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JL Audio 13W7AE-D1.5

Anniversary Edition W7 Series 13.5" subwoofer with dual 1.5-ohm voice coils

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Our take on the JL Audio 13W7AE-D1.5

by Jo Greene
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.

Celebrating 10 years of unrivaled bass performance

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Ten years ago, JL Audio redefined low-frequency reproduction with their masterful, designed-from-scratch W7 subs. Now, the Anniversary Edition W7 Series 13W7AE-D1.5 13.5" subwoofer features the latest refinements to this groundbreaking design, highlighted by a satin-black frame, silvery anodized trim ring, and special anniversary logo.

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Innovative design for impressive performance

Six patented technologies help this W7 sub deliver unmatched performance:

    W-Cone
  • W-Cone™: a dish-shaped outer cone is supported by a second W-shaped inner cone attached to the sub's voice coil structure. This design creates a super-rigid, lightweight cone that responds rapidly for accurate bass without unwanted coloration.

  • OverRoll surround
  • OverRoll™: an innovative mounting method lets the surround wrap around the outside of the mounting flange. This method allows for more useable cone area than conventional surrounds, so this sub moves more air for deeper lows.

  • Floating Cone Attach Method
  • Floating Cone Attach Method (FCAM™): precision engineering aligns the voice coil, and woofer cone for incredibly linear woofer movement, which means you'll hear exceptionally accurate bass.

  • Spider attachment
  • Plateau-reinforced spider attachment: a collar on the voice coil eases stress on the spider for extended excursion and improved reliability.

  • Elevated frame cooling and pole piece
  • Elevated frame cooling and cross-drilled pole-piece: cone movement pumps air through vents in the frame and machined holes in the pole piece. Your voice coils stay cooler, even when you're pushing your system.


JL Audio craftsman

JL Audio's W7 subs are hand-assembled and tested in Mirimar, Florida

Profound bass for the music-lover

Each W7 sub is built to meticulous standards at JL Audio's factory in Miramar, Florida. JL Audio put 30+ years of sonic expertise into their legendary W7 subwoofers, so you can expect smooth, powerful bass that enhances your favorite music.

Highlights:

  • 13.5" subwoofer with dual 1.5-ohm voice coils
  • polypropylene W-Cone with polyester foam surround
  • solid cast-alloy basket
  • power range: 500-1,500 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 3,000 watts
  • frequency response: 15-200 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86.3 dB
  • top-mount depth: 10-1/2"
  • sealed box volume: 1.875 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 2.375 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Size 13.5 -inch
Impedance 1.5 ohms
Cone Material Polypropylene
Surround Material Polyester foam
Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet) 1.875
Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet) 2.375
Port diameter (inches) N/A
Port length (inches) N/A
Free-Air No
Dual Voice Coil Yes
Sensitivity 86.3 dB at 1 watt
Frequency Response 15 - 200 Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 500-1500
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 3000
Top Mount Depth (inches) 10 9/16
Bottom Mount Depth (inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 12 1/8
Vas (liters) 104.3
Fs (Hz) 23.5
Qts 0.448
Xmax (millimeters) 32
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 13.5" Dual voice coil subwoofer (attached to an MDF baffle board with 12 Phillips-head screws)
  • Owner's manual
  • On-line product registration information

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Features
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Features

W-Cone: The JL Audio W7AE subwoofers utilize a patented W-Cone design; the unit-body cone assembly maximizes cone stiffness with minimal mass. The shape also provides torsional rigidity, critical to maintaining voice coil alignment at the suspension limits. Two lightweight mineral-filled polypropylene skins are bonded together at the perimeter and the center of the assembly. The lower skin's cross-section is shaped like a W and the upper skin is the part of the cone visible from the top.

OverRoll Surround: OverRoll Surround technology allows JL Audio to make use of the entire footprint of the speaker, placing the surround further to the outside than in a conventional woofer. This means the oversized surround can support greater x-max without sacrificing cone area. An added benefit is that the mounting holes are sealed by the surround, resulting in an improved box seal.

