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JL Audio 8W3v3-4

W3v3 Series 8" 4-ohm subwoofer

Item # 1368W3V34

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$219.99 each

About the JL Audio 8W3v3-4

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 8W3v3-4 subwoofer boasts an 8" 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 200 and 375 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:

  • 8" 4-ohm subwoofer
  • mineral-filled polypropylene cone with nitrile-butylene rubber surround
  • power range: 50-250 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 500 watts
  • frequency response: 28-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 83.24 dB
  • top-mount depth: 4-9/16"
  • sealed box volume: 0.3 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 0.35 cubic feet
  • grille not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 92148
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What's in the box:

  • One 8" Subwoofer
  • Black plastic trim ring
  • 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, 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 0.30 cu/ft. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 12" W x 10" H x 8" 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 0.35 cu/ft. A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a ported box with external dimensions of 12.5" W x 10" H x 9.25" D, assuming 3/4" thick material. (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, you should subtract 1/4" from each dimension.) A rounded port is recommended with the following dimensions:

  • Diameter = 2"
  • Height = 18"

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Upgrade from 3v1 that I cooked. [ Kyle  Jan 16, 2019 ]
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Great product [ Shaun  Jul 30, 2018 ]
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If you want to play with the big boys then you gotta roll with JL. Nothing else compares ! Nothing! ???? [ Joseph  May 17, 2018 ]
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It's JL, do I need to explain further. An excellent brand and they always produce great bass with quality even in their smaller subs. If you decide to go with JL I recommend that you install in odd numbers for the best sound. I can't explain why but that is just how it works. (1-3-5-7, etc.) [ DANIEL P  Jan 12, 2018 ]
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I have never been disappointed with JL audio, this sub surprised me when I heard the bass this little sub can produced. [ Rolando  Dec 21, 2017 ]
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Built custom box [ Jeff  Oct 16, 2017 ]
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Because I needed a small space on my 1985 Chevy truck and this was the perfect speaker for the truck [ Renaldo  Sep 18, 2017 ]
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Made in USA. The craftsmanship and the reviews looks good. [ George  Sep 11, 2017 ]
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Heard one in my dad's car after we installed it and liked the sound. My wife's car has a smaller trunk than her last one but we still want bass so we went with a sub that needs a smaller box. I am building a custom fiberglass enclosure for this sub to maximize the space she has left. [ Patrick  Sep 05, 2017 ]
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For my Harley. Best subs on market [ Shaun  Apr 26, 2017 ]
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It's a quality product [ Casey  Dec 16, 2016 ]
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I chose this sub for its compact size and outstanding performance. [ Travis  Sep 05, 2016 ]
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Limited space and excellent reviews. [ Eric  May 20, 2016 ]
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8 questions already asked

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Will this fit in the back factory enclosure of a 2001 Chevy Tahoe? To replace the existing factory sub...
[ Luis  Oct 23, 2018 ]
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You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx For additional details on fit or 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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.
[ Krissy  Oct 29, 2018 ]  Staff
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I am trying to find a better alternative to what the internet say is BMW owner's only choices. 2012 E92 335i N54 coupe msport is what im rolling. Harmon kardon sound. BMW's owners say really only two will fit the bavsound and earthquake sws. HK mids and high are overpowering lows. Can this fit and be a viable option of course with amp replace? dont want to hit hard but i want more than those two subs can offer
[ Jason  Sep 21, 2018 ]
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Sorry, no; as with most aftermarket subwoofers, we found the JL Audio 8W3v3-4 to be much too large for the available mounting space in the stock subwoofer location. The available mounting depth is the major issue but the magnet diameter & mounting height (grill clearance) are also problems. 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  Oct 03, 2018 ]  Staff
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can these be used in motorcycle bags?
[ eric  Sep 02, 2018 ]
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No. Not enough air space or mounting surface
[ Shaun  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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The JL Audio 8W3v3-4 is designed to mount into a separate subwoofer enclosure (sealed or ported); and wouldn't typically be recommended for use on a motorcycle. However, if you'd like to discuss mounting options in more detail, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. They can provide more personalized advice for your system to give you a better idea about fit and/or compatibility. Thanks!
[ Larry  Sep 06, 2018 ]  Staff
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What's the difference between the 8w1v3 and the 8w3v3 ..... other than the price??
[ Proinstall  Aug 01, 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  Aug 01, 2017 ]  Staff
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Witch amplifier do you recomend for this subwoofer??
[ Erick  Jul 15, 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.
[ Krissy  Jul 15, 2016 ]  Staff
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Can you use these in the rear deck, open air install in the trunk?
[ sport  Apr 26, 2016 ]
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No
[ Shaun  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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They cannot be used as free air subs. They need to be in a box.
[ Sean  Apr 27, 2016 ]
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No, they require an enclosure.
[ kyle  Apr 27, 2016 ]
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how do these speakers perform installed in car doors?
[ john  Nov 24, 2015 ]
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They don't
[ Shaun  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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Not very well at all. They will be too deep for most vehicle doors and, like most aftermarket subwoofers, you'll need an enclosure with the proper airspace for the best performance. I hope that helps!
[ Ryan  Nov 27, 2015 ]  Staff
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What gauge speaker wire is recommended to run from the amp to this Sub? About 8 feet in length.
[ David  Oct 30, 2015 ]
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14 or 12
[ Shaun  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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Electricity flows like water. So the bigger the wire, the more easily power is passed. Obviously, too big is ridiculous, so find out the minimum and go a gauge or three bigger. Hope this helps!
[ Stephen  Oct 30, 2015 ]
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