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Kicker Marine Speakers vs JL Audio


Introduction

Both Kicker and JL are leaders in both the marine and 12-volt audio markets. Both companies are well established and have built a reputation based on their history of building quality products. While both companies are probably most famous for their amplifiers and subwoofers, they both make great speakers for the marine market that will withstand whatever mother nature can throw at them. We will break down and compare Kicker and JL Marine speakers in both 6.5" and 8" sizes. Kicker makes a 4" and JL does not. JL makes an 8.8" and Kicker does not.



6.5" Speakers

6.5" speakers are the most popular speaker size for modern boats and powersports vehicles. Both Kicker and JL have two speaker lines, but they don't necessarily line up that well if you want to compare them side by side. Since this is a comparison, we will explain the differences while also showing price points so that you get a better understanding of the speakers and their value.

Kicker

Kicker has the KM65 line of speakers and KM604. The KM604 is offered as a price point product that is designed to give you a product that has the Kicker name and delivers Kicker performance but at a certain price point. the KM604 speakers are marine grade, but they have a PEI dome tweeter. The KM65 speakers have a titanium dome tweeter which is designed to deliver bright, crystal clear highs without sounding harsh or shrill like an aluminum dome tweeter can.

JL Audio

JL Audio has 6.5" marine speakers in the M3 and M6 lines. These are higher quality speakers that have specially treated, silk-dome tweeter for a warm, rich, smooth, and balanced sound profile. The JL Audio M3 speakers align closely with the Kicker KM65 in terms of price point, power handling, and sound quality. The JL Audio M6, 6.5" speakers are a premium product and Kicker does not currently offer a marine grade speaker with a similar price point or sonic profile. We will, however, use the M6 speakers as a comparison point. While the M6 is not in the same ballpark in terms of price, the value of Kicker is there and we will explain some situations where we feel that the Kicker KM65 might be a better product than the M6. Whether this is true will depend on the customer and the application.

Power Handling

First, we are going to compare the power handing of all three speakers. The power handling is important because it helps give you an idea of how loud and how clear the speakers will play. The more power you can give your speakers, the louder they will get, the cleaner they will sound, and the better they will sound when turned up and playing loud. You can see in the chart below, the power handling among these speakers is not drastically different. As long as you have an amplifier that is putting out 40+ watts of RMS power, you have plenty of power for all three speaker options.

JL Audio M3-650x

• 60W RMS

JL Audio M6-650x

• 75W RMS





Grille Options

The Kicker KM604 speakers come in both charcoal or white grilles. The grille is integrated into the speaker itself and not detachable. The Kicker KM65 speakers come with both charcoal AND white speaker grilles. Most marine speakers make you choose your grille color when you are buying the speakers. With the Kicker KM65 speakers, you can select which grille color will look best once you already have the speakers. Since the Kicker KM65 speakers come with both grilles, you can also change it up if you originally decide to go with one color and then later change your mind. Both the white and charcoal grilles that are included are open style grilles. Kicker does not currently offer a classic or closed style grille.

The JL Audio M3 and M6 both come in a classic white, closed-style grille and open-style sport grilles in both white and gunmetal. The sport grilles for the M3 and M6 do look a little bit different, but both are twin, 6 spoke designs.

Kicker KM604

• White (Open)
• Charcoal (Open)

JL Audio M3-650x

• White Classic (Closed)
• White Sport (Open)
• Gunmetal Sport (Open)

Kicker KM65

• White AND Charocal Open Style Grilles Included

JL Audio M6-650x

• White Classic (Closed)
• White Sport (Open)
• Gunmetal Sport (Open)


JL Audio M3-650X-C-Gw 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gloss White Classic Grilles
JL Audio M3-650X-C-Gw 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gloss White Classic Grilles$229.99

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JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gw 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gloss White Sport Grilles
JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gw 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gloss White Sport Grilles$229.99

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JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gm 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gunmetal Sport Grilles
JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gm 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gunmetal Sport Grilles$249.99

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JL Audio M6-650X-C-GwGw 6.5" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles
JL Audio M6-650X-C-GwGw 6.5" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles$439.99

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JL Audio M6-650X-S-GwGw 6.5" Marine Speakers with Sport White Grilles
JL Audio M6-650X-S-GwGw 6.5" Marine Speakers with Sport White Grilles$439.99

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JL Audio M6-650X-S-GmTi 6.5" Marine Speakers with Sport Gunmetal Grilles
JL Audio M6-650X-S-GmTi 6.5" Marine Speakers with Sport Gunmetal Grilles$439.99

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Efficiency Ratings

The speaker's efficiency rating gives you a standard baseline to tell you how loud that speaker will play. The higher the SPL, or efficiency rating, the louder that the speaker will play, given the same amount of actual power. This value is measured in dB at 1W/1m. This is somewhat subjective because you can always turn the volume up or down, but it is a good baseline to tell you how efficient the speakers are and how "loud" they play assuming the other variables are held constant. It is important to keep in mind that every 3dB the volume doubles. Does .5dB matter? Probably not. If it is 3dB louder, will you notice a difference? Yes, assuming everything else stays the same.

JL Audio M3-650x

• 90 dB @ 1W/1m

JL Audio M3-650x

• 89.5 dB @ 1W/1m

Kicker KM65

• 90 dB @ 1W/1m

JL Audio M6-650x

• 89.5 dB @ 1W/1m





Tweeter Size & Material

Tweeters are very important when it comes to the sound profile of your speakers. There are three different types of tweeters for marine speakers, soft-dome (silk), hard dome, and horns. Neither JL Audio nor Kicker make a horn tweeter on a coaxial speaker so we can ignore that for this comparison.

The Kicker KM65 speakers come with a .75" titanium dome tweeter. Metal alloy tweeters are popular for marine applications because they withstand the marine environment and they also play very bright. The .75" titanium dome tweeter that comes on the KM65 speakers is pretty standard for a 6.5" speaker, but the titanium material plays brighter and louder than most other tweeters, but it doesn't have the harshness and shrill sound that you sometimes get with aluminum dome tweeters. The tweeter that comes in the KM604 speakers is a PEI dome tweeter. PEI is a hard plastic material that is used in many car speakers. It is not as durable as the titanium tweeter that comes in the KM65, but also keep in mind, the KM604 is designed to be an economy, price point product.

The JL Audio M3-650x and M6-650x both come with specially treated, silk dome tweeters. Silk dome tweeters are very popular for their rich, warm, and balanced sound profile. Many people think silk dome tweeters just sound better. JL Audio has found a way to use silk in their marine speakers and use special treatments to ensure that it stands up to the elements including both salt fog and UV exposure. The silk dome tweeters are popular because they just sound better.

Now, if you are thinking, "Well I will just go with JL because they have silk dome tweeters," there are other things to consider. The titanium dome tweeter that comes in the KM65 speakers is going to play much brighter and much louder than the silk dome tweeter in the JL M3 and M6. In an outdoor, marine environment, there is a ton of ambient noise from the wind, water, and engine. That noise is going to cancel out fidelity. Also, in a boat, the speakers are often located down low and not pointed toward your face and your ears. In these types of environments, the loud and bright speakers cut through all of that noise. Also, what do you want from your boat's speakers? Do you want it to just be loud? Or, are you willing to sacrifice sheer volume for sound quality? A lot will depend on the type of boat you have and how you use it. How loud is "loud enough?" These are questions we can't answer for you, but these are important things to think about when selecting the right 6.5" speakers?

