JL Audio C3-525

Evolution™ C3 Series 5-1/4" convertible component speaker system

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Versatile speaker system for any space

JL Audio's Evolution C3 speaker systems allow you to choose the best configuration for great sound in your vehicle. Mount the woofers and tweeters separately, and a C3 component system will fill your car with incredibly detailed, rich, and crystal-clear music, perfectly positioned in your listening space. In vehicles with limited space, you can mount the C3 tweeter inside the woofer to create a full-range, coaxial speaker that still performs with breathtaking impact.

Convertible speaker system

Advanced material construction leads to clean musical reproduction

The C3-525 component system uses a 5-1/4" mica-filled polypropylene woofer that covers the midrange and low frequencies strongly and accurately. A specially designed frame resists unwanted resonances, keeping your music free from interference. If you mount the tweeter separately, simply install a phase plug into the woofer and the sound will disperse smoothly throughout your vehicle.

Silk tweeters and versatile crossover networks

The C3 tweeters use ferrofluid cooling to handle extreme levels of high-frequency information without overheating. Mounted separately or coaxially, these 1" silk dome tweeters broadcast crisp musical detail evenly without harshness. Separate outboard crossovers use premium components to direct the signal flow to your woofers and tweeters. You can select from three midrange settings and four levels of tweeter presence to match the speaker system to your listening environment.

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Product Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 5-1/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, two external crossovers, and two woofer grilles
  • mica-filled polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • glass-filled polymer frame with Elevated Frame Cooling
  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • 2-way external crossover with adjustments for coaxial or separate tweeter placement, and 4-position tweeter level
  • tweeter mounts for separate or coaxial installations included
  • phase plug provided when tweeter mounted separately
  • power range: 25-75 watts RMS
  • frequency response: 48-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • depth: 2-9/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

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  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Tweeters
  • 2 Crossovers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Flush mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Surface mount tweeter housings
  • 2 Coaxial mount tweeter fixtures
  • 2 Metal spring clips for tweeter fixtures
  • Two M4x30mm Pan-head machine screws
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.187" Male quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.110" Male quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.25" Female quick slides
  • 2 Crimp-on 0.187" Female quick slides
  • 4 Crimp-on 0.110" Female quick slides
  • 12 Crimp-on spade connectors
  • Four 1" Flat head self-tapping screws
  • Twelve 1-1/8" Pan head self-tapping screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Owner's manual
  • Woofer cutout template

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Features

Woofers: The JL Audio Evolution C3-525 convertible component system includes 5-1/4" woofers with injection-molded polymer frames, mineral filled polypropylene cones, rubber surrounds, ferrite magnets, and 1" voice coils with Kapton formers. In the center of each cone is a phase plug; the phase plug can be removed and the tweeter mounted in its place to create a coaxial speaker.

Tweeters: The 1" silk dome tweeters are Ferro fluid cooled and use neodymium magnets. Silk is lightweight, efficient, and offers excellent high frequency extension. It is also designed for durability in the extreme automotive environment. Flush mount and surface mount housings are included, along with fixtures to coaxially mount the tweeters to the woofers.

Tweeter Dimensions:

  Frame Diameter Cutout Diameter Mounting Height Mounting Depth
Flush Mount 2.134" 1.875" 0.34" 0.87"
Surface Mount 1.94" N/A 0.92" Screw depth

Coaxial Mounting: The tweeters can be mounted in the center of the woofers to create coaxial speakers. When the tweeters are mounted to the woofers the speaker is taller; the mounting height increases to 0.746 inches.

Two-way Crossover System: The C3 component system utilizes a 2-way crossover system with Mylar capacitors and air-core inductors:

  • High Pass: third order (18 dB/octave slope); four tweeter level settings are selectable to compensate for mounting location or orientation; +2.0 dB, Reference, -2 dB, and -4 dB
  • Low Pass: first order (6 dB/octave slope)
  • Midrange Presence: there are three settings that affect the amplitude of the upper midrange response, designed to compensate for mounting location or orientation; choose High, Reference, or Low

Tweeter Protection: The crossover network has an electronic tweeter protection circuit built in; it monitors the current and disconnects the tweeter when it senses and overload. The circuit automatically resets once the overload is removed.

Crossover Wiring: The terminal strip will accept bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.32" wide (the included crimp-on spade connectors are 0.255" wide and will accept up to 12-gauge wire).

Crossover Dimensions:

  • Width: 3.368"
  • Height: 1.415"
  • Depth: 4.739" (plus wire)

Connection Note: The C3 component system comes with no speaker wire. Instead, several spade connectors and quick slides that accommodate wire up to 12-gauge are included in the hardware pack to be crimped onto speaker wire you provide.

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JL Audio C3 525

Written By Mykhaylo, Cleveland, OH on Saturday, January 26, 2013

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My former factory speakers produced more bass then it. Hi range and midrange are perfect

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