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JL Audio 10W1v3-4

W1v3 Series 10" 4-ohm subwoofer

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Overview

Our take on the JL Audio 10W1v3-4

The affordable W1v3 subwoofer incorporates patented features developed by JL Audio for their legendary W7 subs. Special venting keeps the W1v3 sub running cool for trouble-free performance, while extensive research in cone bonding and motor assembly construction keeps its cone movement linear for precise, dependable output. The cone interlocks with the dust cap for superior rigidity, and a sophisticated suspension system keeps internal parts aligned properly when you're jamming hard.

Legendary JL Audio engineering

The affordable W1v3 subwoofer incorporates patented features developed by JL Audio for their legendary W7 subs. Special venting keeps the W1v3 sub running cool for trouble-free performance, while extensive research in cone bonding and motor assembly construction keeps its cone movement linear for precise, dependable output. The cone interlocks with the dust cap for superior rigidity, and a sophisticated suspension system keeps internal parts aligned properly when you're jamming hard.

Side-view of JL Audio 10W1v3-4 10" sub

These subs look as good as they sound.

Solid bass made for compact boxes

The low-profile 10W1v3-4 10" subwoofer works best in compact enclosures, so you can put quality bass in smaller and hard-to-fit vehicles. It features a polypropylene cone with an embossed JL Audio logo for a look that stands out as much as the sound. The removable, customizable trim ring lets you put a personal touch on your system, and makes optional grille installation a snap. This punchy W1v3 sub works well with moderate power, delivering impressive performance without costing a fortune.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 225 and 450 watts RMS at 4 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Although this isn't a W3 or higher, matched with a good amp (in this case an Alpine 250W) it was more than what I expected. For the money, it can't be beat. I really pushed this sub with limited power an it performed flawlessly. Clean, clear, LOW BASS.

Ima D Boss, fairless hills, PA

What's in the Box:

  • 10" Single 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Black plastic trim ring
  • Owner's manual

Product Highlights:

  • 10" 4-ohm subwoofer
  • polypropylene cone with nitrile-butylene rubber surround
  • power range: 75-300 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 600 watts
  • frequency response: 25-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 84.2 dB
  • top-mount depth: 4-5/8"
  • sealed box volume: 0.55 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 0.94 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

JL Audio 10W1v3-4 Reviews

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14 Reviews

Not for hip hop/techno

Written by: Jonathan from Wailuku, HI on April 13, 2016

2012 Lexus IS250
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Needed shallow mount subs for my IS250 and decided to try two 10's vs one 12. I listen to 99% rap/techno and these subs simply don't have enough low end oomph and extension. The subs will probably be ok for pop/rock listeners. Build quality and overall performance is appropriate for the price point. Ordered a JL 12TW3 shallow mount sub to run in a ported box.

Pros: Shallow mounting depth. With no pole vent, the back of the sub can be placed against a wall of the enclosure. Tiny sealed box size.

Cons: Not for rap/techno listeners

Slim but not Shallow

Written by: Travis from Vermont on March 9, 2016

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I used these to replace my 10"kicker comp cwrt's. The jl 10w1v3's play at a higher volume before bottoming out. Even though they are 100watts rms less and only single voice coil these 10s slam. I have 2 of them behind the back seat of a 2014 toyota tundra crewmax. Believe me there's not much room back there for anything else. So far these have been the best soundin/loudest subs I have tried in this truck and I have had RF shallows and kickers back there. JL Audio is the way to go. They are playing in a ported box behind my 2014s seat. Pay once, cry once

Pros: Takes up minimal space and requires little power. It's a slim sub but not a shallow sub!

Cons: I wish jl made the same 12 with similar mounting depth. In my application space is very limited. They also went on sale 2 weeks after I bought them....

JL Sealed 10" W1-- 4ohm... AWESOME

Written by: Ima D Boss from fairless hills, PA on February 28, 2016

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Although this isn't a W3 or higher, matched with a good amp (in this case an Alpine 250W) it was more than what I expected. For the money, it can't be beat. I really pushed this sub with limited power an it performed flawlessly. Clean, clear, LOW BASS.

Pros: Excellent performance for the money. Great, clean bass if a good amp pushing it.

Cons: Looks strange with the lip, but you're not looking at what it can do, you're HEARING it... Not really a CON.

Great update

Written by: Erok from Arlington, VA on August 13, 2015

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Great product. I originally owned the v2 which latest nearly 8 years and always played at max volume. The latest version is of the same build quality and sounds slightly better.

Pros: Build quality and sound quality. Top notch

Cons: None

Great subs for tighter spaces!

Written by: Bryan from Ky on April 9, 2015

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These subs sound great! I replaced a pair of crossfire idb3 10's with these subs. Can tell a big difference in clarity and power. They have really clear deep bass. I have a regular cab truck so they fit easily in a truck box behind the seat. I'm pushing them with a JL audio XD600/1V2 amp. Perfect combination if you ask me.

