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JL Audio 12W0v3-4
W0v3 Series 12" 4-ohm subwoofer
Our take on the JL Audio 12W0v3-4 by Crutchfield's John Pollard
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.
Oops reviewed in the Pros and Cons section. But these are amazing!!!
Derek, Santa Cruz
What's in the Box:
- One 12" Single voice coil 4-ohm subwoofer
- Owner's Manual
- 12" 4-ohm subwoofer
- polypropylene cone with foam surround
- power range: 75-300 watts RMS
- peak power handling: 600 watts
- frequency response: 22-250 Hz
- sensitivity: 85.64 dB
- top-mount depth: 5-7/16"
- sealed box volume: 1.375 cubic feet
- ported box volume: 1.75 cubic feet
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|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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Why did you buy this?
Great sound. [ A May 26, 2017 ]
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 ]
11 questions already asked
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 ]
1 answer I have a Fox ported acoustics box in my 2004 dodge and I'm kinda disappointed in the accuracy of the bass. This is by far not my first system.... my set up is 2 12" JL W0's with a Rockford Fosgate Prime 500 wired in parallel to two ohms at the amp and I was just expecting a lil more. I've always used sealed boxes and has great results with JL, are these just not made for ported in closures? Specs on the box are 1.55 cubic feet on each side and as per crutchfields recommendations used a 1lb of poly fill to trick the sub thinking it's in a bigger 1.71 cubic foot box.... should I have gone sealed? [ DRIFTER0678 Jun 29, 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