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JL Audio 10W3v3-2

W3v3 Series 10" 2-ohm subwoofer

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JL Audio Built In USA Remarkably realistic bass

JL Audio designed their W3v3 subwoofers to deliver powerful, accurate bass with a medium-power amplifier. Their extensive motor assembly research resulted in a design that ensures smooth, precise cone movement at any power level. Exclusive cooling features shunt heat away from the sub's internal motor structure for long term durability and reduced distortion. The W3v3 sub works well in a sealed or ported enclosure.

JL Audio W3v3 exploded view

Well-rounded performance

JL Audio W3v3 interior

The 10W3v3-2 subwoofer boasts a 10" mineral-filled polypropylene cone with a distinctive metallic JL Audio medallion. A patented design eases the stress felt by the rubber surround during cone movement, for increased reliability and consistent bass output. The removable, customizable trim ring accepts optional JL Audio grilles, and can be painted to enhance your installation.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 375 and 750 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Priced per speaker

Product Highlights:

  • 10" 2-ohm subwoofer
  • mineral-filled polypropylene cone with nitrile-butylene rubber surround
  • power range: 100-500 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 1000 watts
  • frequency response: 25-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85.37 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-7/8"
  • sealed box volume: 0.625 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.25 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • One 10" Subwoofer
  • Black plastic trim ring
  • Owner's Manual

Amazing sounding speaker. I have a 500 watt rms jl amp powering it and it gives amazing sound responce. Do not use a cheap amp with this. It really wants the true power.

William, Somerset, OH


JL Audio 10W3v3-2 Reviews

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(55 Reviews)

Amazing Sound

William from Somerset, OH on 2/28/2019

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Amazing sounding speaker. I have a 500 watt rms jl amp powering it and it gives amazing sound responce. Do not use a cheap amp with this. It really wants the true power.



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Samson from Kapolei, HI on 12/8/2018

2015 Lexus CT200H
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Bass hits much better the my old alpine Type R. I love it, I should spent the extra money to buy it before

Pros: Quality bass Nice bass range compare to a Type R

Cons: Single voice coil 2 or 4 ohm Expensive

JLW3 is a must have

Andrew from North Las Vegas, NV on 12/7/2018

2003 GMC Sierra 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing bass!!!1



Great sub

Felix from San Antonio, TX on 8/24/2018

2006 Dodge Charger
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

An awesome upgrade from my shallow mount Kicker Dual 4 ohm voice coil sub. This sub paired with a foxacoustics single 10" ported sub box puts out some pretty darn good bass. Definitely rattles the 2013 SCrew.

Pros: Clear, loud sounding lows

Cons: None so far

Simply the BEST!

john p. from Red Hill, PA on 7/31/2018

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I purchased this to upgrade a 10W1v2-4 in a 2001 Durango Stealthbox. Running it off a XD600/1 (400watts@4ohms) was asking too much. After some box modification to account for the additional depth, it fits perfect. A very well-built,sturdy piece of equipment. As I can now use the full 600 watts, the output has has improved significantly over the 10W1v2. Not just in volume, but extension & punch as well. I personally like a sealed box sub with power thrown at it. Not as boomy & "loose" compared to a ported box. Will it rattle windows a block away? NO. Does it provide solid, hard hitting bass over a wide array of music? Absolutely! If room is an issue(sealed box specs are downright tiny), you can't go wrong with this sub. JL for life!

Pros: Output vs space is unreal, handles power well, build quality is excellent

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Mililani, HI on 6/10/2018

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Sounds good



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Crutchfield customer from Cropwell, AL on 5/22/2018

2000 Subaru Legacy
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Fantastic subwoofer great range and clear sound. I will be using these in future builds.



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Adam from Lusby, MD on 4/17/2018

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Great sub...... lots of clear bass and not too overpowering. Great for my ram 1500

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Kerman, CA on 4/15/2018

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Chose this sub due to its small sealed requirements. Sounds awesome in my 04 TJ with the custom box.



