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JL Audio HO110RG-W3v3

Ported H.O. Wedge™ enclosure with one 10" W3v3 subwoofer

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Our take on the JL Audio HO110RG-W3v3

JL Audio designed the HO110RG-W3v3 enclosure as a perfect match for its powerful 10" W3v3 subwoofer so you can count on maximum performance. The woofer sits in a recessed baffle, part of a separate chamber within the enclosure, and the rear-firing slot port output combines with woofer output for efficient performance.

AJL Audio Built In USAdvanced construction for intense sound

The "H.O." in JL Audio's H.O. Wedge enclosed subwoofer systems stands for "High Output," and that's exactly what you'll hear and feel. High Output Wedges deliver efficient, accurate bass, with better sound quality than conventional ported and bandpass boxes.

Tremendous low end

JL Audio designed the HO110RG-W3v3 enclosure as a perfect match for its powerful 10" W3v3 subwoofer so you can count on maximum performance. The woofer sits in a recessed baffle, part of a separate chamber within the enclosure, and the rear-firing slot port output combines with woofer output for efficient performance.

Hand finished for bass you can really feel

JL Audio employs advanced woodcutting machinery to fabricate these enclosures, which are finished by hand at their facility in Florida. The eye-catching solid aluminum enclosure bars complement the H.O. Wedge's automotive-grade gray carpet covering, giving your system a radical look while protecting your sub. The angled back design saves precious cargo space, while strong internal bracing and the recessed mounting baffle maintain the enclosure's integrity and protect the sub.

JL Audio enclosure assembly

Product Highlights:

  • ported enclosure with one 10" W3v3 subwoofer
  • 5/8" medium density fiberboard construction covered with gray carpet and black insert
  • solid aluminum grille bars
  • 2-ohm total impedance
  • power handling: 150-500 watts RMS
  • frequency response: 25-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • 29-1/2"W x 13-1/4"H x 12"D1 x 7-3/8"D2
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Really nice sub sounds great

Richard, Gaithersburg, MD

What's in the Box:

  • 10" woofer in a hatcback enclosure
  • Warranty Information sheet

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.


JL Audio HO110RG-W3v3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(24 Reviews)

Great sound

Richard from Gaithersburg, MD on 8/29/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Really nice sub sounds great

Pros: Small sounds great it's Jl audio

Cons: None

Amazing product

Cory from TX on 6/16/2017

2014 Ram 2500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I paired this up with the jl audio jx500/1, and it sounds amazing. Crystal clear bass, and it hits hard. I definitely recommend buying.

Pros: Compact, good quality

Cons: Wish the box came in black.

One is all u need really

Mario from Texas on 2/4/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This box slams... For the price you cannot ask for more. I'm from the 90s era of installing systems and you could never get this performance at this price...I'm powering it with the JL RD 500/1 and the amp really drives this thing wild. I've been throwing music at this thing all day and it loves it all. I also had a w6 before this and although this w3 doesn't provide the excursion of the w6, it still comes close to fooling you. It's like the baby brother that's almost just as strong. The box is sleek and fit flush all the way back in my 2013 Corolla. Wonderful JL audio product.

Pros: Big, tight, sealed bass sounding keeps wanting power and no bottoming out. Accurate punch with nice blending bass notes. Small compact size and sleek box look, great price

Cons: It will make u want another one.... Wish there was a dual version of this... Lows are astounding for a 10, but a little more may be desired...

Good sound, above average until it blew

michael from Laurel, MD on 10/19/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love JL subs, this sub sounded Very Good, above average more like a 12 would sound but tighter, only issue is it blew within a couple of days of use. I gave it time to break in, it wasnt under powered, my gains were matched with my RCA voltage on the head unit, then it just went up in smoke and froze up. Not sure, hoping it was just bad luck and a defect. Reached out to Crutchfield for hopefully a replacement sub or box as this is not an inexpensive unit. Will review again if I get another one.

Pros: Sound quality, sounds more like a 12 inch hitting but clear and tight bass

Cons: It blew within a couple of days, so hoping it was just a defect.

JL Audio HO110RG-W3v3

Anonymous from New Orleans, LA on 10/11/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love It!