Kicker KM604

• .50" PEI Dome Tweeter

JL Audio M3-650x

• .75" Silk Dome Tweeter

Kicker KM65

• .75" Titanium Tweeter

JL Audio M6-650x

• .80" Silk Dome Tweeter





Power Source

Your speakers must match up well with your power source. If you are powering your speakers directly off of your radio, we recommend the KM604. You canpower the M3-650 and the KM65 directly off of the radio, but we recommend saving your pennies if that is your situation. You are not likely to hear a significant difference to justify the extra spend on the speakers. If your amplifier is putting out over 40 watts per channel, you should have enough power for the KM65, the M3, or the M6. Music is dynamic, and so is the power output of your amplifier as the speaker cone moves. Can you hear the difference in 25 watts, outside, on your boat? Probably not. Can you hear the difference in 50 watts? Yes. If you have an amplifier that is putting out less than 50 watts RMS, I would probably stay away from the JL Audio M6. If you have a high power amplifier, remember that you can always turn the gain down. But if you don't have enough power and your gain is maxed out, you can't turn it up any higher.

Kicker KM65

• Can be powered directly off of your head unit
• Amplifier will always sound better

JL Audio M3-650x

• Can be powered directly off of your head unit
• Amplifier Recommended

Kicker KM65

• Amplifier Recommended

JL Audio M6-650x

• Amplifier Required





LED Lighting

The Kicker KM604 speakers have the option to buy the model with blue LEDs. With the KM604, you do not have the option to change colors. You get whatever color you want, as long as it's blue! The KM65 is also available with the option to have RGB LEDs integrated into the grille. Like most marine speakers, the LEDs are located behind the tweeter grille and shine backward onto the speaker to illuminate it.

The JL Audio M3 and M6 speakers are available with or without RGB LEDs. If you want them, buy the model that comes with the LEDs. They are slightly more expensive, but that's because they have LEDs. The LED models for the M3 speakers are available in the white sport and gunmetal sport grilles. All three grille styles of the M6 speakers are available with LEDs.

Now, the real difference in RGB LEDs is seen on the JL M6 speakers. The M6 speakers feature JL's patented, Transflective RGB technology. On these speakers, instead of putting the LEDs in the grille, behind the tweeter, the LEDs are located on the speaker basket itself. The cone is made from special, translucent material and the LEDs light up the cone from the backside. Putting the LEDs on the speaker basket instead of behind the tweeter allows the M6 speakers to have more LEDs. Also, because the cone is translucent, it lights up smoother with less halo effect and you don't see the "hot spots" that you oftentimes see when the LEDs are behind the tweeter. As a result, the M6 speakers are hands-down, the best looking LED speakers in the world. They light up brighter and the output is smoother than any other LED marine speakers.

Kicker KM604

• Optional Blue LEDs on White Speakers

JL Audio M3-650x

• Optional with Sport While or Sport Gunmetal Grilles

Kicker KM65

• RGB LEDs Optional

JL Audio M6-650x

• Optional for All Grille Styles
• The Best Looking RGB LED Speakers in the World


JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gw-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gloss White Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gw-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gloss White Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$279.99

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JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gm-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gunmetal Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M3-650X-S-Gm-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Pair Gunmetal Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$299.99

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JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gw-i  7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$349.99

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JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gm-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Gunmetal Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gm-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Gunmetal Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$369.99

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JL Audio M6-650X-C-GwGw-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles & RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-650X-C-GwGw-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles & RGB LEDs$499.99

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JL Audio M6-650X-S-GwGw-i 6.5" Marine Speakers with Sport White Grilles & RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-650X-S-GwGw-i 6.5" Marine Speakers with Sport White Grilles & RGB LEDs$499.99

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JL Audio M6-650X-S-GmTi-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles & RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-650X-S-GmTi-i 6.5" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles & RGB LEDs$499.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-C-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-770X-C-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$579.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-S-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-770X-S-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$579.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-S-GmTi-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-770X-S-GmTi-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$579.99

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JL Audio M6-880X-C-GwGw-i 8.8" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-880X-C-GwGw-i 8.8" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$689.99

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JL Audio M6-880X-S-GwGw-i 8.8" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-880X-S-GwGw-i 8.8" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$689.99

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JL Audio M6-880X-S-GmTi-i 8.8" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-880X-S-GmTi-i 8.8" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$689.99

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Our Recommendations

If you are on a strict budget, the KM604 speakers give you Kicker quality sound at a cheap price point. However, you are getting what you are paying for. When it comes to 6.5" marine speakers, the Kicker KM65 does give you a true, marine grade speaker from Kicker, at a great price point. The titanium tweeter is the same material that comes in the Wet Sounds REVO speakers, but the Kicker speakers are $150 cheaper. However, like most things in life, you get what you pay for.If you like nice things and you want great sound quality at a great price, go with the JL Audio M3. The JL Audio M6 is in a league of its own when compared to Kicker's 6.5" marine speaker offering. Kicker doesn't offer anything close. If you have the money for $400 speakers, and you want the best, stop reading and buy the M6 speakers. If you are having trouble deciding between Kicker and the JL M3, you get what you pay for. The Kicker speakers are less expensive, but the JL speakers sound better.



Comparison

Kicker KM604

Tweeter Size

.50"

Tweeter Material

PEI

Deck Power Compatible

Yes

Grille Options

White
 

LED Options

White w/ Blue LEDs
 

RMS Power Handling

50 Watts

Peak Power Handling

150 Watts

Efficiency @ 1W/1m

90 dB

Frequency Response

35 Hz - 21KHz +/- 3 dB

Mounting Depth

2.5"

Mounting Hole Diamter

5.1875"

Outer Grille Diameter

Not Stated

JL Audio M3-650x

Tweeter Size

.75"

Tweeter Material

Silk Dome

Deck Power Compatible

Yes, Amp Recommended

Grille Options

White Classic, White Sport, Gunmetal Sport

LED Options

White Sport & Gunmetal Sport available with RGB LEDs

RMS Power Handling

60 Watts

Peak Power Handling

120 Watts

Efficiency @ 1W/1m

89.5 dB

Frequency Response

55 Hz - 25KHz +/- 3 dB

Mounting Depth

2.74"

Mounting Hole Diameter

5.00-5.25"

Outer Grille Diameter

6.90"

Kicker KM65

Tweeter Size

.75"

Tweeter Material

Titanium

Deck Power Compatible

Yes, Amp Recommended

Grille Options

Both White & Charcoal Are Included

LED Options

Yes - KM654L Model Includes RGB LEDs

RMS Power Handling

65 Watts

Peak Power Handling

195 Watts

Efficiency @ 1W/1m

90 dB

Frequency Response

35 Hz - 21KHz +/- 3 dB

Mounting Depth

2.375"

Mounting Hole Diamter

5.625"

Outer Grille Diameter

Not Stated

JL Audio M6-650x

Tweeter Size

.8"

Tweeter Material

Silk Dome

Deck Power Compatible

No

Grille Options

White Classic, White Sport, Gunmetal Sport

LED Options

All Grille Options available with RGB LEDs

RMS Power Handling

75 Watts

Peak Power Handling

150 Watts

Efficiency @ 1W/1m

89.5 dB

Frequency Response

55 Hz - 25KHz +/- 3 dB

Mounting Depth

3.00"

Mounting Hole Diameter

5.00-5.25"

Outer Grille Diameter

6.90"

8" Speakers

8" speakers have more surface area and usually handle more power than 6.5" speakers. The larger cone area and higher power handling mean that the 8" speakers play louder and give you more mid-bass response than a 6.5". In general, if you are considering adding or upgrading your speakers and you have space and the power for 8" speakers instead of 6.5", go with the 8" model. The 8" just sound better.

