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JL Audio 12W3v3-2

500W RMS 12" W3v3 Series Single 2-Ohm Subwoofer Driver

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JL Audio W3v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
JL Audio W3v3 Series Subwoofer Driver

Easily the best selling subwoofer driver, next to the W6v3, the JL Audio W3v3 provides phenomenal performance at moderate power levels with superb sound quality. The W3 series is in its 3rd iteration, embodying the series' pursuit for providing outstanding output and world-class sound quality. This is accomplished by utilizing a whole suite of advanced technologies originally developed for JL Audio's flagship W7. An Elevated Frame Cooling design helps in delivering enhanced power handling and sound quality. The DMA-optimized, long linear excursion capability minimizes distortion and increases output, while multiple patented technologies enhance performance and reliability. Such advances make the v3s the best sounding, most reliable W3s yet.

Although the W3v3 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 150 Watts, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 300 - 500 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio JX500/1D or JL Audio XD300/1v2. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosure, needing only 1.125 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.)

Like many other high quality JL Audio products, all W3v3 subwoofers are built in JL Audio's Miramar, Florida factory, with extreme precision and top-notch build quality. Its this attention to detail that delivers the JL Audio quality and performance we have all become accustomed to.

JL Audio Patented Cooling Technology

JL Audio Patented Cooling Technology

JL Audio's patented Elevated Frame Cooling design delivers cool air into the heart of the subwoofer in ways no other manufacture's driver can. Purpose-engineered slots located directly above the top-plate stream air to the voice coil. In addition, the upper surface of the top-plate is directly exposed to this air flow, whereas on a conventional design it is isolated from this flow by the lower flange of the frame. This technology not only increases thermal power handling, but also sound quality by minimizing dynamic parameter shifts and power compression. In plain English, this driver keeps itself cool so you can play your system longer, safer and without having to worry about frying the motor.

Extraordinary Linearity and Control

Tight, Clean, Articulate Bass

DMA is JLAudios proprietary Dynamic Motor Analysis system and is aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W3v3 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 12W3v3 Recommended Power Range

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  • 12" W3v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 500 watts
  • Recommended Power Range: 150 - 500 watts
  • Impedance: Single 2-Ohm
  • Injection-molded, mineral-filled polypropylene cone
  • Nitrile butadiene rubber surround
  • Stamped steel basket
  • Customization trim ring
  • Floating-cone attach method
  • Highly linear, DMA-Optimized motor system
  • Insert molded suspension, coil and terminal sub-assembly
  • Patented vented reinforcement collar (VRC)
  • Elevated frame cooling design
  • Nickel plated brass spring terminals
  • Engineered lead-wire design and attachments
  • Black Steel-Mesh Grille Insert Available: JL Audio SGRU-12
  • Mounting depth: 6.65 "
  • Cutout dimensions: 11.0625 "
  • Free Air Resonance (Fs): 27.97 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 87.15 dB
  • Xmax: 13.0 mm
  • Reference Efficiency (no): 0.3100%
  • Frequency response: ~22 ~ 200 Hz
  • Matching Amplifiers:
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  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Check out the JL Audio 12W3v3 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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Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
W3v3 (JL Audio)
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
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.
500 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.
Single
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
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 - 200 Hz
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".
87.15 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 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.
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.
Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR)
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
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.
1.125 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.
6.65"
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.
11.0625"
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.
27.97 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.
79.47 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.
0.50
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.
0.534
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.
1.658 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.
7.678

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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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3 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

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Yovani

Dobson, NC

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Awesome Value

October 26, 2011

This sub is awesome it looks simple and thats what i like about it. Theres more than meets the eye on this sub. It hits a lot harder than i expected and powered with the right amp it will be all you expected from this JL sub. I recommend this sub to anyone especially for the price listed. :D

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Nate Dizzle

Edgewater, FL

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Bang for the Buck

December 22, 2010

I had the 12W3v2-D2 and loved them, well 5 years later and my stupidity while installing speaker covers (which were the wrong ones anyway) they got ruined, replacements were impossible to find. So I found a great deal at Sonic (local shops wanted an extra $100 a piece) and ordered them right away. Shipping was fast and right on! Installed subs, and loved them as much as my previous ones. After some break in, I noticed the bass was hitting a little harder than the previous version, even though they are only a single voice coil! I only have about 300 watts running to each sub(actually slightly less) and they still sound great! When I hooked my system up originally I wasn't looking for obnoxious bass, but turn these bad boys up and even with the little amount of power, they bang and bang hard!! Perfect for my enjoyment inside the vehicle, without the crappy sound on the outside of the vehicle, plus no worries about being pulled over!! If I have the money in the near future I would love to throw a class D 1000 watt amp to them and hear them really scream!!!!! BUY THESE SUBS AND SAVE SOME CASH!!!

