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JL Audio 12W3v3-2

500W RMS 12" W3v3 Series Single 2-ohm Subwoofer

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• RMS Power: 500 watts
• Impedance: Single 2 ohms
• Mineral-Filled Polypropylene Cone
• Nitrile Butadiene Rubber NBR Surround
• Mount depth: 6.65"
• Sensitivity: 87.15 dB

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• RMS Power: 500 watts
• Impedance: Single 2 ohms
• Mineral-Filled Polypropylene Cone
• Nitrile Butadiene Rubber NBR Surround
• Mount depth: 6.65"
• Sensitivity: 87.15 dB


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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 v3's the best sounding, most reliable W3's 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's patented Elevated Frame Cooling design delivers cool air into the heart of the subwoofer in ways no other manufacturer'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.

Tight, Clean, Articulate Bass

DMA is JL Audio's 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.

Product Details:

  • 12" Single 2 ohms W3 v3 Series Subwoofer
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 500 watts
  • Mineral-Filled Polypropylene Cone
  • Nitrile Butadiene Rubber NBR 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
  • 13 mm Xmax
  • Frequency Response: 22 - 200 Hz
  • Resonance Frequency (Fs): 27.97 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 87.15 dB
  • Recommended sealed box volume: 1.250 cubic feet
  • Recommended ported box volume: 1.75 cubic feet
  • Top-mount depth: 6.65"
  • Cutout diameter: 11.0625"
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • Optional protective subwoofer grille (sold separately)
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Priced Individually

Product history:

JL Audio 12W3v3-2 thumbnail
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(previous model, replaced by JL Audio 12W3v3-2)

Subwoofer Wiring Guide

Wiring Guide to Wire 1 JL Audio 12W3v3-2 Subwoofer

Mono Amp

Wiring Guide to Wire 2 JL Audio 12W3v3-2 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

Mono Amp - Option 1

2 Channel Amp

2 Channel Amp - Bridged

Wiring Guide to Wire 3 JL Audio 12W3v3-2 Subwoofers

4 Channel Amp

Wiring Guide to Wire 4 JL Audio 12W3v3-2 Subwoofers

Mono Amp

2 Channel Amp

4 Channel Amp

Specifications & Details

Subwoofer Specifications
W3 v3 Series
Subwoofer Size
RMS Power Handling
500 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
2 ohms
Frequency Response
22 - 200 Hz
87.15 dB
Xmax (millimeters)
13 mm
Subwoofer Design
Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
Woofer Composition
Mineral-Filled Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
Nitrile Butadiene Rubber NBR
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
1.250 cubic feet
Minimum Ported Box Volume
1.75 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth (Mounting Depth)
Cutout Diameter
Shallow Mount Installation
Electromechanical Parameters
Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
27.97 Hz
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
79.47 liters
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
1.658 ohms
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
What is in the box?
User manual
WITB: Subwoofers
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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Awesome Value

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

By Yovani on October 26, 2011


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Clean, Crisp and LOUD!

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...

By Nathan on October 7, 2011


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Bang for the Buck

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!!!

By Nate Dizzle on December 22, 2010


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great sub

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.

By gator on September 11, 2010


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Wow, this sub is amazing.

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.

By Kenneth on November 1, 2006


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Well worth it

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.

By Basic Nickname on January 22, 2012


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JL Audio 12w3v3-2

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!

By Shannon on October 1, 2014


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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!!

By clyde on January 9, 2011


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

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.

By Kirk on January 7, 2015


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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!

By Enox on September 15, 2009


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