JL Audio 12W0v3-4
2004 Honda Accord EX
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The quality of sound and bass is just amazing.
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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.
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.
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.
The quality of sound and bass is just amazing.
Average Customer Review(s):
The quality of sound and bass is just amazing.
Delivers exactly what you expect. easy to install, and they sound great, capable of shaking the cars next to mine. The only downside is now I have to upgrade my mids and tweeters to match, but at this power and price range, these things do everything.
I installed two of these in a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JKU. They are wired in parallel to create a 2 ohm load to a Pioneer Class D amplifier at 500 watts RMS. At 250 watts RMS each, they produce a nice clean bass sound. I listen to rock and my teenage daughter listens to rap/hip-hop. We are both very pleased with the sound.
This is a great sub & a great price!!
I put two of these in the back of my excursion in a ported box powers by a jl 500-1 mono block amp and WOW!!! Will they jam they are awesome I will never buy any thing els but jl truly an amazing sub
Just got these installed under my rear seat. These things are crazy. One definitely would have been sufficient for my 2017 Sierra Crew Cab. Glad I also bought the bass control knob. What was I thinking with two. I'm definitely not a teenager anymore.
Pros: Shakes my brain Clean Worth every penny
Cons: Will rarely use them to their full potential.
Great sound! Well worth the money.
Got 2 JL 12" subs with a 500 watt amp, and it all sounds and feels amazing! Excellent quality, I can't be happier with them!
Good quality and awesome sounding sub, good addition in my 1999 mercury cougar, if I had more room I'd get another one.
Pros: For the price you cant go wrong with JL subs. great quality and sound awesome
I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 with the Fox Acoustic speaker box, it's ported with 1.55 cubic feet per side and these speakers sound amazing now that they're broke in. I was kind of disappointed at first, but it been a month and the last couple of weeks they've really come alive! So be patient with them and you'll get some awesome bass.... I'm running the ported Fox box, but with my experience with JL, I wished I would have used the sealed box. Anyway, I'm running the Rockford Fosgate 500 mono amp for the subs and Infinity Kappa up graded mids and highs off the Rockford Fosgate 300 watt (I think it's 300 watt) either way Rockford Fosgate 4 channel and it sounds great! Thanks Crutchfield....
Pros: Sound good
Well my 2001 12" Paradigm home theater sub finally rotted at the foam. After some research and a few quotes from local repair shops, it was either trash it and buy a new one, or pay 1/2 the price of the JL for foam, or buy a drop in replacement 12" sub. Recently converted my boat to JL equipment and am extremely happy, so I thought what the heck! Swapped with my blown Paradigm sub... Sounds phenomenal (had to pick up a few pictures off the floor:). It works for all of those who may be wondering.
Pros: Great sound, awesome looks. Great price for quality!!!
Worked really well for me! Couldn't be happier
Can't go wrong. For the $ - best sub available. High quality. Won't ever buy another sub.
Pros: Low price point / high quality
This subwoofer is phenomenal ... it looks fantastic it is super easy to put in a box and it sounds fantastic ... it handles perfectly and is plenty loud ... for the price this is the best subwoofer you can get
I had a 12 inch JL that I replaced, this new sub is great and hits harder than the last one.
Pros: Ease to swap out like the new connectors.
A++ quality! Owned a pair for 15 years and sure this pair will be as epic!
this is my 2nd set of jl 12! they hit hard on all the music I listen to. heavy metal, rock,rap,etc. you can not go wrong with the jl subs!!!
Pros: very well built speakers. I still have my first set I got in the early 90,s and yes they still hit hard
Cons: I have nothing bad to say about jl
Great sub. I was never a real fan of the W0 series before. Mainly because I have used W3's and W6's in the past. Since I decided to do a budget bass system THIS TIME (dont ask how much I have spent in the past) I was going to try MTX. Mind you, my other system in my other car consists of JL Audio HD750 and the 10 in HO box (dual 10s). I almost went wth another brand until I saw this sub and the JX500/1D. The two of these together in a sealed box make for killer bass. More than enough to make people in traffic roll their windows up. LOL. Need a budget high quality sub? Look no further!
Pros: Price, quality
I didn't think that for just a simple 300 watt sub, it'd be THIS loud. Granted it doesn't exactly shake the neighborhood (I can't stand idiots who buy subs just to make noise), the quality is amazing. Run it probably around 120 watts and it's perfect. 99 Civic and the box built to JL's ported dimensions. Miscalculated and have it tuned to a higher frequency, which I plan to fix later, but it still gets those lows. Powered by a cheap Boss amp.
Pros: Loud and clear
Hits hard and low for a good price. Rivals my previous sub which was an Alpine. Let's hope I get 6 years of life out of this little monster.
Sounds great in my truck. great price
Pros: Price and sound
Well worth the extra price on many of the other 12"s around. Loud and pretty accurate.