Pros: Sounds very crisp and Accurate

Cons: Nothing

SQ and SPL

Professor J from Phoenix, AZ on 1/27/2016

2015 Honda Accord Sedan Sport. This sub is brilliant! I drive 1.5 hours to campus every day so music and sound quality is a critical part of my day. I have had MTX, ALPINE, and FOSGATE in my trunk and they all took up way too much space, were too heavy making the car drive awful and adding fuel consumption, were too boomy, thuddy, or could hit low but would not fill in the mid bass my Alpine Type-R separates lacked. This High Output enclosure with the W3 is absolute perfection. My trunk and back deck are heavily dampened so a sealed sub just doesn't have the SPL to resonate through it properly. I love hip-hop, EMD, but also listen to acoustical music too and I am so thrilled with this sub I am at a loss for words and I am an English professor! Thank you so much JL Audio!

Pros: Wide SQ range, deep lows, tight mids, high quality build, smaller and lighter than competitors, efficient, and LOUD!!!

Cons: None. I can't believe I had to buy, install, and return 4 different subs before finally giving in and paying a few extra dollars for what I knew was going to be awesome before I got it. I didn't want to be a label h0, but the truth is you get what you pay for. This sub is perfection.


Lex from Virginia on 10/8/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Jaw-dropping performance. Clean, accurate, powerful, and surprisingly low and deep for a 10 inch. I owned the 12 inch W3 before the 10 inch and the 10 inch is way more accurate. It was worth every penny.

Pros: Superior performance at any volume.


Perfect Amount of Bass

Stevo from Arkansas on 5/20/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I put this in the cargo area of my 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser and I love it! I replaced the entire sound system with Crutchfield products (Kicker & Infinity door speakers, touchscreen in-dash, sub, and 2 amps) and I don't have a single complaint about any of it. When I pieced my system together, I aimed for more of a 'quality' system rather than a 'quantity' system. I wanted plenty of bass that could power the deep lows but not too much where it can be uncomfortable to sit in the vehicle. This definitely achieves that and more. I use a RUX-KNOB routed up to the side of the center console so I can control the amount of gain from the drivers seat, and the amp is hidden behind a trim panel where the factory subwoofer and enclosure were located. It BUMPS, and I can turn it down if I have passengers in the truck that don't want all that bass. The aluminum grilles on the front are very sturdy and have so far endured golf clubs and suitcases bumping against them with no signs of wear or bending. I can't wait for this thing to break in so I can really here what it can do:) Overall, I am very satisfied with this product, Crutchfield's customer service, and Crutchfield's product quality consistency. I will definitely be buying again from here!

Pros: Sturdy enclosure LOUD Tucks up to the back of my middle row seats very well


It really shows when a company invests time in their products

KyleR from Morgantown, WV on 11/19/2014

I have always been a JL fan since my first sound system when I was 16. I have put their products into 5 different vehicles and have never had a complaint. Yes, they are expensive but you get exactly what you pay for with their equipment (excellent output with great sound quality at any level). This product is no different. It really shows that JL puts a tremendous amount into their R and D as the enclosure really makes this sub sound incredible. Yes, it is very loud for its size but that's not the whole story here. Ported boxes, if implemented poorly, can lack accuracy and control and sound like a "one note wonder." This box is always in control and sounds accurate with nearly any genre of music. I listen to anything from tupac to tiesto to rat pack and it never over powers but always complements the music. Couple thoughts on setup. I have used two separate amps to power this sub in my suv: JL xd 700/5 and JL hd 900/5. The sub sounded great with only 300 watts rms going to it and I only wished for a little more power with very demanding low bass. I did set my gains slightly higher than the voltmeter method recommended by JL with the xd. The hd drives it better with a more control and low end but only marginally so. It really does sound good with not a ton of power. Use the voltmeter method to set your gains. easy and makes sure you get distortion free, max output. Last, use an infrasonic filter. sub will be damaged if frequency drops below tune point of enclosure

Pros: Highly recommended Excellent match of sub to enclosure Very accurate for vented enclosure Will achieve strong output with marginal power Relatively small foot print for HO box

Cons: Not really cons just trade offs Will not be quite as accurate as sealed enclosure but much more efficient Go with w6 or w7 in vented enclosure if you Need higher spl with same SQ Cheaper ways to get "loudness" if that's all you want

