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JL Audio 10W1v3-2

W1v3 Series 10" 2-ohm subwoofer

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JL Audio 10W1v3-2

Overview

Our take on the JL Audio 10W1v3-2

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 10W1v3-2 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 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

I'm driving this with a Kicker CX300.1 amp and it sounds great. It adds the clear, precise lows I like.

Keith, Hilliard, OH

What's in the Box:

  • 10" Single 2-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Black plastic trim ring
  • Owner's manual

Product Highlights:

  • 10" 2-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: 83.9 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
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JL Audio 10W1v3-2 Reviews

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JL Audio 10W1v3-2

Written by: Keith from Hilliard, OH on May 30, 2016

2015 Subaru Forester
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I'm driving this with a Kicker CX300.1 amp and it sounds great. It adds the clear, precise lows I like.

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JL Audio 10W1v3-2

Written by: Terry from dallas, TX on March 9, 2016

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You know exactly what you are going to get and it delivers.

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Incredible sound quality

Written by: kcd from Brandon, Florida on October 28, 2015

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i was looking for a subwoofer to add some clean bass to my truck audio system. This JL Audio sub did this. I have played all kinds of music through this JL Audio Sub, and it makes all of it sound great. Crisp clear lows. Exactly what I wanted.

Pros: Sound, clarity, and easy of installation.

Cons: It didn't come with mounting screws. But no big deal.

Highly disappointed

Written by: Sumgruuvz from Oklahoma on July 27, 2015

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As I was trying to find an enclosure within a reasonable price for my 10" kicker solo classic, I found an enclosure that I wound up purchasing from another source. The kicker didn't fit and so therefore I had to find a sub that would fit the enclosure. I've heard and read many great things about JL, that I figured I would give them a try. I purchased this Jl Audio 10w1v3-2 with high hopes that it would at least get close to what I had with the kicker. Being powered with a kicker zx400.1, I was highly disappointed. I gave it a few weeks to see if it would maybe "break in", but unfortunately, that was as good as it was going to get. I searched and searched and finally found someone who would custom make an enclosure for my Dodge Ram and to fit my 10" kicker solo classic. I put the kicker in the truck in the current square enclosure that it's in just to hear how much of a difference it was from the JL. Night and day. The kicker just absolutely smokes it in every possible way. And believe it or not, the kicker has tremendous sound quality as well. I really had wanted for this JL to work out, but maybe on down the road once my solo classic dies, I may try JL again, but it will be the 10w3 subs. Crutchfield refunded me for returning this sub. Great customer service from Crutchfield.

Pros: Build quality was nice and seemed really well built.

Cons: Not what I expected from a JL product, but then again, I was stepping down in quality from my kicker solo classic, and it was a huge step down.

nice sub

Written by: 50blues from Kansas on March 14, 2015

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Nice sub

Pros: Sounds great and can uses a small sealed box. Great for small places. sounds great

Cons: Price,

Nice Sub

Written by: SPG from North Carolina on February 8, 2015

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Nice sub. Very loud with 250w JL amp in a Camaro. Speaker sounds best with lower range bass.

Pros: Sound, Quality

Cons: Price

Nice sub

Written by: spincr4hire from Lexington, KY on July 11, 2014

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JL audio subs produce very clean low bass, this one is no exception. Works great in my thunderform enclosure running off of a Kicker CX300.1 amplifier.

Pros: great quality subwoofer

Cons: none

GOOD BASS!

Written by: Anonymous from Pennsylaina on June 8, 2014

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I was looking for a little bass for my car, I am not particularly fond of "Thumping" but I still wanted to enhance the sound quality of my system with a base. This 10" is plenty enough for me and produces exactly what I want.

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What's in the box?

Download the JL Audio 10W1v3-2 manual

  • 10" Single 2-ohm voice coil subwoofer
  • Black plastic trim ring
  • Owner's manual

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Features
Enclosure Compatibility

Features

Woofer: The JL Audio W1v3-2 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, the W1v3-2 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.

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 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 W1v3-2 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 W1v3-2 delivers cool air through slots directly above the top-plate to the voice coil. 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 10W1v3-2 of 0.587 ft³ (0.55 ft³ net, plus the sub's 0.037 ft³ displacement), resulting in a -3dB point of 42.3 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 31.65 Hz.

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Brand Experience, and Ohm rating that I wanted. [ Christopher  May 18, 2016 ]
great customer service [ Chris  Apr 05, 2016 ]

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The woofer has a mounting height of 0.7" and an Xmax (maximum cone excursion) of 11.4 millimeters. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Apr 25, 2016 ]  Staff
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