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Kenneth

Oakton, VA

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Wow, this sub is amazing.

November 1, 2006

When I bought this sub, I thought I was gettin a good quality, mediocre sound quality and loudness subwoofer. WOW was I wrong. This sub KILLS my friends' Alpine Type-R's and Clarion 12" subs. It is amazing. The SPL is crytal clear, but it still gets loud enough to rattle my trunk. All of this is running at 300watts(which is RMS)! JL makes a great sub. Period. After my sub was installed, I had my friend come over with is 03' 325i with 2 12" Clarion subs. I asked him if his bass was all the way up and he said yes. I was SHOCKED. It hits twice as hard. no joke. This is without a doubt the best sub for the money, hands down.

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gator

owen wisconsin

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great sub

September 11, 2010

I have two of these in a 95 camaro. I have a 1600 watt hifonics amp to them in a ported 3 cu box (1.5 per sub) and an orion hcca ten with a power acoustic ps2-2600 amp bridged to it and my setup hit about 154 DBs! Best sub for the money. I was never a jl fan until a friend talkd me into buying these.

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Matthew

Annandale, VA

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It kicks

August 1, 2010

I bought this trying to update the sound in my 2002 explorer. this was a winner move it kicks deeper and cleaner the sub that cost much more. I am even debating putting another one in the trunk to shake the car next to me at red lights.

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Bass Seaker

Charlotte, NC

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This Sub Booms

January 2, 2014

The W3v3-2 hits extremely hard, and is a great purchase. There isn't a better quality/louder sub on the market for cheaper. This is a great sub.

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clyde

gary, IN

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awsome!

January 9, 2011

I baught 2 of these last year from sonic and all i can say is WOW!!! jl really showed off and put there foot into W3. the sleek look and the power they can handle puts them way above the comp. be careful not to UNDERPOWER them because u will damage the voice coils!! must have them in the right enclosure for max output! would recommend to any one for medium to compitition grade!!

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Justin

Plaquemine, La(dirty south )

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Loud as Hell

February 6, 2010

I have 4 of these in a sealed box on a Power Acoustik 5500 watt amp. These subs sound amazing nice clean clear bass. I can't cut it up past makes my head hurt there doing all this before there broken. They pound so hard within minutes my trunk didn't open from all da bass. I would recommend without a doubt.

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Kirk

albuquerque, NM

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Bang for your buck isn't a reality with this one.

January 7, 2015

This is an EXCELLENT driver, one of the best 12's for sound quality, i should know, i owned 2. But even better is the massive audio hippo. i got mine on sale months ago on sonic for the price of 1 W3 and it just hammers! It is very loud for one 12, but it has great sq. If you are on a budget, but want loud freakin bass without sacrificing sound quality, i recommend the hippo 122.

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Basic Nickname

Grand Forks, ND

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Well worth it

January 22, 2012

Bought this sub to upgrade from a 12wx. Installed it in the box that the 12wx was in with the same Kicker 300.1 (351 watts at 2 ohms birth-sheet) and it hits easily twice as hard with much better better SQ without even being broken in yet. When the weather gets warmer I want to get a second one and build a custom box for the two and a new amp.

One con: For some reason the metallic badge thing on the front doesn't have the W3 logo on it, it just says JL.

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Jeremy

Oklahoma City, OK

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September 17, 2009

I'm using just one of these for my pickup and it's perfect. Not overpowering, just the right balance... though if i want i can get a lot of bass out of it.

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beagle

brighton mi

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best sounding woofer i have ever had.....

June 7, 2012

Highly recommend this driver. I have read about how people think it can't handle power, it has a poor cooling system, blah blah blah. Listen, power it up right and this speaker sounds great, and it will last you a long time.

Hits low notes like a 15. Couldn't believe it when I first heard it. The sound quality is outstanding, and for a 500 RMS driver, it gets impressively loud. Can't image having a w6 or w7. I will never purchase anything other than a JL product ever again.

Using an RE audio amp at 560 RMS in a sealed Sonic box with 1.48 cubic feet, I asked several reputable installers and technicians, and every one of them said this speaker is such high quality that it can take about 100 watts over RMS continuously.

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Nathan

Albuquerque, NM

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Clean, Crisp and LOUD!

October 7, 2011

I have just ONE of these... It is hooked up to a 5 channel RF amp and it is getting about 360-365 watts rms power. I have it in a custom sealed enclosure which is 1.35 cubic feet. I used bass box pro to determine my box size. It is tuned to about 45hz. The sound is Crisp and Clean, no matter what I am playing. I like Rock, Country, Rap, Classical and Jazz. The bass is very clear.