Pros: Loud Clear Durable
Cons: People with sensitive ears that don't like BASS won't enjoy these awesome subs
I had a pair of 2 10" Rockford Fosgates hooked up in the back of my truck and I wasn't very satisfied and wanted more boom at a reasonable price so I decided to buy 2 12" Jl w0's and they are very boomy with great sound quality... I was skeptical at first because of high prices but these subwoofers performed at a very high rate for the money definitely a reasonable price for the subs... Great subwoofers all around if your lookin to get great subs get these they will out perform just about every subs out there for this price no doubt. I am very satisfied with the shipping and the product.
Pros: ? great sound quality ? best bang for the buck ?very loud with the right amp ? Ships on time
Cons: Could always be cheaper but there is no cons I can think of great product!
Very easy hook up and they pump the bass.
Pros: Easy and inexpensive
omg!! where to.start well 1st of all.i would like to say.the company i ordered the speakers from is the best!!! The day i ordered they shipped out that next day and they were here in 2 business days!! So fast and they were sent the right way. The speakers sound is so marvelous omg!!! This is the best speaker brand and best company to shop from!! All thumbs up!!!
Pros: THEY ARRIVE IN A TIMELY AND QUICK MANNER, THE PRODUCT IS GREAT, CUSTOMER SERVICE IS EXCELLENT, AND THE BEST SPEAKERS EVER AT A.GREAT PRICE!!
Cons: NOTHING BAD I CAN SAY AT ALL!!
For the money, this is the best 4-ohm sub hands-down, period. Mounted in the proper box, these subs will put out equally loud and clear bass all theough the low band. And these have always been underrated... they can handle more RMS wattage than claimed, shake the earth, and sound 100% crisp and clear all at the same time, and they hold up over the years and sound perfect year-to-year. I wouldn't change out this sub for ANY other at this price, or much higher price for that matter. I have done Kicker, MTX, Polk, and countless lesser brand installs. These JL's are the best money pound-for-pound you will pay for a sub. The others do not come close in any category.
Pros: Huge volume, clarity and quality is superb, bass response is even at all levels, can handle enormous amounts of power for years.
For the money, it's fantastic. It adds a lot more bass to music, it makes it more fun. This is the one of the lowest models in the series, but it hits much harder than what I need it for. I'm currently supplying power to this with the Alpine MRV-M500 amplifier and it's just perfect.
Pros: Wonderful value Capability of being much louder than I'll ever need Looks great
This was the last part to my speaker system. I have changed out the stock head unit for a Kenwood head unit. Changed out the front speakers for infinity speakers and the back for Rockford Fosgate speakers and now added this sub in a ported box. I have no complaints about anything in the entire system. It is the best sounding setup I have ever heard and all I can say is wow. I am completely satisfied with this subwoofer and crutchfield.
Pros: Loud when I want it. Sounds very good no matter the type of music. Hits hard. Blends perfectly with the rest of the music.
Cons: I can't really think of any.
Amazing Sound and easy to install!
Pros: Easy Installation. Amazing Sound.
Cons: No Grill to protect the sub
Hands down the best speakers I have ever bought
A great value that delivers a powerful punch
Awesome subs. used with oldjx500 amp.
Pros: Low power great sound
Cons: Not so good on deep lows
Purchased the JL just because everyone said they were the best. I'm old school and preferred the Cerwins but it was time to change. The JL's sound awesome!! Made a custom box to fit in rear of my Acadia and now loving it.
Pros: Shallow mount
JL Audio is in my opinion the cleanest sounding bass producing subwoofers on the market. I previously had 2 10" in an old car. My new vehicle, suv, I decided 1 12" would be enough in a ported box. Man does this hit hard. I was originally looking at the JL Basswedge but for less money I bought the same 12" sub and I Bass Bunker ported box, and am very happy with the results. At the price this 12" JL sub is alot of bang for you buck.
Pros: Great price, looks good, quality feel, hard hitting bass.
Cons: None that I found so far. Great sub.
Had two 12 in kicker comp and I wasn't happy. I got these subs because they are one of the best brand in the market. I installed them in my silverado ext cab and they made a big difference!!
Pros: Good quality sound!!
Cons: Can never go wrong with jl audio
This speaker is part of my system in my ext cab F-150 XLT. It is powered by an Alpine 500W amp (producing 300W @4 Ohms) in a Sound Ordnance 1.80 CuFt ported Bass Bunker. It is paired with Infinity Kappa custom 2 ways at 110W each powered by a JL 360/2 producing 110W per channel @ 2 ohms. The speaker is amazing and fill the cab with deep clean bass. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a moderate amount of bass in a small area who listens to EDM, Dance, Hip-Hop, Rap, Etc...
Pros: Hits hard and Clean ported
I bought one 12W0, and have it in a S/O ported box, with a Rockford Fosgate 300x1 amp, @ 4ohms, in my Chevy Tahoe. The speaker sounds awesome, with great lows. It does everything I want for the price. Excellent build quality and very easy to install. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros: Great Value, Top Quality Name Brand, Can take a lot of power
Cons: Nothing really
Man let me tell ya jl audio over there years has made a big change. Brought these subs put them in a super bass probox. Lets just say u can hear me half a mile away. All my friends swear i had 2 15 until i showed them lol. Great subs
Pros: Good sound Built good
Cons: Could put rubber instead of foam surround
Love these subs. They look great sound great and are on anyones budget
Pros: Looks sound and price
Cons: None yet
Great product replaced some kicker comps that did a great job but were wearing i was absolutly suprised with loudness and quality i would buy it again and again
Pros: Good looks, great loudness and clearity, get what you pay for if not more
They are great I have 2 in a vented sound ordnance box being pushed with a Kenwood amp at 500 watts RMS at 4 ohms such a wide range of bass notes.