Kicker

Kicker Kicker only offers one 8" marine-grade speaker. The KM8 is the bigger version of the KM65 and comes standard with RGB LEDs built-in and it also includes both white and charcoal grilles. The 8" speakers handle more power and have a larger tweeter than the 6.5". We will explain it below, but the Kicker 8" speakers are the best value in all marine speakers in our opinion.

JL Audio

JL Audio does not make a true 8" speaker, but instead, they make a 7.7". Like the 6.5", the 7.7" marine speakers are offered in two different lines, M3 and M6. Both the M3 and M6 7.7" JL Audio marine speakers have silk-dome tweeter for a warm, rich, smooth, and balanced sound profile. The 7.7" JL Audio M3 speakers align closely with the Kicker KM8 in terms of performance, but the tweeters and price points are quite different. The JL Audio M6, 7.7" speakers are a premium product and Kicker does not currently offer a marine grade speaker with a similar price point or sonic profile. We will, however, use the M6 speakers as a comparison point. While the M6 is not in the same ballpark in terms of price, the value of Kicker is there and we will explain some situations where we feel that the Kicker KM65 might be a better product than the M6. Whether this is true will depend on the customer and the application.

Power Handling

First, we are going to compare the power handing of all three speakers. The power handling is important because it helps give you an idea of how loud and how clear the speakers will play. The more power you can give your speakers, the louder they will get, the cleaner they will sound, and the better they will sound when turned up and playing loud. You can see in the chart below, the power handling among these speakers is not totally consistent. Kicker rates the KM8 at 150 watts RMS while the JL Audio M3 and M6 are at 70 watts and 100 watts, respectively. The Kicker can handle up to 150 watts RMS, but there aren't a ton of amplifiers that are putting out that type of RMS power. In our experience, we treat the rating of the KM8 more like 100 watts RMS as the KM8 speakers still sound great with as little as 50 watts of RMS power.

JL Audio M3-770x

• 70W RMS

JL Audio M6-770x

• 100W RMS





Grille Options

The Kicker KM8 speakers come with both charcoal AND white speaker grilles. Most marine speakers make you choose your grille color when you are buying the speakers. With the Kicker KM8 speakers, you can select which grille color will look best once you already have the speakers. Since the Kicker KM8 speakers come with both color grilles, you can also change it up if you originally decide to go with one color and then later change your mind. Both the white and charcoal grilles that are included are open style grilles. Kicker does not currently offer a classic or closed style grille.

The 7.7" JL Audio M3 and M6 both come in a classic white, closed-style grille and open-style sport grilles in both white and gunmetal. The sport grilles for the M3 and M6 do look a little bit different, but both are twin, 6 spoke designs.

JL Audio M3-650x

• White Classic (Closed)
• White Sport (Open)
• Gunmetal Sport (Open)

Kicker KM8

• White AND Charocal Open Style Grilles Included

JL Audio M6-650x

• White Classic (Closed)
• White Sport (Open)
• Gunmetal Sport (Open)


JL Audio M3-770X-C-Gw 7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Classic Grilles
JL Audio M3-770X-C-Gw 7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Classic Grilles$299.99

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JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gw 7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Sport Grilles
JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gw 7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Sport Grilles$299.99

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JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gm 7.7" Marine Speakers Gunmetal Sport Grilles
JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gm 7.7" Marine Speakers Gunmetal Sport Grilles$319.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-C-GwGw 7.7" Marine Speakers with Classic White Grilles
JL Audio M6-770X-C-GwGw 7.7" Marine Speakers with Classic White Grilles$519.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-S-GwGw 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles
JL Audio M6-770X-S-GwGw 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles$519.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-S-GmTi 7.7" Marine Speakers with Sport Gunmetal Grilles
JL Audio M6-770X-S-GmTi 7.7" Marine Speakers with Sport Gunmetal Grilles$519.99

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Efficiency Ratings

The speaker's efficiency rating gives you a standard baseline to tell you how loud that speaker will play. The higher the SPL, or efficiency rating, the louder that the speaker will play, given the same amount of actual power. This value is measured in dB at 1W/1m. This is somewhat subjective because you can always turn the volume up or down, but it is a good baseline to tell you how efficient the speakers are and how "loud" they play assuming the other variables are held constant. It is important to keep in mind that every 3dB the volume doubles. Does .5dB matter? Probably not. If it is 3dB louder, will you notice a difference? Yes, assuming everything else stays the same.

JL Audio M3-770x

• 90.5 dB @ 1W/1m

Kicker KM84L

• 92 dB @ 1W/1m

JL Audio M6-770x

• 90.5 dB @ 1W/1m





Tweeter Size & Material

Tweeters are very important when it comes to the sound profile of your speakers. There are three different types of tweeters for marine speakers, soft-dome (silk), hard dome, and horns. Neither JL Audio nor Kicker make a horn tweeter on a coaxial speaker so we can ignore that for this comparison.

The Kicker KM8 speakers come with a 1.00" titanium dome tweeter. Metal alloy tweeters are popular for marine applications because they withstand the marine environment and they also play very bright. The 1.00" titanium dome tweeter that comes on the KM8 speakers is pretty standard for an 8" speaker, but the titanium material plays brighter and louder than most other tweeters, but it doesn't have the harshness and shrill sound that you sometimes get with aluminum dome tweeters.

The JL Audio M3-770x and M6-770x both come with specially treated, silk dome tweeters. Silk dome tweeters are very popular for their rich, warm, and balanced sound profile. Many people think silk dome tweeters just sound better. JL Audio has found a way to use silk in their marine speakers and use special treatments to ensure that it stands up to the elements including both salt fog and UV exposure. The silk dome tweeters are popular because they just sound better.

JL Audio M3-770x

• .75" Silk Dome Tweeter

Kicker KM84L

• 1.00" Titanium Tweeter

JL Audio M6-770x

• 1.00" Silk Dome Tweeter





Power Source

With 8" marine speakers, we do not recommend powering them directly off of your head unit. You need an amplifier to give these speakers enough power to hear the difference over a 6.5".

JL Audio M3-770x

• Amplifier Required

Kicker KM84L

• Amplifier Required

JL Audio M6-770x

• Amplifier Required





LED Lighting

The KM8 speakers come standard with RGB LEDs. Like most marine speakers, the LEDs are located behind the tweeter grille and shine backward onto the speaker to illuminate it.

The JL Audio M3 and M6 speakers are available with or without RGB LEDs. If you want them, buy the model that comes with the LEDs. They are slightly more expensive, but that's because they have LEDs. The LED models for the M3 speakers are available in the white sport and gunmetal sport grilles. All three grille styles of the M6 speakers are available with LEDs.

