JL Audio Releases New Fathom 8-inch In-wall Subwoofer System

November 10th, 2017

The following is a press release issued by JL Audio.

Miramar, FL | JL Audio | November 7, 2017 - JL Audio, an innovator in high-end audio solutions, announced the launch of a new 8-inch version of their Fathom® IWS in-wall subwoofer systems. The new 8-inch Fathom® IWS system joins the previous 13.5-inch driver models in the Fathom® IWS lineup.

Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio says, “We are excited about the potential of the 8-inch in-wall subwoofer solution in our growing line of architectural audio solutions. This model has a very small grille opening that will please customers looking for a visually unobtrusive solution, while still capable of delivering true JL Audio sub-bass performance.”

The 8-inch Fathom® IWS systems feature a compact enclosure–built in JL Audio’s Miramar, FL factory–that utilizes extensive architectural techniques to improve rigidity, while maintaining a minimal footprint to facilitate installation in more applications regardless of wall construction. A unique port design vents through a slot located at the perimeter of the driver mount, to enhance efficiency and low-bass output. Inside the enclosure is an all-new, long-excursion, 8-inch thin-line woofer, designed and built specifically by JL Audio for these products. The system is driven by a rack-mountable DSP/amplifier with up to 600 watts of clean power, and programmed specifically for each system. A complete set of Fathom® signal processing features are in the amplifier, including a powerful, 18-band Digital Automatic Room Optimization (D.A.R.O.) system, and a true 2-way crossover with high-pass outputs, all accessible via an easy-to-use, menu-driven interface and LCD display.

“Fathom IWS systems start with a premise that our customers should not need to lower their expectations for sound quality when selecting an in-wall subwoofer solution. The IWS-108 and 208 systems combine our expertise in driver, enclosure and amplifier design to deliver on this core principle, in a compact package that is easy to integrate into any room.”  added Manville Smith, VP of Marketing.

Fathom® IWS-SYS-108 and IWS-SYS-208 Specifications:
Enclosure Type: Ported Enclosure 
Driver(s): 8-inch (nominal diameter)
Effective Piston Area: 31.62 sq. in. (0.0204 sq. m.) for each woofer
Effective Displacement: 47.5 cu. in. (0.78 liters) for each woofer

Amplifier Power: 300W RMS short-term (IWS-SYS-108), 600W RMS short-term (IWS-SYS-208)
Amplifier Dimensions (HxWxD): 1.75 in. x 16.84 in. x 13.63 in. (44 mm x 428 mm x 346 mm)
Amplifier Net Weight: 13.5 lbs. (6.12 kg)

Enclosure Dimensions (HxWxD): 61.63 in. x 14 in. x 3.25 in. (1,565 mm x 355 mm x 83 mm)
Cabinet Finish: Black Texture-Coated
Wall Opening Dimensions (HxW): 9.75 in. x 9.75 in. (248 mm x 248 mm)
Grille Dimensions (HxW): 10.50 in. x 10.50 in. (267 mm x 267 mm)
Grille Finish: White (paintable)

Features:  

  • Proprietary, purpose built, ported enclosure
  • Single amplifier system solution – 300W single driver system or 600W dual driver system
  • Off, On, Automatic (Signal-Sensing or 12V Trigger) Power Modes
  • D-Pad navigation buttons with LCD display
  • Inputs - JLINK™ (RJ45 jack), Unbalanced Stereo or Mono (two RCA jacks), High-Level Stereo or Mono (removable plug)
  • Outputs – Stereo or Mono (two RCA jacks – Pass-Through or High-Pass), Neutrik speak-On® 2-Pole Connectors (uses Neutrik part: NL2FX, included)
  • 18-Band Digital Automatic Room Optimization (D.A.R.O.)

MSRP USD: $2,100 - $3,000

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