Quality Bass Hits Hard

Johnathan from Rockwall, TX on 1/3/2018

2016 Ram 1500
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Great sub - JL is the best as is Crutchfield. This is hands down the best 10 inch sub you're gonna find. Hits hard but you can use it for classical to crushing metal or rap. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Quality Bass, great materials/construction, good power handling, awesome

Cons: None

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Jacob from Forest Hill, MD on 9/15/2017

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I started out with 1 w3 in a ported box that fit under the backseat of my 2016 silverado double cab. I liked it so much I had to get a second w3! I have them wired in series to 1ohm, in a ground shaker sealed box, with. 1200watt hifonics mono amp, tuned to 750 watts @ 60hz. Hits hard, clean bass and I'm very happy with the way it sounds. I've used everything from MTX, Alpine and kicker over the years and they don't compare to the sound and quality of a jl. I would recommend jl audio and the w3s to anyone, they might cost a little more, you won't be disappointed!



I hoped not to like these

IDAY from Vermillion, SD on 7/18/2017

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I was hoping not to like these W3's but, I was impressed by the accuracy and clarity of this 10 inch subwoofer. I haven't found a subwoofer I liked since I had my Polk Audio momo 's I purchased from crutchfield also in a sealed box with 375 watts. My musical taste is so diverse that most subs only sound good with one or two genres Rick Ross , Plies,Alabama Shakes,Fleetwod Mac,Geezy,Migos Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Aerosmith and Southern blues if you have ever listened to its hard deep bass l. I have tried Kicker which only sounds good if you are under 24 years old. I also tried Image Dynamics, Rockford,Orion,JBL,and Hertz. Hertz was the best sounding by far but after it kicked the bucket after 1 year and a full refund I started searching . I kept avoiding JL because I felt it was all brand hype. I was wrong they hit hard and accurate with no distortion. Thanks Crutchfield I should have trusted the reviews and saved me some time and money.

Pros: Hits hard precise and accurate..

Cons: You have to turn the bass up a click or 2 on the amp or bass knob the 85 sensitivity makes them have to be adjusted bit higher .

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Jeremy from Phoenix, AZ on 6/6/2017

2013 Nissan Versa
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Great sound and build quality, not a whole lot of power capabilty



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james t from Middle River, MD on 4/28/2017

2014 Ram 2500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound, I have it in the back of 2014 Ram2500. Very happy



Wonderful sub

Guest from Georgetown tx on 4/27/2017

Great sub I love it



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Chad from Dalhart, TX on 4/24/2017

2015 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good sounding sub. Have it paired with the JL RD500/1 in a ported box.



Great sub

Casey from Illinois on 2/27/2017

2012 Ford F-150 Lariat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding sub in my application. I have one 10w3v3-2 in a ported box 1.25 cu. ft., tuned to 36hz (Foxbox from Fox Acoustics) under the backseat of a 2012 Ford F150 Supercrew. I've paired it with a JL HD 900/5 amp (pushing 500w RMS to sub). I am using an Audio Control LC2i LOC to interface the amp with the stock stereo system. I listen to a lot of Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons type stuff, and the sub delivers on the drum kicks and basslines. Sometimes, just to "feel" the bass, I'll stick in some old school hip hop, and the box hits very clean and low. It's expensive, but I've never been disappointed with JL products.

Pros: Hits clean, hard, and low in my setup. It's JL.

Cons: Price. Doesn't come with a grill, though I knew that prior to purchase. I purchased a JL brand grill for $20 from a local audio shop since my sub fires at the floor within an inch (give or take), and I wanted to protect my cone from random McDonald's toys and chicken nugget boxes.

Nice sub

Dave from Clarksville, TN on 2/27/2017

2014 Ram 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice bass, wanted more for the price paid. Had an Alpine R10 in my F150 and the bass is about the same. I am pushing with the same MTX amp but paid a lot less for the Alpine. I have a 2014 Ram, just running one under the seat, unfortunately I did have to suffocate the sub with a small box due to how the Ram is set up, however the Alpine R10 was in a smaller box also. By all means, nothing wrong with the sub, sounds great, just very comparable to the Alpine and $100 more.

