/4" MDF and lined w/ 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

NVX 25 ft. of True Spec 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

100% OFC wire with EnvyFlex metallic jacket insulates and protects against damage from extreme conditions.

Your Price $39.99

Belva 23 ft. of 12 Gauge Speaker Wire

Ultra-flexible PVC blended jacket for easy installation.

Your Price $14.99

40 Square Feet of Sound Dampening Material

Thicker than the competition, complete sound damping kit for entire vehicle! Use for trunk, doors, roof and floor.

Your Price $119.99

Dynamat Sound Dampening Bulk Kit

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

Your Price $159.95

Stinger Sound Dampening Bulk Kit

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

Your Price $99.99

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

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 JL Audio 12W6v2-D4 Subwoofer

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

2 JL Audio 12W6v2-D4 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

3 JL Audio 12W6v2-D4 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

4 Channel Amp

4 JL Audio 12W6v2-D4 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

4 Channel Amp

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

12W6v2-D4

UPC

699440921213

Weight

27.00lbs

Internal SKU

12w6v2d4

Internal Product ID

4010

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: JL Audio 12W6v2-D4