JL Audio Readies Biggest Launch In Years


Miramar, Fla. - JL Audio will ship 41 new 12-volt products in the first and second quarters to mark the company's biggest 12-volt launch in years.

Many of the 12-volt products are enclosed passive subwoofers and subwoofer drivers designed to pack more sound into tight spaces.

The introductions include:

  • eight Stealthbox enclosed passive subwoofers custom-fitted to blend in with a specific vehicle's interior contours to take up less usable space and deliver a stock look;
  • five compact shallow-depth enclosed passive subwoofers, four in the company's first TW3 PowerWedge series for trucks and other small vehicles and one in the MicroSub series of even-smaller enclosures;
  •  the first three StealthMod OEM-upgrade packages designed for specific vehicles;
  • an Evolution C3 series convertible two-way component speaker, this one for Japanese vehicles that don't accept 6.5-inch speakers;
  • two Wedge enclosed passive subwoofers with new cosmetics compared to the models they replace;
  • eight subwoofer drivers, some designed for compact enclosures and some with shallow mounting depths, including a 13.5-inch model with a mounting depth of only 2.63 inches;
  •  three marine speakers, including a model for wakeboard-tower mounting and JL's largest marine coaxial speaker with 8.8-inch woofer;
  • three Slash v3 amplifiers, which include two Class D monoblock amps that deliver 20 percent more output than their Class D predecessors in the same-size chassis; and
  • two marine speakers.

In its Stealthbox series, the company is expanding its selection of more than 140 custom-fitted enclosures models to add eight models priced from $599 to $1,799. Some models are for the 2010-11 versions of vehicles for which JL offered Stealthboxes in previous model years, and some are for vehicles that JL hadn't previously designed models.

The models are designed for the 2010-and-up Honda Crosstour, 1998-2004 Porsche 911, 2011-and-up Hyundai Elantra, 2011-and-up Dodge Durango, 2011-and-up VW Jetta, 2011-and-up Camaro, 2008 through 2012 four-cylinder Volkswagen CC, and 2008-and-up Toyota Sequoia. The Crosstour model fits into the hatch's passenger-side rear corner, and the Porsche model mounts between the rear seats on the cargo shelf.

In its StealthMod series, three systems have been unveiled, one each for the Kia Soul, Camaro convertible and BMW X5 with premium OEM sound system. Prices range from a suggested $1,449 to $2,399.

Each StealthMod system is designed to upgrade each vehicle's factory system with minimal modification, with little visual impact on the car's interior, and with no need for an installer to design an upgrade from scratch. Each system comes with component speakers, amplifier with remote level control, and all wiring, brackets and adapters, including the OEM head-unit interface, the company said.

In rectangular enclosed subwoofers, four new shallow-mount models in the TW3 PowerWedge series are priced from a suggested $399 to $449. Two models feature 10-inch drivers, and two feature 12-inch drivers. The smallest measures 12.5 inches by 19.13 inches by 6 inches. The largest is 15.25 inches by 23.63 inches by 4.88 inches.

To its MicroSub series of smaller enclosed subwoofers, the company is adding the $259 CP106LG-W3v3 with 6.5-inch driver in a 9.625-inch by 14.13-inch by 5.13-inch enclosure. It joins two other MicroSubs, including a $599 model with dual 8-inch drivers in an 11-inch by 35.5-inch by 5.13-inch enclosure.

In the Evolution CS series of coaxial speakers that convert to component speakers, JL is adding the $529/pairCS-600 with 6-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter for Japanese vehicles that don't accept 6.5-inch drivers. It comes with outboard crossover, JL Audio said.

For mounting in tight spaces, JL is launching five shallow-depth subwoofer drivers from $189 to $649 each. One is the 13.5-inch $649 13TW5v2 with 2.63-inch mounting depth. It's optimized for small sealed enclosures with only 0.8-cubic feet of volume. It replaces a 13.5-inch model and adds 13 percent more linear excursion and availability in 2- and 4-ohm single-voice-coil versions.

At more mainstream price points, two shallow-depth TW3 subs are priced at $349 and $399 each for 10-inch and 12-inch models, respectively. Mounting depth is a respective 3.25 inches and 3.5 inches. The former requires a sealed box with 0.5 cubic feet of volume, and the latter is optimized for a 0.75-cubic-foot enclosure.

Two other shallow-depth, small-enclosure subs in the W1v3 series are priced even lower at $189 and $209 for a 10-inch and 12-inch model, respectively. Compared to their predecessors, they feature 25 percent larger motor structure that increases mounting depth by only 0.1 inch and delivers a 20 percent boost in linear excursion.

For small enclosures but with deeper mounting depths, JL is adding a new size to its WX sub lineup. The $79 8-inch 8WXv2 with 4.28-inch mounting depth is optimized for a sealed 0.375-cubic-foot enclosure.

Two other small-enclosure subs with deeper mounting depths are the $599 10-inch 10W6v3 and $699 12-inch 12W6v3. The former features 6.89-inch depth and optimization for a 0.625-cubic-foot enclosure, while the latter features 7.52-inch depth and optimization for a 1.25-cubic-foot enclosure. Compared to their predecessors, they feature larger moiré powerful motors, greater linear excursion, a more durable rubber surround, and improved cooling.

Two other larger enclosed passive subs in the Wedge series at $1,099 and $1,299 feature such cosmetic changes as new charcoal carpet and black insert on the baffle.

In amps, the company is launching three new Slash v3 series amps, including two Class D monoblock amps delivering 20 percent more power than their Class D predecessors. The $699 model delivers 600 watts at 1.5-4 ohms, and the $1,299 model delivers 1,200 watts.

In the marine market, three new speakers include the company's largest coaxial with 8.8-inch woofer at $599/pair in white or $609/pair in titanium. Also new are two speaker pairs intended for mounting on wakeboard towers or other tubular structures. Both coaxial models feature 7.7-inch woofer at $599 and $799/pair.


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