I used to have Rockford 10s (2 of them) and they were loud, but not as crisp. This ONE 12 is Louder and Clearer than those 2 tens were. I have this in my Truck, so one is just fine... Does everything I want it to do.

I am more of a sound quality guy, and this sub is great for SQ. Although it will push some SPL as well... but I was mainly concerned about sound quality, so I went with this. From everything I have read on the W3, it is made for SQ, and so far, I couldn't agree with what I read more. Between the subs I have owned and what friends of mine have owned, I am familiar with the sound and capability of Rockford, RE, Alpine, Kicker, JBL, MTX, Boston Acoustic, and JL... So far this W3 is my favorite. The W7's are nice, but more than I cared to spend and require a much more powerful amp. The W7 is more for spl anyway. Rockford, Boston acoustic, and JBL, are definitely for spl, while this W3 seems to give the best SQ I personally have heard so far. AND, It still produces a good amount of spl.

This sub has seemed to get louder after I broke it in for a few days, and Now I am getting ready to turn up the amp. So far I really Love this sub, and if you read my review and see yourself in a similar category as far as what you are looking for, Then I would say to just get this. The price is good on sonic and it is worth every penny. I am very satisfied that I bought this sub. Very well made...

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Tim

Woodinville, WA

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Excellent subs for the price!

August 31, 2011

I recently purchased two of these to replace some cheap no-name subs I was using temporarily. They are mounted in a sealed enclosure with 1.4ft^3 for each sub and I've got them wired up at 1ohm, pushing 450w rms to each. These things pound!!! Not only do they put out tons of bass, but the sound quality is fantastic as well. I highly recommend these subs and you cannot beat the price!

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Danny

Miami, FL

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Love this brand

December 27, 2009

Great sub! Love this brand.
The bass is soo tight and deep. The magnet in the back is heavy and big(which is good)

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Chase

Cypress, TX

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Amazing!

December 14, 2008

i would recomend this sub to anyone who wants clear deep bass and top of the line quality. Just installed two of these in my nissan titan and when i turned them on they blew me away! whether you enjoy fast bass lines in a rock song or deep bass of a rap song, these will pick up every beat! Hit HARD for being relatively shallow subs. JL is the way to go! end of story.

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Shannon

Erwin, TN

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JL Audio 12w3v3-2

October 1, 2014

This sub hit harder than you would believe. I have it in a self-made down firing box. Located in the back of my Jeep Wrangler. It's being pushed by a 500w mono JBL amp. The sub hit so hard I have to turn down the sub volume. Just keep in mind the size of your box is very important. Also don't stress too much over getting your settings for this sub just right. All speakers have to be "broke in" before you get there full potential. So you'll just be make more changes to your settings in about 30 days. In the end, I love this subwoofer!

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MaRkN9uY3N

Texas

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great products for low prices

February 6, 2011

sonic electronix items are genuine at a very fair price....they also ship crazy fast...

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G_E

Denver, CO

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Great Quality

August 30, 2010

The sound quality out of my JL is exactly what I have come to expect in clarity. If you have a larger vehicle get 2 12" I have one and its loud enough.

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adorapino37

Las Cruces, NM

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JL AUDIO 12 IN

February 15, 2010

I would and have recommended this product. Very good quality sound. amazing deal.

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Zack

Gray, GA

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Excellent Entry Level Sub

October 24, 2009

For the price of this subwoofer, you honestly can't beat it. It purely has the smoothest sound of any sub in its price range. Bass is tight and clean, no matter what genre of music you listen to. I can rock out with some double bass, or pound my ears with some heavy hitting bass. At 300 watts RMS, this thing will just not die! I have pushed this sub to my stereo's limits multiple times and it never falters to deliver perfect sound every time.

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Enox

Donna, TX

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12W3v3-2

September 15, 2009

this sub is amazing, theres just no other word for it. im feeding it with 300 rms and sounds awesome, the bass is tight, deep, and clean. i also love the way the drums kick you with this sub. i have it on a sealed box that i also bought from sonic, sonic u are gr8!

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AL

Lake Charles, LA

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JL Audio

September 6, 2009

I purchase this Sub a couple months ago and it has great sound quality !

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Buyer

Las Cruces, nm

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JL Audio12w3v3-2

August 17, 2009

I bought this sub but have not installed. Very impressed with shipping and company easy to work with. the item is bran new and great shape easy installation.

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Bobby

Dixon, Ca

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Great Value

September 4, 2012

Excellent Product at an unbellievable price. Very happy. Delivery was fast.