Pros: JL name, construction and bass.

Cons: Price, comparable to the Alpine R10.

Tight, responsive bass

Rick from West Sacramento, CA on 2/9/2017

2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great performance! Good bass response out of a small speaker. Actually sounds like a 12"

Pros: Clean, punchy bass for hip hop and country music.

Cons: None

Why did I not go JL sooner?

Jason from McCook NE on 1/9/2017

2008 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have this sub in a used JL F-150 stealth box and can not believe how good it sounds and how hard it hits. I was running a pair of Alpine Type S 10's in a sealed box for years and this single ten blows them away. Over the years I have run MTX, Kicker, Total and Alpine subs and none of them will touch this JL.

Pros: Excellent sound quality, hits hard and plays loud.

Cons: None

JL Lives up to its reputation

Sal from Buffalo, NY on 11/16/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've had a W1 in the past and loved it, but it wasn't constructed the same at all. Coming from the newest version of an Alpine S sub, I was a little hesitant to spend nearly double the price, but wow thus really exceeded my expectations. Very clean, rich lows, handles tons of power without distorting. I'm powering it with my Alpine MRP500 amp. Great combination for under $500.



Great sound, great quality, great sub

Tristan from New Baltimore, MI on 8/26/2016

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This sub is great quality, first time buying JL audio and I won't buy anything else now. I didn't think a single 10 inch sub would kick as hard as this one does, it's a beast.

Pros: Solid bass Great quality

Cons: None

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J barrios from Tenesee on 5/8/2016

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Good all around best subs I have own

Pros: Build and sound quality

Cons: Bit pricier than other but well worth it

Exceeded My Expectations

Mopo from Seattle on 3/21/2016

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this in the Audio Integration's Stealth Box (non-ported) and I couldn't be happier. It is powered by the JL JX500/1D. I haven't really pushed the amp or sub yet, since I have been breaking it in for the last couple weeks. I plan on testing the voltage and tune it soon. The sub booms more than I thought it would and it sounds great with all different types of music. I actually wish my commute was a little longer, so I can listen to my music...

Pros: Looks fantastic. Great build quality. Has very deep bass for a 10" sub. The non-ported box doesn't take much space.

Cons: The newer builds of this amp comes with the "JL" logo instead of the "W3" logo which looks better imo. My sub is covered by the SGRU grill, but still...

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Hinkle from Pennsylvania on 9/21/2015

Outstanding sub-woofers knocked off three rear view mirrors in 3 different cars that I've had. Amps have come and gone but these subs are unstoppable. Incredible low end hard hitting bass. Very nice because you don't need a huge amp to power 2 subs and sounds great with a 700W no name amp.

Pros: Insane Bass, unstoppable subs, and great power range.

Cons: none

Great Clean Deep Sound

E. Gonzalez from California on 8/1/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These subwoofers were great as I expected them to be. I have them installed in my 1965 mustang. I have two of these subs and I really enjoy them. I would buy them again but I have no need too. :-)

Pros: Awesome deep clean sound.

Cons: None


Steve from Stratford ct on 6/20/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Built like a tank. Soil construction and good materials leads to great sound.



A worthy upgrade

Crutchfield customer from Washington on 5/2/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Prior to this sub I was using an entry level 10" manufactured in 2003 and cost $50. It was driven off a 400w Alpine amp with an Alpine CDA-9885 head unit. It was housed in a JL stealth box with 0.6 feet of space. I thought it sounded fine but never like the idea that it was entry level and wanted something more appropriate for this TransAm that I had given so much TLC to. After consulting a Crutchfield adviser, I bought this sub. The first thing that I noticed when it arrived was how much heavier it was. The second thing I noticed was how the build quality and materials looked and felt far superior. I installed it in place of the old sub with the same amp, head unit, box, everything. For how I listen and what I listen to, I can't tell a difference between the two subs. This one certainly has more potential though and gets quite a bit louder and more intense. Overall, I like it and would recommend to friends.

