Jl Audio Speakers Review: Are They Really THAT Good?

Welcome to another review by your friends at Gear4Wheels! In this article we will be taking a look at JL Audio’s front stage offerings.

JL Audio, founded in 1975, is a very well-known and renowned brand in the mobile, marine and home audio industry.

Based in Miramar, Florida, they are one of the few companies that still make its products in the US and they have continued to be an industry leader in quality and innovation.

Their R&D team has made many advances in speaker technology over the years and they have incorporated that technology into their drivers to create some truly amazing speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers.

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I would venture to guess they have more combined patents on driver and amplification technology than anyone else in the industry.

Their Co-founder and CEO Lucio Proni is also their Chief Engineer and his dedication to making high quality audio products can be seen in the end results.

They've become one of the top 5 mobile audio brands and with good reason.

Jl Audio Speaker Series Reviewed

Here is the list of JL Audio speakers we will be reviewing:

  • C2
  • C3
  • C5
  • ZR

(Note: For this review we will be listing the specifications for the 6.5” speakers since they are the most common and best sounding size. Please refer to the JL Audio website for specs on all other models.)

  •  C2 Evolution Series:
  • C3 Evolution Convertible Component Series:
  •  C5
  • ZR

The C2 Evolution speakers are quite versatile and come in a wide variety of sizes and with multiple install configurations available.

They are a step up from JL’s budget line which are the C1’s (formerly the TR line) which we will not review here.

While the C2’s are still in the budget category, they offer a great bang for your buck and incorporate tweeter technology used in the higher end C5 components.

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They feature silk dome tweeters and mineral filled polypropylene woofer cones.

The C2’s are available in both coaxial and component configurations.

The coaxial models are available in

  • 3.5” (C2-350x),
  • 4” (C2-200x),
  • 5.25” (C2-525x),
  • 5x7/6x8” (C2-570x)
  • 6” (C2-600x)
  • 6.5” (C2-650x)
  • 6x9” (C2-690tx) sizes.
  • The component models are available in the following sizes: 5.25” (C2-525), 6” (C2-600) and 6.5” (C2-650).

C2-650 / C2-650x Evolution specs:

  • 2-way component or coaxial system
  • External passive crossover network
  • Continuous power handing (RMS): 60 Watts
  • Peak power handling (MAX): 225 Watts
  • Recommended power handling (RMS): 15-100 Watts per channel
  • System efficiency: 91 dB @ 1 W/1 m
  • Frequency response: 59Hz – 22KHz (+3 dB)
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms

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