JL Audio 12W6v3-D4

600W RMS 12" W6v3 Series Dual 4-Ohm Subwoofer

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• Injection-molded, mineral-filled polypropylene cone
• Large-diameter, progressive roll spider
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• Floating Cone Attach Method
• DMA Optimized Motor

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• Injection-molded, mineral-filled polypropylene cone
• Large-diameter, progressive roll spider
• Rubber Surround
• Floating Cone Attach Method
• DMA Optimized Motor


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JL Audio W6v3 Series Subwoofer Driver

JL Audio W6v3 Series Subwoofer Driver

JL Audio gave birth to the W6 series in 1993, since becoming the best selling Subwoofer Driver in their entire artillery. The latest generation, the v3, stays true to what embodies the W6 pedigree. Built along side JL Audio's flagship W7AE, the W6v3 Series shares many patented groundbreaking technologies found in its ultra-performance bigger brother. In addition to these technologies, the W6v3's also incorporate a patented cooling structure that efficiently channels air around the voice cold to further improve handling and its JL Audio fidelity. The suspension design features a rubber surround for enhanced durability and a large-diameter, progressive roll spider to provide linear compliance over the woofer's excursion range. The cones are injection-molded, mineral-filled polypropylene and incorporate a silver accent ring that creates a classy new look in combination with the satin black cast alloy basket.

Although the W6v3 Subwoofer can be driven with as little as 200 Watts, for best audio performance it is recommended to run an amplifier capable of between 400 - 600 Watts of continuous power per driver, like the JL Audio XD600/1v2 or JL Audio 600/1v3. In addition, these subwoofers are optimized to operate in either a ported or sealed enclosure, needing only 1 cubic feet of air space in a sealed box and 1.30 cubic feet in a ported/vented enclosure. (Specific dimensions and figures can be found in the user manual, linked further below.)

Like its W7AE brethren, all W6v3 subwoofers are built with extreme precision in JL Audio's Miramar, Florida factory, with extreme prejudice to craftsmanship and overall 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

The bullet-shaped structure inside the pole-vent, located directly in the center of the magnet structure, directs airflow and increases air velocity to effectively reduce voice coil temperature, leading to improved fidelity and reliability. Moreover, JL Audio's patented Elevated Frame Cooling design delivers cool air through slots directly above the top-plate to the voice coil of the speaker. This not only enhances power handling, but also sound quality by minimizing dynamic parameter shifts and power compression. To put it simply, the harder the W6v3 works, the more air its moving to keep itself cool.

Extraordinary Linearity and Control

Extraordinary Linearity and Control

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 12W6v3-D4 Recommended Power Range

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  • 12" W6v3 Series Subwoofer Driver
  • Power Handling:
    • RMS: 600 watts
  • Recommended Power Range: 200 - 600 watts
  • Impedance: Dual 4-Ohm
  • Injection-molded, mineral-filled polypropylene cone
  • Durable rubber surround
  • Large-diameter, progressive roll spider
  • Satin black cast alloy basket
  • Silver accent ring around cone
  • Customization trim ring
  • Floating-cone attach method
  • Massive forced-air-cooled aluminum alloy frame
  • Highly linear, DMA-Optimized motor system
  • Elevated frame cooling design
  • Patented pole-vent airflow control
  • Terminal jumper wire system
  • Engineered lead-wire design and attachments
  • Black Steel-Mesh Grille Insert Available: JL Audio SGR-12W6v2/v3
  • Precision-built in USA at JL Audio's Miramar, Florida factory
  • Mounting depth: 7.52 "
  • Cutout dimensions: 11.02 "
  • Free Air Resonance (Fs): 26.919 Hz

  • Sensitivity: 85.4 dB
  • Xmax: 19 mm
  • Reference Efficiency (no): 0.1100%
  • Frequency response: ~20 ~ 200 Hz
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  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Check out the JL Audio 12W6v3-D4 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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Subwoofer Wiring Guide