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Hector

Mexico

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Clear sub

August 18, 2008

I power this sub with D1200 Orion amp and let me tell you this Sub is so clear. JL rules!!. I will get a second one... this has SQ and bit SPL. Enclosure? , JL specifications sealed enclosure. Clean, Clean clean... Amazing

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Steven

Shreveport, LA

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good sound, terrible quality & reliability

January 23, 2012

After receiving a pair of w3's from a friend, i listened to them, they failed, and I then ripped them apart and here's what i gathered. JL fans, don't read this.

PROS: the sub's SQ is superb when its working. cone seems to work well, as well as the surrounds. cage is non-resonant. spider seems average and works decently. terminals are great and hold wire really well and look professional. lead wire is average size for most mainstream subs. also, the whole woofer just looks pretty.

CONS: serious lack of venting; easily melts coil/ separates it from its former. the only venting is through little spaces between the motor and basket that are about the size of a quarter slot for a gumball machine. its former is made of some nonsense layer of vinyl (thinner than computer paper), so the coil easily separates from it and forms a rats nest under harsh conditions. the coil is around an inch in diameter (seriously? its a 500 watt sub..); this also means there are pretty much no recones available for the ridiculous coil size except through JL, and if you haven't already noticed, all of their products cost serious $$, so i'm sure recones are no different.

OVERALL: its a "decent" sub, but definitely not what you should expect from a 500 watt sub at this price. its crappy design and materials are somehow overlooked by people simply because it says "JL" on the front. for this price range (speaking from personal experience, not word of mouth), i recommend you get an RE se-x or an AQ sd2.5. both outperform the w3 in pretty much every way, and both have many recones available.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS? if you want a clean looking sub that performs well and you have a small, good quality amp (like most reviewers said, they loved the sound on 300 watts), then yes. the w3 was made for older people (non-teenagers LOL) who want straight up sound quality and don't push their subs very hard. JL's subs sound amazing when a modest amount of clean power is put to them. however, i cannot stress enough that these subs CANNOT take abuse. if you have an amp that truly pushes 500 watts or more and you plan on listening to this sub heavily, dig an early grave for the JL w3 because it will die in a short period of time.

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jt

Chicago, IL

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smooth yet potent.

October 25, 2011

I've always heard about how excellent JL is, but I had never had the chance to listen until about 6 months ago. This pair of 12's is without a doubt the best money can buy before you go spending thousands of dollars for multi thousand Watt w7's. The tone range is clean and constant. They hit harder than Mike Tyson. They are more than enough for general use. But there is no need for me to review, if you are considering these subs, you already know what you're in for. Have fun. Enjoy responsibly.

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lyle

garden city, KS

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WOAW!!!!

January 5, 2010

good BASS!!!!! very very loud!!!! i got too many tickets with these bad boys!!!! CLEAN SOUND I DO RECOMMEND!!

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Matt

Seward Ak

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JL 12w3

November 24, 2009

I had an 1800W amp and this sub hooked up it was gettin 900W and it hit soooo hard... only problem is was that after 3 weeks or so the bump wore down and it didnt hit near as hard since... It worked great before this happened. Sonicelectronix has the best price on audio I looked everywhere and I had the best service here at their site

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Richard

Tinley Park, IL

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Great Sub

July 11, 2008

I thought at first they really werent gonna hit that hard just of cause of much the max wattage is but i was totally wrong till i heard them for the first time that day i went out to my local music shop and bought their solid bass hits clear and crisp

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thedoctor415

Hayward, CA

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LOVE IT!!!

May 3, 2012

Love this sub! I have 1 of these in a sealed box with a JL XD600/1 Mono amp running this at 2 ohm. Hits super hard and very clean. The low frequency bass is amazing.

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Shawnzie

Newbury, Ohio

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Great sub

November 23, 2011

This sub is amazing! So deep and quick to respond. I didn't buy them from Sonic but I wish I would have. Love this website and love the subs.

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TOmmny

Los Angeles, CA

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stick with kicker

November 17, 2011

Bought 1 sub with alpine 500 mono amp. Blown it in 5 days. Weak speaker. JL's are known to hit hard but are very weak. Blast your sub for 5 or 10 min ur sub will get hot and smelling burnt. They are the most blown subs even the W7's blown easily, too. Stick with Kicker. Last longer and doesn't blow that easily.

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Heard similar model in a friends vehicle. Sounded good. Was limited on depth. Compromised quality for fitment without modifying the interior.
John h on Nov 18, 2014
Purchased to replace an old 12W3v3-2 in a stealthbox. 11 years in a vehicle in the elements is pretty good. Love JL Audio. And Sonic Electronics is great.
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Product Summary

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12W3v3-2

UPC

699440921534

Weight

19.00lbs

Internal SKU

12w3v32

Internal Product ID

7254

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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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