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JL Audio 10W1v3-4
W1v3 Series 10" 4-ohm subwoofer
Our take on the JL Audio 10W1v3-4 by Crutchfield's John Pollard
Legendary JL Audio engineering
The affordable W1v3 subwoofer incorporates patented features developed by JL Audio for their legendary W7 subs. Special venting keeps the W1v3 sub running cool for trouble-free performance, while extensive research in cone bonding and motor assembly construction keeps its cone movement linear for precise, dependable output. The cone interlocks with the dust cap for superior rigidity, and a sophisticated suspension system keeps internal parts aligned properly when you're jamming hard.
These subs look as good as they sound.
Solid bass made for compact boxes
The low-profile 10W1v3-4 10" subwoofer works best in compact enclosures, so you can put quality bass in smaller and hard-to-fit vehicles. It features a polypropylene cone with an embossed JL Audio logo for a look that stands out as much as the sound. The removable, customizable trim ring lets you put a personal touch on your system, and makes optional grille installation a snap. This punchy W1v3 sub works well with moderate power, delivering impressive performance without costing a fortune.
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.
Although this isn't a W3 or higher, matched with a good amp (in this case an Alpine 250W) it was more than what I expected. For the money, it can't be beat. I really pushed this sub with limited power an it performed flawlessly. Clean, clear, LOW BASS.
Ima D Boss, fairless hills, PA
What's in the Box:
- One 10" Single 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer
- Black plastic trim ring
- Owner's manual
- 10" 4-ohm subwoofer
- polypropylene cone with nitrile-butylene rubber surround
- power range: 75-300 watts RMS
- peak power handling: 600 watts
- frequency response: 25-250 Hz
- sensitivity: 84.2 dB
- top-mount depth: 4-5/8"
- sealed box volume: 0.55 cubic feet
- ported box volume: 0.94 cubic feet
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Cone Material||Mica-filled polypropylene|
|Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)||0.55|
|Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)||0.937|
|Port diameter (inches)||N/A|
|Port length (inches)||N/A|
|Dual Voice Coil||No|
84.2 dB at 1 watt
|Frequency Response||25 - 250 Hz|
|RMS Power Range (Watts)||75-300|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||600|
|Top Mount Depth (inches)||4 5/8|
|Bottom Mount Depth (inches)||N/A|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||8 7/8|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Woofer: The JL Audio W1v3-4 subwoofer features an injection-molded, mica-filled polypropylene cone with an embossed metallic JL Audio logo and a rubber surround for added durability, woofer excursion and bass response.
Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method of improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W1v3-4 motors remain linear over a long excursion range, and also maintain a highly 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 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: The Vented Reinforcement Collar (VRC) is a composite structure that addresses two issues related to reliability:
- Stress Relief: By reinforcing the critical junction between the cone, voice coil and spider, the VRC greatly reduces failures due to glue breakdown or material weakness. It does this by increasing adhesive contact area and providing stress relief to the spider material at excursion extremes.
- Air Flow: The VRC also features slots that facilitate air flow directly onto the voice coil windings, thus reducing thermal compression effects and enhancing reliability.
Insert Molded Suspension/Coil/Terminal Sub-Assembly: The W1v3-4 features a unique spider, coil and terminal subassembly, assembled prior to installation in the speaker frame for optimum alignment and glue-joint integrity. This type of assembly ensures precise lead wire length, lead wire entry and exit angles, and coil/spider alignment.
Elevated Frame Cooling System: The elevated frame design of the W1v3-4 delivers cool air 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.
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 an optional grille mesh insert specifically designed to fit into the inner diameter of the trim ring (item number 136SGR1031, sold separately).
Sealed Enclosure: JL Audio recommends an optimum sealed enclosure volume for the 10W1v3-4 of 0.587 ft³ (0.55 ft³ net, plus the sub's 0.037 ft³ displacement), resulting in a -3dB point of 43.1 Hz.