Pros: Fits in a truck box behind the seat. Really good subs for the money!

Cons: None that I have found so far.

jjl 1v3-4 sub

Written by: big joe from mays landing on March 11, 2015

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just innstalled two 10'' subs in a sealed b ox .69 cf installed right in between the z bar in the rear of my 07 350z used pdrm 65 alpine amp 650 watts of power, the jls sound great ffantastic listen first beforeyou buy if possible couldnt be happier

Pros: the lowest lows clear and crisp

Cons: none

did i get a broken one?

Written by: Big D from wausau wi on October 26, 2014

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Bought one of these to replace factory Bose sub in my car. It sounds nice if you listen to a lot of talk radio. I added a separate amp to drive this(300 rms) onto factory system. Put it in, with a good chunk of trimming and fab work for a box(.65 ft3) sealed in to stock location. It is about 20% louder than stock before it gets sloppy. I have an old cheap sub that sounds just about as good. Wanted to keep trunk space,but my alpine type R crushes this thing. I personally was dissappointed with this sub. The price I paid for it made it even worse. Live and learn I guess. Listen before you buy.....internet reviews are sketchy.

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OH YEAH!!!

Written by: jpharrison from Burke, VA on August 10, 2014

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I originally had the JL 10w1v2-4 for 6 years and it was great. I ended up giving to my sister for her birthday for her car. I wanted something similar so I called in and the customer service rep suggested the v3 of same sub. It was shipped and I received it the next day. Installation was quick and easy. The sound is amazing. Sound is crisper, the bass hits lower and deeper. Overall the sound quality is better and my friends are jealous. Value was good and the whole buying experience was amazing.

Pros: Crisper sound, deeper bass, sub seems to hit harder.

Cons: none

JL Audio 10W1v3-4

Written by: fkwallace2 from Atalanta, GA on July 8, 2014

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Loving it!

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Great speakers /Dissapointed on delivery

Written by: Anonymous from Neches, Tx on March 27, 2014

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Have just bought two of these and have always been a JL audio fan. I received them today, and was very disappointed in how they were shipped. The box that Crutchfield shipped it in was very flemsy and had the speaker boxes falling out of the bottom almost, and half the Crutchfield tape half already torn apart on top. Of course that could be ups fault with shipping, I can understand some of that, but upon opening into the individual sub boxes, I find that the inside of one had the speaker had been pushed down, but not enough to damage the speaker and thankful for that. And in the other one, out of all things, there was PINESTRAW inside it. Not a lot, but enough to make you wonder where these are being stored. How does that happen? The speakers themselves luckily look ok, and if they are the JL audio speakers I have had in the past then I'll be happy with em. They do look and sound great! But I will definitely think twice, before ordering again.

Pros: Great speakers The brand to have!

Cons: Very disappointed in how they were shipped.

hard hitting

Written by: Anonymous from sidney ne on January 12, 2014

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Put two of these in a sealed box for my f250 from supercrew sound .5 cu ft per sub paired with a jl 600 watt mono amp Let me tell you these things hit way harder than I expected to bad they are hiding behind my back seat love to watch Em flex am very pleased with the results

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Good for under back seats avalanche

Written by: B from San Diego on September 8, 2013

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Good for svc

Pros: Low height

Cons: Not dvc

Outstanding sound quality and hard hitting!

Written by: Rob from Montgomery, Alabama on July 8, 2013

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These speakers replaced 11 year old speakers that were in the 02 S10 Ext.Cab stealthbox. Using a JL 500w amp they hit harder and are cleaner than the older series.

Pros: Great sound quality, hard hitting! If they are anything like the old ones, looking forward to many many years of use!

Cons: Had to "remove" some of the rubber from the mounting surround, they don't fit into the stealthbox if you leave the rubber. However, once the rubber was "moved" they fit perfect!

Amazing Loudness and Quality

Written by: Dstar23 from Texas on May 13, 2013

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I have 2 of these bad subs in my f150 under the back seat in rhino lined sealed box being pushed by my MTX audio thunder 1000.1 amp! I was amazed on the amount of bass these subs put out! Also no matter how loud I crank it, the quality isn't distorted. If you want some bad subs with limited amount of space, these are them!

Pros: Compact, Loud, Quality, Reasonable Price! No reason not to get them!

Cons: None at all!

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What's in the box?

Download the JL Audio 10W1v3-4 manual

  • 10" Single 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Black plastic trim ring
  • Owner's manual

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Features
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Features

Woofer: The JL Audio W1v3-4 subwoofer features an injection-molded, mica-filled polypropylene cone with an embossed metallic JL Audio logo and a rubber surround for added durability, woofer excursion and bass response.

Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method of improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W1v3-4 motors remain linear over a long excursion range, and also maintain a highly stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. The result is reduced distortion, faithfully reproduced transients, and tight, clean, articulate bass.

