Overview: W7AE

The reference for high-performance automotive sub-bass.

With eight U.S. Patents issued, the flagship W7 subwoofers represent the ultimate in high-performance sub-bass reproduction through passionate research without compromise. Precisely engineered to deliver extreme output, accurate dynamics and sublime sound quality, W7 drivers faithfully reproduce every bass detail with unparalleled linearity and accuracy...all at the same time. With amazing excursion capability, accuracy and power, W7 subwoofers are for those seeking limitless dynamics, exceptional balance and world-class sound quality. Available in 8, 10, 12, and 13.5-inch sizes, each W7 subwoofer is a complete original design and optimized to operate in sealed and ported enclosures. All W7's are built to exacting quality standards in our Miramar, Florida factory. W7AE (Anniversary Edition) subwoofers celebrate the 10th Anniversary launch of the W7 subwoofers with special "Anniversary Edition" (AE) trim and badging. Return to W7AE subwoofers.


Nominal Diameter

Power RMS

Power RMS


Mounting Depth

Sealed Box

Ported Box

JL Audio 8W7AE-3

8 in /
200 mm

500 W

200-500 W


6.83 in /
173 mm

0.875 cu ft /
24.8 L

1.00 cu ft /
28.3 L

JL Audio 10W7AE-3

10 in /
250 mm

750 W

300-750 W


8.00 in /
203 mm

1.25 cu ft /
35.4 L

1.50 cu ft /
42.5 L

JL Audio 12W7AE-3

12 in /
300 mm

1000 W

400-1000 W


9.50 in /
241 mm

1.375 cu ft /
38.94 L

1.75 cu ft /
49.6 L

JL Audio 13W7AE-3

13.5 in /
345 mm

1500 W

500-1500 W

Dual 1.5

10.50 in /
267 mm

1.875 cu ft /
53.1 L

2.375 cu ft /
67.3 L

W7AE Subwoofer drivers include the following JL Audio technologies and features:

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Dynamic Motor Analysis -
DMA Optimized Motor


Elevated Frame Cooling

Radially Cross-Drilled Pole-Piece

JL Audio's proprietary Dynamic Motor Analysis system is a powerful suite of FEA-based modeling systems, first developed by JL Audio in 1997 and refined over the years to scientifically address the issue of speaker motor linearity. This leads to vastly reduced distortion and faithfully reproduced transients... or put simply: tight, clean, articulate bass.

The W-Cone is a unit-body cone assembly that delivers astonishing cone stiffness with minimal mass. The shape also provides superb torsional rigidity, which is critical to maintaining voice coil alignment at the suspension limits. (U.S. Patent #6,496,590)

JL Audio's patented Elevated Frame Cooling design 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. (U.S. Patent #6,219,431 & #6,229,902)

This innovative venting system greatly enhances thermal dissipation and power handling by directing air flow onto the voice coil former, working in conjunction with the Elevated Frame cooling technology to effectively remove heat from the voice coil. This improves power handling and reduces power compression effects, leading to more linear performance. (U.S. Patent #6,243,479)

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OverRoll™ Surround

Floating Cone Attach Method - FCAM™

Engineered Lead-Wire System

Built in U.S.A. with Global Components

By utilizing space wasted in conventional speakers, this ground-breaking innovation controls the W7's massive excursion without sacrificing precious cone area. (U.S. Patent #5,687,247 & #5,949,898)

This assembly technique, conceived by JL Audio, ensures proper surround geometry in the assembled speaker for better excursion control and dynamic voice coil alignment. (U.S. Patent #6,501,844)

Carefully engineered lead-wire design and attachments ensure controlled, quiet lead-wire behavior under the most extreme excursion demands. (U.S. Patent #7,356,157)

JL Audio's Miramar, Florida loudspeaker production facility is one of the most advanced in the world.