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JL Audio 8W7AE-3 Anniversary Edition W7 Series 8" 3-ohm subwoofer

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About the JL Audio 8W7AE-3

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

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 8W7AE-3 8" 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.


Product highlights:

  • 8" 3-ohm subwoofer
  • polypropylene W-Cone with polyester foam surround
  • solid cast-alloy basket
  • no grille included: optional grille rods available
  • power range: 125-500 watts RMS
  • peak power handling: 1000 watts
  • frequency response: 23-250 Hz
  • sensitivity: 82.7 dB
  • top-mount depth: 6-7/8"
  • sealed box volume: 0.875 cubic feet
  • ported box volume: 1.0 cubic feet
  • grille not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # 92117

What's in the box:

  • One 8" Single voice coil subwoofer (attached to an MDF baffle board with 12 Phillips-head screws)
  • Owner's manual
  • On-line product registration information

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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.

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Sealed Box: The recommended sealed box volume is 0.875 cubic feet; a diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 14.0" W x 11.875" H x 14.0" 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 1.0 cubic feet; a diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a slot ported box with external dimensions of 27.0" W x 10.0" H x 12.0" 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: 8.5"
  • Slot Length: 26" (a right angled port with a 13.25" extension)

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9 questions already asked

I want to get 3 or 4 of these 8s , for my Sierra under seat, what do you recommend to power 3 or 4?
luis  Sep 11, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Luis, and thank you for your question. For product recommendations, please contact one of our advisors at 800-324-9695.
hogan  Sep 11, 2023 (Staff)
What amp is best for this sub being that it says 3 ohm? Iv seen people say JL Audio JD500/1 works great. Hope fully staff replies thanks
christopher  May 13, 2023
1 answer
The JD500/1 would be a potential candidate for the job. Our advisors are happy to review the various options and discuss the benefits of different models as they apply to your project. Please reach out to us via online chat or phone at 1-800-324-9695 for personalized help.
zachary  May 15, 2023 (Staff)
Can an Alpine MRV-M500 power this sub?
carlos  Nov 04, 2022
1 answer
Greetings Carlos, and thank you for your question. The JL W7 subs are 3 ohm. Alpine does not list a 3 ohm power output, just 4 and 2. If you add the 4 ohm out and the 2 ohm out then divide that would give you a ballpark as to what the Alpine puts out a 3ohms. It should be around 400 watts give or take. So can it run the W7, yes, at full potential, no.
hogan  Nov 04, 2022 (Staff)
I am planning on running 2 of these 8W7's in a ported box that has 1.4 cubic feet of volume. I want to power them with my JL Audio HD900/5 amplifier... Technically (according to the user manual) this should work fine but I am still a little concerned and want an expert's opinion. Will the 500W from the amp be enough to power 2 of these? Is the box too small? Thanks
david  Oct 13, 2020
2 answers
The ported box for 2 8w7 needs to be 2.0 of air space. Also 250 watts per sub would be ok but those subwoofers needs more. I ran the 900/5HD amp on 1 10W7. It sounded great!!!
jamie  Dec 17, 2020
Im not a expert,I can only give you my opinion, I've only used jl boxes with the subs already in them,I've never mad my own,I love the 900/5 but I would want more power for 2 8w7s,good luck
domenic e  Oct 13, 2020
what jl audio amp can i use for the jl audio w8?
sterling  May 25, 2020
3 answers
I have a JL Audio 500/1v2 pushing 2 JL Audio Stealthbox W8s & they sound amazing. I???ve had this set up for 10yrs & I???m just replacing the W8s now. Just the sub, not the box. 10yrs of life after the way I listen to them is really saying something & that???s why I???m putting the same ones right back in!
raymond  Jul 30, 2020
This amp would be perfect for it. Kicker 46CXA800.1T
george  May 26, 2020
U can use the Jl xd600.1 - rd500.1 or go with the rd 1000.1 and u get 800watts rms at 3 ohms just adjust it so u have play room also check out jl fix86 dsp
ronald  May 25, 2020
How much does it weigh?
brett benjamin  Feb 19, 2019
1 answer
I couldn't find the weight of just the subwoofer. I did find that the weight of it and all the things included in the manufacturer's shipping box (packaging, etc...) is 23 pounds. My Bio:
jason  Feb 23, 2019 (Staff)
I wan to purchase the jl 8w7ae-3 for my 06 Chrysler convertible. Considering sealed box in rear seat as it doesn't get used. My Q is, is it possible to make it fit and still get the sound I'm looking for? Also being a convertible you loose that sealed effect of being in a car/truck. Would sound quality still be what I want? Thanks..
chris  Apr 01, 2016
1 answer
You shouldn't have any trouble installing the JL 8W7AE-3 in a sealed box to fit on the rear seats of your convertible. However, there's no subwoofer that is going to sound the same in a convertible as it would in a truck/car with a closed cabin; you're going to lose some sound no matter what you install. That said, this JL 8W7AE-3 is going to sound better than just about any other subwoofer we carry in this size range. So while it may not sound quite the same as it would in a car/truck, it will still produce very good bass in your Chrysler convertible. I hope that helps. My Bio:
david  Apr 04, 2016 (Staff)
when u buy the jl audio w7 are u buy the pair or are you buying it single?
emery  Jul 24, 2015
1 answer
Thank you for your question. I have checked our product information and see that comes singly. I hope that assists you in you decision. If you would like, you may call one of our sales advisors at 1(800)316-3061.
greg  Jul 25, 2015 (Staff)

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