Installed in Sound Ordnance bunker. I have two of these and boy oh boy. Can't put my pioneer above 10 with these bad boys connected.
I got 2 of these bad boys and couldn't ask for more. They hit clean, hard, and deep. All around great sounding sub. I definitely have the best subs at my high school.
Pros: Hit hard, deep, and all the notes clean
Cons: Hit hard (rattles my 92 civic to pieces) haha
This sub has the best quality sound of any subwoofer I have ever heard. It has good volume too. It is a great performing and looking sub best choice!
Pros: Everything if you care about quality
I couldn't ask more, it hits hard, and looks great. I only needed one and it is plenty.
Pros: slappda bass
Cons: too much swag
I bought two of these with a matching 600watt JL amp. The sound clarity from the subs is amazing. The bass is very good when the volume is high. The bass won't knock your socks off, but It still rattles the trunk of my 2010 Toyota camry. Overall great great subs if you're looking for some great bass and still want to be able to hear the words from your song at the same time.
Pros: Clean sound. clear and crisp.
Cons: not too much bass.
This sub came with my Kia Soul Stealtbox kit, in a premade, sealed enclosure. Does it SLAM!!, no not really. Is it clean sounding, powerful enough to fill the soul with Plenty of bass, yes! It may cost a few more dollars than some other brands, but watt for watt, JL subs always deliver. They are clean, articulate, and can go pretty deep for a sealed sub with only 200watts of power from my XD600/6 (awesome amp BTW). It just plain sounds great. This is a low watt 12" that is not meant to be a earthquake maker. If you prefer sound quality over loudness, and you don't need to have your neighbors china to fall off the shelf, then I reccomend this sub 100%. Look at the reveiws on all the subs and amps, look at competition videos and see what they run alot of the time, you will see plenty of JL in the mix, and there is a reason for that.
Pros: Clean and articulate.
I love this woofer! I have two of these in a ventilated box in the back of my 99 Toyota Land Cruiser. I listen to a lot of dubstep. And with these things in the back of my car I bump harder than anyone else! I have them hooked up to a planet audio amp. They are very powerful and loud. I am very happy with them and i highly recomend them!
Cons: None that I have found yet
Mine is a single JL12W0 in a 1.4 cubic foot sealed enclosure getting 250 watts RMS from a Boston Acoustics amp in the trunk of Dodge Challenger coupe. I love the accurate musical reproduction of bass that this sub delivers, but am disappointed by its lack of volume. If you listen to country, rock, and jazz, this sub should be great for you, but a single driver for rap and electronic music will probably leave you wanting more.
Pros: Excellent musical driver, industry best construction in an entry level sub.
Cons: High price for entry level sub, not as loud as you will want it.
|Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)||1.375|
|Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)||1.75|
|Port diameter (inches)||3|
|Port length (inches)||14|
|Dual Voice Coil||No|
85.64 dB at 1 watt
|Frequency Response||22 - 250 Hz|
|RMS Power Range (Watts)||75-300|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||600|
|Top Mount Depth (inches)||5 7/16|
|Bottom Mount Depth (inches)||N/A|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||10 13/16|
|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, 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.
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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to replace a damaged one that was in a JL box [ Troy Apr 26, 2017 ]
friend recommendation [ Jim Jan 07, 2017 ]
Great entree sub [ Alejandro Nov 26, 2016 ]
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 ]
Im a huge JL fan and I like the watts this sub can handle [ MICHAEL Oct 07, 2016 ]
Quality subs from a very reputable company at an affordable price [ Owen Jul 27, 2016 ]
Best Brand of speakers [ Dustin Jul 25, 2016 ]
Quality and affordable [ Waylon W. Jul 04, 2016 ]
Friend told me JL audio is the best brand for subwoofers. [ Casey Armando May 24, 2016 ]
great sound [ willie Apr 16, 2016 ]
JL Audio is a tried and true company. The w0 subs are plenty good fer sher. [ James M. Mar 10, 2016 ]
Just wanted a basic quality sub, but got way more than I expected. Love JL even more. [ NICHOLAS Feb 14, 2016 ]
best quality for price [ Kevin Feb 10, 2016 ]
I blew two sets of these [ Matthew Mar 31, 2017 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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
I only have one sub in a single enclosure. [ KEVIN J Nov 17, 2016 ]
YEs it can if you use the right amp [ TERRY Nov 16, 2016 ]
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
No [ MICHAEL Jun 21, 2016 ]
NO [ RICHARD Jun 20, 2016 ]
No [ David Jun 20, 2016 ]
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
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
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 ]
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
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 ]
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
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