JL Audio W6 vs. W7 Subwoofer
The JL Audio W6 series has long been a staple for virtually unbeatable bass performance in small, compact enclosures. The JL Audio W6v3 features many of the same patented technologies as the W7 series, including a patented cooling structure that increases power handling and sound quality.
The JL Audio W7 series subwoofers are in a class of their own. The W7 subwoofer models offer what few others in the world can. They slam with stunning accuracy and unmatched sound quality. JL Audio has taken subwoofer design to an exciting new level with the design and research that has been put into the W7 series. There are eight unique patents for the motor, suspension, and assembly technologies used in this series of subwoofers. Each of the different sizes in this series is a completely different design, to meet the exacting standards that JL Audio holds for itself. If you are looking for the ultimate subwoofer for your vehicle, the JL Audio W7 series is the answer. No compromises were made in the design, research, assembly, or performance in this series of the subwoofer.
The JL Audio W6 series comes in a 10" and 12" model. The JL Audio W7 series also comes in both a 10" and 12" model, but additionally adds a smaller 8" model in its lineup for more versatility.
The JL Audio W6 series features a dual 4-ohm coil for both the 10" and 12" models. The JL Audio W7 series comes with a unique 3-ohm single voice coil in all 3 sized models.
The JL Audio 10" and 12" models in the JL Audio W6 series have the same RMS power handling at 600 watts. Comparatively, The JL Audio 8", 10", and 12" models in the W7 series both have RMS power handling at 500, 750, and 1000 watts RMS respectively between the different sizes. While you're paying a higher price premium, this means you're seeing greater RMS power handling with the 10" and 12" models of the W7 series.
The JL Audio W6 series features a shallower mounting depth needed over the W7 lineup. If the mounting depth is one of your deciding factors, you would want to line up the W6 series to see if the space-saving measures can be used to your benefit.
Recommended Enclosure Size
Although the difference is small, there is a noticeable difference where the W6 series edges out its same sized competition in the W7 series for both the sealed and ported volume needed for installation. If you're looking for a smaller space, be sure to check out the exact specifications of the smaller W6 lineup over the W7 series.
The recommended amplifier for your subwoofers will vary greatly depending on the size and quantity of subwoofers you select for your installation. The following lists are comparisons between amplifiers for subwoofers in the same dimensions between the different models. The list begins with a factory recommendation for amps that provide enough power handling for the subwoofer(s), and then move on to our professional recommendations that may vary slightly from the factory recommendations. These Classic Car Stereo recommendations may be an amp with a higher price point that will service the subs better or an amp that provides RMS power handling over the recommended amount which will allow you to not have to maximize the output on your amp to provide full power to your subs.
Sub: (Qty 1) W6 10"
Sub: (Qty 1) W7 10"
Sub: (Qty 2) W6 10"
Sub: (Qty 2) W7 10"
Sub: (Qty 1) W6 12"
Sub: (Qty 1) W7 12"
Sub: (Qty 2) W6 12"
Sub: (Qty 2) W7 12"
There's no doubt that you'll be paying a price premium for JL Audio's top of the line W7 series. But for the JL Audio die-hard fans, the premium price is well worth the upgrade over the W6 series of subwoofers.
The W7 series of subwoofers from JL Audio feature 6 patented technologies that set it apart from every other subwoofer on the market. For JL Audio die-hards and audio enthusiasts alike, this lineup of subwoofers features no compromises in technology or construction materials. If you have the budget for the price point of the W7 subs, there's absolutely no comparison. We'd highly recommend them for your installation over the JL Audio W6 series when making your purchase.