Wiring Guide to Wire 1 JL Audio 12W6v3-D4 Subwoofer

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2 Channel Amp - Bridged

Wiring Guide to Wire 2 JL Audio 12W6v3-D4 Subwoofers

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Mono Amp - Option 1

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2 Channel Amp - Bridged

4 Channel Amp - Bridged

Wiring Guide to Wire 3 JL Audio 12W6v3-D4 Subwoofers

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4 Channel Amp

Wiring Guide to Wire 4 JL Audio 12W6v3-D4 Subwoofers

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4 Channel Amp

Specifications & Details

Subwoofer Specifications
W6 v3 Series
Subwoofer Size
RMS Power Handling
600 watts
Voice Coil(s)
Impedance (Per Voice Coil)
4 ohms
Voice Coil Material
Frequency Response
20 - 200 Hz
85.4 dB
Xmax (millimeters)
19 mm
Subwoofer Design
Round / Circle
Main Cone Color
Woofer Composition
Mineral-Filled Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
Butyl Rubber
Magnet weight
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
Optimum Sealed Box Volume
1.00 cubic feet
Optimum Ported Box Volume
1.30 cubic feet
Top-Mount Depth (Mounting Depth)
Cutout Diameter
Shallow Mount Installation
Electromechanical Parameters
Free-Air Resonance (Fs)
26.919 Hz
Equivalent Compliance (Vas)
1.920 liters
Total Speaker Q Value (Qts)
Electrical Q Value (Qes)
Electrical Resistance of Voice Coil (Re)
6.493 ohms
Mechanical Q Value (Qms)
What is in the box?
User manual
WITB: Subwoofers
Other Accessory #6
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Clear, powerful bass

These subs are amazing. I could finish the review there. I used to run two Kicker CVRs (as a first pair) but was sold on a pair of W6s after a demo by an audio retailer. I am running these with a Rockford T-1000 in a ported box, and stock radio (waiting for an interface kit on backorder), and these subs are monsters. I have to warn people before they sit in the backseat of my car (2014 Elantra) because these things HIT. You would think they were in the cab with you, and the SQ is unbelievably clean. I have friends with L7 SoloBarics, and while they might get louder, it sounds clangy and choppy. They are envious of how clean these W6s hit compared to the SoloBarics. Sure, they are a bit pricey, but any audiophile would be proud to own subs that sound like this. The only downside really is that when I run them at over +9 db, they shake the mirror and the sunglasses holder in my car loose. I really look forward to hearing them with the Excelon touchscreen that's going in. I'd like to hear the highs a bit more, but I'll probably have to tune the inside speakers for that.

By JQueezy on August 3, 2014


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12W6. High Price, High Quality

I have owned this subwoofer for 6 years now and it is still going. I'm very impressed since I have ran it on many 12 hour long trips. I feel that I abuse this thing. Hours of Dubstep and how my brother in-law puts it, "Speaker murder." I am running it off a JL 500/1v2 at 2ohms and it is placed in a ported box with 1.5cubic feet tuned to 31hrz just as recommended.

I was surprised that it hits the high notes pretty good and destroys your chest with the low notes. Many people look for LOUD woofers and think that is 'good bass' or 'sound' quality. This sub is loud but it is so impressively clearly! I love when people tell me there subs are louder. Yea maybe 5-10db, but I hear their's bottoming out and distortion filled.

The excursion really helps keep this thing cool and the quality build is meant to last. It is a lot of money up front for one sub but over the coarse of 6 years, not so bad. I would definitely purchase again IF I could afford the money upfront at that point in time. As of now, I'm 6 years in and its still experiencing 'speaker murder' by my favorite DJs.

ps: I know 12's can get a little slopping and can get behind on notes. I was shocked to hear this thing punch 16th note bass sequences. Every note clear and precise. Amazing.

Running: 5001v2 on 1 12w6v2, 400/4v2 on c2650s with Clean Sweep sound processor.

