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JL Audio 10W7AE-3

Anniversary Edition W7 Series 10" 3-ohm subwoofer

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Six patented technologies help this W7 sub deliver unmatched performance:

JL Audio Built In USA Celebrating 10 years of unrivaled bass performance

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Ten years ago, JL Audio redefined low-frequency reproduction with their masterful, designed-from-scratch W7 subs. Now, the Anniversary Edition W7 Series 10W7AE-3 10" subwoofer features the latest refinements to this groundbreaking design, highlighted by a satin-black frame, silvery anodized trim ring, and special anniversary logo.

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Innovative design for impressive performance

Six patented technologies help this W7 sub deliver unmatched performance:

OverRoll surround
Floating Cone Attach Method
Spider attachment
Elevated frame cooling and pole piece
  • W-Cone™: a dish-shaped outer cone is supported by a second W-shaped inner cone attached to the sub's voice coil structure. This design creates a super-rigid, lightweight cone that responds rapidly for accurate bass without unwanted coloration.
  • OverRoll™: an innovative mounting method lets the surround wrap around the outside of the mounting flange. This method allows for more useable cone area than conventional surrounds, so this sub moves more air for deeper lows.
  • Floating Cone Attach Method (FCAM™): precision engineering aligns the voice coil, and woofer cone for incredibly linear woofer movement, which means you'll hear exceptionally accurate bass.
  • Plateau-reinforced spider attachment: a collar on the voice coil eases stress on the spider for extended excursion and improved reliability.
  • Elevated frame cooling and cross-drilled pole-piece: cone movement pumps air through vents in the frame and machined holes in the pole piece. Your voice coils stay cooler, even when you're pushing your system.

JL Audio craftsman

JL Audio's W7 subs are hand-assembled and tested in Mirimar, Florida

Profound bass for the music-lover

Each W7 sub is built to meticulous standards at JL Audio's factory in Miramar, Florida. JL Audio put 30+ years of sonic expertise into their legendary W7 subwoofers, so you can expect smooth, powerful bass that enhances your favorite music.

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.

Product Highlights:

  • 10" 3-ohm subwoofer
  • polypropylene W-Cone with polyester foam surround
  • solid cast-alloy basket
  • no grille included: optional grille rods available
  • power range: 250-750 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 1500 watts
  • frequency response: 20-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 84.3 dB
  • top-mount depth: 8-1/16"
  • sealed box volume: 1.25 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.5 cubic feet
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

I bought this after doing some research to replace my current sub. Sure, it's a bit pricey but it's worth it. The attention to detail that JL has put into this sub is incredible. The sound quality is amazing and even for a ten inch sub, this thing can hit pretty hard. You won't be disappointed.

Anonymous, Tucson, AZ

What's in the Box:

  • One 10" Single voice coil subwoofer (attached to an MDF baffle board with 12 Phillips-head screws)
  • Owner's manual
  • On-line product registration information

JL Audio 10W7AE-3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

JL Audio 10W7AE-3

Anonymous from Tucson, AZ on 8/10/2017

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I bought this after doing some research to replace my current sub. Sure, it's a bit pricey but it's worth it. The attention to detail that JL has put into this sub is incredible. The sound quality is amazing and even for a ten inch sub, this thing can hit pretty hard. You won't be disappointed.



Smooth sound HD quality. Perfect hard punching bass !

Kevin from Graham, NC on 4/5/2017

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My opinion of this product is set so very high . I just know it will give me chills when I first listen to my stereo. I will send a update after it's installed....

Pros: Well built quality sub that sounds fantastic with the correct amp !

Cons: Maybe a little pricey but if you want the best , you gotta pay !

JL Audio 10W7AE-3

Anonymous from Naples, FL on 3/21/2017

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Great sub. Packs a big punch. Everything I expected from jl audios subs. Long time customer since the w0.



