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JL Audio 10W1v3-2

W1v3 Series 10" 2-ohm subwoofer

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  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

    JL Audio's W1v3 sub delivers high-end performance at a modest price

  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

    Shown with optional SGRU-10 grille (sold separately)

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    Side view exposing quality spring-loaded speaker terminals

  • JL Audio 10W1v3-2

    The magnet and basket structure are at the heart of the W1v3's power plant

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Our take on the JL Audio 10W1v3-2

by Dave Delamere
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.

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.

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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.

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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Features and Specs
Size 10 -inch
Impedance 2 ohms
Cone Material Mica-filled polypropylene
Surround Material Rubber
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet) 0.55
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet) 0.937
Port diameter (inches) N/A
Port length (inches) N/A
Free-Air No
Dual Voice Coil No
Sensitivity 83.9 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 25 - 250 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 75-300
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 600
Top Mount Depth (inches) 4 5/8
Bottom Mount Depth (inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 8 7/8
Vas (liters) 44.15
Fs (Hz) 25.23
Qts 0.436
Xmax (millimeters) 11.4
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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  • 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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5 out of 5

Nice sub

Written By spincr4hire, Lexington, KY on Friday, 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.
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great quality subwoofer
Cons:
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4 out of 5

GOOD BASS!

Written By Anonymous, Pennsylaina on Sunday, June 08, 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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