JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer
The Short Form
|Prices $2,400 (GLOSS-BLACK); $2,200 (MATTE-BLACK, shown) / home.jlaudio.com / 954-443-1100|
|A fine, very high-performance, comparatively compact subwoofer.|
|•Powerful, controlled deep bass •Reasonably compact size •Flexible crossover; auto-EQ controls|
|•Heavy •Expensive. (Did I mention heavy?)|
|•12-in woofer; 1,500-watt RMS amp; 19.5 x 16.5 x 19.8 in; 115 lb •Finish: Gloss or matte black Full Lab Results|
The f112's electronics include flexible low-pass filtering (though most will bypass this for the receiver's crossover) and an Extreme Low Frequency trim control supplying +3/-12 dB equalization over the bottommost octave. There's also Automatic Room Optimization: Plug in the supplied test mike, and the JL adjusts its single parametric filter to "tame the primary room mode." In many cases, this will yield at least somewhat smoother and subjectively deeper-sounding bass. In my room, with the sub in my proven spot left of my front-left speaker, it resulted in subtly tighter music bass.