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JL Audio 12TW3-D4

Shallow-mount 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils

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Our take on the JL Audio 12TW3-D4

by John Pollard
JL Audio

What's a component sub and why would I want one?

A component sub is simply a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass once it's installed in a compatible enclosure. Think about the impact of a movie soundtrack in a big theater or even in your own home HDTV setup. A component sub can add the same kind of power to the music in your car. And a car sub is not all about the boom that you hear on a street corner (although that's cool too) - you can pair a component sub with your choice of enclosure to get bass just the way you like it, from tight and punchy to fat and loose. And once you experience music in your car with a well-tuned subwoofer, you'll never go back.

Bass for challenging spaces

If you've got a pickup truck, sports car, or you just need to haul a lot of stuff, then you know that adding some bass can be a challenge. That's why JL Audio built the TW3 Series 12TW3-D4 shallow-mount subwoofer. This super-thin 12" sub puts out big bass, yet only requires minimum air space, so you can use a much smaller enclosure. Now, you can have your bass and your space too.

JL Audio 12TW3-D4

Don't let this sub's low profile fool you, it's made for big bass.

JL Audio's amazing engineering

JL Audio used all their tricks to build a sub this slender without giving up performance. Its tough polypropylene cone won't flex under high power, and the large, durable rubber surround helps the cone move large amounts of air. The heavy-duty cast-alloy frame only stands 3-1/2" tall, but provides a stable home for this high-performance bass driver. For best results, you'll want to send this sub up to 400 watts RMS, and its dual 4-ohm voice coils make it a perfect match for a mono amplifier. 

Highlights:

  • 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
  • shallow-mount design with small airspace requirements
  • mica-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround
  • cast alloy basket
  • top-mount depth: 3-1/2"
  • power range: 100-400 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 800 watts
  • frequency response: 22-200 Hz
  • sensitivity: 82.1 dB
  • sealed box volume: 0.75 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size
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12 -inch
Impedance
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4 ohms
Cone Material
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Mica-filled IMPP
Surround Material
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Rubber
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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0.8
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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N/A
Port diameter (inches)
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N/A
Port length (inches)
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N/A
Free-Air
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No
Dual Voice Coil
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Yes
Sensitivity
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84.11 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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22 - 200 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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100-400
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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800
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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3 1/2
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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11 5/8
Vas (liters)
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48.73
Fs (Hz)
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26.46
Qts
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0.531
Xmax (millimeters)
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15.2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 12" Thin-Line subwoofer
  • Owner's manual
  • Voice coil connection warning

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Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Features

Thin-Line Design: JL Audio's patented thin-line woofer technology compresses the architecture of the 12TW3-D4 subwoofer and allows it to deliver great bass performance in tight space applications (less than 3-1/2" deep). Central to the technology is the Concentric Tube structure that supports the oversized voice coil and the suspension attachments. This permits placing the motor structure much further forward in the speaker than conventional designs, while maintaining excellent linear excursion capability. Equally important, the 12TW3-D4 is designed for extremely small enclosure applications; 0.8 ft³ is optimum.

Concentric Tube Suspension: JL Audio's patented Concentric Tube Suspension employs a molded structure which spans beyond the edge of the motor structure, supporting the spider on the outside of the motor's boundaries and the large diameter voice coil on the inside. The large voice coil permits the magnet to sit inside it, rather than surrounding the coil as is typical in most woofers. The concentric tube structure and the elimination of a conventional top-plate helps JL Audio place the motor higher up into the cone body's space to further compress depth, while still permitting excellent mechanical excursion.

Mica-Filled Polypropylene Woofer: The subwoofer features an injection-molded, mica-filled polypropylene cone woofer with 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, the 12TW3-D4 motor remains linear over a long excursion range, and also maintains a 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.

Enclosure Compatibility

Recommended Sealed Box Volume: The sealed box size recommended by JL Audio is 0.8 ft³. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 21-1/4" W x 16" H x 6-1/2" D, assuming 3/4" thick material. (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, subtract 1/4" from each dimension.)

Shallow Mount Design: The JL Audio 12TW3-D4 requires a mounting depth of less than 3-1/2".

 
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4 out of 5

Well spent money!

Written By Marco, Sunny isles, florida on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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If you have the money to expend and are a sound enthusiast, definitely you must get this Sub. Excellent sound quality, state of the art design and materials. Perfect design for small enclosures. Fits even in the smallest boots.
Pros:
Shallow design. Excellent "Bose" bass sound quality. Excellent materials. Fits perfectly even in smaller cars or trucks. Easy to read instructions. (Enclosure and connections) Cool look.
Cons:
its a bit overpriced but you may survive to this after a few tracks.
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JL 12" TW3

Written By Anonymous, Harrisonburg, VA on Thursday, October 17, 2013
 
Amazing sound it a small package. Dont waste your time trying other shallow mount subs. There is only one real shallow mount that gives you the sound quality of a full size sub and JL sells it.
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