Pros: Build quality, materials, forcefulness, power.

Cons: None yet.

2014 Dodge Ram goodness

woojyee from Columbus, NE on 2/2/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looking for a decent box for the 2014 Ram Crew Cab proved to be a difficult project. I didn't want to lift my seats with spacers so I finally found a box I liked that didn't break the bank but now came the issue of finding the right Sub for the space I had (.69 cu ft), mounting depth and magnet diameter. This sub had all the right specs I needed and it sounds fantastic. I have it paired with a JL Audio XD700/5v2 amp that puts 300 watts RMS on the sub @ 2-ohms and it has tight clean bass with the good low end when I need it. I used a JL Audio 10" sub in my 02 Silverado build that still sounds great so it was a no brainer to look for another.

Pros: Good, tight, clean bass in sealed .65 to .70 cu ft. boxes for 2014 Ram Crew/Quad Cabs.

Cons: None that I can think of

All about that bass

Dan from vermont on 12/17/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Its my sexond w3 and for a mid level subwoofer it works great and does everything I need it to.



JL 10W3V3-2

Luke from Calgary, AB on 9/19/2014

All around awesome sub!! Had 2 10W0's in my last car and one 10w3 puts them to shame!!! Paired with a JL JX500/1 and tuned properly this sub hits like it should, if not better!!!

Pros: Loud, clean lows, not too "boomy". Perfect sound for my 2013 Civic Si

Cons: Lower end lacks power but still better than 90% of 10's out there

Reputation says it all

Guest from 5135763190 on 6/15/2014

I've had this sub for about two months. At first, I built a sealed box just for this sub. It sounded decent. The voice coil kept bottoming out too quickly. I had to keep turning down the volume. But when I realized that I built the box too big, I realized that the subwoofer had no control of the cone. So I decided to build a ported box just to see if it made a difference. To my surprise, it hits twice as loud and way deeper than sealed box. I did not change any of my settings on the radio or amp, just the volume. Goes to show you two things: build a box to JL Audio specs and go ported. Sealed boxes are good for upper bass, but if you want deep, loud, and still sound quality, GO PORTED. You will not be disappointed. Mind you, I'm only using one subwoofer unlike all the other reviews.

Pros: Works in sealed and ported enclosures.

Cons: Specs not the same from the 4ohm version and 2ohm version. Different size enclosures.

JL 10w3v3 2ohm...LONGEVITY!

WillH from Dayton, NV on 5/29/2014

So i"m finally ready to review this awesome subwoofer.....After owning the same pair of these JL 10w3v3 for over 5 years.Yes, really, 5 years.before these JLs i was going through about 1-2 sets of 10s a year,all "comparable" to the JLs, had sonys, alpines,blaupunkt, rockford fosgates and lots of kickers. none were near as reliable. appearance of these are great,very clean.the sound is crisp clean deep and hard all at once. currently have been using mine daily for last 5 years everyday, lots of reggae, rap and metal. using the same 1100w digital amp that i bought with the JL subs. they are tuned well and to hit hard. been set up to run at about 85-90% of max power since i have owned them. no issues atall. would recommend to anyone looking for hard/soft clean bass. if these ever go out i will gladly buy another pair!

Pros: great product.... time says it all, especially if you heard how hard i used these subs.

Cons: its like everlasting gum... hope JL doesn't put itself out of business with these quality products they have. lol

JL Audio rules

GW from The Texas Panhandle on 2/26/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This little guy sounds like a much larger speaker than it is. JL's just plain sound good. Put one of these in a sealed box, wire it to a clean amp and then be prepared for awesomeness.

Pros: Sound quality, build quality, American made

Cons: They don't give them away

Great sub!