Now, the real difference in RGB LEDs is seen on the JL M6 speakers. The M6 speakers feature JL's patented, Transflective RGB technology. On these speakers, instead of putting the LEDs in the grille, behind the tweeter, the LEDs are located on the speaker basket itself. The cone is made from special, translucent material and the LEDs light up the cone from the backside. Putting the LEDs on the speaker basket instead of behind the tweeter allows the M6 speakers to have more LEDs. Also, because the cone is translucent, it lights up smoother with less halo effect and you don't see the "hot spots" that you oftentimes see when the LEDs are behind the tweeter. As a result, the M6 speakers are hands-down, the best looking LED speakers in the world. They light up brighter and the output is smoother than any other LED marine speakers.

JL Audio M3-650x

• Optional with Sport While or Sport Gunmetal Grilles

Kicker KM84L

• RGB LEDs Standard

JL Audio M6-650x

• Optional for All Grille Styles
• The Best Looking RGB LED Speakers in the World


JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gw-i  7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Gloss White Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$349.99

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JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gm-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Gunmetal Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M3-770X-S-Gm-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Gunmetal Sport Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$369.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-C-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-770X-C-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Classic White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$579.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-S-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-770X-S-GwGw-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport White Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$579.99

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JL Audio M6-770X-S-GmTi-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles w/ RGB LEDs
JL Audio M6-770X-S-GmTi-i 7.7" Marine Speakers Sport Gunmetal Grilles w/ RGB LEDs$579.99

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Our Recommendations

The 8" Kicker marine speakers are the best bang for your buck among all marine speakers in our opinion. You get an 8" speaker that can handle up to 150 watts RMS, with RGB LEDs and a 1" titanium tweeter for under $300 a pair. That type of value is simply not found with any other marine grade speakers. The 1" titanium tweeter is going to play loud, bright, and cut through the ambient noise. Now, at the same time, JL Audio makes the best sounding marine speakers in the world. The sound quality from the 7.7" M3 and M6 speakers is unbelievable. The M3's are a great value for a silk dome tweeter. The 7.7" M6 will blow you away with how nice they sound. But, you are paying a premium price for a premium product.



Comparison

JL Audio M3-770x

Tweeter Size

.75"

Tweeter Material

Silk Dome

Deck Power Compatible

Amplifier Required

Grille Options

White Classic, White Sport, Gunmetal Sport

LED Options

White Sport & Gunmetal Sport available with RGB LEDs

RMS Power Handling

70 Watts

Peak Power Handling

225 Watts

Efficiency @ 1W/1m

90.5 dB

Frequency Response

45 Hz - 25KHz +/- 3 dB

Mounting Depth

3.15"

Mounting Hole Diameter

6.25"

Outer Grille Diameter

7.70"

Kicker KM84L

Tweeter Size

1.00"

Tweeter Material

Titanium

Deck Power Compatible

Amplifier Required

Grille Options

Both White & Charcoal Are Included

LED Options

RGB LEDs come Standard
 

RMS Power Handling

150 Watts

Peak Power Handling

300 Watts

Efficiency @ 1W/1m

92 dB

Frequency Response

30 Hz - 21KHz +/- 3 dB

Mounting Depth

3.3125"

Mounting Hole Diamter

6.5625"

Outer Grille Diameter

Not Stated

JL Audio M6-770x

Tweeter Size

1.00"

Tweeter Material

Silk Dome

Deck Power Compatible

Amplifier Required

Grille Options

White Classic, White Sport, Gunmetal Sport

LED Options

All Grille Options available with RGB LEDs
 

RMS Power Handling

100 Watts

Peak Power Handling

200 Watts

Efficiency @ 1W/1m

91 dB

Frequency Response

45 Hz - 25KHz +/- 3 dB

Mounting Depth

3.32"

Mounting Hole Diameter

6.25"

Outer Grille Diameter

7.70"

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JL Audio brings manufacturing back from China

Miramar-based JL Audio plans to do more manufacturing back in the USA.

The 40-year old maker of loudspeakers and other audio components will stop making its marine audio systems in China and expand its assembly in Miramar.

Even before the recent financial crisis in China, JL Audio decided it could improve the quality of its products by moving assembly to Miramar, where it already has a workforce of 240 making car and home audio systems.

"We realized how profitable it could be and how efficient," said Robert Oxenhorn, director of finance and accounting for JL Audio. "We're bringing more and more production back to the states."

Initially, JL Audio's labor costs have risen, Oxenhorn said. But he said those extra costs are not substantial considering the lower quality the company experienced with its Chinese contractors.

More than half of JL Audio's products are made in Miramar. Electrical components for the systems and its amplifiers continue to be manufactured in Asian countries.

State and local governments are supporting the manufacturer's at-home expansion with a $105,000 economic incentives package, if the company adds at least 30 workers at an average annual wage of $44,579. The company, which employs 350 people nationwide, plans a $9.4 million capital investment at its site in Miramar.

JL Audio has 11 production lines in Miramar. Oxenhorn said he expects the company to add one to two lines a year over the next few years, with each employing 15 to 20 operators.

Known for its home and car speakers, JL Audio also is seeing more demand for speakers designed for yachts and boats. Revenues were up 30 percent in the marine business in July over a year ago, Oxenhorn said.

Ariel Pared, president of custom boat manufacturer SeaVee Boats in Fort Lauderdale, said his company sells only JL Audio marine speakers to its customers, who will spend $3,000 to $10,000 on an audio system for their boats.

"JL Audio is the best out there. It's the quality of their workmanship," he said. Some competitors "take a car speaker, protect it for outdoor saltwater environment and call it a marine speaker," he said.

He also likes the fact that the product is being made in Broward County.

"We're always willing to pay a little bit more for a better product and always willing to buy a U.S. product for a little bit more money," Pared said.

JL Audio sells mostly through bricks-and-mortar stores. Other local customers include Sound Advice, AudioLogic and West Marine.

Mike Dixon, president Audio Logic in Hollywood, said JL Audio's developers are "car-audio fanatics" whose audio systems create "a nice, rich sound in a car."

Car audio is still the largest part of its business, and the company is seeing an 8 percent to 10 percent increase this year in that sector, Oxenhorn said.

Dan Jeancola, senior vice president of Sound Advice in Fort Lauderdale, said new-car buyers often upgrade their audio systems. "They love the new technology — Bluetooth [music] and Bluetooth calling — but they're not happy with the audio system," he said.

While there are many good speaker products today, "if I had a choice, I'd want my money to stay right here in Florida employing people in Miramar," he said.

Customers said they also trust JL Audio's products because of the manufacturer's long history in the business.

JL Audio was founded in the early 1970s as The Speaker Warehouse, by Lucio Proni and Jim Birch, college friends who used to build stereo speakers for extra cash. Today, Proni is CEO and still designing products for JL Audio.

Andrew Oxenhorn joined the company as president in 1996 to help him manage the growing business. His son, Robert, had worked at JL Audio as a teen-ager, later becoming a CPA and working for a public accounting firm, before re-joining the company in 2013.

Robert Oxenhorn said he came back because he saw the potential for JL Audio to expand in Miramar.

"We plan to keep growing at a nice, controlled pace," he said.

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JL Audio is probably best known for their subwoofers. JL car audio subs hit hard and they last. You will not find a more respected name in car audio subwoofers than JL Audio. They are the best of the best. However, the top of the line W7 may not be the best JL Audio subwoofer for you.The entry-level W0 isn't necessarily the worst JL Audio subwoofer either. There are many important factors to help you find the Best JL sub for your installation.

