About the JL Audio 12W6v3-D4
Bass that means business
Pole-venting helps the sub stay cool when you turn the volume up.
Bass that means business
JL Audio's celebrated W6v3 subwoofers deliver knockout low end with incredible accuracy. The 12W6v3-D4 12" subwoofer uses a tough, mineral-filled polypropylene cone that offers incredible strength without the added bulk that can slow woofer response. JL Audio conducted extensive research to develop a motor structure that operates efficiently and precisely, so this sub can deliver powerful, reliable bass while handling up to 600 watts RMS. Exclusive cone-bonding assemblies, advanced cooling systems, and a highly stable spider attachment enhance reliability and promote long performance life.
Precision-crafted low end
The sub's solid cast-alloy basket allows your W6v3 sub to handle big-time power without any distortion-causing flexing. A sophisticated suspension system promotes linear cone movement for greater accuracy. The simple terminal jumper wiring system allows you to set the subwoofer's impedance to draw maximum power from your amplifier, or to design a multi-sub setup.
Get the sound and look you want
The elegant JL Audio medallion on the front shows the competition you mean business. Go for a special look with the removable black trim ring, which can be painted to match your installation theme. The 12W6v3-D4 works best in a compact enclosure, so you can get great bass in some tight places.
To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 450 and 900 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.
The terminal jumper system lets you easily adjust the sub's impedance.
- 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
- mineral-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround
- satin black cast-alloy basket
- power range: 200-600 watts RMS
- peak power handling: 1200 watts
- frequency response: 20-200 Hz
- sensitivity: 85.4 dB
- top-mount depth: 7-9/16"
- sealed box volume: 1.105 cubic feet
- ported box volume: 1.405 cubic feet
- grille not included
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 92141
What's in the box:
- One 12" Dual 4-ohm voice coil subwoofer
- 2 Voice coil jumper wires (installed)
- Black plastic trim ring (installed)
- Owner's manual
- Voice coil connection warning
JL Audio 12W6v3-D4 reviews
Didn't like it, then loved it, then not so much and then I bought a built-to-spec ported box for this monster and it made a TON of difference. At first, I didn't know if the difference was good, but after months of tweaking, it definitely has made a great difference. The ONE SINGLE CON to this speaker, and at least with most boxes, is the sub protrudes about 2" from the box when not in use. This means without a good cage covering up the 12W6v3-D4, I am scared to put anything in my trunk. Also, the port on the box will suck anything in. A $.000001 plastic bag getting sucked in and out will turn your system into a cheap quality system. My car is a 2000 Camry XLE with JBL "premium" sound system, and I've kept the stock speakers (I bypassed the factory amp behind the dash to use my JBL GX-A604). I can write more, but now am burnt out.
Pros: Stellar punch, big booms, lowest lows, lows elephants can only hear.
4 of 8 found this helpful
I have been into car audio since 1988. I have owned anything and everything worth having since the late 80s and currently have a collection of vintage amplifiers that is over the 300000 dollar mark to obtain. I have owned every old audio subwoofer made the w6 and w7 subs have been a project idea. I own a gov topkick 2016 fully loaded so I decided to build a 8 12 inch subwoofer enclosure as a rear seat wall front firing sealed as recommended 1.25 cubic feet internal volume per enclosure as species by old. First 8 w6 subs 600 dollars each not cheap secondly 8 hours audio xd 1000 mono amps 700 each. I have 20 years experience installing and specializing in building high end exotic and multi dimensional enclosures. Wall built covered in ostrich subs installed motorized amp rack built 4 dedicated batteries installed all wiring layer isolator and voltage regulator installed 2 320 alternator installed. I just want to say I have never been so disappointed and let down. Spent over 30 hours adjusting tweaking fine tuning everything. 30 band equalizer every little detail checked. I own a audio control real time audio analyzer so everything is spot on. Measured the spl level 133.6 are you serious I was throwing 146.1 with 2 kicker solo baric s7 subwoofer and a 26 year old Orion car 2250 beast. My buddy owns a shop so I stopped in and ask him just to look it over in case I missed something. 4 of his guys and himself went completely through it front to back everything was spot on he said what's.
