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JL Audio 10W3v3-4
W3v3 Series 10" 4-ohm subwoofer
Our take on the JL Audio 10W3v3-4 by Crutchfield's Dominic DeVito
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.
The 10W3v3-4 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 4 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.
Priced per speaker
Awesome subwoofer really made the difference in my sound system.
What's in the Box:
- One 10" Subwoofer
- Black plastic trim ring
- Owner's Manual
- 10" 4-ohm subwoofer
- mineral-filled polypropylene cone with nitrile-butylene rubber surround
- power range: 100-500 watts RMS
- peak power handling: 1,000 watts
- frequency response: 25-250 Hz
- sensitivity: 84.87 dB
- top-mount depth: 5-7/8"
- sealed box volume: 0.625 cubic feet
- ported box volume: 1.125 cubic feet
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Cone Material||Mineral-filled poly|
|Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)||0.625|
|Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)||1.125|
|Port diameter (inches)||N/A|
|Port length (inches)||N/A|
|Dual Voice Coil||No|
84.87 dB at 1 watt
|Frequency Response||25 - 250 Hz|
|RMS Power Range (Watts)||100-500|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||1000|
|Top Mount Depth (inches)||5 7/8|
|Bottom Mount Depth (inches)||N/A|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||8 15/16|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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.
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 1.125 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 13.125" 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 = 28.125" (a right angled port with a 15.5" extension)
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Why did you buy this?
JL audio is superb [ SEAN Feb 07, 2017 ]
Excellent sound quality sub [ Leslie Aug 26, 2016 ]
Have been a fan of JL quality for many years. You get what you pay for, a little more money for a lot more performance. [ David Jul 23, 2016 ]
Awesome speakers [ Carlos Jan 07, 2016 ]
Awesome help from customer support allowed me to pick a replacement for my old JL Audio 10". I suspect this one will sound quite a bit better and should be a perfect match for my box and upgraded amp. [ Paul Dec 11, 2015 ]
5 questions already asked
At least 9 + inches. [ Jamo May 19, 2017 ]
If your amp has a regulated power supply for get what I just said .the older (better) amps have a non regulated power supply ampts are usually over rated and even if not you should have an amp that can produce a lot more powuer than your speaker is rated so you have cleaner sound more reserve power for bass [ Rick Jan 08, 2017 ]
It depends on the amp .when you bridge an amp ( mono) one speaker or wired in series it halves the restance so on this speaker @ 3 ohms that amp would see 1.5 ohms and that would burn up most amps if you try it don't ever run it with the car not running and use big wire and a cap to help it not not fry [ Rick Jan 08, 2017 ]
The specs on this speaker show 500RMS continuous for one speaker. [ Paul Dec 29, 2016 ]
RMS rating is per sub. So... double check ratings and if they match than yes. [ Carlos Dec 28, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp and 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 models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Krissy Dec 30, 2015 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the correct amp, I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the amps that will work and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff Dec 26, 2013 ] Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your current system. They will be able to pull up your gear and see if this will integrate well. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Dec 26, 2013 ] Staff