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JL Audio 13W1v2-8

W1v2 Series 13.5" 8-ohm subwoofer

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by Dominic Devito
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.

The affordable W1v2 subwoofer incorporates patented features developed by JL Audio for their legendary W7 subs. Special venting keeps the W1v2 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.

The low-profile 13W1v2-8 13.5" subwoofer works best in compact enclosures, so you can put quality lows in smaller and hard-to-fit vehicles. It features a metallic-finish 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 W1v2 sub works well with moderate power, delivering impressive performance without costing a fortune.

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Highlights:

  • 13.5" 8-ohm subwoofer
  • metallic-finish polypropylene cone with nitrile-butylene rubber surround
  • power range: 75-350 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 700 watts
  • frequency response: 20-200 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87.65 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-15/16"
  • sealed box volume: 1.75 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 2.625 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
Size
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13.5 -inch
Impedance
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8 ohms
Cone Material
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IMPP w/ metalic finish
Surround Material
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Rubber
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)
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1.75
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)
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2.625
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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No
Sensitivity
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87.65 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response
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20 - 200 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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75-350
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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700
Top Mount Depth (inches)
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5 15/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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12 3/8
Vas (liters)
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169.29
Fs (Hz)
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21.9
Qts
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0.433
Xmax (millimeters)
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12.1
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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  • 13.5" Single voice coil 8-ohm subwoofer
  • Black plastic trim ring
  • Owner's Manual

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Features
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Features

Woofer: JL Audio W1v2 subwoofer features an injection-molded, metallic-finish polypropylene cone woofer with an embossed metallic JL Audio logo with a rubber surround for added durability, woofer excursion and bass response.

Surround Stress Relief: By creating a radius feature on the edge of the cone, stress is relieved from the surround material at maximum forward excursion, resulting in longer life and more consistent surround behavior

Interlocking Cone & Dust Cap: The W1v2's utilize a dust cap that is not just glued, but also interlocks with features molded into the cone body for a tight snap-fit. This creates a more rigid cone assembly and a more reliable dust cap attachment.

Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W1v2 motors remain linear in motor force over a very long range of excursion, and also maintain a highly stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. The result is vastly 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 greatly 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. This reduces thermal compression effects and enhances reliability

Insert Molded Suspension/Coil/Terminal Sub-Assembly: The W1v2 features a unique spider, coil and terminal subassembly which is 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 to spider perpendicularity.

Elevated Frame Cooling System: The elevated frame design of the W1v2 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 optional grille mesh inserts which are specifically designed to fit into the inner diameter of the trim ring.

Enclosure Compatibility

Recommended Sealed Box Volume: The sealed box size recommended by JL Audio is 1.75 cu/ft. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 18.5" W x 16.5" H x 13.75" D, assuming 3/4" thick material. (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, you should subtract 1/4" from each dimension.)

Recommended Ported Box Volume: The ported box size recommended by JL Audio is 2.625 cu/ft. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 23.75" W x 17" H x 18" D, assuming 3/4" thick material. (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, you should subtract 1/4" from each dimension.) A slot port is recommended with the following dimensions:

  • Slot Width =1.5"
  • Slot Height = 15.5"
  • Slot Length = 31.5" (a right angled port with a 13.5" extension)
 
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dont pass these up!

Written By jonk, Florida on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
 
I have had a set of these for 6yrs and they still sound fantastic! (two of these (8ohm svc) wired in parallel (=4ohms to the amp) with a proper slot ported box & an 1800watt rockford 2ch amp bridged) They sound better and cleaner than many, much more expensive, systems i have heard. Ive owned many other brands and JL is the only way to go. Just be sure you know what you are getting, do not buy one of these 8ohm subs if you are going to only use one, then get the 4ohm.
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