Crutchfield customer from Atlantic beach, florida on 1/18/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Paired up with an alpine mrp-m500 amp and this thing thumps! Great clean sounding bass. Can't go wrong with JL

Pros: It's JL audio

Cons: Not a thing

Awesome sub woofer

Alan from Frederick, MD on 12/24/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome clear lows

Pros: Clear sound

Cons: Pricey

Great power

Biggies from Miami fl. on 11/22/2013

Best tight bass you can buy!



Wow, Pure bass

MustangWill from Los Angeles, CA on 11/6/2013

Wow, I have a few weeks with this superb sub woofer in a sealed box and it hits hard and tight. The gain on my amp is just 2/4 , less than half with the Kenwood Kac-8152d mono block amp. I'ts in a convertible and it's hard to get good sounding hard hitting bass in a mustang. I've has other brands (Kicker, Fosgates and cerwin vegas) that I thought were good at the time, but none of them compare to JL Audio. This brand is on a league of it's own. I put the woofer on a ported custom box made to spec by the JL website to test and the bass is just phenomenal. It's increase in output is like double loudness and hard hitting from the sealed. The sealed was perfect for me. The ported enclosure is scary, lot's of fun and as i turned the radio louder, the sub wants more. simply Wow. I'm a JL Audio fan from now on.

Pros: The best bass

Cons: Nothing

Incredible Sound

BenM from Louisville, KY on 7/19/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent sound...worth the money.



JL Audio 10W3v3-2 Sub

IanS from Lakeland, FL on 4/11/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This sub can handle a lot of power. I have one powered in my hatchback and had to turn the gain down due to overpowering the rest of the system. JL has always made some of the best subs and this one is no different. The bass is very clean and punchy.




Home from Kent, WA on 4/6/2013

Gave me many hours of enjoyment.

Pros: Nice, sleek, and durable.

Cons: They need to make the tinsel wire longer.

All about the quality

Bozman from Somewhere in WA on 12/19/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had made a "cheap" decision to get the Infiniti 100.9..... Well after it blew the first day (Crutchfield sent a new one with no issues) I had the new one in for 5 months before it also experienced problems with voice coil wiring (Some of it litterally fell out :-/). So I did what I should have done in the first place. I got the JL3v3 2 ohm sub. I run a 5 channel Kenwood amp that puts out 500 RMS at 2 ohms on the sub channel so it was also I perfect fit. I drive an extended cab pickup and have a custom made sealed enclosure behind the drivers seat that ground fires a couple inches off the floor. I started off by tuning the sub correctly with a DMM and 50hz test tone. NOT doing this probably caused the equipment to fail on some of the other reviews I read above. Sending clipped signals can and will silently destroy your stuff. You can't under power a sub by that much and have it last. I started with some rock..... Kickers, drum solos, bass lines are very precise and clear. I was very surprised on how snappy this sub was in comparison to my other one. Played some stuff with double kickers as well with nothing but tight and clear kicks to my lower back. I went into some R&B and Hip Hop and was surprised how evenly everything sounded. It does lack some db's in those lower hz ranges, 25-35, though that is to be expected. NOTE: I tuned with no bass boost on the amp. After break in, I will re tune it with 6-9 db's on the boost. That outa bring up those lower hz levels.

Pros: Quality build Great SQ Great for tight spaces

Cons: None that I didn't expect

Excellent Sub!

StevenS from Flagstaff AZ on 11/4/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed one sub in a ported box behind the back seat of my Tundra CrewMax. Sounds amazing. Only complaint is mounting depth, the back seat is a notch or two more forward than I was hoping.



Perfect Subwoofer

LuisV from Westchester, NY on 6/7/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

In the right enclosure this sub hits hard and quick. It's extremely musical and totally effortless in reproducing deep bass. Without a doubt this is a top notch driver and one that I would highly recommend to friends and family.

Pros: Deep, quick, hard hitting and takes a ton of power.

Cons: None that I can think off.

