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JL Audio Introduces Subwoofers That Push The Boundaries Of Bass Reproduction in Audio And Home Theater Systems

Gotham and Fathom expand the depths of home audio reproduction…

Miramar, FL–September 16, 2004–JL Audio, the company that wrote the book on low frequency sound reproduction in the car, has now focused its talents on a line of exceptional active subwoofer systems for the home environment.

JL Audio’s Gotham and Fathom subwoofers incorporate many of the company’s patented loudspeaker and amplifier technologies in order to better address the low frequency demands of home theater program material. All models feature proprietary drivers specifically engineered for each model and built in the company’s Miramar, Florida factory.

All JL Audio subwoofer models feature Automatic Room Optimization (A.R.O.), an innovative system that allows for quick acoustic optimization of the subwoofer system into the listening space. The end user or installer connects a supplied measurement microphone into the front panel and pushes a button which prompts the A.R.O. system to self-generate a series of calibration tones. The A.R.O. system then measures the frequency response at the listening position, analyzes the shape and magnitude of the primary response error and configures an appropriate analog filter to tame it. The system effectively allows for smooth, well-balanced sub-bass from a variety of locations and challenging rooms that may have been less than optimal without A.R.O.

The flagship Gotham g213, weighs in at 305 lbs., measures 34.13″H x 21.25″ W x 23.75″D. This system incorporates a pair of JL Audio’s highest-technology subwoofer drivers and an amplifier that can deliver 3800 watts of short-term RMS power for outstanding dynamic capability. Twin 13.5″ extreme-excursion subwoofers are incorporated in the Gotham to deliver performance to well below 20 Hz in a typical home theater application. The cabinet features a spectacular artistic form and a top-quality, hand-rubbed deep gloss finish.
The compact Fathom f112–single 12-inch woofer / 1500 watt amplifier, (18.5″H x 15.0″W x 18.13″D) and Fathom f113–single 13.5-inch woofer / 2500 watt amplifier (19.63″H x 16.5″W x 19.75″D) also benefit from the dynamic advantages of their proprietary JL Audio woofers. Listeners can expect full bandwidth down to 22 Hz and very high output while keeping distortion well below audible thresholds.
To extract full benefit from the prodigious excursion envelope of its woofer, each Fathom model employs an exceptionally powerful switching amplifier with a patented circuit designed to enhance control and fidelity. The sleek design and conventional form factor of the Fathoms apply beautifully to most home theater systems, including built-in custom applications. Front mounted controls make set up and adjustment straightforward in any mounting application. Fathom subwoofer systems are available in a luxurious, hand-rubbed gloss-black finish or a matte black finish, both complemented by machined aluminum and stainless steel accents for a look and feel that fits perfectly with the finest home furnishings.

Additional Features (all Gotham and Fathom models):
Unbalanced Inputs: Stereo or Mono (RCA jacks)
Balanced Inputs: Stereo or Mono (female XLR jacks)
Output To Slave: Balanced (male XLR jack)
Input Modes: Master or Slave
Level Modes: Reference (fixed gain) or Variable from full mute to +15dB over ref. gain
Power Modes: Off, On or Automatic Signal Sensing Light Modes: Off, On or Dim Low Pass Filter Mode: Off, 12 dB per octave or 24 dB per octave
Low Pass Filter Cutoff Frequency: Variable from 30 Hz — 160 Hz
Polarity: 0 or 180 degrees
Phase: Variable from 0 — 280 degrees
E.L.F. Trim: Variable from –10 dB to +5 dB at 20 Hz

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Availability: April / May 2005
Suggested Retail Prices:
Gotham: $7500.00 (available in high gloss black only)
Fathom f112: $2200 (matte black) – $2400 (gloss black)
Fathom f113: $2800 (matte black) – $3000 (gloss black)

About JL Audio
Headquartered in Miramar, Florida, JL Audio has been manufacturing high-quality audio solutions for discriminating listeners in the mobile audio marketplace for nearly two decades where the company has earned worldwide acclaim and achieved significant market share. JL Audio products are sold exclusively by specialty retailers throughout the U.S.A. and distributed in fifty-eight countries around the world. Recipient of numerous awards and accolades, JL Audio loudspeakers, amplifiers and subwoofers have been awarded fourteen U.S. patents for innovative audio technology.

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