Pros: Amazing sound quality through the full range. Quality build. Made in U.S.A. You only need one.

Cons: Box size (if your worried about cargo space), Upfront price, your fiancé will think its to loud, and hearing loss.

By Greg on April 22, 2014


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Worth Every Penny!!

This sub is really expensive so it might turn a lot of people away. But for those looking for high quality stuff that isnt going to crap out once you turn your volume up, jl is the way to go. In terms of performance this sub gets really loud in the custom ported box i have for it. it sounds like two 13 w1's in a sealed box loud wise. it carries farther so it seems louder and it reproduces notes on a level on its own. the lows are as deep and as clear as you're gonna get and it hits every note subs are supposed to. my subs take a toll because i use them for every day use and i like my music to pound. i have this sub wired at eight ohms hooked to a rockford 1000 bdcp with the gain at five and it takes it like a champ and performs like the hype says it should.

By Joseph on August 7, 2013


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Awesome company

Great product; it was worth EVERY penny spent. Sonicelectronix is worth every dollar they charge. Great products at great prices, you can't go wrong!

By Janell on October 3, 2015 checkmarkIcon Verified purchase


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Best price anywhere

I took the open box option and got this sub for $549 ... I could not believe I was buying the 12 for the price of the size 10 version! Prior to Sonic Electronix I was looking at JL directly as well as other well known options and the prices were all near original retail. Then I started looking at used private sellers but I know that certain high dollar things just need to be new in order to know you are getting your money worth. Damn glad I kept searching and stumbled across this site. Item arrived on time as promised and I found zero flaws. Everything was in the original box including decals and warning labels. If this is how every open box item comes I’d always buy open box items from Sonic Electronix. It’s like they just opened the box, looked at it, and closed the box. The money saved went towards a ported box built to spec. I haven’t installed the sub yet because I’m still collecting items. I wanted to secure this sub and build around it otherwise I may have ended up settling for less on a sub selection. I’m pretty stoked, great site, I’ve already recommended it to several people, and buying more from here to build my system.

By Michael on October 29, 2020 checkmarkIcon Verified purchase


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Just get it!

This is the rare occasion when an expensive, top of the line item is worth the extra money. I downsized from a 15 in a 3.5cuft ported box in a car to two of these in a 2cuft sealed box in a truck. There’s no comparison! The 15 wasn’t a jl product but my goodness the diff is unreal. Had two 12” Audiofrog subs, gs not go, in my truck before this and I just wasted my money on those. Just buy these and end your search for good sq with high output.

By maurice on October 19, 2020 checkmarkIcon Verified purchase


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This thing is a BEAST. It doesn't get much better than this sub. Great quality and sound.

By cj on January 21, 2020 checkmarkIcon Verified purchase


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Clean hard hitting Bass, One sub is all you need!

I have had the 10W0, 12W1, 12W3 and now the 12W6. This is by far the best sounding hardest hitting sub I've owned. First be sure to give it a full 600 watts to get the best sound. I was using a JL XD600.1v2 and it sounded OK, but I knew it could be better. I mated it with a Kicker KXa800.1 and boy the bass was pounding my back and ringing my ears! All you need is one of these subs in a Spec 1.3 cubic foot ported box (built my own) and this subs hits hard, go lows and plays for hrs.. People says JL is over rated and expensive. The only other sub I've heard that sound this good were 2 Cerwin Vega 12's and that was back in 1998.

By Anonymous on July 26, 2019


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JL Audio 12W6v3-D4

Ive heard w7s i've owned the w3v3 but this 12w6v3 is better then both imo rubber surrounds dead accurate even ported and it doesn't require a lot of power to get loud the w7 is louder and more forceful but thats it the w6v3 plays cleaner more accurate and has deep low bass it's an amazing sub and it's worth the price

By Anonymous on June 22, 2018


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Hands down the best subs I've owned!!

I've had many subs over the years including W3's but the are by far the best. I've yet to listen to W7's but I can only imagine!!

By john on August 14, 2016


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