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JL Audio 12W0v3-4

W0v3 Series 12" 4-ohm subwoofer

Item # 13612W0V34

The JL Audio name means high-quality sound, and the 12W0v3-4 12" subwoofer doesn't come up short when...

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About the JL Audio 12W0v3-4

Precision-built bass

The JL Audio name means high-quality sound, and the 12W0v3-4 12" subwoofer doesn't come up short when delivering trademark JL performance. You'll find patented technologies like an optimized motor system that promotes precise, linear cone movement, plus advanced cooling systems throughout the frame for rapid heat dissipation.

Precision-built bass

The JL Audio name means high-quality sound, and the 12W0v3-4 12" subwoofer doesn't come up short when delivering trademark JL performance. You'll find patented technologies like an optimized motor system that promotes precise, linear cone movement, plus advanced cooling systems throughout the frame for rapid heat dissipation.

Side view of 12W0v3-4 subwoofer

Long-lasting performance

This W0v3 Series sub features a tough polypropylene cone that resists flexing, and a durable foam surround that'll stand up to hard use. The cone's extra-long excursion capability lets it hit truly deep notes without distorting, while the hefty 2-inch voice coil drives the woofer accurately for top-notch performance under extreme conditions.

The patented elevated frame design delivers air flow directly to the voice coil, cooling it for better power handling. JL Audio designed this sub to work in compact sealed or medium-sized ported enclosures, and they offer an optional grille that'll protect your JL Audio sub in its box.

Need an amp for this sub? Check out this Crutchfield-approved single- and dual-sub bass package.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 225 and 450 watts RMS at 4 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

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Product highlights:

  • 12" 4-ohm subwoofer
  • polypropylene cone with foam surround
  • power range: 75-300 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 600 watts
  • frequency response: 22-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85.64 dB
  • top-mount depth: 5-7/16"
  • sealed box volume: 1.375 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.75 cubic feet
  • grille not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 92166
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What's in the box:

  • One 12" Single voice coil 4-ohm subwoofer
  • Owner's Manual

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Features

Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, 12W0v3-4 motors display linear force over a long excursion range, and also maintain 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.

Elevated Frame Cooling: The elevated frame design of the 12W0v3-4 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.

Rear Gasket: The woofer has a rear gasket to provide an optimal seal when installing into the enclosure.

Long Excursion: The 12W0v3-4 subwoofer has 11.4mm of linear excursion, giving you louder bass with less distortion.

Enclosure Compatibility

Recommended Sealed Box Volume: JL Audio recommends a 1.375 ft³ sealed box. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 16" W x 19" H x 11.75" 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: JL Audio recommends a 1.75 ft³ ported box. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 17.5" W x 14.75" H x 16.25" D, assuming 3/4" thick material. (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, you should subtract 1/4" from each dimension.) A round port with a diameter of 3" and a length of 14" is recommended, resulting in a tuning frequency of 26 Hz and a -3 dB point of 30.8 Hz.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Good reviews [ Demond  Mar 13, 2019 ]
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Chad helped me [ Tristin  Feb 20, 2019 ]
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You can never go wrong with JL Audio. [ Daniel L.  Feb 13, 2019 ]
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Because that's the original speaker for my box [ JOSE  Sep 24, 2018 ]
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Hits some of the lowest tones for a 12" and the price range. [ Aaron  Sep 08, 2018 ]
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JL fan for 23 years, why would I not still use the best [ Laura  Aug 15, 2018 ]
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To see how they sound heard great thungs [ Brian  Jul 25, 2018 ]
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Cuz I like da boom [ Christopher  Jul 24, 2018 ]
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For bass [ Jacob  Jul 13, 2018 ]
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brand reputation [ Damian  Jun 29, 2018 ]
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Because the first three 12w0s I bought lasted 20 years! [ kabe  Jun 14, 2018 ]
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Heard really good things about JL Audio so I decided to give it a try for my first pair of speakers [ Juan  Jun 11, 2018 ]
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Product my buddy had and loved. Thought I'd try it [ Daniel  Jun 07, 2018 ]
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It had really good reviwes [ Blanca  Jun 07, 2018 ]
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best sub and great sound I think [ Clinton  Jun 04, 2018 ]
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Cant beat the price [ Nicholas  May 05, 2018 ]
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JL AUDIO IS THE BEST OF THE BEST! [ Carlos Guillerm  Apr 15, 2018 ]
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Great experience with this subwoofer in the past [ Evan Alan  Apr 14, 2018 ]
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Love the bass it puts out with my 500watt amp [ tyler  Apr 04, 2018 ]
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They look like good speakers and thats what I could afford lol Thanks for your service guys!! [ Robin  Mar 30, 2018 ]
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JL audio is the best company for subwoofers Period! [ BRUCE  Jan 02, 2018 ]
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Great company great sound [ Liseth  Dec 18, 2017 ]
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Great sound. [ A  May 26, 2017 ]
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to replace a damaged one that was in a JL box [ Troy  Apr 26, 2017 ]
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friend recommendation [ Jim  Jan 07, 2017 ]
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Great entree sub [ Alejandro  Nov 26, 2016 ]
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The orginal wo is what changed my car audio experience over 15 years ago So time to try the latest version [ Thomas  Nov 02, 2016 ]
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Im a huge JL fan and I like the watts this sub can handle [ MICHAEL  Oct 07, 2016 ]
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Quality subs from a very reputable company at an affordable price [ Owen  Jul 27, 2016 ]
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Best Brand of speakers [ Dustin  Jul 25, 2016 ]
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Quality and affordable [ Waylon W.  Jul 04, 2016 ]
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Friend told me JL audio is the best brand for subwoofers. [ Casey Armando  May 24, 2016 ]
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great sound [ willie  Apr 16, 2016 ]
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JL Audio is a tried and true company. The w0 subs are plenty good fer sher. [ James M.  Mar 10, 2016 ]
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Just wanted a basic quality sub, but got way more than I expected. Love JL even more. [ NICHOLAS  Feb 14, 2016 ]
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best quality for price [ Kevin  Feb 10, 2016 ]
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14 questions already asked

