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Matching Subwoofers and Amplifiers

AmpliFinder Amplifier and Subwoofer Matching Tool

Earthquake Subzero SZ10 Subwoofer

Kicker ZX750.1 Amplifier

Making Matching Easier

One of the most common questions asked at Sonic Electronix is, “How do I know which amplifier I need for my subwoofer?”  This can be a hard or even intimidating question for some but fear not Sonic Electronix has your back!  Introducing our brand new AmpliFinder tool.  AmpliFinder is an amplifier finder tool that will take away the confusion of pairing a subwoofer with an amplifier.  Not only will it tell you which amplifier you require, but it will give you a complete list of every amplifier that is suitable for your subwoofer.

JL Audio W7 Subwoofer

MTX RT500D Amplifier

How it Works

AmpliFinder will lay out the possible wiring configurations for your subwoofer.  Depending on the ohms and number of voice coils of the subwoofer, different wiring configurations will be displayed.  AmpliFinder will also take into account the RMS power rating of each subwoofer to appropriately match that of the amplifier.   Just select the manufacturer, model number, and the number of subs you wish to power and prepare to be wowed by the abundance of possibilities.  For example,  the Earthquake Subzero SZ-10, when input into the AmpliFinder will give you the Kicker ZX750.1 as a choice which is a perfect match for the 750 watts RMS subwoofer.   Also, the JL Audio 8W7AE-3  when entered will give you the MTX RT500D which is a perfect match at 2 ohms as well.

  • Conveniently search for specific subwoofers with a user friendly interface
  • Displays complete list of compatible amplifiers
  • Visual wiring configurations included in search

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AmpliFinder

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What Car Amplifier Do I Need for My JL Audio W3v3 Subwoofer?

In this week’s What Amplifier Do I Need? we will be looking at JL Audio’s W3v3 Series Subwoofers. The W3v3 subwoofers are available in a 6.5”, 8”, 10”, 12”, and 13.5” size option that will satisfy any personal preference. The woofers range from 150W RMS to 600W RMS depending on the size of the woofer. JL Audio is known for manufacturing amazing drivers that are able to produce unsurpassed bass reproduction but even these amplifiers can’t power themselves up, they need the right amplifier to perform.

JL Audio XD200/2

XD200/2

If you are going to go with a JL Audio subwoofer might as well go with a JL Audio amplifier. The JL Audio XD200/2 is the perfect amplifier when wanting to get your feet a little wet. This amplifier works perfectly when wanting to amplify a single 6W3v3-8 or a single 8W3v3-4 subwoofer when bridging the 2-channels. The amplifier will put out 150W RMS at 8 ohms bridged or 200W RMS at 4 ohms bridged. There really is nothing better than a JL Audio amp, this amp will be extremely efficient and features technologies like Advanced Thermal Rollback in order to eliminated thermal shut-down events. The amp features low and high pass filters as well as noise killing differential-balanced inputs for clean and reliable power output.

Alpine MRX-M50

MRX-M50

The Alpine MRX-M50 is rated at 500W RMS @ 2 ohms, making it the perfect amplifier when wanting to run a 10W3v3-2, 12W3v3-2, or a 13W3v3-2 subwoofer. Its small design and both high-level and low-level inputs allow this amp to be installed in virtually any vehicle, not many other amplifiers can offer that. The amplifier also features a variable bass boost along with a low-pass filer and subsonic filter that will allow you to manipulate the frequencies to your personal taste. When purchasing an efficient sub like the W3v3 you need an amplifier that is just as reliable and also affordable.

Boston Acoustics GTA-100m

GTA-100m

Boston Acoustic’s GTA-1000m monoblock amplifier is rated at 600W RMS @ 4 ohms. This amp will allow you to run a 10W3v3-4, 12W3v3-4, or 13W3v3-4 subwoofer to a final super efficient impedance of 4 ohms. This is going to give you the best performance, the amplifier won’t have to work as hard and draw less power for lower thermal output. The woofer will run more efficiently as well due to the constant supply of undisturbed power. The GTA-1000m features balanced asymmetrical inputs for noise cancellation and fully adjustable and selectable low and high-pass crossovers for complete customization of sound reproduction.

