JL Audio 13W7AE-D1.5

1500W Peak (500W RMS) 13.5” W7 Series Dual 1.5-ohm Subwoofer

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• RMS Power: 1500 watts
• Impedance: Dual 1.5 ohms
• Polypropylene Cone
• Polyester Foam Surround
• Mount depth: 10.50"
• Sensitivity: 86.3 dB

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• RMS Power: 1500 watts
• Impedance: Dual 1.5 ohms
• Polypropylene Cone
• Polyester Foam Surround
• Mount depth: 10.50"
• Sensitivity: 86.3 dB


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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 13W7AE-D1.5 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 500 Watts, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 750 - 1200 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio HD750/1, JL Audio HD1200/1, or - best of all - JL Audio 1200/1v3. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosures, needing 1.875 cubic feet of air space in a sealed box and 2.375 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.

1.25 inches (32 mm) one-way Linear Excursion

1.25 inches (32 mm) 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 13W7AE Recommended Power Range

Product Details:

  • 13.5" Dual 1.5 ohms W7 Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 1500 watts
  • Polypropylene Cone
  • Polyester Foam Surround
  • 32 mm Xmax
  • Frequency Response: 15 - 200 Hz
  • Resonance Frequency (Fs): 23.50 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 86.3 dB
  • Recommended sealed box volume: 1.875 cubic feet
  • Recommended ported box volume: 2.375 cubic feet
  • Top-mount depth: 10.50"
  • Cutout diameter: 11.90"
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • Optional protective subwoofer grille
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Priced Individually

Product history:

JL Audio 13W7AE-D1.5 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
JL Audio 13W7 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by JL Audio 13W7AE-D1.5)

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Specifications & Details

Subwoofer Specifications
W7 Series
Subwoofer Size
RMS Power Handling
1500 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
1.5 ohms
Frequency Response
15 - 200 Hz
86.3 dB
Xmax (millimeters)
32 mm
Subwoofer Design
Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
Woofer Composition
Woofer Surround
Polyester Foam
Magnet Type
Subwoofer Grille
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Re-Cone Kit Available
CTA-2031 Compliant
Recommended Enclosure Specifications
Recommended Enclosure Type
Ported / Vented
Minimum Sealed Box Volume
1.875 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
2.375 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth (Mounting Depth)
Cutout Diameter
Shallow Mount Installation
Electromechanical Parameters
Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
23.50 Hz
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
104.3 liters
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
2.41 ohms
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
What is in the box?
User manual
WITB: Subwoofers
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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I have 3 of these subs in my yukon running on a rf bd1500 1 at .75 ohms. Each sub is getting a lil over 2100 watts absolutely clean and loud. there is a reason JL has not changed theses subs in 10 years there is no need i play at full volume all the time an for the first time in 6 years i blew one. 365$ to jl and i get re-coned back in business all i can say is this sub is the best sub ive ever heard. There are alot of other subs out there that claim to be louder an most of them are 18's an need 6000 watts. I promise 3 jls running on 2000 watts each is gonna be louder then any 18.

By mcds on January 6, 2012


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I dont't get what all the hype is about JL ! ! !

SQ sound quality subwoofer made. This makes me laugh as I have competed since 1994 and if this is sound quality then im Santa Clause! I have had the 13W6 and the 13W7 and have to say that I have found many better subs for way less. I switched to the RE Audio XXX and am much happier and payed less than my W7. I feel JL is just living off the reputation they built as the subs have not changed in about 7 years. 500 to 1100 dollars for these subs is robbery but if you just have to have JL then have at it.

By MACS on August 9, 2011


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good buy

These subs are beasts they are probably the loudest and best sounding sub for the money. they have a well rounded range of bass and the clarity of it is amazing.

By alonzo on August 10, 2011


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Great sound!!

Would recommend this to whoever wants bass. looks good and sounds good. i am thinking of getting another one.

By Luis on August 10, 2011


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damn fine sounding sub

This sub is pricey, but is extremely loud and sounds good too. Paired with a spec vented enclosure, this thing rocks any type of music. A single 13w7 with a true 1000 watts rms will make your windows flex and I still don't have mine set up properly yet nor is it even broken in. Expensive, but well worth it. It's money you won't regret spending. Gave 4 stars for value because of price, and 4 stars for features and ease of use because of the odd dual 1.5 ohm voice coils.

By Larry on August 30, 2014


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This is one of the best subwoofers ive ever heard. I have one hooked up in my car with a 1000/1v2 and it bangs hard! ive never heard anything like it. The only down side is they are a little spendy and are really heavy. But are definatly worth the money. If you can get your hands on one of these, they sound great and bump hard. Plus it will make everyone in your neighborhood jealous.