Product Lines & Sizes

Editor's Favorite

W6

Best All Around Value JL Audio Subwoofer

W3

Best Overall Low Profile JL Audio Subwoofer

TW3

Best Premium JL Audio Subwoofer for Accuracy

W7

Best Premium JL Audio Subwoofer for Tight, Punchy Bass

W6

Best JL Audio Subwoofer for Low, Smooth, and Accurate Output

W7

Best Entry Level JL Audio Subwoofer

W0

Best JL Audio Subwoofer for Trucks

TW3

The Best

Editor's Favorite JL Subwoofer

JL Audio W6 Subwoofers

If I am installing a JL Audio subwoofer and I can pick any product they offer, I am going with a 12" JL Audio W6. The W6 subwoofers handle plenty of power, they hit hard, and they are tighter and punchier than the W7. The W7 will go lowerand can handle more power, but if it's my vehicle, I am going with a W6. I like the quick, hard-hitting, punchier bass versus the smoother, more rolling bass that the W7 delivers. Speakers and subwoofers are subjective and very personal, but if you are asking me, W6 all the way. If I had to pick a second favorite, I would probably go with a TW3 because it is so thin. If I am going full size subwoofer, I am going W6. If I need something where space is limited, I am going TW3.

Best Overall Value JL Audio Subwoofer

JL Audio W3 Subwoofers

The JL Audio W3 is the best overall value in the JL subwoofer lineup. The W3 subwoofers can handle enough power to not only play accurate, but also hit hard.The Outside of the 6" and the 8" models, the W3s are available in both 2 ohm and 4 ohm dual voice coil configurations. This allows you to wire your amplifier to a 2 ohm load regardless of howmany subwoofers you are running. When you look at the power handling of the W3 and compare it to the W6, they aren't that far behind. Yes the W6 is going to hit harder, but the W3 delivers significant power handlingat a little more than half of the cost. If you are in the market for a quality subwoofer that can handle some power, and you have an amp that can give the subw what it needs, go with the W3. If the W3 is too deep for your application, check out the TW3.


Best Overall JL Audio Subwoofer - Low Profile

JL Audio TW3 Subwoofers

Low profile subwoofers have become really popular because they allow you to install subwoofers underneath seats, or they allow you to add a subwoofer while keepingyour cargo space usable. Many shallow subwoofer sound just that, "Shallow." The JL Audio TW3 is one of the few exceptions and the output of the TW3 is very similar to the full-size W3. These subwooferscan handle some serious power, they sound really good, and they hit hard. There is nothing thin about these thin-profile woofers. Even if you have the space for a full-size subwoofers, I love these subwoofers. The TW3s comein both a dual 4 ohm and a dual 8 ohm voice coil. If you only run a single sub, go with the 4 ohm DVC, if you run 2 subs go with the 8 ohm DVC. The TW3 is the exception to the thin-profile rules and delivers W3 size outputin a super small footprint.

Best Premium JL Audio Subwoofer for Tight, Punchy Bass

JL Audio W6 Subwoofers

Up until the W7 was released, the JL Audio W6 was their top of the line subwoofer. The W6 subwoofers need very little air space given their mounting depth, size, and power handling. These subwoofers hit hard and are tighter and punchiercompaired to a W7, if power is the same. The W6 is actually our favorite of the JL subwoofers and what we put in our own cars. A perfect example of where the W6 shines would be the kick drum in an AC/DC song. That quick, hard hitting, feel it in your chestis a good example of where the W6 shines.

Best Premium JL Audio Subwoofer for Accuracy

JL Audio W7 Subwoofers

The JL Audio W7 is widely considered the best car audio subwoofer in the world. These handle the most power amoung all of the JL Audio car subwoofers, andthey hit hard, they are very accurate, and they are very smooth. When comparing the W7 to the W6, the W7 will handle more power, go lower, play more accurate, and be smoother. The W6 is going to be punchier and quicker when compared, side by side. All of that comes at a price though. The W7s are not cheap. They come in single 3 ohm voice coilsso make sure your amplifier has the power at 3 ohms to give the W7 what it wants. We like the HD, Slash, and XD amps to power these.

Best Entry Level JL Audio Subwoofer

JL Audio W0 Subwoofers

If you are on a budget, or you know you don't need a ton of bass, just some bass, the JL Audio W0 is perfect. The W0 is the gold standard among entry level, car audio subwoofers. These subwoofers are overbuilt, they perform, and they last. Simply put, the W0 is simply the best at delivering great bass response without breaking the bank, and without needing a bunch of power.

Best JL Audio Subwoofer for Trucks

JL Audio TW3 Subwoofers

If best JL Audio subwoofer for trucks is the TW3. Whether you have a single cab or a crew cab, the TW3 is perfect. You can easily install these subs underneath the rear seat if you have a crew cab. If you have a single cab,a TW3 will fit behind the seat and give you the bass response you want while neatly tucking out of the way. These subwoofers handle decent power and are rated at 400W RMS. This will give you serious output while still maintaining all of the spaceand functionality of your trucks interior.

Important Factors

Power Handling

The power handling of the subwoofer is one of the most important factors when determining the best JL Audio subwoofer. If your amplifier puts out 300 watts RMS, a W7 is probably not a good fit and neither is a W6. However, if you have a 1000 watt amplifier,you want somethign that is going to handle some power to ensure that you don't cook your subwoofer and a W0 or even a W3 might not be enough. Keep in mind though that your amplifiers power is distributedamong all of the subwoofers connected to it. For example, if you have a 1000 watt RMS amplifier and you have 2 subwoofers connected to it, that is 500 watts per subwoofer. If you have 4 subwoofers connected to it,that is 250 watts per subwoofer.

Mounting Depth

The larger, more expensive subwoofers that handle more power usually have a larger magnet, a deeper basket, and require more mounting depth. If you are limited on space,the best JL Audio subwoofer is probably a product from their thin-woofer line such as a TW5, TW3, or TW1. At the same time, if you have a full-size vehicle and a massive trunk, you probablydon't need to worry about mounting depth as you will have the space for a large box.

However, just because you have the space for a large subwoofer box doesn't mean you necessarily want to devote ALL of your trunk space to your subwoofers. You may want to have both bass and storage space and there are severalsolutions from JL that will give you just that.

Bass Needs

Every car needs more bass and while many might argue that there is not such thing as, "Too much bass," there might be, depending on the music you listen to and your personal preferences.If you listen to classic rock, which typically doesn't have a ton of bass, or if you prefer accuracy, a hard-hitting W7 might be waaay too much.

Budget

It is important to take your budget into consideration when determining the best JL Audio subwoofer. If you can't afford a higher end model, and you can't afford the amplifier to power it properly,you will be much better off with a W0, W1, or W3 vs a W6 or a W7. If you spend all of your budget on a W7, and you don't have enough left over to buy an amplifierto give it enough power, you have wasted your money.

The Other Models

JL Audio W6 Subwoofers

The JL Audio W6 subwoofers are amazing and give you unreal output, they don't need a ton of airspace, and they are extremely accurate. The W6 doesn't really fall into a "best" category other than the bestJL Audio subwoofer that is better than a W3 but more affordable than a W7. With JL Audio subwoofers, you get what you pay for. The W6 is better than the W3, it isn't better than a W7, and it is priced between the two models.

