JL Audio 12" W7 - 12W7AE-3

2000W Peak (1000W RMS) 12" W7 Series Subwoofer

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•Satin-Black Powdercoated Baskets
• Bright Anodized Surround Clamp Ring
• Overroll Surround
• W-Cone
• Forced-Air-Cooled Aluminum Alloy Frame
• Radially Cross-Drilled Pole Piece
• Dual Ultra-Long Voice Coils
• Black Powder-Coating

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10th Anniversary Edition
•Satin-Black Powdercoated Baskets
• Bright Anodized Surround Clamp Ring
• Overroll Surround
• W-Cone
• Forced-Air-Cooled Aluminum Alloy Frame
• Radially Cross-Drilled Pole Piece
• Dual Ultra-Long Voice Coils
• Black Powder-Coating


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

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

Although the 12W7AE-3 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 400 Watts, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 750 - 1000 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio HD750/1 or JL Audio XD1000/1v2. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosures, needing 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.)

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

1.15 inches (29mm) one-way Linear Excursion

1.15 inches (29mm) of Linear Excursion

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

Unparalleled Linearity and Accuracy

Unparalleled Linearity and Accuracy

DMA is JL Audio's proprietary Dynamic Motor Analysis system and is aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W7AE motors remain linear in motor force over an extreme range of excursion and also maintain a highly stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. This leads to vastly reduced distortion and faithfully reproduced transients... or put simply: tight, clean, articulate bass. Its main catalyst is the driver's Ultra-long Voice Coil, that allows extreme linear excursion, phenomenal power handling and control, control, control

JL Audio 12W7AE-3 Recommended Power Range

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  • 12" W7 Series Subwoofer Driver
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 1000 watts
  • Recommended Power Range: 400 - 1000 watts
  • 10th Anniversary Edition:
    • Satin-Black Powdercoated Basket
    • Bright Anodized Surround Clamp Ring
    • Anniversary Edition Cone Badge
    • Anniversary Edition Terminal Label
  • Impedance: Single 3 Ohm
  • Polypropylene W-Cone assembly
  • Polyester foam OverRoll surround
  • Floating-cone attach method
  • Plateau-reinforced spider attachment
  • Radially cross-drilled pole piece
  • Massive forced-air-cooled aluminum alloy frame
  • Highly linear, DMA-Optimized motor system
  • Huge diameter, progressive roll spider
  • Co-extruded double lead wires
  • Dual ultra-long voice coils
  • Aluminum Bar Grille Available: JL Audio SGR-12W7
  • Precision-built in USA at JL Audio's Miramar, Florida factory
  • Mounting depth: 9.5 "
  • Cutout dimensions: 10.5 "
  • Free Air Resonance (Fs): 27.2 Hz

  • Sensitivity: 86.2 dB
  • Xmax: 29 mm
  • Reference Efficiency (no): 0.2500%
  • Frequency response: ~18 ~ 200 Hz
    • 85 Hz LPF recommended
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  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Check out the JL Audio W7AE Owner's Manual

JL Model Comparison
From entry level woofers to competition grade, JL has them all. Let us find which one works for you.

Model RMS Power Cone Material Surround Material Sensitivity (dB) Frequency Response Xmax (mm) Terminals Made In America
W7 Series 500-1500 Watts Polypropylene Foam Overroll 82.7 - 86.3 15-250 Hz 19-32 Push Terminals
W6 Series 600 Watts Polypropylene Rubber 82.7 - 85.4 20-200 Hz 19 Push Terminals
W3 Series 150-600 Watts Polypropylene Rubber 80.5-87.90 20-250 Hz 8.89-15.5 Push Terminals
W1 Series 150-300 Watts Polypropylene Rubber 83.9-86.1 22-200 8-11 Push Terminals
W0 Series 300-500 Watts Polypropylene Foam 84-88.20 20-250 Hz 11.4-12.7 Push Terminals
WX Series 200 Watts Polypropylene Foam 86-87.17 22-250 Hz 10 Spade Terminals

Product history:

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(previous model, replaced by JL Audio 12" W7 - 12W7AE-3)

Specifications & Details

Subwoofer Specifications
W7 Series
Subwoofer Size
RMS Power Handling
1000 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
3 ohms
Frequency Response
18 - 200 Hz
86.2 dB
Xmax (millimeters)
29 mm
Subwoofer Design
Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
Woofer Composition
Woofer Surround
Polyester Foam
Subwoofer Grille
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Re-Cone Kit Available
Recommended Enclosure Specifications
Recommended Enclosure Type
Ported / Vented
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
1.375 cubic feet
Optimum Ported Box Volume
1.75 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth (Mounting Depth)
Cutout Diameter
Shallow Mount Installation
Electromechanical Parameters
Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
27.2 Hz
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
66.0 liters
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
2.47 ohms
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
What is in the box?
User manual
WITB: Subwoofers
Mounting screw cover (attached)
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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W7 subwoofer