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Battle of the Subwoofers: JL Audio W3 vs Alpine Type-R

Last week we discussed the differences between a Rockford Fosgate P3 subwoofer and a Kicker Solo-Baric L7, and focused on the features that set them apart from each other. In this week’s second “battle” we will go pound for pound with the Alpine Type R and the JL Audio W3. Both of these series of car subwoofers are considered high quality and never disappoint.

JL Audio 12W3v3-2

12W3v3-2

JL Audio is one of those companies that everyone knows by name. Even if they have never heard any of their drivers people will still tell you that JL Audio is considered one of the top companies in the car audio industry. Hard work and precision goes into all of their products and nothing could be more true about JL Audio’s 12W3v3-2 W3 series subwoofer. Many of the subwoofer’s patented technologies focus on the response and linear movement of the subwoofer, making it one of the most accurately precise woofers on the market today. While the W3 will sound great in a ported enclosure it was design to perform at is best in a smaller sealed enclosure, allowing the subwoofer to produce tight, crisp, and clean bass every single time. One of the coolest things about the W3 is that while other woofers suffer under lower power conditions, the W3 does not; in fact it will still reproduce clear and tight bass at multiple power ranges. The W3 is really the subwoofer that was designed for those who don’t want to miss a beat.

Alpine SWR-1243D

SWR-1243D

Alpine’s SWR-1243D Type-R series subwoofer is one of the most top rated subwoofers not only on our site but within the car audio world and for a number of very good reasons. With an RMS power handling of 600 watts, this woofer is able to really reproduce some hard hitting bass. Alpine’s patented High Amplitude Multi-Roll surround allows the woofer do deliver deep and clean bass. The Type-R woofer is known as a power hungry subwoofer meaning that it wants all the power it can handle because it was designed to play loud. One of these woofers is more than enough to make your car shake eliminating the need for additional woofers, unless of course you want more power and want the entire block to hear you coming. This woofer is able to combine SPL with SQ and a price that is more than great. Its ability to be a versatile subwoofer, really sets it apart from other woofers who are more proned to play better under one condition than the other.

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JL Audio, Alpine and Rockford Fosgate’s Top Rated Car Subs

In the car audio industry of today, consumers have hundreds of choices when wanting to install a subwoofer into their vehicle. At times this can be a bit overwhelming when selecting a quality car subwoofer. So how exactly should one choose a subwoofer? For some it’s by manufacture or by cost, for others it’s by word of mouth or reviews that have been written by other consumers. For a select few it’s something that they have actually heard before and just want that same sound and performance in their vehicle. We will be discussing 3 of the best rated subwoofers in this industry. These car subwoofers provide unsurpassed quality and performance in any environment and in any vehicle. They are the staple and backbone of their respective companies and are what set the standard for any other company in order to compete at that level. A single of the mentioned subwoofers will give you more than enough bass to compliment any audio system.

JL Audio 12W3v3-4

JL Audio 12W3v3-4
JL Audio’s 12W3v3 12” W3 subwoofer is rated at 500 watts RMS of continuous power and is one of the best rated subwoofers in its category. True to JL Audio’s high standards this subwoofer provides tight and efficient bass. By delivering cool air directly to the voice coil, the thermal power handling is increased and compression effects are reduced. This is accomplished by the use of Elevated Frame Cooling technology, making the subwoofer more efficient and reliable. In order to increase sound resolution and reduce distortion a DMA Optimized Motor System is used, that delivers consistent motor force over a long range of stroke and input power. The JL Audio features many other technologies that increase performance and bass response; it is because of this that this subwoofer is rated above the rest.

Alpine SWR-1243D

Alpine SWR-1243D
Alpine’s SWR-1243D 12” Type R subwoofer is rated at 300-600 watts RMS of continuous power and is able to produce some booming bass. One of the most overlooked features is the one sided push terminals that make installation and wiring simple and clean. With the use of a double stacked strontium magnet the woofer is able to gain 20% more motor force which provides louder and cleaner bass. The use of a Compound Radius Curve motor structure, creates an even magnetic field which then decreases distortion and increases overall power handling. Along with an airflow management system that directs air across the heatsink to avoid overheating, Alpine’s Type R subwoofer delivers some of the best bass output for a subwoofer in its category.