Ported Enclosure: JL Audio recommends an optimum ported enclosure volume for the 10W1v3-2 of 0.937 ft³ (0.9 ft³ net, plus the sub's 0.037 ft³ displacement). The recommended slot port is 1-1/8" (wide) x 10" (tall) x 29-3/4" (long), resulting in a tuning frequency of 32.17 Hz and a -3dB point of 31.92 Hz.
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Why did you buy this?
Best speakers [ Jamaal Apr 23, 2017 ]
Been using only JL Audio for 20 years. Wouldn't have it any other way. [ Paul Apr 03, 2017 ]
Best bang for your buck [ Kent Dec 12, 2016 ]
Replaced the 11 year old JL's in their custom fiberglass box for my S10. Original JL's lasted 11 years!!!! Rubber surround finally failed. [ ROBERT Nov 11, 2016 ]
Can't beat JL sub's, buy once cry once they will last. Teamed with a great company like Crutchfield, win win [ Ted Aug 04, 2016 ]
JL Audio subs have worked well for me over the years. Sound quality, and the ability to fit in small enclosures are priorities for me. [ JONATHAN E Feb 17, 2016 ]
8 questions already asked
Thanks for your question. This product is a Single voice coil. You'll find this information on the product webpage "Details" tab under "Features and Specs". Hope that helps. [ Kenny Jul 05, 2016 ] Staff
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 01, 2016 ] Staff
The best box depends on what kind of bass your looking for. If you want SPL then go ported, otherwise go sealed box. I prefer custom built sealed boxes for any subs if you know what your doing and know how to get the sound and feel you want. Go off the factory specs especially if your going ported. Sealed is awesome at .592 cubic inches. That's a litl larger than factory specs @ .587ci. Never been a fan of band pass boxes. Good luck [ MICHAEL Sep 24, 2015 ]
I had a local guy build a custom box for my jeep it was Dow fired with no vent hole and works great. [ JAMES Sep 14, 2015 ]
It all depends on your vehicle. In my opinion, if you have a full size pickup I would get dual downfire for under your seat. If you are in a car where your subs will be in your trunk, I would go with a ported box with 2 of these subs. I have 2 of these under the back seat of my truck in the downforce position and I'm more than satisfied. I promise they are worth the money! P.S. They slump harder than most of my buddies systems (and they have 12s by other brands). [ William Sep 14, 2015 ]
I would use a compact box with no ports. I have a Stealth box in my truck. I bought this sub to replace the blown sub that came with the Stealth box [ Milton Lee Sep 13, 2015 ]
I built my own box using specifications provided on JL's web site. You will always get the best performance that way. They have dimensions fir sealed and ported enclosures. [ Anthony John Sep 13, 2015 ]
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 May 31, 2015 ] Staff
The amp is rated 600wattsx1 @ 2ohms or 400x1@4ohms, the sub's are rated @ 300rms. Perfect power match if your two 4ohm sub's are wired PARALLEL to 2ohms. Better to over power speakers than to under power them FYI. [ MICHAEL Mar 25, 2015 ]
YEs you canI'm running an infinity 600/1 to mine at 2 ohms. Crutchfield sold me my setup sounds good too..hits hard in the right box.. [ KEVIN Mar 25, 2015 ]
I have two of these in a sealed enclosure with the xd 600/1v2 it's a perfect match you'll be pleased with your setup [ BRANDON Mar 25, 2015 ]
I have 2 subs wired in series with a 15 year old Precision Power 240 watt amp and they sound great. I also like Pioneer brand equipment. Any good manufacturer in the 250-300 watt range should be fine. Hope this helps. [ ADAM Mar 21, 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 Mar 20, 2014 ] Staff
That amplifier would only provide 180 watts of power to this subwoofer. We typically recommend that you provide a subwoofer with 70% (or more) of the RMS power rating. The 2-ohm version of this subwoofer would actually be a better match. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_13692080/JL-Audio-10W1v3-2.html [ Jeff Jan 13, 2014 ] Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Dec 21, 2013 ] Staff