After many years of development, JL Audio will release its first powered subwoofers this spring.
They use an amplifier that does not have a traditional power source, but harnesses power from the car itself using DCD or direct conversion Class D technology.
This results in the smaller size for the subwoofer enclosures and super high efficiency, which is above 90 percent, said JL Audio, claiming the amplified subs run cooler, with better power output.
The systems were designed by the company’s head amp designer Bruce Macmillan.
The new Microsub+ Systems include loads as low as 0.2 ohms, producing 500 watts.
The model ACP108LG-W3 V3 includes a single 8 inch 8W3 at $499. Other versions include 10- and 12-inch TW1 subwoofers with pricing up to $799. The line uses ported enclosures.
A sister line using the same DCD amplifiers has a sealed enclosure design and is called the Power Wedge series. It includes single 10- and 12-inch TW1 subwoofers. Power Wedge prices range from $319.99 to $389.99.
Both lines are expected to ship in March/April.