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12

Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12
Rockford Fosgate’s P3D4-12 12” Punch P3 subwoofer is rated at 600 watts RMS of continuous power and is called the “Punch” series for a reason. Its Vertical Surround Technique (VAST) allows for a 25% increase in radiating cone area, which improves nominal efficiency and maximum output. The anodized aluminum voice coil former allows for efficient heat dissipation from the voice coil. This minimizes subwoofer failure and improves performance. By stitching tinsel leads directly to the spider, Rockford Fosgate is able to improve longevity and reliability by reducing fatigue and possible shorting within the subwoofer. As a CEA-2031 compliant subwoofer, the P3 is able to handle the RMS power rating without blowing, making it a much more accurate subwoofer that provides all the bass you can handle.

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Powerful JL Audio, MTX Audio, and Rockford Fosgate Subwoofers

In the car audio industry power means everything. While most of the general public are pretty happy with 300-600 watts RMS, to some enthusiast that is just not enough. Lucky for them, car audio companies make subwoofers that will satisfy their taste for outrageous power. We will be looking at 3 subwoofers that would be considered competition level subwoofers. These subwoofers require a true passion for sound, bass and quality. It ‘s easy for car audio companies to make a subwoofer that can really bump, but what sets higher end companies apart, are the technologies and careful consideration that is used. Power is nothing without quality, these 3 companies have managed to create subwoofers that stand above the rest because not only are they powerful but the sound quality doesn’t diminish over time. There are many choices to make when selecting powerful car subwoofers by going with any of the mentioned here, you can’t go wrong.

JL Audio 12W7

JL Audio 12W7AE-3
JL Audio’s 12W7AE-3 Anniversary Edition 12” Subwoofer is one of the most sought out subwoofers in the car audio industry. Rated at 1000 watts of continuous RMS power, this car subwoofer really packs some power. Unique to its design are ultra-long voice coils that serve to help with heat dissipation and extreme linear excursion. By dissipating the heat more efficiently from the voice coils, the subwoofer will sound better and last longer. W-Cone technology improves cone rigidity by addressing its structure rather than its material by using two lightweight mineral-filled polypropylene skins that are bonded together at the perimeter and center of the assembly. The lower skin’s cross section is shaped like a “W” which provides unsurpassed rigidity when bonded to the dished upper skin. This creates an effect much like the trusses of a bridge for overall rigidity. The 12W7AE-3 offers unsurpassed bass but more importantly it has been created and designed for longevity, with its six patents this subwoofer is among the top of its class.

Rockford Fosgate T2D412

Rockford Fosgate T2D412
Rockford Fosgate’s T2D412 12” Power Series subwoofer is rated at 1200 watts of continuous RMS power that will simply blow you away. Rockford Fosgate is known for power and this subwoofer does not disappoint. Its anodized aluminum voice coil former allows for heat dissipation from the voice coil more efficiently during high sound pressure level conditions. This minimizes subwoofer failure and improves sound and performance quality. To improve rigidity a parabolic triangular cone is used, which reduces piston flex and cone distortion. This also improves the overall strength of the cone during high power handling conditions. The use of stitched tinsel leads on the spider spread stress over a greater area and thus improving reliability and performance by minimizing fatigue and possible shorting. The 1200 watts of RMS makes this a truly powerful subwoofer, with this much power you will be heard before you are seen.

MTX Audio T9512-44

MTX Audio T9512-44
MTX Audio’s T9512-44 12” Thunder Series subwoofer is rated at 1000 watts of continuous RMS power that will leave you stunned. Unlike other subwoofers, this subwoofer offers 4” of peak to peak excursion, giving you bass like nothing else. Its spider plateau venting cooling system, cools at the voice coils for extreme heat dissipation which create longevity and increase performance in the subwoofer. The use of 428° F high temperature flat wound aluminum ribbon wire allows for the subwoofer to handle high thermal power without causing distortion and allows for the subwoofer to play louder for a longer period of time. For rigidity the cone is Injection Molded Carbon filled Polypropylene with aluminum deposition which increases stiffness and weight ratio. With up to 1” of Xmax the volume displacement in this subwoofer will be louder than you can ever imagine.

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