Floating Cone Attachment Method (FCAM): JL Audio's patented FCAM technology is an innovative method of bonding the surround/cone assembly to the voice coil/spider assembly. This assembly technique ensures proper surround geometry in the assembled speaker for better excursion control and dynamic voice coil alignment.

Vented Reinforcement Collar: The Vented Reinforcement Collar (VRC) is a composite structure that addresses two issues related to reliability:

  • Stress Relief: By reinforcing the critical junction between the cone, voice coil and spider, the VRC greatly reduces failures due to glue breakdown or material weakness. It does this by increasing adhesive contact area and providing stress relief to the spider material at excursion extremes.
  • Air Flow: The VRC also features slots that facilitate air flow directly onto the voice coil windings, thus reducing thermal compression effects and enhancing reliability.

Insert Molded Suspension/Coil/Terminal Sub-Assembly: The W1v3-4 features a unique spider, coil and terminal subassembly, assembled prior to installation in the speaker frame for optimum alignment and glue-joint integrity. This type of assembly ensures precise lead wire length, lead wire entry and exit angles, and coil/spider alignment.

Elevated Frame Cooling System: The elevated frame design of the W1v3-4 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.

Customizable Trim Ring: The woofer comes with a removable ring made of black ABS plastic which can be painted to match the installation theme and create a personalized look. You can purchase an optional grille mesh insert specifically designed to fit into the inner diameter of the trim ring (item number 136SGR1031, sold separately).

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Enclosure: JL Audio recommends an optimum sealed enclosure volume for the 10W1v3-4 of 0.587 ft³ (0.55 ft³ net, plus the sub's 0.037 ft³ displacement), resulting in a -3dB point of 43.1 Hz.

Ported Enclosure: JL Audio recommends an optimum ported enclosure volume for the 10W1v3-2 of 0.937 ft³ (0.9 ft³ net, plus the sub's 0.037 ft³ displacement). The recommended slot port is 1-1/8" (wide) x 10" (tall) x 29-3/4" (long), resulting in a tuning frequency of 32.17 Hz and a -3dB point of 31.92 Hz.

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Why did you buy this?

JL Audio subs have worked well for me over the years. Sound quality, and the ability to fit in small enclosures are priorities for me. [ JONATHAN E  Feb 17, 2016 ]

7 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  Apr 01, 2016 ]  Staff
The best box depends on what kind of bass your looking for. If you want SPL then go ported, otherwise go sealed box. I prefer custom built sealed boxes for any subs if you know what your doing and know how to get the sound and feel you want. Go off the factory specs especially if your going ported. Sealed is awesome at .592 cubic inches. That's a litl larger than factory specs @ .587ci. Never been a fan of band pass boxes. Good luck [ MICHAEL  Sep 24, 2015 ]
I had a local guy build a custom box for my jeep it was Dow fired with no vent hole and works great. [ JAMES  Sep 14, 2015 ]
It all depends on your vehicle. In my opinion, if you have a full size pickup I would get dual downfire for under your seat. If you are in a car where your subs will be in your trunk, I would go with a ported box with 2 of these subs. I have 2 of these under the back seat of my truck in the downforce position and I'm more than satisfied. I promise they are worth the money! P.S. They slump harder than most of my buddies systems (and they have 12s by other brands). [ William  Sep 14, 2015 ]
I would use a compact box with no ports. I have a Stealth box in my truck. I bought this sub to replace the blown sub that came with the Stealth box [ Milton Lee  Sep 13, 2015 ]
I built my own box using specifications provided on JL's web site. You will always get the best performance that way. They have dimensions fir sealed and ported enclosures. [ Anthony John  Sep 13, 2015 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy  May 31, 2015 ]  Staff
The amp is rated 600wattsx1 @ 2ohms or 400x1@4ohms, the sub's are rated @ 300rms. Perfect power match if your two 4ohm sub's are wired PARALLEL to 2ohms. Better to over power speakers than to under power them FYI. [ MICHAEL  Mar 25, 2015 ]
YEs you canI'm running an infinity 600/1 to mine at 2 ohms. Crutchfield sold me my setup sounds good too..hits hard in the right box.. [ KEVIN  Mar 25, 2015 ]
I have two of these in a sealed enclosure with the xd 600/1v2 it's a perfect match you'll be pleased with your setup [ BRANDON  Mar 25, 2015 ]
I have 2 subs wired in series with a 15 year old Precision Power 240 watt amp and they sound great. I also like Pioneer brand equipment. Any good manufacturer in the 250-300 watt range should be fine. Hope this helps. [ ADAM  Mar 21, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Mar 20, 2014 ]  Staff
That amplifier would only provide 180 watts of power to this subwoofer. We typically recommend that you provide a subwoofer with 70% (or more) of the RMS power rating. The 2-ohm version of this subwoofer would actually be a better match. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_13692080/JL-Audio-10W1v3-2.html [ Jeff  Jan 13, 2014 ]  Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Dec 21, 2013 ]  Staff
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