Just what the doctor ordered

mcrob from Charlotte NC on 8/26/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have a 1998 F-150 standard cab, needless to say I'm limited on space. I started out with the JL Audio CS110RG-W3v3. It was nice and loud and tight for a sealed enclosure. I wanted more, but still limited on space, I went with the JL Audio HO110RG-W3v3. Same speaker, the 10-w3v3, just in a tuned, ported box. This is just what I was looking for!! This thing slams and booms as loud as I want it! It plays all the music and can boom to Lil Jon too! JL Audio XD500/3v2 pushing 200w to my JL Audio C3-570's and 300w to my JL Audio HO110RG-W3v3. I couldn't imagine giving this sub anymore power, It really doesn't need it. This is a perfect little setup for a standard cab truck, without going custom. This box fits perfect behind my bench seat. Don't have to pull the seat forward or anything. Couldn't believe 1 10 could hit this hard! The bass is deeper in this ported box than the sealed. I did have to turn my gains down too. It hits notes that the sealed box just choked on. But can still play the tight bass and sounds great doing it. Can't wait 'til it gets broke in so I can see what it really does!

Pros: It's all pros over here Brah!!!

Cons: No cons, all pros


Anonymous from Indianapolis IN on 6/16/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have always went with the JL subs. This one sounds good but unfortunately it blew after 30 days. Not a huge deal. Called Crutchfield and they sent me another sub to replace. New sub still sounds good. Had to adjust my amp a little to make sure I don't over do this one.

Pros: sound quality

Cons: not dual voice coil

Can't believe the quality of this speaker

DavidJ. from Shelby, NC on 6/6/2014

I am absolutely surprised at how good this sub sounds. I had high expections going into the purchase and install of this sub and after listening for a few hours it has surpassed everything that I could have imagined it would do. I was wanting to build a factory SQ add on to my boston system in my 300C, that was my reason for purchasing this sub. I paired it with the JBL MS 500 watt mono amp that has the built in signal processor and EQ. This is an amazing combo. When listening to music like Van Halen or Metallica the drum hits are clean and tight with no distortion. When I throw in Pastor Troy's no more play in ga or lil john throw it up it just pounds out deep low distortion free thumping bass. I only have around 300W rms dialed in right now, going to wait a week and hit it with the rated 500W rms and see what this thing is fully capable of. Spend the money and get this gem. I have had Rockford P1's, P2's, P3's. Alpine type E's, type S's, Kenwood's, MA Audio's, and high end Eclipses from when they were made in America. This single HO 10" sub blows them all away easily except for the Eclipse's, but the sound quality is far superior with the JL. My only regret is not paying the slight premium price a long time ago to get into these subs

Pros: Clean, tight hard hitting bass Excellent sound quality Very well constructed box with solid aluminum protection bars

Cons: A little pricey Warranty is only valid if from an authorized online retailer

Very tight bass with good potential SLP, only one issue

DannyTexas from Rowlett, Texas on 4/29/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this set-up as it was the largest I could go in a 2004 Mustang GT Convertible and still have room for my stuff in the trunk. I paired it with an Alpine MRV-M500 amp so output was a perfect match as far as RMS watts. I dynmoatted the entire trunk including the lid so the space is very sound proof and solid, an expensive but worthwhile cost. The speaker sounds pretty good for its size and I don't think I would want anything larger. It does get low when I desire and yet still tight when needed. I listen to country, rock and some pop. I've had the unit installed for about a month and its not a daily driver car so Ive only listened to it maybe 3-4 hours total. Today when opening my trunk all but one screw had fallen out of the mounted speaker. I did notice the bass had gotten sloppier the last time I drove the car. I found all the screws and pushed the speaker back in the box and reattached all the screws into the wood. Not sure if excessive bass caused this or poor manufacturing assembly. I honestly have never seen a woofer thump the screws out before so I tend to believe they were never really tight to begin with. The screw holes were not stripped as I was able to tighten all of them back down to a stopping point. I'll have to monitor over the next few weeks and see if this happens again as it will certainly change my opinion about this set-up. I'm also hoping that listening to it without being screwed down didn't cause any damage to it. I'll know soon enough.

Pros: Tight, clean bass with relatively small footprint. JL Audio quality for sure.

Cons: Don't like seeing screws laying in my trunk from a poorly mounted speaker into enclosure.

Great sub

Jason from Lexington, KY on 3/13/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This sub and box combo sounds awesome. JL Audio makes the best subs I have ever heard. I used to be a huge Kicker fan but no longer. This sub would definitely be better if it were a little cheaper.

Pros: The sound quality and the performance of the bass

Cons: Nothing!!!