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SSS from Lake Jackson, Texas on 2/1/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased 10" sub for pickup truck. Sound is very good and is exactly what I was looking for. Installed in custom built box and have been enjoying ever sense.

Pros: Good quality product at reasonable price.

Cons: None.

Nice sound from a little space

JW from Denver Colorado on 12/15/2011

If you are savvy enough to put this in a solid, correctly sized box you won't be disappointed. Make sure to follow JL's recommendations for box size close, take into account the displacement of the sub in the box. I made my own .625 cu ft box to fit in the corner of the trunk, I also made sure the box was tight, then with a little poly fill and a good amp I had some thump. Just placing this in a prefab box especially one that is too big or too small can make or break the sweet boom of this sub, when sitting side by side you can really tell the difference. JL builds these to tight tolerances don't waste their efforts by being cheap or lazy with the box!

Pros: I have always enjoyed JL products and this was no exception. It is one of the few 10" subs that can fit almost anywhere .625 cu ft boxes are easy to stuff in places depending on your creativity. With nearly twice the excursion of my last sub the output was awesome. This 10 sounds great when installed in the right size box

Cons: So far nothing

Over Rated

Ultraworld from Florida on 8/17/2011

I had mine in a 1 cu. ft. sealed enclosure being powered by a JL 500/5, It was getting clean stable power. I hated the woofer since the day I installed it. I adjusted the crossovers till the cows came home (there out back right now). I had to push the bass boost to get anywhere. After a year of this it finally shredded apart. A blessing in disguise! I installed a Focal P 25 DB 10" & the difference is night & day. Much stronger with less power, I reduced the amps bass boost & it still kicks like a mule. I love my 4 year old 500/5, can't say the same about the sub



Good for 2 weeks

wolffman73 from houston, tx on 7/2/2011

I bought this sub along with a Rockord Punch 300-1. Worked really fine for about 2 weeks. Sub hit hard and dug deep. Then after cranking it after break in, it partially blew. The dreaded scratching noise. Says it is rated for 500w. Amp pushhes 416 RMS max. Would not buy again. If you have a habit of really cranking your system now and again, don"t buy this one. It's pretty weak. Go for a Rockford power series or Fi.



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CT from Exton, PA on 3/21/2011

Just plain loud, punchy, tight bass "awesomeness."



Can't get any better

Zachary from Baton Rouge, Lousisana on 6/24/2010

It's JL what can you expect besides perfection! Nothing I hear can even come close to matching the sound quality of their equiptment. I have just one hooked up to a JL 500/1 in my Colorado and it sounds amazing! I've heard two tens that dont get even relativly close to as loud as my one. You will not be dissapointed!




EBS from Orlando, FL on 1/19/2010

This subwoofer is better than DEI / ORION subwoofers. I had the Orion HP subs in my car and then sold them to buy this subwoofer. Got a single one in a ported box powered by an Orion XTR 1001 amp soon to be swapped out for a J2 amp or a slash series amp. I tried Kicker CVR, Boston Acoustics G1 and Schosche EFX subs. I will tell you that none of them comes close to this sub in SQ. Plus this sub is great and may get a second one later on this year when I have more money.



JL Audio 10W3v3-2

sam from GA on 12/30/2008

JL Audio... enough said.



A good sub for tight spaces.

Adam from Corpus Christi, Tx on 12/12/2008

I got this sub for a number a reasons. 1. It was a JL audio sub 2. It was the biggest I could fit in my vehicle 3. It was the most expensive I could afford 4. I liked the way it looked. With that being said I bought it without ever hearing what it would sound like. A little bit of a risk but I felt justified when I heard it. I drive a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe with the third row seat option. When the third row is up there is very little space back there(like in the back of a single cab pickup). This sub requried a minimal amount of airspace and supported 300 watts of power from my Rockford Fosgate 300.1 Mono sub amp. I don't feel that it sounds bigger than it is although it does get loud and with certain songs you do feel it in your chest. I've heard some car audio systhems with bigger woofers and more power and naturally they are alot louder than what I have. However it is loud enough and sounds decent. I'm not blown away by the sound but it is quality bass that this sub puts out. I matched it up with the VR series components and coaxial speakers and it is a very nice system. I did not give this 4 stars because I'm pretty sure a W7 would sound alot nicer and it doesn't make sense to me to rate this sub just as high.



