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JL Audio 13TW5v2-2

Shallow-mount 13.5" 2-ohm subwoofer

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You can get great-sounding, big bass in your sports car, truck, or any other compact vehicle.

You can get great-sounding, big bass in your sports car, truck, or any other compact vehicle.

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About the JL Audio 13TW5v2-2

JL Audio Built In USA Fit huge bass into tight spaces

You can get great-sounding, big bass in your sports car, truck, or any other compact vehicle. JL Audio rises to the challenge of compact spaces with their TW5 thin-line subwoofers. Engineered for use in extremely small boxes, these subs fit in places where only 6-1/2" or 8" subs would previously go, for astoundingly deep, resonant bass without the large enclosure.

JL Audio Built In USA Fit huge bass into tight spaces

You can get great-sounding, big bass in your sports car, truck, or any other compact vehicle. JL Audio rises to the challenge of compact spaces with their TW5 thin-line subwoofers. Engineered for use in extremely small boxes, these subs fit in places where only 6-1/2" or 8" subs would previously go, for astoundingly deep, resonant bass without the large enclosure.


This sub can fit places many subs can't.

A super-thin sub that rivals bulkier speakers

The 13TW5v2-2 13.5" subwoofer handles up to 600 watts RMS, while boasting a 2-5/8" mounting depth that makes it ideal for tight spaces. The cast-alloy frame provides a rock-solid platform for the mica-filled polypropylene cone and its resilient Santoprene™ rubber surround — you'll enjoy consistent, full-bodied bass output that won't distort under heavy excursion. The sub's 2-ohm impedance draws maximum power from your mono amp.


Product highlights:

  • 13.5" 2-ohm subwoofer
  • radical shallow-mount design with extremely small airspace requirements
  • mica-filled polypropylene cone with Santoprene rubber surround
  • cast alloy basket
  • top-mount depth: 2-5/8"
  • power range: 250-600 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 1,200 watts
  • frequency response: 20-200 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85.51 dB
  • sealed box volume: 0.8 cubic feet
  • grille not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 92182

What's in the box:

  • 13.5" Thin-Line subwoofer
  • Owner's manual
  • Grille note

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JAMES from MCKEESPORT PA on 8/9/2019

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Been buying JL since I was 16 by far one of the best sounding subs I ever heard!!!! 100% worth the money

Pros: Thin and packs a punch

Cons: A little expensive but you get what you pay for

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Not up to my expectations

Kevin from Eugene, OR on 2/25/2019

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As excited as I was to purchase this sub for my F150, I was not overly impressed. I built a enclosure to spec and had down firing under the rear seat. Was powered off the fifth channel of a JL RD900/5. With the 2 ohm load it was receiving 500 watts. At full volume it had a fair amount of output but was lacking for your daily drive music. I suspect it could be due to factory DSP cutting low output at volume increase. Non the less I returned and purchased a 8W7 but have not installed yet. Good sub but was not live up to the price for me.

Pros: Looks good. Good construction.

Cons: Not much output for size.

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Tony from Point, TX on 9/14/2018

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One word "AWESOME". I have a 2013 JKU so i initially changed out the factory sub to a 8" Kicker Comp powered by a Kenwood KAC-M8005. Sub lasted 1 week pumping 300W @ 4 ohms. So i decided to go custom but retain as much space as possible in the process with access to the back floor storage area. Designed a box with 0.816 ft.3 with a power panel as not to loose the 12v cig plug that the factory sub enclosure had. I purchased the 2 ohm model of this sub as the Kenwood pumps out 500W RMS @ 2 ohms. All i can say is that you DO NOT need two of these, bass is tight and strong. My neighbors are going to hate me :)

Pros: Large surface area and low profile! Tight bass, not boomy and punches hard.

Cons: I would say price, but you get what you pay for.

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Dodge Durango, single pancake (downfiring) setup

Justin from Westbury, NY on 6/11/2018

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I will have to note that this was a full custom stealth installation and I had to purchase from the installer to get any type of benefit on the labor. With that said, Crutchfield has always been a great resource for me and my go to for anything done myself. For me, there really was no other option than a JL sub as I needed a super shallow mount and am a fan of their performance. It was just did i go for the 12 or this beast. I chose the beast. I was blown away from this setup - now I do give a lot of credit to my installer, and the downfiring setup/custom box, but this woofer pounds!!! The actual musical clarity of the sub coupled with the mid ability and real deep push is insane. True musical enthusiasts will appreciate the bass sound, and the feel on more hard core or hip hop chords is nothing shy of house shaking. It could easily rival a dual 10 or 12 setup and the way my guy positioned it the low bass is so insanely strong that it flows through the entire car. It can literally push my foot off the pedal at times. We paired with the new vxi 600/i @ 2 ohms is it's perfect match. Gain set extremely low, drc knob controls the boost which is usually at mid level, manually dipped a feb db's at about 50 hz. That's it. The only con I can think of is that it is expensive.

Pros: Small footprint / depth / air requirement

Cons: Price

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JL Audio 13TW5v2-2

Adam from Englewood, CO on 5/31/2018

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This is easily the best sounding sub woofer I have ever owned and I have owned numerous JL Audio sub woofers. This sub woofer has an amazing balance of sheer visceral output with very tight punchy bass. I have one of these installed under the rear seat of my 2016 Nissan Titan XD and its powered with a JL Audio XD600/1 amplifier which is a perfect match. This sub woofer perfectly blend with my main speakers leaving no hole in the mid bass region. This sub is so clean and transparent you cant even localize it. I kicks out all the bass I want leaving nothing desired. I can't even imagine what (2) of these would do in my truck but I am sure it would destroy whats left of my hearing.

