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JL Audio 12W1v3-4
300W RMS 12" W1v3 Series Single 4-Ohm Subwoofer
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The W1v3 is an outstanding choice when your build provides space that is very tight and amplifier power that is respectably moderate. The driver features a shallow mounting depth (5.41 in. / 137 mm) and a compact motor structure, allowing it to comfortably fit in a lot of spaces where a typical 12-inch driver will not. Lacking a pole vent, the rear of the motor structure can be placed directly against an enclosure boundary. In addition, excellent excursion capability and linearity allow it to reproduce sub-bass with striking extension and quality. Several of JL Audio's proprietary technologies enhance its performance and reliability. This includes JL Audio's patented DMA, Elevated Frame-Cooling and Floating Cone Attach Method™ technologies.
Dynamic JL Audio Performance
The 12W1v3 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 75 Watts. However, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 200 - 300 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio JX500/1D. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosure, needing only 1.10 cubic feet of air space in a sealed box and 1.60 cubic feet in a ported/vented enclosure. (Specific dimensions and figures can be found in the user manual, linked further below.)
Striking Linearity and Control
DMA is JL Audio’s proprietary Dynamic Motor Analysis system and is aimed at delivering superior dynamic stability and low distortion. As a result of DMA optimization, W1v3 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 tight, clean, articulate bass that also allows for extreme linear excursion, phenomenal power handling and control, control, control.
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- 12" W1v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
- Power Handling:
- RMS: 300 watts
- Recommended Power Range: 75 - 300 watts
- Impedance: Single 4-Ohm
- Injection-molded, black mica-filled polypropylene cone
- Nitrile-butylene rubber surround
- Aluminum dust-cap with JL Audio logo
- Removable and customizable mounting flange trim ring
- Vented reinforcement collar
- Elevated frame cooling technology
- DMA-Optimized motor system
- Insert molded suspension/coil/terminal sub-assembly
- Stamped steel basket
- Floating Cone Attach Method
- Interlocking Cone and Dust Cap
- Surround Stress-Relief
- Nickel plated push terminals
- Mounting depth: 5.41 "
- Cutout dimensions: 11.0625"
- Free Air Resonance (Fs): 26.21 Hz
- Sensitivity: 86.1 dB
- Xmax: 11 mm
- Reference Efficiency (no): 0.2500%
- Frequency response: ~22 ~ 200 Hz
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Check out the JL Audio 12W1v3 Owner's Manual
JL Model Comparison
|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|
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".
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.
Recommended Enclosure Specifications
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.
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.
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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.