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JL Audio 12W6v3-D4 Mobile Subwoofer Owner's Manual
OWNER’S MANUAL
12W6v3 Subwoofer Driver
Congratulations on your purchase of a JL Audio subwoofer component. Your JL Audio subwoofer
is a precision loudspeaker which has been engineered to produce the highest quality sub-bass
performance in your vehicle. Authorized JL Audio dealers have extensive technical information
for many different applications of your new speaker. They also have the knowledge, skills and tools
to build a high-quality enclosure that will maximize the performance of your speaker. We highly
recommend that you have your enclosure built by an authorized JL Audio dealer.
Inside you will find specifications and two recommended enclosures for your speaker; one is a
sealed enclosure, the other is a ported design. Both types of enclosures will give you excellent sound
quality and low-frequency extension. The sealed enclosure is a better choice if space is extremely
tight, but the ported enclosure will produce 3dB more output at the same power if you have the
extra space to work with.
JL AUDIO 12W6v3-D4
W6v3 Terminal Jumper System
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12W6v3 SUBWOOFER
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Nominal Diameter:
12.0 in
300 mm
Overall Diameter (A):
12.50 in
318 mm
Mounting Hole Diameter (B):
11.02 in
280 mm
Bolt Hole Circle (C):
11.86 in
301 mm
Magnet Diameter (D):
7.0 in
178 mm
Mounting Depth (E):
7.52 in
191 mm
Required Pole-Vent Clearance:
0.50 in
12.5 mm
Net Weight:
Driver Displacement:
25.6 lbs
11.6 kg
0.105 ft3
2.97 liters
SUBWOOFER
Free Air Resonance (Fs):
Please note that the W6v3 is a dual voice coil driver.
BOTH voice coils must be connected to the amplifier
(in series or parallel) for the speaker to operate
properly. To accomplish this, each W6v3 features a
pair of main input connection push-terminals and
four voice coil configuration tab terminals. These are
located behind the main input connectors and are
used to interconnect the dual voice coils in one of
two ways: Diagram A shows a series connection
(8Ω nominal impedance per speaker). Diagram B
shows a parallel connection (2Ω nominal impedance
per speaker) and is the way the speaker is configured
at the factory. After verifying that the tabs are
properly configured using the supplied jumper(s),
connect the amplifier’s output wires to the W6v3s
main input push-terminals and install the speaker
into the enclosure.
12W6v3-D4
26.919 Hz
Electrical “Q” (Qes): 0.487
Mechanical “Q” (Qms): 9.365
Total Speaker “Q” (Qts): 0.463
Equivalent Compliance (Vas):
One-way, Linear Excursion
(Xmax)*:
Efficiency (1W/1m)**:
Effective Piston Area (Sd):
1.920 ft3
54.37 liters
0.75 in
19 mm
Diagram A: Series Connection (8Ω):
Use one jumper from “VC1–” to “VC2+”
85.4 dB SPL
75.338 in
0.0486 m2
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DC Resistance (Re)***:
6.493 ohm
Nominal Impedance:
Dual 4-ohm
voice coils
Power Handling (continuous):
Warning! Failure to properly connect the
configuration tabs will result in no output and
may damage the speaker.
600 W
* Xmax specifications are derived via one-way voice coil overhang method with no correction factors applied.
** Efficiency (1W/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer’s output capability and should not be used as a comparison to
other subwoofers to determine which one is “louder” !
*** Re (DC resistance) is measured with the voice coils in series, for parallel-wired specification divide Re by 4. All other
specifications remain the same.
Diagram B: Parallel Connection (2Ω):
Use two jumpers... one from “VC1–” to “VC2–” and
one from “VC1+ to “VC2+”.
All specifications are subject to change without notice.
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JL AUDIO 12W6v3-D4
SUBWOOFER
RECOMMENDED SEALED ENCLOSURE
Volume
(net int.)
12W6v3-D4
1.0 ft3
28.3 litres
External Dimensions
(Width x Height x Depth)
F3
(Hz)
Fc
(Hz)
Qtc
15.0 in. x 15.0 in. x 12.0 in.
381 mm x 381 mm x 305 mm
41.62
45.99
0.7912
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SUBWOOFER
RECOMMENDED PORTED ENCLOSURE
Volume
(net int.)
12W6v3-D4
1.30 ft3
36.8 liters
Enclosure External Dimensions
(Width x Height x Depth)
Slot Port Internal Dimensions
(Slot Width x Slot Height x Slot Length)
Tune to:
(Hz)
F3
(Hz)
27 in. x 14.0 in. x 12.5 in.
686 mm x 356 mm x 318 mm
1.75 in. x 12.5 in. x 37.125 in.
44 mm x 318 mm x 943 mm
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“EL” (Port Extension Length): 21.250 in (540 mm)
• The enclosure recommendations listed are external
dimensions which assume the use of 3/4" (19mm)
thick material. If you are using 5/8" (16mm) thick
material, subtract 1/4" (6.5mm) from each dimension.
Do not use any material with a thickness of less than
5/8" (16mm) as this may compromise the rigidity of
the enclosure.
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• Enclosure volumes listed are net internal volumes!