JL Audio W1 Subwoofers

The JL Audio W1 subwoofers provide better output than the W0 and they are available in both single 2 ohm and single 4 ohm voice coils. However, the power handling and price point of the W1 make it hard to justify over the W0. If you select a single 2 ohm, W1 subwoofer, you can get more from your amplifier than the single 4 ohm voice coil of the W0. However, the price difference of the W1 versus the W0 is not worth it in our opinion.

JL Audio TW1 Subwoofers

The TW1 subwoofers are technically, thin-profile subwoofers, but they aren't that shallow. The TW3 subwoofers require less mounting depth and the TW1 is almost the same depth as the full-size, W1. The part that makes the TW1 unique is the mounting ring. The corners of the circle are cut offwhich allows you to install two subwoofers really close together. You can save up to 2" with the outer diameter of the TW1 versus the TW3. So, if width is your limiting factor, the TW1 is the way to go.

JL Audio TW5 Subwoofers

The JL Audio TW5 is the top of the line thin-profile woofer that JL offers, but it is only available in a 13.5" diameter. The TW5 is very shallow, it has amazing output, and it handles 600W RMS, but the unique size can be limiting.

Product Lines

Full Size Subwoofers

W0

10 inch W0

JL Audio 10 inch W0 Subwoofer

RMS Power

300W

Recommended RMS Power

75-300W

Mounting Depth

4.9"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.65 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.125 cu ft

12 inch W0

JL Audio 12 inch W0 Subwoofer

RMS Power

300W

Recommended RMS Power

75-300W

Mounting Depth

5.4"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.375 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.75 cu ft

15 inch W0

JL Audio 15 inch W0 Subwoofer

RMS Power

500W

Recommended RMS Power

150-500W

Mounting Depth

7.15"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.875 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

2.75 cu ft

W1

8 Inch W1

JL Audio 8 inch W1 Subwoofer

RMS Power

150W

Recommended RMS Power

50-150W

Mounting Depth

3.86"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm SVC
 

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.25 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

.5 cu ft

10 Inch W1

JL Audio 10 inch W1 Subwoofer

RMS Power

300W

Recommended RMS Power

75-300W

Mounting Depth

4.60"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.55 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

.90 cu ft

12 Inch W1

JL Audio 12 inch W1 Subwoofer

RMS Power

300W

Recommended RMS Power

75-300W

Mounting Depth

5.41"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.10 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.60 cu ft

W3

6 inch W3

JL Audio 6 inch W3 Subwoofer

RMS Power

150W

Recommended RMS Power

50-150W

Mounting Depth

4.25"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm SVC
 

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.15 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

.25 cu ft

8 inch W3

JL Audio 8 inch W3 Subwoofer

RMS Power

250W

Recommended RMS Power

75-250W

Mounting Depth

4.63"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm SVC
 

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.30 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

.35 cu ft

10 inch W3

JL Audio 10 inch W3 Subwoofer

RMS Power

500W

Recommended RMS Power

150-500W

Mounting Depth

5.93"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.625 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.125 cu ft

12 inch W3

JL Audio 12 inch W3 Subwoofer

RMS Power

500W

Recommended RMS Power

150-500W

Mounting Depth

6.65"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.25 cu ft (2 Ohm)
1.125 (4 Ohm)

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.75 cu ft

13 inch W3

JL Audio 13 inch W3 Subwoofer

RMS Power

600W

Recommended RMS Power

150-600W

Mounting Depth

7.63"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.75 cu ft (2 Ohm)
1.50 (4 Ohm)

Ported Enclosure Volume

2.50 cu ft (2 Ohm)
2.25 (4 Ohm)

W6

10 inch W6

JL Audio 10 inch W6 Subwoofer

RMS Power

600W

Recommended RMS Power

200-600W

Mounting Depth

6.89"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm DVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.55 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

.75 cu ft

12 inch W6

JL Audio 12 inch W6 Subwoofer

RMS Power

600W

Recommended RMS Power

200-600W

Mounting Depth

7.52"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm DVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.0 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.3 cu ft

W7

8 inch W7

JL Audio 8 inch W7 Subwoofer

RMS Power

500W

Recommended RMS Power

200-500W

Mounting Depth

6.83"

Voice Coils

3 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.875 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.00 cu ft

10 inch W7

JL Audio 10 inch W7 Subwoofer

RMS Power

750W

Recommended RMS Power

300-750W

Mounting Depth

8"

Voice Coils

3 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.25 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.5 cu ft

12 inch W7

JL Audio 12 inch W7 Subwoofer

RMS Power

1000W

Recommended RMS Power

400-1000W

Mounting Depth

9.5"

Voice Coils

3 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

1.375 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.75 cu ft

Thin Profile Subwoofers

TW1

10 inch TW1

JL Audio 10 inch TW1 Subwoofer

RMS Power

300W

Recommended RMS Power

75-300W

Mounting Depth

4.36"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.35 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

.625 cu ft

12 inch TW1

JL Audio 12 inch TW1 Subwoofer

RMS Power

300W

Recommended RMS Power

75-300W

Mounting Depth

4.62"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.65 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

1.125 cu ft

TW3

10 inch TW3

JL Audio 10 inch TW3 Subwoofer

RMS Power

400W

Recommended RMS Power

200-400W

Mounting Depth

3.25"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm DVC
8 Ohm DVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.50 cu ft (4 Ohm DVC)
.575 (8 Ohm DVC)

Ported Enclosure Volume

.60 cu ft (4 Ohm DVC)
.75 (8 Ohm DVC)

12 inch TW3

JL Audio 12 inch TW3 Subwoofer

RMS Power

400W

Recommended RMS Power

200-400W

Mounting Depth

3.25"

Voice Coils

4 Ohm DVC
8 Ohm DVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.80 cu ft (4 Ohm DVC)
1.00 (8 Ohm DVC)

Ported Enclosure Volume

.95 cu ft (4 Ohm DVC)
1.30 (8 Ohm DVC)

TW5

13 inch TW5

JL Audio 13 inch TW5 Subwoofer

RMS Power

600W

Recommended RMS Power

250-600W

Mounting Depth

2.625"

Voice Coils

2 Ohm SVC
4 Ohm SVC

Sealed Enclosure Volume

.80 cu ft

Ported Enclosure Volume

Not Recommended

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JL Audio is a very well-known name in the car audio field, and they have been in the industry for so long that it is hard to imagine car audio without them. However, the speakers that JL audio produce are notoriously expensive, which leaves many asking, “are JL Audio speakers worth the money?”

JL Audio speakers are worth their high price, but only if you have a system to support them well. JL speakers should be placed in an overall high-quality car audio system to operate at their peak performance. In a more budget system, other speakers may be a better option.

JL Audio is very well known, but are the high prices of their speakers justified? This brand has a large variety of speakers available, and there are many who swear by these speakers, but are they worth the money? To me, JL speakers are worth every dollar, but why? Let’s take a closer look.

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Tip: JL Audio are prestigious speakers and not for everyones’ wallet. The great thing is, you do not have to spend a fortune on the top C7 series speakers. 

