JL Audio 500W RMS 12" Starter Bass Package

500W RMS 12" W3v3 Series Single 2-Ohm Subwoofer with Sealed Enclosure and 500W RMS GTX Series Class-D Monoblock Amplifier

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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 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 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 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.



JL Audio 12W3v3 Recommended Power Range



JL Audio 12W3v3-2

500W RMS 12" W3v3 Series Single 2-Ohm Subwoofer
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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
  • Precision-built in USA at JL Audio’s Miramar, Florida factory
  • 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
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  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Check out the JL Audio 12W3v3 Owner's Manual



JBL GTX 500 (GTX500)

770W Max (500W RMS) GTX Series Class-D Monoblock 2-Ohm Stable Amplifier
Quantity: 1

General Features:

  • JBL Mono Subwoofer Amplifier
  • RMS Power Rating:
    • 4 ohms: 350 watts x 1 chan.
    • 2 ohms: 500 watts x 1 chan.
    • 1 ohm: ----------N/A----------
  • Total max power output: 770 watts
  • Pulse Width Modulated MOSFET power supply
  • LED power (green) and protect (red) indicators
  • Soft start turn-on
  • Signal sensing turn-on
  • Speaker-level (high-level) inputs
    • Bare wire-to-RCA adapters included
  • Removable endcaps for clean installs
  • Nickel plated Power, Ground and Speaker connections
  • 3-way protection circuitry (thermal, overload, and speaker short protection)
  • High-density split-dome convection heat-sink for extreme heat dissipation
  • Input sensitivity:
    • Low level: 100mV - 2V
    • High level: 2V - 15V
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 200 Hz (±0.5 dB); 10 - 300 Hz (±3dB)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: > 80 dB
  • Variable Bass Boost: 0 to +12 dB @ 45Hz
  • Variable low-pass filter: 40 - 280 Hz
  • Fuse Rating: 25A x 2
  • 4 - 8 gauge power and ground wiring is recommended for installation
  • Dimensions: 8-3/8"W x 9-11/16"L x 2-9/16"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty


Check out the JBL GTX 500 Owner's Manual



Single 12" Sealed MDF Subwoofer Enclosure (Belva MDFS12)

12-inch Sealed Car Sub Box Made with 3/4" MDF and lined w/ Polyfil (1.0 cu ft airspace 12SQTC)
Quantity: 1

General Features:

  • Single Sealed 12" Enclosure
  • Internal box volume: 1.0 cubic ft
  • High Quality 3/4" MDF Construction
  • Durable black carpeting
  • Pre-lined with Poly-Fil
  • Seams are fully caulked for better efficiency
  • Gold post terminals for clean and easy wiring access
  • Box Dimensions: 14-1/4"L x 14-1/4"D x 14-1/4"H
  • 30 Day return policy

NVX XKIT82

100% Copper, 2-Channel True Spec 8 Gauge Amplifier Installation Kit w/ RCA Interconnect and 40 ft Speaker Cable
Quantity: 1

General Features:

  • 8 Gauge 2-Channel X-Series Complete Amplifier Installation Kit
  • Designed specifically for car audio systems up to 600 watts RMS
  • Premium power and ground wire provides optimal power transfer
  • Made from silver-tinned 100% virgin copper for a pure uninterrupted transfer of power and signal
  • Audio Interconnect RCA cables are made with twisted-pair technology for noise reduction
  • Solid Brass and satin-chromed ANL/Mini-ANL Fuse holder offers ideal protection for high powered systems
  • True-to-Gauge cables/wires meet or exceed the industry standard of copper required for the gauge size
  • Strand Count: 735
  • BC-5W2 Compliant
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Kit includes:

  1. 20 ft. (6.1 meters) Frosted Blue 8 gauge power wire with seamless crimp ring terminal
  2. 3 ft. (.91 meters) Frosted Gray 8 gauge ground wire with seamless crimp ring terminal
  3. 20 ft. (6.1 meters) Clear 18 gauge remote lead wire
  4. 40 ft. (12.2 meters) Frosted Gray/Blue 16 gauge speaker wire
  5. One 16 ft. (5 meters) 2-channel twisted construction RCA interconnect Cable (NVX XIV25)
  6. One NVX XMANL04 ANL/Mini-ANL Fuse Holder with 60 amp Mini-ANL fuse
  7. One 5/16" black rubber firewall grommet
  8. Two 8 gauge spade terminals
  9. Two black 16 gauge nickel-plated spade lugs
  10. Three blue 16 gauge nickel-plated spade lugs
  11. One black 18 gauge spade terminal
  12. Two 18 gauge red butt connector
  13. Ten 4" black zip ties


Amplifier Power Specifications

RMS Power @ 4 ohms
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 4 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
350 watts x 1 channels
RMS Power @ 2 ohms
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 2 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
500 watts x 1 channels
RMS Power @ 1 ohm
The RMS power rating is the measure of continuous power that an amplifier can output, or a speaker can handle. It is the most accurate depiction of real, continuous power that the industry has so far. If the final impedance of your speaker(s) or subwoofer(s) equals 1 ohms, this is how much power this amplifier will supply at that ohm level. The higher the RMS wattage, the more clean and loud your music will sound. The 5th channel on these particular amplifiers are usually dedicated for driving subwoofers.
Not Stable

Amplifier Specifications

Amplifier Class

An amplifier increases the power of the signal being fed to it by taking energy from its power supply and matching the signal but increasing its amplitude. Amplifiers use many different methods for converting these electrical signals and have been categorized into classes.

