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JL Audio TW5 Subwoofer Drivers Announced

Creating great sounding bass is not that difficult when the available space in the vehicle is generous and you use high quality drivers. When space is limited (like in stealthy custom installations or behind the seats of a truck or sports car), achieving excellent low frequency performance becomes far more challenging.

One way to deal with this is to use small subwoofer drivers, like our 6.5-inch or 8-inch models, but if the goal is higher output bass than the small drivers can comfortably deliver, a more potent solution is needed.

This is precisely where the new TW5 subwoofers slot into the lineup, offering groundbreaking performance in the tightest space applications. The patented thin-line woofer technology compresses the architecture of the woofer to make it all happen. Central to the technology is the “concentric tube” structure that supports the voice coil and suspension attachments. This permits placing the motor of the woofer much further forward in the speaker than with conventional designs, while maintaining excellent linear excursion capability.

Equally important is the fact that the TW5 designs are optimized for extremely small box volume applications. Whereas a typical “small-box” 12-inch driver operates in well over one cubic foot, the 12TW5 needs only 0.63 cubic feet to achieve optimum in-car performance! Outstanding power handling also gives the TW5’s a significant edge over smaller drivers.

With all the custom possibilities opened up by the TW5’s, it is going to be a lot of fun to see what talented installers achieve with them.

TW5 Thin-Line Subwoofer Drivers

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  • Extremely Shallow Mounting Depth (2.5 inches)
  • Extremely Small Sealed Enclosure Volume Requirements
  • Patented “Concentric Tube” Suspension Design*
  • Patented “Floating Cone Attach Method” Technology**
  • DMA-Optimized Motor Designs
  • Very Large Diameter Voice Coils
  • Long Linear Excursion Capability
  • High Power Handling
  • Cast Alloy Frame
  • Injection Molded, Mica-Filled Polypropylene Cone with Santoprene Surround
  • Precision-built in USA at JL Audio’s Miramar, Florida factory

12TW5-3
Nominal Diameter: 12 in. (300 mm)
Continuous Power Handling: 500 W
Xmax: 0.36 in. (9.1 mm) one-way, linear
Impedance: Single 3 ohm
Voice Coil Diameter: 5.5-in. (140 mm)
Rec. Sealed Enclosure: 0.625 cu.ft. (17.7 l)
Mounting Depth: 2.5 in. (63.5 mm)
MSRP: $449.95
Availability: 3rd Quarter 2008

13TW5-3
Nominal Diameter: 13.5 in. (345 mm)
Continuous Power Handling: 600 W
Xmax: 0.36 in. (9.1 mm) one-way, linear
Impedance: Single 3 ohm
Voice Coil Diameter: 7.0-in. (178 mm)
Rec. Sealed Enclosure: 0.75 cu.ft. (21.3 l)
Mounting Depth: 2.5 in. (63.5 mm)
MSRP: $549.95
Availability: April, 2008

*U.S. Patent #5,734,132 and #6,095,280
** U.S. Patent # 6,501,844
Other U.S. and International Patents Pending

Made in the U.S.A.

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