If you want to install in your car something unique with top quality that will add more personality to your sound system and you are on the budget, you can pick one of the JL C1 or C2 Serie in either coaxial or system combination. Both series are conveniently available on Amazon, so why do not check the latest price? 

Are JL Audio Car Speakers Any Good?

JL Audio is a brand that produces industry-leading quality speakers and has developed a reputation as one of the best-sounding speaker brands around.

This company has been developing and designing speakers for car audio systems since the 1970s. They have proven themselves to be of top-level quality, both in regard to the way the speakers sound and their build quality.

There are many aspects to these world-class speaker sets that make them sound as good as they do, but it can be narrowed down to a few specific attributes.

  • JL Audio has many years of experience. This is highly important when it comes to any type of manufacturing, especially in speakers and car audio.

JL Audio has been around for so long that they, along with a handful of other companies, have helped to shape the world of car audio into the thriving culture of excellence and competition that it is today.

Over the years, JL Audio has had the time to refine its speakers and develop them to produce the best quality sound and frequency response possible with the technologies and materials available to them.

It takes time and experience to hone a speaker to as good as it possibly can be, and JL Audio has had the time to improve every one of their car audio speakers to the best they can possibly be.

  • Another factor that contributes to why JL Audio Speakers sound so good is the level of quality that these speakers are built to. This brand has always maintained the highest level of quality in regard to the materials and design of its speakers. To produce high-quality sound requires high-quality materials.

JL Audio engineers have spent real time developing their speakers, making even the slightest adjustments to the shape, dimensions, and specifications of every speaker type that they produce to ensure the best possible audio output.

Everything from motor design, cone and surround profiles, and even the materials of the smallest, seemingly most insignificant components of the speakers have been precisely engineered for optimum sound quality.

The way that these speakers are built makes them compatible with almost all stock speaker holes and mounts. This means that JL Audio speakers are optimized for premium sound quality and placement as a standard.

The fact that they can be installed in the pre-designed speakers’ positions that the manufacturer deemed best for the car means that JL Audio speakers are already set up to sound great from day one, as speaker placement is vital for good sound.

There are so many reasons why JL Audio speakers sound as good as they do. But, in the end, it comes down to how well they are built, the engineering and development that goes into making and optimizing the speakers, and decades of experience in built high-end car audio speakers.

Which Are the Best JL Audio Car Speakers?

The extensive range that JL Audio offers makes it very difficult to nail down a definitive “best speaker,” as they produce perfect speakers for every type of system out there.

The best speakers are not defined by the speaker itself but by the whole system that it is being installed into. A good speaker installed into a system that can not fully utilize it is wasted and will not live up to its name.

A lower-quality speaker in the same system may be enough to take the whole system to the next level, being the best speaker for that particular system.

JL Audio does have a flagship range of speakers knownas the C7 range.

The C7 range is the reference offering from JL Audio, making them the best speakers that the brand has to offer. The technologies built into these speakers are mindblowing, including corundum ceramic-coated aluminum diaphragms suspended by treated silk.

The JL Audio C7 range is the range of reference speakers produced by the company. When speakers are called referenced speakers, they are considered to be of a higher standard than other speakers, having as close to flat frequency response as possible.

There are very few speakers that compare with the reference range of JL Audio speakers.

The C7 speaker range includes the C7100-ct, the C7350-cm, and the C7650-CW.

The C7100-ct is a 100W, 1-inch component tweeter which is ceramic-coated with an aluminum dome. It is designed for incredible high-frequency performance, and there are very few other speakers that can match this tweeter when used in the right system.

The C7350-cm is a 3.5-inch, 100W component midrange speaker that performs at 86.5 dB – 92.5 dB depending on the impedance set up. This speaker is best suited for use in a three-way system with a sub and tweeter, but it is a heavy-hitting speaker with pristine audio quality output even on its own.

The woofer in the series is the C7650-CW. It is a 6.5-inch with a solid mid-bass performance as well as precise mids. This speaker is also best-used in a three-way but performs perfectly well with only a tweeter in a two-way system.

The C7650-CW is capable of 87 dB – 97 dB SPL depending on the impedance wiring, making it one of the leading woofers on the market in this regard.

The entire C7 range offers the best that JL Audio has and uses the most cutting-edge technology, materials, development techniques, and manufacturing possible.

Does JL Audio Make Good Subwoofers?

When compiling the perfect car audio sound system, one of the most important factors to consider is subwoofers.

A good subwoofer makes all the difference to the audio quality of a sound system, and without a good sub, the system will never sound as good as it possibly can.

Whether you are looking for a premium subwoofer or something a little more budget-friendly, JL Audio makes a wide range of subwoofers that are well suited for every system and every budget.

JL Audio produces some of the best subwoofers on the market. JL Audio has raised the standard of good subwoofers with their high-end range while still keeping great quality subs available for reasonable prices for those with a lower budget.

The subwoofers produced by JL Audio have been tried and tested by many, and they have been found to be as good as they are advertised to be. 

JL Audio has earned a good reputation for the sound quality and build of their subwoofers, and there are only a few others who can compete with them.

The range of subwoofers that JL Audio produces includes full-frame and thin-line subs that will meet the needs of any car audio system.

Full Frame Subwoofers

The JL Audio full-frame subwoofer range begins with the W0v3 series subwoofers contain either 10″ or 12″ woofers and perform at a much higher level than their price bracket and are designed to be affordable and outperform every other sub in this price range.

Next up is theW1v3 range, which is designed to pack a punch into a small enclosure. These subs are perfect for small speaker enclosures, and they come in a range of sizes to suit every system.

These subs are excellent at what they do, delivering high performance from a very small form factor, as they have been developed with cutting-edge technologies by JL Audio.

The mid-range JL Audio subs are theW3v3 range. This range of subwoofers is reliable and produces overall excellent audio quality. These are the subs to go for if you want the best subwoofer for your money, as they employ the features of premium subs but at a lower cost.

The two high-end sub-ranges from JL audio are the W6v3 and the W7AE range. The W6v3 is JL Audio’s high-end sub for small enclosures, is designed to have the output of the highest-end speakers but built into a very small size. These subs are really impressive and outperform many in their class.

The W7AE is the flagship subwoofer range for JL Audio. They have packed these subs with everything they offer, providing industry-leading subwoofers for every car audio system. Unfortunately, there are very few subs that can match the performance of the W7AE range, but they are on the more expensive side of the spectrum with a price over $1000 per woofer.

Thin-Line Subwoofers

JL Audio has a range of three different thin-line subwoofers that are all designed to have a very shallow mounting depth while still performing at high levels.

The first and least expensive sub in this range is the TW1 range of thin-line subs. The TW1 range is built for tiny speaker enclosures. These subs are perfect for the smallest mounting spaces but still perform at incredibly high levels for a sub of this size and cost.

The mid-range thin-line JL Audio subwoofers come from the TW3 range. This range is built to be as versatile as possible, with the lowest possible profile, with the highest possible performance.

There is a limit to the audio quality that can be coaxed out of a low-profile sub, but the TW3 range sounds excellent for this class of subwoofer, and they will perfectly suit any car audio needs.

The TW5v2 sub-range takes up the high end of the thin-line sub-range. These subwoofers have the shallowest mounting depth of the thin-line range while offering the highest performance and best quality audio output. These subs are expensive but worth the cost.

How Long Do JL Subs Last?