Great sub, clean bass that thumps

keelerdr from West Chester, PA on 10/29/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I debated between Kicker and JL for a while. If you are going to get a sub, do it right and buy quality. JL is quality at its best. I came to the conclusion Kicker is all about SPL rather than sound quality. I'm sure Kicker makes some nice stuff, but JL is a league above them. JL has the patents and reputation for greatness. You are not "just buying a name" with JL at do you think they got their great reputation? I have a 97 Cadillac De'Ville with one of these in a sealed box with a JL A1400 amp. It sounds great with quick transient response (tight sounding bass) and plenty of low end thump. If you want to be heard from blocks away, go get a 15 inch L7 in a ported box and waste your money. If you want bass that sounds good when you are in the actual car, then get this! I still want to hear the lyrics in the music, not just drowning bass. An aftermarket headunit will make install easier, but I got the CL-RLC to use w/my factory headunit and it works great. Don't get played by getting the 4-ohm version (unless needed for wiring options), the 2 ohm is still distortion free and saves money on the amp required to match the RMS rating. If you want to spend thousands then you prob aren't looking at this sub, but if you want great sound on a budget and want to bring your car audio system to the next level, this is for you!



big but small

C from PA on 9/24/2008

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alright...i have two of the 2-ohm 10w3v3s and i love them. they are the biggest 10" sub i could get for my custom box 6" deep. i have 500w to each and they really thump. i was surprised when i got them done. my system is louder and cleaner than my friend's 1500w pioneer system with 2 12"s!!! definately buy...make sure you match the rms on the subs to the rms on the amp!!!!!




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Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W3v3 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 (VRC): The Vented Reinforcement Collar is a composite structure that addresses two issues related to reliability. By reinforcing the critical junction between the cone, voice coil and spider, the VRC greatly reduces failures due to glue breakdown or material weaknesses. It does this by greatly increasing adhesive contact area and providing stress relief to the spider material at excursion extremes. the VRC also feature slots that facilitate air flow directly onto the voice coil windings to reduce thermal compression effects and enhances reliability.

Spider/Lead Wire Assembly: The W3v3 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. The spider is insert-molded into a composite carrier tray which also incorporates the terminal assembly and lead wire strain relief features for enhanced reliability and optimal alignment of parts. The flying lead wires are carefully controlled and strain-relieved without resorting to woven-in lead wires, which can degrade spider performance.

Elevated Frame Cooling: The elevated frame design of the W3v3 delivers high-velocity air flow 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.

Surround Stress Relief: By creating a radiused 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.

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 0.625 cu/ft. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 18" W x 11" H x 9" 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 1.25 cu/ft. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 23" W x 12" H x 12.125" 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 = 1.25"
  • Slot Height = 10.5"
  • Slot Length = 24.75" (a right angled port with a 11.125" extension)

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Why did you buy this?