Pros: Small enclosure specifications for limited space or multiple subs
Cons: No longer made in the USA. Expensive with less than expected results amplifiers rated at 1000 with 16 volts at 1 ohm maximum output 580 watts before complete distortion 2 subs blew at less than half rims rating. Will only use kicker and focal til jl figures out what they are lacking sorry but a 12 inch kicker sub shouldn't have a higher db than a high end competition sub but it does same enclosure same set up the jl was 103.2 the kicker 118.6 sad but true
14 of 86 found this helpful
I am 42yrs old and my family owned a car audio shop when subs were just becoming the thing to do. This is personally my 4th system and by far my favorite set of 12vs to date. They can hit some lower notes that a lot of 12vs cant and are very clean. Im running a 1500W class D Rockford at about 50% gain. Got to leave some power for a possible 3rd or 4th W6 ;) I have the two in a ported box and the air movement is great. Makes me smile every time I turn it on. Thanks Lucio Proni for creating such awesome sound !!!
Cons: I need more money for 2 more ;)
3 of 6 found this helpful
I bought this speaker about 3 years ago, and it's the last sub I've had to buy, running a Rockford punch series amo capable of handling 850 true watts rms. That amp has more than enough to push the limits of this speaker. For only having 1 12" in a ported box in my Durango, it flexes my roof. I'm waiting for my windows to shatter. Wouldn't buy any other brand in my lifetime.
Pros: Deep low bass mid bass. Clear no distortion great for any genre of music.
Cons: Absolutely nothing
9 of 10 found this helpful
It's awesome. Zero distortion.
4 of 5 found this helpful
This thing is beauty & the beast! With the rite box this beast hits notes you never knew we're in the song!
Pros: Delivers every time on time! Hits hard & clean!
Cons: Absolutely None!
10 of 11 found this helpful
Absolutely love my purchase I'll definitely return and shop because I want more!
Pros: Great sound no matter how it's set up or installed.
Cons: None at the moment.
4 of 5 found this helpful
This speaker kicks a!! I have it hooked up to a old school XTant X603 amp in a special made box in my G35 thanks crutchfield for top notch quality products
Pros: Everything about the speaker
4 of 4 found this helpful
Great subwoofer, excellent build quality
Pros: Sounds wonderful
Cons: None at this point in time
6 of 8 found this helpful
I will make this review as clearly stated and accurate as possible. To start, I have installed car audio systems for 15 years. I am an engineer, piano player, and musician with a very discerning ear and a passion for testing, comparing, and reviewing very high end car, home, and studio audio equipment. The 12w6v3 has a rep for being sort of a SPL/SQ crossover, giving the listener the best of both worlds. So I decided to test that reputation for my fellow true audiophiles out there that may be thinking of buying this subwoofer. I think the JL Audio 12w6v3 does a really great job at giving the average listener what they want - pretty accurate bass and great efficiency per watt. Boy does this thing get loud. It gets loud and it does not distort when turned up to extreme listening levels. This is great for bass heads. If you are looking for good SQ and great SPL, this is the sub for you. But, it did not meet my strict expectations in terms of SQ, even after the break in period of 60 hours at 500-600 watts RMS, with a couple of true SQ subwoofers that I own from the early-mid 2000s during A/B tests. There is simply no comparison. The 12w6v3 lacks the tonal clarity needed to take the listening experience from really great to "Eargasmic". This more than likely will only occur to those who have extensive listening experience with true SQ subs that were not manufactured with SPL in mind as the 12w6v3 was. For those who have not experienced true SQ, these will be
Pros: SPL - They get plenty loud Build Quality - Top notch
Cons: Price - completely overpriced. The ROI is great, but not $599 great. This sub should be priced at $399. SQ - They may beat a lot of the current competition out there. But that is because the industry is in a poor state. I own and have experienced much cleaner sound out of two specific subs, the Audiobahn Alum12Q and Planet Audio VC12D, both built specifically for SQ. There truly is no comparison. The entire Diamond Audio subwoofer line has noticeably cleaner tonal quality than the 12w6v3.
33 of 79 found this helpful
Excellent build quality. The w6 sounds amazing
Pros: Sound amazing
Cons: Price is a bit steep
9 of 11 found this helpful
Great sub that packs an enormous punch. I've owned the 10 and the 12w6. The 12 definitely can handle more power and has a deeper, harder punch and vibration. JL never disappoints me and this sub bsolitely rocks. One sounds like 2 expensive 10's.
Pros: Power Handling, looks, quality and replacement parts available.
Cons: Too much airspace needed for my application but not really a down side.