I bought 2 of these in a sealed box that sells here at sonic. I have a fosgate amp pushing around 1800 watts (supposed to be 1900 but being realistic). They are heavy and durabile as a tank! One thing i wanted to point out is these are loud in sealed but you want a ported box if you want windows to blow out. These in sealed boxes need alot of power. I have 2 optima batteries,a 2 farad cap, and a 270amp DC power alternator. It still wants more power! Im gona switch to ported custom box because i heard some W6s that were as loud or louder than mine on 1000 watts,stock alternator and a 50$ battery (come on im mad cuz i spent alot and expected more) once i get them in ported custom box il write another review. These are the best overall subs you can buy bar none! I dont care what anyone says for SQ,SPL, and range these are the king! JUST MAKE SURE TO PUT THEM IN PORTED BOXES OR YOU MIGHT BE DISSAPOINTED?

By Jason on June 25, 2012


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Best sub ever

Great products, good customer service. Very pleased overall. I will def shop this site many more times.

By steven on March 22, 2014


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Oh My Bass

A lot of people say that JL Audio is overpriced, and it kind of is, but we all know that good things don't come cheap. I got this sub to replace my W3's and DAMN, this thing pounds. It handles whatever you throw at it. Lows, highs, anything. You can not only hear the bass, but you can feel it too. If you say that JL sucks or whatever, then why do you think they still get top dollar for this dub7? Or any other sub made by them.. It's the quality. And I pushed my W3's to the max and slapped the hell out of them and they never gave up on me. Never smelt a burnt coil or anything. JL Audio is quality, you get what you pay for.

By Alex on December 5, 2012


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Update on W7

I had my box made for 2 jlW7s by Fatbox USA. They did a great job and my SPL went way up. I drive a Tahoe, now that I have a ported box the dash actually jumps up and down lol. I dynamited my truck with the NVX sound dampener and it worked awesome! I'm putting realistically 900watts to ea W7 and they love it! If the subs were cheaper I'd build a wall for 6 of these pigs and do second skin application. Be advised you will need a powerful 4ch amp to drive your surround speakers. I have 2 sets of JLC5-650 components and 2 sets of Focal PC690 6x9s to keep up when the bass is cranking. These are great OVERALL subs, if you want big sloppy sounding SPL go buy Kickers,Sundown,DC audio,earthquake ect. If you want pure clean bass you can tweak to your taste, go buy a W7 and get a custom vented box. I promise you won't be disappointed folks!

By Jason pt2 on January 18, 2014


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Only the Best

I heard of this beast for years and i finally got up and got one. Wow is all i can say, this thing hits like no other sub. The SPL is intense while it still maintains incredible SQ. This thing is a beast!

By Spencer on January 22, 2012


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Great Value

Excellent customer service. Fast shipping! Trustworthy! I definitely will recommend this website to friends & family members. Thank You very much (S.E.) for great deals on the sound system (JL Audio12w7ae & amps, etc..) I'd ordered.

By Ron on June 10, 2013


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JL for life!

I thought I was impressed with the JL 12W6 until it crapped out (due to the eq curve that I didn't know about because it was purchased used.) My plan was to reuse the ported enclosure for the 12W7 but the woofer is damn near larger than the enclosure so I had no choice but to have an enclosure built to specs. There's a note that accompanies the woofer that says to tune your system without an eq curve (had I know that, my 12W6 may still be alive) The SQ of this woofer is excellent yet the 12W7 has SPL like multipe woofers. A ported enclosure is the only way to maximize the performance of this woofer. I have the JL HD 600/4 on my interior speakers and I'm pairing the woofer with the JL HD 750/1 and it's a match made in audio heaven. I have two blue top Optima's without any capacitors (capacitors are worthless) and the amps have no problems getting the power they need even with the ignition being in the accessory only position.

By JL fan on October 20, 2012


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w7 AE

Sub is awesome. I bought a jl 1000 watt amp to bump to this and it sucked. My kicker zx500 bump my w7 pretty nice in my honda fit. Still have plenty of room to bump even harder but my 500 watt gets the job done nicely. Best sub I owned and a bit pricey but well worth it if you have extra cash to spend.

By yang on March 21, 2014


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I don’t know what else to say except WOW!!! I have had many subs in my day, and have always heard about JL quality when it came to subs, but was never in a place to be cool spending $1200 bucks on a sub. Fortunately, I’m in a place in my life where I could finally afford to do so, and MAN......I am speechless. All I can say is that the sub is the core of your system, and this is where you need to spend the money!! The sound quality and SPL are off the charts. Paired this with an HD1200 and whoa!!

By Anonymous on August 4, 2018 checkmarkIcon Verified purchase


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Great product

This is the best subwoofer on the market. Highly recommend

By Anonymous on August 26, 2018


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