Small Sub, Big Bite

Jackson from Ames, IA on 2/2/2017

The JL Audio 10W7 is an amazing sub. The coolest thing about it is it has a very unique sound that is refreshing to long time system owners. I've noticed a few things since putting this in my trunk and that is it really brings music to life, I'm not saying it's a SQ sub like you'd find from ID, Rainbow or Morel, but it has a nice chunky sound to it with out having a loud obnoxious ring to it. I really like how JL have stuck with using foam and light weight composites on their upper level subs. It makes this, and the W6 sound much more clear and responsive. The lighter weight means the sub can move at speed quicker than rubber/butyl rivals, but then also slow down faster. This gives the sub a really punchy feel to it. It also allows it to sound good listening to all sorts of music. It obviously won't shake windows out of the neighbors house like a pair of 15's but a lot of people don't believe me when I say its just a 10". Powered with a Alpine PDXM12, I pair this to my Audison Voce K6.5's that run off the PDX-F6. They're power matched and with this Beating away in the trunk, it sounds fantastic. If you're looking for a smaller sub that creates a great acoustical environment, but if you wanna give it some juice and bang look no further.

Pros: Footprint Sound Quality Power Handling


Perfect Fit and Performance

Anonymous from 32401 on 11/17/2014

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I specifically picked this sub to go with JL's HD900/5 and C5-653's in front and C5-650's in back. The sub fills in nicely. Strong performance.

Pros: Balanced sound. Very smooth and full.

Cons: None.


JL from Texas on 5/26/2014

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Once I heard my friends 6 years ago I knew I had to have one

Pros: Hits hard even at low watts

Cons: It plus a box is about 50 pounds


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W-Cone: The JL Audio W7AE subwoofers utilize a patented W-Cone design; the unit-body cone assembly maximizes cone stiffness with minimal mass. The shape also provides torsional rigidity, critical to maintaining voice coil alignment at the suspension limits. Two lightweight mineral-filled polypropylene skins are bonded together at the perimeter and the center of the assembly. The lower skin's cross-section is shaped like a W and the upper skin is the part of the cone visible from the top.

OverRoll Surround: OverRoll Surround technology allows JL Audio to make use of the entire footprint of the speaker, placing the surround further to the outside than in a conventional woofer. This means the oversized surround can support greater x-max without sacrificing cone area. An added benefit is that the mounting holes are sealed by the surround, resulting in an improved box seal.

Ultra-Long Voice Coil: The W7AE subwoofers feature an ultra-long voice coil to enhance linear excursion, power handling and control. The large surface area of the coil offers excellent heat dissipation, while the winding height provides the necessary motivational force to achieve the excursion of the W7AE design.

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.

Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary analysis method aimed at improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, W7AE motors remain linear in motor force over a long range of excursion, and also maintain a stable fixed magnetic field in the gap over a wide power range. This leads to reduced distortion, faithfully reproduced transients, and tight, clean, articulate bass.

Forced Air Cooled: The elevated frame design of the W7AE 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.

Radial Cross-Drilled Pole Piece: This venting system enhances heat dissipation and power handling by directing air flow onto the voice coil former, working in conjunction with the Forced Air Cooling technology.

Progressive-Roll Spider: The large, progressive-roll spider provides precise control and motor/voice coil alignment without limiting excursion prematurely.

Plateau-Reinforced Spider Attachment: A derivative of JL Audio's VRC technology, this suspension attachment relieves stress from the spider material at high excursions for enhanced reliability.

Co-Extruded Double Lead Wires: The extruded casing and carefully engineered attachments ensure controlled lead-wire behavior under the most extreme excursion demands. Two conductors are used per connection for ample current carrying capability.

Enclosure Compatibility

Sealed Box: The recommended sealed box volume is 1.25 cubic feet; a diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 15.5" W x 14.0" H x 15.0" D, assuming 3/4" thick box material (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, you should subtract 1/4" from each dimension).

Ported Box: The recommended ported box volume is 1.5 cubic feet; a diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a slot ported box with external dimensions of 23.375" W x 13.5" H x 14.5" D, assuming 3/4" thick box 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: 1.5"
  • Slot Height: 12.0"
  • Slot Length: 22.5" (a right angled port with a 7.25" extension)

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Quality of sound [ Nick  Nov 29, 2016 ]
I have had JL before. I love the product [ Vincent  Apr 18, 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  Apr 05, 2014 ]  Staff