Amazing Blazing Bass!!!!

Kevin from Meridian ID on 1/3/2014

Ok I got my replacement unit soon after I send the 1st one back. (See my earlier review titled amazing bass.....but). I allowed for some break in hours b4 really testing this sub. Didn't want to blow it. It's been 2 mo's and this baby just keeps getting better and better! It absolutely hits deeper and harder than my 2 10 inch Audiobahn's in an enclosure that is about a third the size! I had to set the bass level at about 3 (out of 10) because there was simply too much bass. I may turn it up a little, now that it's pretty well broken in. I drive semi truck so now I'm thinkin of putting another one of these lil beauties in it. Both car and semi have Kenwood Excelon head units and 2 prs of Kicker 6X9's KX series (or is it KS, I can't remember) 100W RMS going to each. Just need the sub and a good amp for the truck! Anyway, if you get this sub and break it in properly you will not be sorry. If you are, then you're probably one of those people who's booming bass can be heard a half mile away! That's simply ridiculous bass! (In my humble opinion.)

Pros: Fantastic sound depth n boom.

Cons: None as long as it's broken in properly and have the right amount of power.

No, really, just get it.

Shillydwagon from Denver, CO on 12/17/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

OMG this thing hit harder than 2 - 13" subs!!! No, not really. I know, because I replaced two JL P1222s with them. The JLs hit harder and had a lot more low end. "Wait, your title says to get this!" you exclaim. Yes, because there is more than just load and low to consider. I have always loved the way JLs sound, but could never justify the cost. With fatherhood came new sub objectives: size, convenience. and sound. For the cost, this gives me exceptional sound, small size, and the convenience of being in a box already. The sound quality is awesome. Other reviews state that it sounds like a sealed box, it's true. Not exactly, but so close that I have already forgot the difference. :) I had the JLs in a sealed box, and had 2 other sealed sub-woofer systems in this car. This sounds more musical, surprisingly tight, cleaner, and lower that another single sub I have had. Give it some time to break in, it sounds better now than when i got it. It does low and loud very well to boot. The size is the what lead me to this speaker, a stroller seems to need quite a bit of trunk space. :) It is sufficiently smaller than my previous box. With banana clips, it's also readily removable. It also removed a lot of weight in the back portion of the vehicle. No, really, the old box was twice the weight. Pffftttt, never again. For the sound and volume you get out of this, it's hard to beat. If you are downsizing but still want big, clean sound, this is the one.

Pros: Musical,clean, tight, low, loud sound. Smaller size. 5-way binding posts. Solid build. Built in grill. Did I mention I just love the sound? :)

Cons: OMG this thing does not hit harder than 2 - 13" subs!!! (See what I did there?) Seriously, none. This does what it was designed to and does it well.

JL Audio HO11 W3V3

Amazing sound.......but from Meridian ID on 10/7/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is an absolutely astounding sounding sub! While it worked that is. Mine lasted about 2 hrs b4 it completely shut down. The woofer was froze solid and could not be budged. I took it to my install specialist and he didn't think it was blown at all. Rather, it was more likely a defect in manufacturing. So I'm currently awaiting its replacement from Crutchfield. Great cust. srvc btw! Love these people! Hopefully the next one will last a bit longer. The bass output and depth was truly breathtaking! (While it lasted) PS My amp is a Legacy Blue Diamond LA 2080 670W X 1 @ 2 ohms.

Pros: UNBELIEVABLE bass output and depth for a single 10 inch sub. Better than any 2 10s I've had previously. Sound was so good I'm willing to give it another chance.

Cons: None except that my 1st one went to subwoofer heaven way too soon. If the next one does the same thing I'll opt for the W 6v6.

Great Product

Jacob from Texas on 6/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This subwoofer is no Joke! I have it hooked up to a Alpine MRX-V70 in a Suburban and it definitely impressed me. I was tired of building boxes and wanted to try a pre built enclosed subwoofer and I'm so glad I did. It sounds great and has more output than one ten inch I have ever heard. Couldn't be easier to install. Take it out of the box and hook the wires up.

Pros: Ready to go, sounds great

Cons: None yet.