One of the best low power sq subwoofers around [ Michael  Feb 02, 2019 ]
Good sound quality [ SAMSON  Nov 25, 2018 ]
Great sound. I have had one installed in my truck for four years with no issues, wanted to add a second one to give even more bass. Looks and sounds great [ MICHAEL  Aug 10, 2018 ]
upgrade for stealthbox 10w1v2-4, proven quality, JL Audio & Crutchfield have the absolute BEST customer service & tech support of any companies I have ever dealt with. [ JOHN  Jul 14, 2018 ]
replacement for my jl stealth box [ Derrick  Jun 13, 2018 ]
To Pair with the Q Logic box. [ reimermatt  Feb 23, 2018 ]
Quality, a bit pricey but you pay for what you get. [ TheGovenor  Sep 28, 2017 ]
It was one of the better brands and it has good ratings [ Ryan  Jul 17, 2017 ]
Replacing a blown sub in my JL stealthbox (old sub was 10w3v3-4, Hunter said the 2 ohm will also fit). [ Ryan  Jun 22, 2017 ]
Size and price [ Tincer  May 19, 2017 ]
I have heard exclusively good things about this subwoofer and jl audio in general after months of researching and checking all kinds of audio forums and webpages. I have heard that both the sound quality and output are excellent. Hopefully it will live up to its expectations! [ Alec  Mar 03, 2017 ]
I chose this because JL is top notch and I've never been disappointed by any of their products. You get what you pay for. [ Casey  Feb 02, 2017 ]
This Sub seems to fit my need for the power requirement on my Kicker cx600 amp and top mount depth in my custom enclosure ported box. [ Joseph  Feb 01, 2017 ]
JL subwoofers have never let me down. [ Ricardo  Jan 27, 2017 ]
Going to replace current sub in JL Audio Stealth Box (same model - sub is 12 years old) [ Brian  Jan 21, 2017 ]
Thanks to the advisor Paul [ Richard  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Ringo [ NOLVERTO  Nov 29, 2016 ]
A step up from the 10W0v3-4 [ JAMES  Jul 11, 2016 ]
JL audio quality [ Franklin  Jun 14, 2016 ]
I want the best. [ David  Jun 11, 2016 ]
JL products have always treated me well in the past. I wanted to try the latest version of the 10w3 in my latest build. [ Thomas  Apr 19, 2016 ]
referral from hunter Hunter's Bio: [ CHAD  Apr 09, 2016 ]
JL Audio products are great and I already have one of these subs. Needed another so it was a no brainer to get purchase second one. [ Rick  Dec 18, 2015 ]

3 questions already asked

Sub sonic filter should be set at now lower than 20hz. Your low pass filter is a matter of preference not to excede 150hz. personally I prefer mine to be set around 80hz. [ GARY  Apr 02, 2018 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Sep 18, 2017 ]  Staff
I have a JL XD700/5 with a JL Audio 10W3v3-2 sub in a small enclosure. Going 2 ohm gets you more drive with less power. Excellent high quality sound. Would recommend. [ Peter  Jul 21, 2014 ]
i would get a dual voice coil sub. this w3 sounds good but cant handle a lot of power. I have blown one already, received the second one and had to turn my amp down below half so I don't blow this one. [ CORY  Jul 21, 2014 ]
I have the same amp running a 2 ohm 10" W3 and it sounds awesome. [ James  Jul 19, 2014 ]
That amp puts out 500 watts over a 1.5 to 4 ohm range. So either a 2 or 4ohm sub will work fine. If you plan to add another sub later, I would go with a 4ohm, because you can wire them in parrallel for a 2ohm load. Hope this helps! [ JAMES  Jul 19, 2014 ]
I always go with the lowest impedance that the amp can handle safely becaus it will produce more power. If you're running a single sub I would therefore get the 2 ohm. If you are running 2 subs you could get 4 ohm subs wired in series to produce an end result of 2 ohms. Or if your amp is stable at 1 ohm then I would get 2-2 ohm subs wired in series to produce an end result of 1 ohm. [ STEVEN  Jul 19, 2014 ]
I'm really impressed with my 2ohm 10" w3. Fills the car with more than enough bass and it's in a custom sealed box. [ ADAM  Jul 19, 2014 ]
I have had three two ohm JL W3's (2 10" and 1 12") and have had great luck with them. I use alpine mono amps with about the same wattage yours has and they push the subs very well. Good luck! [ KEITH C  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp for your subs I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Greg  Jul 19, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes. If you are building your own enclosure you will want to build a box where the interior dimensions equal the .625 cu. ft. then cut a hole and put in the speaker. [ Matthew  Jan 28, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Jan 22, 2014 ]  Staff