12 of 12 found this helpful
tonque n groove box from JL.....HO-W6V3..12" AMAZING SQ ive always gone with w6's and always relied on sound advice for installation im running a jl HD900/5amp pushing focal performance comps in front and c2x650 fillers in back 500 watts to the sub and a 100w to each
Pros: AMAZING SQ
Cons: no flaws
11 of 12 found this helpful
Exactly what I wanted
4 of 10 found this helpful
I never really understood this whole breaking period with subwoofers, Until I purchased these w6's. the amount of air they move fresh out the box is amazing. And they continue to get louder as the very stiff cone starts to give into the bass. This brand of sub found bass in song that I didn't know was there and I can say I happy to have finally have bought a set.
Pros: The warranty after you blow them. Good clear bass all day.
Cons: Not compatible with weak home style wiring kits. You need some professional wiring to move the subs to really get what you've paid for...
13 of 16 found this helpful
Best choice of subwoofer I've ever made! Sound quality is amazing and seems like nothing can compare.
Pros: Saves trunk space, one speaker sounds like two. Brand always brings the boom.
12 of 14 found this helpful
I have owned numerous subs over the years. Cheap and expensive. This is a great sub. I picked one up locally for a great deal. It beats the heck out of Challenger. They are big cars and it's hard to get quality sound from the trunk to the cabin. But this thing delivers...In SPADES. If there is room in your audio budget. I say go for it.
Pros: Sound quality, performance, awesome good looks, Too bad it's in the trunk and I can't look at it.
Cons: Power hungry, it's in the trunk, I never get to look at it. Kind of expensive.
11 of 15 found this helpful
More details on the JL Audio 12W6v3-D4
Features & specs
|Impedance||2 ohms or 8 ohms|
|Cone Material||Mineral-filled IMPP|
|Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)||1.105|
|Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)||1.405|
|Port diameter (inches)||N/A|
|Port length (inches)||N/A|
|Dual Voice Coil||Yes|
85.4 dB at 1 watt |
|Frequency Response||20 - 200 Hz|
|Max RMS Power Handling||600|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||1200|
|Top Mount Depth (inches)||7 9/16|
|Bottom Mount Depth (inches)||N/A|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||11|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Dual Voice Coils: Due to the 12W6v3-D4's dual 4 ohm voice coils, the subwoofer can be configured as a 2-ohm (voice coils wired in parallel) or 8-ohm (voice coils wired in series) driver. The included jumper wires allow easy adjustment from one configuration to the other (the factory jumper position is 2-ohm).
Dynamic Motor Analysis (DMA): DMA is JL Audio's proprietary method of improving dynamic motor behavior. As a result of DMA optimization, the 12W6v3-D4 motor remains linear over a long excursion range, and also maintains 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.
Pole-Vent Airflow Control (PVAC): The bullet-shaped structure inside the pole-vent directs airflow and increases air velocity to effectively reduce voice coil temperature, leading to improved fidelity and reliability.
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.
Elevated Frame Cooling System: The elevated frame design of the 12W6v3-D4 delivers cool air 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.
Customizable Trim Ring: The woofer has a removable ring made of black ABS plastic which can be painted to match the installation theme and create a personalized look. You can purchase an optional mesh grille insert specifically designed to fit into the inner diameter of the trim ring (item number 136SGR126, sold separately).
Engineered Lead Wire System: JL Audio's engineered flying lead-wires have carefully engineered entry and exit support structures molded into the terminals and the voice coil collar and are jacketed to further reduce the likelihood of shorting and fatigue. The result is predictable high-excursion lead-wire behavior with long term reliability, and none of the compromises inherent to a woven-in lead wire system (when attached or woven into the spider material, lead-wires can alter the spider's motion, leading to asymmetrical spider behavior).
Sealed Enclosure: JL Audio recommends a sealed box size of 1.105 ft³ (1.0 ft³ net, plus the sub's 0.105 ft³ displacement). A diagram is provided in the owner's manual for a sealed box with external dimensions of 15" W x 15" H x 12" D, assuming 3/4" thick material. (If you are using 5/8" thick materials, subtract 1/4" from each dimension.)
Ported Enclosure: The ported box size JL Audio recommends is 1.405 ft³ (1.3 ft³ net, plus the sub's 0.105 ft³ displacement). The recommended slot port is 12-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 31-5/8", resulting in a tuning frequency of 33 Hz and a -3dB point of 31 Hz.
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