Bang for the Buck

Jason S. from Jena, LA on 5/4/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've waited 3 full weeks to make sure it was fully broken in before giving it a review. There is so much difference in spl when it is fully broken in. This JL can not be judge when you first install it. I have the new Alpine MRV-M500 pushing this sub and it truly sounded good when it was 1/3 gain turned up for the first week. For the second week I had the amp half way and thought the JL couldn't handle much more. Then it finally broke in, now the amp has the gain all the way with about half on the bass boost. My music varies from Young Jeezy to Avenged Sevenfold to Willie Nelson. Of course, Young Jeezy sounds the best, but for a ported sub it can almost keep up with the double bass at full volume. During double bass runs, there's not enough distortion to make you turn it down, but it's not like a sealed sub either. I have this installed in a Honda Insight, so it sounds very loud as there is no true trunk and nothing blocking the sound in between the sub and my ears. Max volume is enough to make my ears rung, so I don't know why anyone would need more out of a sub that is just for everyday listening. Nothing can beat this sub for the money, nobody.


Cons: NONE

Easily the best sub I've heard - blows away 2 typical subs

Mazda3Sedan from Minneapolis, MN on 4/9/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm 36, and listen to rock, metal, and country. I want LOUD tight bass. I have a 2012 Mazda3 Sedan with the Bose system. The Bose system is beautiful other than the bass being too weak (the mids and highs are awesome though). I added this JL sub powered by a Pioneer class D mono amp. I previously had that amp driving 2 Kicker comp 10's in a ported box (all made by Kicker) and then a single Infinity Reference 12 in a sealed box. Between the two, I preferred the Infinity but the volume was never there. Enter this JL Audio sub. It's insane. It's loud as heck. I think a lot of people are going to pass this sub up when shopping because they're going to look at the price and think "pfft! For almost four hundred I can get two of something else.". If you're thinking that, you're missing the point. It doesn't matter how many subs you have. It only matters how loud it gets, and what it sounds like. I swear, this single 10 HO box sounds like a pair of 15s . Of course if you don't want it that loud, just turn the bass knob down. But just know that the potential is there. You really have to hear this bad boy in person to believe what I'm saying. But it's not sloppy. It's tight. It's sounds awesome. Tight and LOUD. The "H.O." in the product name isn't marketing hype. If you're considering a 10w3, just get this. There's no way you're building a better enclosure on your own (no offense, but you're not).

Pros: Insanely loud but still tight. You get the tightness of a sealed sub with the sheer volume of a ported sub. No compromise. Just the best of both worlds. I sincerely hope JL does not stop making these, or make any changes to it. It's perfect as-is. I haven't heard the 12-inch version of this but if I had to do it all over again, I'd stay with the 10. It leaves nothing to be desired in terms of volume or deepness.

Cons: Absolutely none. Nada. Zilch. People that say JL Audio isn't for loudness clearly haven't heard this HO enclosure.

Quality Sound / Quality Performance

Clark G from Columbus, Ga. on 9/18/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Being a fan of smaller 8" subs (which I still like) because of their tighter, punchier bass response, I ordered this for trial in 2010 Mazda 3 and honestly expected to be disappointed with a "boomier - looser" than desired bass response. I'm using a JL XD700/5 Power Amp which equates to feeding this sub 300W @2ohms. At first listens I thought I had made a mistake here and had confirmed my concern that it was too much and a bit boomy. After adjusting EQ and Output levels and listening to various recordings it began to blend much better and tightened up a good bit. Crutchfield rep told me to listen to it for a week or so and if not happy to return for 7.00 return shipping (sweet) and we would try something else. The more I listened to it and worked with it the sweeter it got. Anybody that knows music is aware that ALL recordings vary in their composition & quality and that dramatically affects the essence of what we hear... Garbage in garbage out etc. When properly tweaked and fed with good quality recordings this sub performs beautifully... clean, tight, warm, punchy, full bodied bass :>) The British Rock Group "Porcupine Tree" is staggering to listen to with this sub in my system... They know what they're doing in the recording studio and I wish all my music was done with their mastering skills. Bottom line, If you take your time setting her up and do a bit of tweaking I would say there is no way to not fall in love with this product. More excellence from JL. Godblessum.

Pros: Reasonably Compact / Powerful / Tight Punchy Bass through the low frequency spectrum... also VERY Attractive design... Reasonable price for what you get...

Cons: Not really a con but Fairly Heavy Weight Wise... suppose it has to be to do what it does...