By rajs on October 19, 2011


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13W7 review

I purchased a 13W7 and a ported box tuned to jl specs and this one sub hits very hard! In a 01 civic the 13 hits pretty tight when needed and super low and very deep. The sound quality is pretty remarkable! I'm running a JL 1000 on it and it loves it. I previously was running two MTX thunder 12 7500's and this one sub destroys them on the same amp. However on some music I still miss the MTX's sound. The only real drawback to the 13w7 would be the weight in a good box is close to 100 pounds, I would recommend a high output alternator and a XS Power battery and 1 gauge wire to maximize the full potential.

By Jstall7543 on September 3, 2012


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This Speaker Knocks Hard

I have this thing in a custom 13w7 box in the back of my Toyota Land Cruiser, and it is ridiculous!!! That truck has a lot of air space inside, and that speaker fills it up and then some. It's just small enough to keep up with the double bass drums in metal (and it sounds like a machine gun), but so deep that it sounds like an earthquake from down the street when I'm listening to rap or whatever thumps. I would buy another but I dont want to go deaf and shatter my windows.

By Wesley on August 24, 2012


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W7 Rocks

This is my second review of this sub. I now have it "broken in" and have switched up my amp to a JL 1000/1 amp from an Alpine PDX1.1000. There is a noticeable difference, but not a drastic difference. The difference is only in the fact that the JL amp maintains its 1000 watts over a range of voltage(from 11.6 to 14.4) whereas the Alpine amp puts out its 1000 watts at 14.4 volts and starts to drop as your voltage drains(which it will unless you have multiple batteries AND a cap). I have come to the conclusion that JL has a wicked good marketing department, and is very much like Apple Inc. They both charge TOP dollar for their products, which are top notch, but you can find a comparable product for a fraction of the price. In hindsight, if I had the room, I would have gotten an RE Audio XXX15 or a Skar Audio TXL15 for less money and had extra cash to beef up my electrical system more(Mechman Alternator, 3rd Battery). But, I didn't have the room for the box requirements for the RE or Skar subs. That being said, it still amazes me of the output of this 13w7 in only 2.375 ft3 vented. There is no other sub that can come close to the output of the 13w7 AND do it in less than 2 and half cubes. If your looking for extreme output and have limited space, then this is most definitely the best choice out there, but if you have the room for 5 or 6 cubes of sub box, I would go with the Skar TXL18 for half the money, twice the power handling and more output. But, that is comparing an 18" competition woofer to a 13.5"(more like 15" because of the way the surround goes all the way to the edge of the frame, instead of having a visible frame using up what could have been another inch of cone area). So, with that said, to the people that say"I wish JL made a 15w7", they pretty much are a 15" woofer. After using this sub and after having owned two 10w3v3's and using countless other brands of subs, this one is one of the most musical sounding I have ever used. It hits lows effortlessly and doesn't sound like a "giant bass hum or buzz" as a lot of other woofers sound. Plays music with authority and accuracy. I would recommend this sub to anyone looking for extreme output with a moderate sized enclosure(vented) and SMALL enclosure(sealed). I just wish JL would come down on their price a little. If this sub was in the $500-$700 range, I would have 2 of them in a sealed enclosure and still be at only 3.6 ft3 total box volume. To sum this up, great sub. Works awesome in Small enclosure sizes. A bit overpriced.

By Larry on September 20, 2014


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Bringing the thun

I gotta say if you are a sound quality guy or a spl guy this sub can do both depending on what enclosure you use. You want to get lows and have a wide frequency response put It in a small business x. If you want to crack your windshield put it in about 3.0 cubic foot tuned to 34hzt and whatch out. You don't even need two these things can destroy a car all by themselves. But if you want a 150db daily monster with superb sound quality at the same time get two and feed them with there own HD1200/1. I would absolutely recommend these for anyone wanting the best. Yes I know there are louder subs mostly huge 18's in giant 7 cubic foot boxs but you want find but a handful of subs that can sound this good and give this level of spl at the same time. This ant n one trick pony here boys. We had a guy here in Kentucky doing 151.3 with 12's on 2k. He said he was tired of people saying JL couldn't get just as loud as other brands. And all thes people saying you need battery's and Alta to run this you don't unless it's going in a old civic with a 60amp half dead alt. I run mine in a 2013 Dodge Avenger with stock 130amp alt 4 gauge ran back to a 1k watt capable batt and no big three. Never had a shut down and amp never gets over Luke warm. It's a HD1200/1 which is a perfect match for the 13w7.

By Tammy on May 4, 2017


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