Pros: Awesome Sound Quality Flexible installation Very well made

Cons: Its expensive but its top notch

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Robert from Illinois on 8/6/2017

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Good subs

Pros: Everything

Cons: Price is steep

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Stephen from Pensacola, FL on 11/3/2015

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I bought a couple of these as an upgrade from two Kenwood shallow mount subs that I originally had in my truck. They are great subs, and I can tell a bit of a difference in low-end output sound quality in my system. I am running these two subs on a Fosgate Prime 1200 amp putting out about 650 watts to each sub, and they have no problem handling the power. They were mounted in a custom box built by a local audio dealership. Luckily, I know the shop manager, so he was able to get me a pretty good deal on them. If not for that, I'm not sure I would have replaced the Kenwoods. These do hit harder than the Kenwoods do, and the lows are a bit deeper. If you have the money, you won't be disappointed. However if cost is a factor in your decision, there are lower priced alternatives out there (Kenwood and Alpine come to mind).

Pros: Sound quality Build quality Low-end response

Cons: Cost!! I thought I was going to pass out when I heard the total for the bill. Coolness factor is almost non-existent since mine are mounted in a down-firing box under the back seat of my truck.

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Incredible Sub for the size

Thomas from Houston, TX on 10/15/2013

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I bought this sub after about a month of research to find something that would sound great but would still be inconspicuous in my 11 silverado crew cab. Jl as most car audio enthusiasts know is tpp of the line. So I went ahead amd dropped the cash for it and I love it. The sound quality is amazing and the box is tiny considering how loud this thing is. If you're looking for a good sub without taking up very much space I highly recommend this one.

Pros: Pretty much everything!

Cons: Cost

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Awesome Sub!!!

Pfunk from Virginia Beach, VA on 8/16/2013

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Due to limited space in my Jeep, I previously had a Rockford Fosgate P3 shallow... I was decent (for a shallow mount). After I Blew (3 years later) I replaced it with JL's 13TW5v2-2.... WoW, what a huge difference!!! I plays very loud, deep and very clean... This shallow sub sounds better than many other "regular" 12s. You definitely get what you pay for with this sub.

Pros: Extremely clean, low and loud bass that you can really feel. Best shallow mount out there by a country mile.

Cons: Pricy (but worth it)

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Thin-Line Design: The patented thin-line woofer technology compresses the architecture of the JL Audio 13TW5v2-2 subwoofer and allows it to deliver great bass performance in tight space applications, requiring only 2-5/8" depth. Central to the technology is the Concentric Tube structure that supports the oversized voice coil and the suspension attachments. This permits placing the motor structure much further forward in the speaker than in conventional designs, while maintaining excellent linear excursion capability. Equally important, the design is optimized for extremely small box volume applications.

Concentric Tube Suspension: A challenge in any low-profile woofer design is to permit enough mechanical clearance for the speaker to handle power and generate good output at low frequencies. JL Audio's patented solution employs a molded structure which spans over the edge of the motor system, supporting the spider on the outside of the motor's boundaries and the large diameter voice coil on the inside. The large voice coil permits the magnet to sit inside it, rather than surrounding the coil as is typical in most woofers. The concentric tube structure and the elimination of a conventional top-plate helps JL Audio move the motor structure into the cone body's space to further compress depth, while still permitting substantial mechanical excursion.

Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method of improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, the 13TW5v2-2 motor maintains a linear force over a long excursion range and 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 a method of attaching the surround/cone assembly to the voice coil/spider assembly to maintain proper surround geometry, thus improving excursion control and dynamic voice coil alignment.

Voice Coil: To counteract the efficiency tradeoff of small box volume, the 13TW5v2-2 is designed to handle very high power levels thanks to the use of a very large 7-inch diameter voice coil.

Recommended Sealed Box Volume: JL Audio recommends a sealed box size volume of 0.8 ft³, resulting in a -3dB point of 41.18 Hz. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 19" W x 15" H x 7.75" D, assuming 3/4" thick MDF. (If using 5/8" thick MDF, subtract 1/4" from each dimension.)

Shallow Mount Design: The JL Audio 13TW5v2-2 only requires a mounting depth of 2-5/8" (top mounted).

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
My space lacked height. Fitting a sub into a C6 Corvette is not easy. This seems like the perfect solution. [ ANDREW  Jan 25, 2018 ]
I need more bass in my car. The factory system just doesn't cut it. I didn't want to take up a lot of room with a big box. Hopefully this will do the trick. I've heard nothing but good things about this sub-woofer. [ Rodney  May 12, 2017 ]
They are ridiculous! [ Larry  Mar 09, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

Can I run a single jl audio tw5 sub off of a hd1200/1 amp without blowing them?
[ Daniel  Jul 07, 2019 ]
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It will blow!
[ stephen  Jul 18, 2019 ]
Sure. You'll need to make sure your box is built correctly and then match the Amp gain to minimize distortion but you can easily get away with it without much concern
[ Mike  Jul 18, 2019 ]
Will a Rockford Fosgate Power T1500-1BDCP amp wired at 1 ohm be enough to power 2 of these subs 13TW5v2-2?
[ Stalker5150  Nov 25, 2017 ]
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That amp has more than enough power for 2 of these subwoofers. In fact, you will be able to turn down the gain on the amp and won't have to run it at full output. HTH! My Bio:
[ Paul  Nov 30, 2017 ]  Staff
Plenty. I built a custom box at 1.1 cu. Ft per sub and am running the JX1001D. I run the amp at 1/4 output and it's deafening. You should run them at 2ohms, not 1 ohm, to keep from burning them up. Just my opinion.
[ Mike  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Is the jl hd1200/1 the best choice as an amp for 2 of these subs?
[ Tylere  Mar 24, 2017 ]
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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.
[ Kenny  Mar 24, 2017 ]  Staff

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