Class A/B: Greater than 50% of the input signal is amplified while the other percentage is “off”. These amplifiers have a small amount of current flowing through the output transistors all the time which almost eliminates crossover distortion. Class A/B has great sound quality but is not as efficient as class D. These amps are most commonly used to drive speakers.

Class D: Also known as switching amplifiers, class D amps have output transistors that are completely turned “on” or “off”. This means that when the transistors are on, there is almost no voltage across them but when they are off there is significant voltage but no current flowing through it which makes these amplifiers very efficient at the cost of sound quality. These amps are most commonly used to drive subwoofers.

Other Classes: You may see classes such as GH, bD, X, FD, etc. by some manufactures. These amplifiers tend to be either class A/B, D or a hybrid of the two but with improvements to their designs that can make them more efficient or offer better sound quality.

D
Number of Channels
Each channel on an amplifier will power one speaker using a positive and negative cable. There are various types of amplifiers, each designed to power a certain number of speakers. Monoblock amplifiers, also known as single channel, are designed to power one or more subwoofers. These amplifiers often have very high power ratings. On the other hand, multi-channel amplifiers power multiple speakers, usually at lower power ratings. 2-Channel and 4-Channel amplifiers can power car speakers or low powered subwoofers. Occasionally you might see a 5 or 6-channel amplifier that can power speakers and subwoofers at the same time. The most common setup is a monoblock amp to run subwoofers and a 4-channel amp to run door speakers. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information.
1 - Mono
Total Peak Power Output
The total peak power output is measured as the wattage per channel multiplied by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

It is measured during a brief musical burst, such as a sudden drum accent. Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal.

The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

770 watts
Total RMS Power Output
Total RMS power is measured by multiplying RMS power per channel by the number of channels, and is calculated at the lowest level of operating impedance.

RMS power is the amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS figure, the louder and cleaner your music sounds.

The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.

500 watts
Maximum Input Gauge Size
This is the largest gauge wire that will fit into the power and ground terminals of this device. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire is. For example, a 4 gauge wire is thicker than an 8 gauge wire and thus has higher current carrying capacity. Always do your best to get this size wire to reduce the risk of damage to your components.
4 AWG
Minimum Impedance Unbridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is not bridged.
2 ohms
Minimum Impedance Bridged
The lowest impedance the amplifier will handle when it is bridged.
Not Bridgeable
Speaker Level Inputs
Speaker level inputs are commonly referred to as high-level inputs and vice versa. This input type allows you to get your audio signal directly from the speaker wire in your vehicle, instead of using RCA cables. The advantage of this is factory integration, as most stock radios do not have RCA outputs to run amplifiers.
Yes - with included adapter
Preamp Outputs
Many amplifiers are equipped with RCA preamp outputs which pass the original music signal from the source to additional amplifiers. This is known as daisy chaining because the source connects to the first amp, and the first amp connects to the second amp, etc. The advantage to daisy chaining is you only need one 2-channel RCA cable to transfer the signal from the head-unit to the amplifier, and then one additional cable for each amp being daisy chained.
No
Built-in Crossover

A crossover is a type of filtering system that permits only certain frequencies to play. A Low-Pass (LP) crossover allows only frequencies below its setting to get through which is good in the case of some subwoofers. A High-Pass(HP) filter allows frequencies above its setting to pass through, this is normally used on speakers.

When a crossover is set to FULL it means no filtering is added and the full frequency spectrum is allowed through the amplifier. Filtering is important because feeding a speaker frequencies it cannot reproduce effectively creates distortion.

Low-Pass (LP)
Low-Pass Crossover Frequency
The low-pass crossover frequency is typically used for subwoofers. It can be a fixed crossover point or a variable crossover range. A variable low-pass crossover allows you to select a specific crossover point which allows frequencies below the set crossover point to pass, while making frequencies above the set point gently or harshly roll-off, depending on the steepness of the slope.

The steepness of the roll-off slope is measured in dB/octave and refers to the rate of attenuation (lowering of volume) outside their pass bands.

45 - 300 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
This spec compares the strength of the signal to the level of background noise. A higher value indicates less background noise.
>80 dB
Bass Boost
The objective of the bass boost is to get more kick out of your subwoofer. It is a circuit that emphasizes the lower frequencies at a given point. The bass boost should always be set first before setting the gain. This feature is known for destroying subwoofers and is commonly used incorrectly, so be cautious.
0 - 12 dB
Bass/Gain Remote
If the amp comes with a bass/gain remote you will be able to control the level of your bass from your dashboard. Typically bass remotes also include a 16-20 ft. wire for installation.
No
Fuse Rating
The amperage and the number of fuse(s) an amp requires.
25A x 2 

Subwoofer Specifications

Subwoofer Series
Each subwoofer manufactured is part of a series. This is the name of the subwoofer's series.
W3v3 (JL Audio)
Number of Subs/Speakers
This value represents the number of speakers or subwoofers that the enclosure accommodates.
1
Subwoofer Size
Refers to the diameter of the subwoofer, measured in inches.
12"
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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"
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

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
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