JL Audio is known for its high quality and craftsmanship regarding its speakers, speaker housings, and speaker mounting systems.

However, the subwoofers that JLAudio produces are more expensive than many others on the market, which leaves prospective JL Audio users wondering if the price of the subwoofers will be outweighed by how long the subs will last.

This is an important question, as it is very easy to spend a lot of money on a sub that will only last a few years before burning out or shaking itself to pieces, requiring a replacement long before you expected.

The good news is that JL Audio subwoofers are built to last. There are reports of JL Audio subs lasting for more than 10 years, with nothing more than a speaker housing replacement needed.

The level of quality that JL Audio subwoofers are built to means that they are designed to last as long as possible while retaining the high standard of audio quality for their entire lifespan.

However, as with almost everything else, the subs do not last this long on their own. They must be looked after and well maintained to perform at optimum levels for such a long time.

If the sub in your system blows because of a bad setup op or because it was misused, it was no fault of the subwoofer.

Look after a subwoofer built by JL Audio, and it will last you for many years to come without any hassles.

What Is JL Audio Best Subwoofer?

JL Audio has an impressive range of subwoofers, and all of them perform at outstanding levels of clarity, power, and sound quality.

That being said, if you are looking for sheer loudness from a sub, there is no subwoofer in the JL Audio line-up that is louder than the 13W7AE-D1.5 sub.

The 13W7AE-D1.5 is a 13.5″ (345mm) subwoofer driver with dual 1.5 Ohm impedance. This 1500W speaker is easily capable of producing audio levels of 86.3 dB SPL (deciBel Sound Pressure Level). 

This is louder than many other subwoofers in the same class, but this sub offers more clarity and quality along with loudness than other subwoofers of this type.

For the loudest subwoofer offering from the JL Audio team, look no further than the 13W7AE-D1.5 sub.

Are JL Audio Speakers Worth The Money?

After all this, one question still remains: Are JL speakers worth the high price tag?

Generally speaking, yes, JL Audio speakers are worth the money you pay for them, as they are very high quality, very high performing speakers. However, they must be used properly as part of a high-performance system to achieve their true potential.

These speakers are not worth it for a simple upgrade of only the door speakers in your car, but if you are overhauling your entire audio system or building a competition-level car audio system, then JL Audio speakers are well worth the money.

These are brilliant speakers made by a well-respected brand that routinely outperforms its competitors in many ways. JL Audio speakers are worth the money if your system can push them to peak performance.

Conclusion

This has been a deep dive into whether or not JL Audio speakers are worth the high price charged for them, and ultimately the choice depends on what you want from the speakers in your car and the overall sound system you are building.

JL Audio speakers are not for those who have a small budget but for those who can afford these industry-leading speakers and have the system back them up. There are very few speakers that can compete with JL Audio.

The speakers that are built by JL Audio, from their subs to their tweeters, as purpose-built to be the best speakers possible in terms of quality engineering and manufacturing, as well as audio quality.

If you are looking for speakers for your high-end car audio system build, JL Audio speakers are worth the money without a shadow of a doubt! Just be sure to choose the right speakers for your system, as they have an extensive range that is tricky to navigate.

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Having used the ZR series in SQ installs I can personally say they sound phenomenal.

Even with the passive crossover and minimal EQ adjustment and tuning, these speakers deliver amazing results at just about any volume.

With proper amplification, they will be able to keep up with any subwoofer on the market.

Even though they use an aluminum dome tweeter, they are not overly bright or harsh on the ears.

As with other JL Audio speakers, they feature DMA optimized motor technology, elevated frame cooling, Kurt Müller cones and suspensions, precision machined field plates and die-cast alloy baskets.

The passive crossover networks are bi-amp capable and are built with super premium parts including US made Mills resistors, polypropylene capacitors and segmented air-core inductors.

They offer five levels of tweeter attenuation and four levels of mid-range presence adjustment for up to twenty possible voicing combinations.

The ZR series is available only as a component set although like all other JL Audio C2 series speakers and up, they can be purchased as individual components or as a set.

The ZR’s are only available in the

  • 6.5” (ZR-650) size, however the
  • 8” (ZR-800CW) woofer can also be purchased separately for dedicated mid bass in active 3-way systems.

ZR650-CSi Specs:

  • 2-Way component system
  • Ultra high quality external passive crossover network
  • Continuous power handling (RMS): 85 Watts
  • Peak power handling (MAX): 225 Watts
  • Recommended power handling (RMS): 25-175 Watts per channel
  • System efficiency: 89.5 dB @ 1 W/1 m
  • Frequency response: 48Hz – 25KHz (+3 dB)
  • Nominal impedance: 4 Ohms
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Best Selling JL Audio Marine Speakers

JL Audio marine speakers of Marine Tech Miami are reputed as the marine audio leaders due to our establishment of loud quality speakers. All of our speakers are designed with reliable and durable material. In fact, Jl audio Miami products are made up of an assemblage of high-quality accessories with greater accuracy and precision.

Options Available for JL Audio in Miami

In general, Marine Jl audio speakers are available in two series, i.e., M3 and M6. The M3 handily outperforms conventional marine speakers are sized to work as a direct replacement for them. M6 marine speakers are maximum-performance, no-holds-barred speaker systems with higher power handling, a larger tweeter, and more excellent output capability. Both series are available with or without RGB lighting.

Ensuring the convenience and satisfaction of boaters is our topmost priority. That’s why our latest inventory consists of amplifiers and tower speakers to overcome heavy engines' noise and avoid getting in contact with water. Besides this, both series speakers are further separated as Jl audio 6.5 marine speakers, 7.7 marine audio speakers, and 8.8 marine speakers. Feel free to mount marine Jl audio speakers in your boat with the Jl audio marine RCA cables.

How to install a Jl audio marine amplifier in your boat?

Installing the Jl audio marine amplifier is quite easy. Irrespective of the type of speaker you have, connect the ground wire of the Jl audio amp marine to the ground terminal. For this purpose, you can use a bolt as well. After doing so, connect the amplifier with the marine stereo with the help of a speaker wire. This installation can be done in all speakers, whether your marine has a Jl audio 7.7 marine speaker or 8.8 speakers.

What is the difference between subwoofer and speaker?

Usually, it seems that both the subwoofer and speakers will be the same. But these two differ from each other in terms of pertaining frequency. The marine audio speaker is usually referred to as an electro-acoustic transducer, while Jl audio marine subwoofers are utilized for excellent bass sound as well as for perfect audio spectrum. Speakers, unlike subwoofers, work perfectly to deliver high-frequency output.

Is it necessary to mount a marine audio speaker in the box?

Usually, the marine audio speakers are mounted inside a closed box, but it’s not necessary. When you want to mount a baffled Jl audio 8.8 marine speaker and any other from M3 and M6 series, you don’t need a box. But still, we suggest you install our Jl audio speakers in the airtight compartment to enjoy smooth quality sound.

Are marine speakers similar to regular car speakers?

Well, Not actually. The reason is that marine speakers are highly efficient and durable even if exposed to rain and water. And the regular speakers are unable to operate in wet circumstances. Therefore, marine speakers are different from other speakers as it is water-resistant, heat-resistant, and corrosion-resistant. Make your boat more attractive by mounting our water-resistant Jl audio marine tower speaker on it.

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