Super High Quality

PabloC from Raleigh, NC on 2/10/2011

Installed on a 2010 Jetta TDI with 10 factory speakers, factory head unit, no factory amplifier. The sound system in my car has been transformed by this ported sub. The bass is clean, tight, and accurate. Currently is being powered by the tiny JL XD300/1. With only 200 watts RMS @ 4ohms from the amp, this sub sounds phenomenal. I can not imagine this sub with a more powerful amp such as the Slash or HD series from JL (probably Nirvana or Heaven). If you enjoy high quality bass, then this product is for you. Don't waste your time and money with other subs. Before this sub I had Rockford and Alpine ( sorry, I don't miss them).



Clean amazing deep bass

HENRY from Brooklyn,NY on 5/24/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered this JL AUDIO subwoofer enclosure to add some bass to my factory sound system in my 09 VW PASSAT, and I must say WOW! The sound quality and craftsmanship is superb. I have owned many other subwoofers from different manufacturers and this one by far is the best. Don't be fooled by the 1 10" subwoofer, this enclosure hits like 2 12" subwoofers paired with a MTX class d mono amp or any other quality mono amp. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for top notch SQ and SPL. Crutchfield customer service is excellent.




Steve from Fairfield, CA on 4/4/2009

I have a Pioneer deck and a 4 channel amp(only bridging 3rd and 4th channels)with 300 watts RMS powering this thing. It sounds amazing. The setup is in my wifes 2003 L200. We have the bass set to mid range with the deck. I love the subtleness when we want it, and the crazy bass when you want to turn it up. All I need now is to get new componets for the front to finish of the amazing sound...




Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: This H.O. (High Output) subwoofer enclosure system is designed around JL Audio's W3v3-2 subwoofer. The H.O. enclosure is properly sized and tuned to the optimum ported alignment for the mounted 10" JL Audio W3v3 2Ω woofer.

H.O. Wedge Enclosure: JL Audio's patented High Output Enclosures feature a chamber-coupled port design to minimize turbulence and maintain excellent sound quality at all listening levels. The port wall integration and internal bracing ensure structural integrity. The slot-port wraps around the inner part of the enclosure and terminates beside the woofer. This type of design provides the necessary surface area and port length to maximize the performance of the JL Audio 10" W3v3-2. The enclosure's recessed mounting baffle and aluminum bar grilles also provide protection for the woofer. The JL Audio H.O. enclosure has a pair of gold-plated 5-way binding posts on the left side of the box.

10" W3v3 Woofer:

  • 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.

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Why did you buy this?

This subwoofer is built in the USA and by the top player in the game. I am quite pleased with the purchase and can't wait to get it installed in my GTI! [ Robert  Oct 08, 2017 ]
This Subwoofer really cranks in my trunk without the "boomy" sound!!! [ Gregory  Sep 24, 2017 ]
Looking for more output than what I have while maintaining sound quality. [ Trenton  Apr 27, 2017 ]
Love JL Audio [ MICHAEL  Nov 19, 2016 ]
I chose this outstanding subwoofer enclosure setup because of the reputation JL Audio has for amazing sound and by researching the power this sub can handle. [ Jacob  Aug 18, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

No port. Sealed enclosure [ James  Apr 29, 2015 ]
The slot that forms between the speaker and the grille is bigger than what it seems, and that right there is your port. [ John  Apr 28, 2015 ]
The post is vented around the subwoofer driver. The black carpet is the panel the speaker is mounted to. There is a slot to one side of that panel, maybe both -can't really see. The grey outer speaker enclosre walls are apart from the black panel about half and inch, continuing the slot porting. [ Thanos  Apr 28, 2015 ]
The port is inside where the subwoofer is located. It is hidden which is so much better than seeing a hole in the box on the exterior. [ JASON  Apr 28, 2015 ]
The ports are to the left and right of the speaker. The speaker is recessed into the box. [ MATTHEW  Apr 28, 2015 ]
The port is all around the woofer mounting plate. That way you can see that the woofer is not flush mounted on the enclosure, it is about 2 inches inside. This sub does not have a regular tube type port. [ CARLOS  Apr 28, 2015 ]
If you look at the woofer, that area is slightly recessed into the box. The port is right above the woofer (under/below the carpeted panel), almost hidden from plain sight...clever design. Great job, JL Audio! [ Michael  Apr 28, 2015 ]
it's ported in the front around the speaker. [ Robert  Apr 28, 2015 ]
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  Apr 08, 2014 ]  Staff