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i have two jl 12W0v3-4. Does this amp pair good with it? Pioneer GM-D8601 1,600W Class-D Mono Amp
[ Timmy  Jul 20, 2018 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp/sub combo 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 and help you make the best choice for your system.
[ Kenny  Jul 23, 2018 ]  Staff
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What are the repercussions of consequences of mounting this SW in a 0.725 cubic foot enclosure when it is recommended to have 1.375 cubic foot?
[ GARY  Jan 21, 2018 ]
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It simply will not perform at it's optimum capability. When using a smaller than recommended enclosure, you can compensate for some lack of airspace by adding polyfil box stuffing: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_027808/item.html For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
[ Ryan  Jan 26, 2018 ]  Staff
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I have a 600 watt Kicker amplifier ( i dont know the exact specs on it) and im running VM Audio ECW120's on it and they arent loud at all (for supposed "competition" subwoofers. How loud exactly are these JL Audio subs and how crisp is the bass?
[ Juice  Mar 31, 2017 ]
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I blew two sets of these
[ Matthew  Mar 31, 2017 ]
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I have tried other subwoofers in the past and I found that the jl audio subs are far better then the other ones I tried as far as I'm concerned they hit hard and smooth and clean you can't go wrong with jl audio
[ Terry  Mar 31, 2017 ]
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Very simply put if your running a 600 watt kicker amp to even just one of these they can definitely get loud and have very clean bass that JL always delivers.. hope this helps
[ STEPHEN  Mar 31, 2017 ]
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What size amp do i need to push just one ???
[ Clayton  Jan 22, 2017 ]
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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.
[ Krissy  Jan 22, 2017 ]  Staff
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can this sub handle a 2ohm load when wired in parallel with 2 of them?
[ Austin  Nov 13, 2016 ]
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I only have one sub in a single enclosure.
[ KEVIN J  Nov 17, 2016 ]
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YEs it can if you use the right amp
[ Terry  Nov 16, 2016 ]
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I have a Fox ported acoustics box in my 2004 dodge and I'm kinda disappointed in the accuracy of the bass. This is by far not my first system.... my set up is 2 12" JL W0's with a Rockford Fosgate Prime 500 wired in parallel to two ohms at the amp and I was just expecting a lil more. I've always used sealed boxes and has great results with JL, are these just not made for ported in closures? Specs on the box are 1.55 cubic feet on each side and as per crutchfields recommendations used a 1lb of poly fill to trick the sub thinking it's in a bigger 1.71 cubic foot box.... should I have gone sealed?
[ DRIFTER0678  Jun 29, 2016 ]
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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. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Krissy  Jun 29, 2016 ]  Staff
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Does this item come with the grate to protect it?
[ Zack.14  Jun 20, 2016 ]
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No
[ MICHAEL  Jun 21, 2016 ]
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NO
[ RICHARD  Jun 20, 2016 ]
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No
[ David  Jun 20, 2016 ]
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If I have 2 12 inch JL subs...what's the best amplifier to have pushing these?
[ carlos  Jun 12, 2016 ]
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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.
[ Kenny  Jun 13, 2016 ]  Staff
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These subs or Kicker Compr 12" subs? Which sounds better?
[ Justin  Dec 30, 2015 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models 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 and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Dec 30, 2015 ]  Staff
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How is the spl??
[ xCBR600x  Dec 08, 2015 ]
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My old sub was a 12w1, so I thought I was going to be disappointed since the magnet was larger and heavier. Since my old sub was blown I didn't have the patience to exchange it. I was thoroughly impressed with how the speaker sounded after it was broken in. Not as deep as the W1, but it sounded great and just what I needed
[ MICHAEL  Dec 09, 2015 ]
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I got 2 12's JL audio 12w0v3-4 goes with Boss Riot 1100. I wasn't happy with Boss Riot 1100. I need something better amplifier such as Class D. which amplifier class d should I get?
[ Terry  Sep 15, 2015 ]
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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.
[ Krissy  Sep 15, 2015 ]  Staff
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What's a good amp to push this sub?
[ marcos  Apr 16, 2014 ]
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Not sure what kind of amp ur look'n for but I have a Kenwood excelon x500-1. I had it pushing 1 JL 12wo sub in a sealed box and it sounded pretty snazzy. Now I have it pushing 2 12wo subs and its even snazzier!! Barely gets warm to the touch
[ Robert  Jul 11, 2014 ]
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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.
[ Krissy  Apr 16, 2014 ]  Staff
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I have a jl audio 500/1 mono amp currently plugged into two 12" alpines....they sound great but i've had jl audio subs before and I know they're incredible....which would be the best (2) 12" subs to pair up with this amp?
[ annab  Feb 17, 2014 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best sub for your amp 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 models and help you make the best choice for your system.
[ Krissy  Feb 17, 2014 ]  Staff
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