Nice moderate power sub. Great choice for small spaces or simple installs. I've had this sub in a few cars in 6 years. I've had it powered by an MTX Thunder sub pushing 200W RMS x 1 @ 4ohms while running component speaker sets off Kenwood Excelon head units in all applications. Mazda 6 hatchback, Ford Edge, Ford F150 regular cab and crew cab trucks, and currently an 01 Mustang GT convertible. Perhaps best in the 6 and Edge (small hatchbacks) but still plenty in the crew cab (under rear seat). Too much for the regular cab being right behind the bench seat and a small passenger compartment (to the point of being painful...super-tight punch with a quality enclosure). But now in the Mustang, its not quite enough. This is my first trunk sub install and the difference between pushing an 8" sub from a hatch vs a trunk really comes to light here. Even more so in a convertible with the top down. But honestly, that's not the sub's fault. It works well enough for rock music even at highway speeds but dance and rap fans will be let down in my car because it simply won't hit that low and hard in it's Sound Ordnance sealed enclosure from back there. Oh well. I don't listen to dance or rap anyway!
Perfect for metal
This sub is amazing. Replaced a 8" JBL GTO series sub. It's powered by a small Sound ordinance 2100 2 ch amp bridged. Amp is 200w RMS while this sub can do 250w RMS Giving me a little bit of safety room. Even in a full size sedan it hits surprisingly hard/fast especially to Lamb of God. The eq on the head unit isn't even maxed nor is the gain on the amp.
The perfect amount of bass for small cars
from Carlsbad, CA
JL Audio makes a quality product. The sub itself looks refined, and sounds amazing. Paired with the correct wattage, you will truly enjoy this sub.
great sound but low power handling
from hi 5-0
What else can you say, JL has a pretty good reputation for solid materials and excellent characteristics for good sound. Its brand pretty much sells itself which is great for them but not too great for the consumer. Don't get me wrong its great workmanship but the value isn't all there. The price factor is why I don't have a whole system of JL products. Simply too expensive. This 8w3 can really hit them low's in a ported or sealed setup. Keeps well composed and is quick for all sorts of music. However, when pushed to it's 250 watts RMS rating things get ugly quick. Xmax is a decent 10mm but doesn't really seem like it. But more importantly it's thermal capabilities are questionable as well. Voice coils get cooked quickly when pushed to this level, you can really smell them coils! I think the RMS rating of 250 watts is a bit over played because when you get in that zone the sub's going to fail rather quickly. A solid product for under 200 watts at best. There are quite a bit more alternatives out there that can be had at this price and lower! Just look at Alpine's type-R 8. Thats a fantastic sub for what you pay.
8 inch wonder!
from The Great State of Arizona
I have two of these in a double cab Tacoma and they sound great. Never thought 8's could sound so powerful. Installed in. 38 cubic foot enclosures round ported to ±34 hertz.