Box volume displacement, port displacement and
brace displacement must be added to obtain the
final gross internal volume. All enclosure dimensions
listed have already taken this into account.
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CAUTION
• We recommend the use of this speaker in a bi-amplified
system using high-quality satellite speakers and
amplifiers. We do not recommend the use of this
subwoofer with a passive crossover (coil), as this type of
device will adversely affect performance.
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• When using two subwoofers in a common
enclosure simply double the required volume.
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Prolonged exposure to sound pressure levels in excess of 100dB can cause permanent hearing loss. This high-performance
speaker can exceed this level. Please exercise restraint in its operation in order to preserve your ability to enjoy its fidelity.
When installing a subwoofer in your vehicle, it is extremely important to secure the enclosure firmly. We recommend
bolting the enclosure through the metal of the floorpan or the frame of the vehicle with large diameter washers
for reinforcement. If an enclosure is not firmly attached, it can become a projectile in a collision. This is particularly
important in a hatchback, station wagon, sports utility vehicle, or van.
All specifications are subject to change without notice.
JL AUDIO 12W6v3-D4
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RECOMMENDED CONTINUOUS (RMS) POWER RANGE FOR ONE SUBWOOFER DRIVER:
75W
125W
250W
500W
1000W
12W6v3
LEGEND:
MINIMUM
MEDIUM GRAY (MINIMUM):
From a reliability standpoint, this zone represents
a very comfortable operating power range for
each driver. This level of power will not stress the
woofer but will not extract all of its performance
potential, either.
Use of less than the minimum power level will
not damage the woofer, but may result in
unsatisfactory performance.
OPTIMUM
MAXIMUM
LIGHT GRAY (OPTIMUM):
This zone represents the best compromise
between long-term reliability, high-output and
low-distortion performance. This power level is
lower than the woofer’s continuous power rating
(as published in its specifications), but you will still
be taking advantage of the woofer’s, low-distortion
performance range without undue risk of failure.
WA R R A N T Y V O I D
DARK GRAY (MAXIMUM):
Slightly more SPL will be gained by pushing
the power into this zone, but typically not more
than 2dB, compared to the light gray zone. The
subwoofer driver is designed to operate safely
up to this power range, but not beyond. Operate
with caution.
BLACK (WARRANTY VOID):
We do not recommend operating woofers at this
level of power. In this zone, there is a very high
probability that the driver will fail due to excessive
heat and/or mechanical stress.
Subwoofer drivers operated at these levels of
power are NOT covered under warranty.
JL Audio offers an extensive line of high-performance subwoofer drivers to fit a wide variety of enclosure and power applications. When designing systems with our drivers, it is very important to achieve a
good power match between the subwoofer amplifier and the subwoofer driver's capabilities. The power levels listed in the above chart represent continuous (RMS) amplifier power per woofer and assume
that the user will regularly make full use of that power without drastically overdriving the amplifier(s). Make sure you factor system impedance and the total number of subwoofers into your calculations.
Adhering to these power recommendations will result in systems that are both reliable and enjoyable.
JL AUDIO LIMITED WARRANTY (USA)
Automotive Subwoofer Components
JL AUDIO warrants this speaker to be free of defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase.
Damage caused by the following is not covered under warranty: accident, misuse,
abuse, product modification or neglect, failure to follow installation instructions,
unauthorized repair attempts, misrepresentations by the seller. This warranty does
not cover incidental or consequential damages and does not cover the cost of
removing or reinstalling the unit(s). Cosmetic damage due to accident or normal
wear and tear is not covered under warranty.
This warranty is not transferable and applies only to the original purchaser
of the product from an authorized JL AUDIO dealer. Warranty is voided if
the factory-applied product serial number is removed or defaced.
Should service be necessary under this warranty for any reason due to
manufacturing defect or malfunction, JL AUDIO will, at its discretion, repair or replace
the defective product with new or remanufactured product at no charge.
Any applicable implied warranties are limited in duration to the period of the express
warranty as provided herein beginning with the date of the original purchase at
retail, and no warranties, whether express or implied, shall apply to this product
thereafter. Some states do not allow limitations on implied warranties, therefore
these exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights,
and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
If you need service on your JL AUDIO product:
All warranty returns should be sent to JL AUDIO freight prepaid through an
authorized JL AUDIO dealer and must be accompanied by proof of purchase
(a copy of the original sales receipt.) Direct returns from consumers or nonauthorized dealers will be refused unless specifically authorized by JL AUDIO with
a valid return authorization number. Warranty expiration on products returned
without proof of purchase will be determined from the manufacturing date code.
Coverage may be invalidated as this date is previous to purchase date. Return only
defective components. Non-defective items received will be returned freight-collect.
Customer is responsible for shipping charges and insurance in sending the product
to JL AUDIO. Freight damage on returns is not covered under warranty. Always
include proof of purchase (sales receipt).
For Service Information in the U.S.A. please call:
JL Audio customer service: (954) 443-1100 during normal business hours (Eastern Time)
JL Audio, Inc
10369 North Commerce Parkway, Miramar, FL 33025
International Warranties:
Products purchased outside the United States of America are covered only by that country’s distributor and not by JL Audio, Inc.
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