Dual Voice Coil: Due to the 13W7AE's dual 1.5 ohm voice coils, there is greater amplifier application flexibility. The speaker may be configured as a 0.75-ohm woofer (voice coils wired in parallel) or a 3 ohm woofer (voice coils wired in series).

Ultra-Long Voice Coil: The W7AE subwoofers feature an ultra-long voice coil to enhance linear excursion, power handling and control. The large surface area of the coil offers excellent heat dissipation, while the winding height provides the necessary motivational force to achieve the excursion of the W7AE design.

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.

Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary analysis method aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W7AE motors remain linear in motor force over a long range of excursion, and also maintain a stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. This leads to reduced distortion, faithfully reproduced transients, and tight, clean, articulate bass.

Forced Air Cooled: The elevated frame design of the W7AE 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.

Radial Cross-Drilled Pole Piece: This venting system enhances heat dissipation and power handling by directing air flow onto the voice coil former, working in conjunction with the Forced Air Cooling technology.

Progressive-Roll Spider: The large, progressive-roll spider provides precise control and motor/voice coil alignment without limiting excursion prematurely.

Plateau-Reinforced Spider Attachment: A derivative of JL Audio's VRC technology, this suspension attachment relieves stress from the spider material at high excursions for enhanced reliability.

Co-Extruded Double Lead Wires: The extruded casing and carefully engineered attachments ensure controlled lead-wire behavior under the most extreme excursion demands. Two conductors are used per connection for ample current carrying capability.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box: The recommended sealed box volume is 1.875 cubic feet; a diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 17.0" W x 17.25" H x 16.5" D, assuming 3/4" thick box material (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, you should subtract 1/4" from each dimension).

Ported Box: The recommended ported box volume is 2.375 cubic feet; a diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a slot ported box with external dimensions of 25.125" W x 17.25" H x 16.5" D, assuming 3/4" thick box 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: 2.0"
  • Slot Height: 15.75"
  • Slot Length: 25.375" (a right angled port with a 7.875" extension)
 
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5 out of 5

The only sub I fell in love with at the sound of the first bass line

Written By arnulfo, amarillo, Tx on Friday, July 18, 2014
 
The only sub I ever regret selling. I sold it because money got tight and ever since all other subs just don't do the justice that the 13.5 w7 did. It was love at first sound wave. Finding an amp that could push it at 1000 watts RMS was a task at first but once I did there was no doubt this was the one.
Pros:
Only 1 sub is needed for those low bass lines you crave
Cons:
Really heavy and bulky. But with power handling that high I wouldn't expect any thing less.
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5 out of 5

JL 13.5 W7

Written By H. Olaya, Corona, NY on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
 
This sub pounds out the bass while still being clean and clear at low volume. I have a JL 1000/1 hooked up to it and I believe it can take more. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.
Pros:
Can take tons of power and work extremely well in a ported enclosure!!
Cons:
Weight!! But for what it gives in return its worth it.
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JL Audio 13W7AE-D1.5

Written By Vulcanz06, Minnesota on Thursday, January 05, 2012
 
Have been around these numerous times. I could not afford one, however a very good friend of mine had 4 yes 4 of these in an Escalade when I met him...it was LOUD!! But was still very crisp. He currently has 1 in his Mastercraft Wakeboard boat, even in that it has amazing sound. His boat is always the most popular when we pull up to dock with other boats. If I would be able to pay for one I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Just make sure you have enough amp to drive it
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5 out of 5

with only one sub.....

Written By Brian, FL on Wednesday, July 13, 2011
 
i have always been a fan of jl audio so i finally decided to make a huge investment and buy one of these. all i can say is WOW. it sounds like 2 15's. i definitly recommend the HD 1200/1 amp, the amp is the most efficient out there operating within a range of 9-14 volts. very impressive and adjusting it with a multi meter or o-scope is a must. without any bass boost or eq adjustments this sub hits all frequencies accurately
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What else am I going to need to purchase for my sound system if I buy this product? I have a 2010 Lincoln MKX. [ Leo  Feb 12, 2014 ]
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  • This will depend largely on the system in your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 12, 2014 ]

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