I hear people say they are SQ subs and they sound great. Others say they sound bad and sloppy. Others say they are SPL subs. I think most agree they have a lot of output and at least more than other JL models. Why is this the case? Are they very sensitive to enclosure designs? I can see if it was ported but sealed desigs should be easier. With most models in the same brand it is usually very clear which sound better than the next. If a person wanted to buy the highest end and best subs in JLs brand, what should they do? Local,shops dont want to carry any high end models since they feel it is a loss to them and most people around here just buy very low end stuff. Volume sales. Cant get a listen to anything just have to go by reputations. I just look at youtube videos and from what i can see, the W7 movement doenst look as symetrical and smooth as the W6 line. For people looking for the best regardless of price, it is hard. I would hate to spend all that money for a W7 and it sound like crap - just a loud moter that has a lot a displacement.
What do you think?
I have owned 12w6v2, 12w7, 13w7 and have done comparisons and builds with the 10w6v2 and 8w7.
I do not know what it is about so many people that for lack of better words "hate" on the w7.
While I really enjoyed my w6v2's I cannot help but to gravitate back to the w7. I have run the 13w7 for almost a decade now and can honestly say that it is the sub for me. I have used it in jl spec sealed and ported as well as lower tuned ported enclosures. I have had it down firing, rear firing, up firing, board loaded, fiberglass enclosures, etc...
I'm telling you that after everything I have thrown at this sub it has always sounded great. It has a certain authority to it that I have not been able to find in any other subwoofer including the w6.
Now don't get me wrong. I ran the 12w6v2 for a long time and loved it too. It was clean and one of my favorites. They are smaller and lighter and the reduced mounting depth is a real treat since the 13w7 is a chore trying to fit it in smaller spaces.
I love the w7 because it to me has what it takes to satisfy the bass-heads, audiophiles and the in between folks. It has survived so much abuse and still is working like new. I am simply amazed that it is still going after all these years.
I will admit though, I wish it was a little more shallow and weighed a little less. Also the price is pretty lofty too. All said though, I have gotten more than my money's worth out of this sub.
Here is my description of the special sound of the 13w7-
Good subs in a trunk sound like a couple monkeys trying to beat their way out of the trunk.
The W7 is like a really pissed off gorilla back there.
If you want a great sounding sub with good authority and great composure then get the w6.
If you want a great sounding sub with gobs of authority and great composure when you need it to but still have the ability to get silly when you want, W7 is your sub.
Oh, at one time I had four 12w6v2's ported in my blazer. It was great. I can honestly say that I prefer the one 13w7 ported over all four of those. I was in my transition from a sort of young bass head to where I am today.
My listening preferences are more toward the SQ side of SQL. I am no pure audiophile but I most certainly am not a basshead.