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JL Audio Fathom f110 Subwoofer Review

by October 31, 2006
JL Audio Fathom f110

JL Audio Fathom f110

  • Product Name: f110
  • Manufacturer: JL Audio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: October 31, 2006 08:25
  • MSRP: $ 2,100(satin black) / $2,200 (gloss black)
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Enclosure Type:                               Sealed

Driver:                                             Single 10-inch (nominal diameter)

Frequency Response                       (Anechoic):        27 – 111 Hz (±1.5dB)

–3 dB at 25 Hz / 120 Hz

–10 dB at 19 Hz / 155 Hz

Effective Piston Area:                      60 sq. in. / 0.0387 sq. m.

Effective Displacement:                160 cu. in. / 2.6 liters

Amplifier Power:                           900 watts RMS short-term

Dimensions (H x W x D):              15.64 in x 12.92 in. x 17.27 in.

Net Weight:                                    67 lbs.

Cabinet Finish:                        High-Gloss Black or Satin Black


  • Tactile response and slam defies its diminutive size
  • A pair of f110s have the ability to transform your systems overall performance to new heights
  • Beautifully crafted with superb fit and finish


  • Premature high frequency rolloff above 80Hz
  • Available only in black
  • Expensive


The JL Audio Fathom f110 may be small in size, but its not lacking in the performance department. While there are certainly much larger subs from other brands at the same price or less, you will be hard pressed to find all of the performance attributes the f110 has to offer in such a compact box. Not once did I find the f110s output lacking as they were always able to rattle my walls and shake my couches when the source material required it. It’s clear to me that JL Audio is as serious about high fidelity in the home environment as they have been in mobile audio since their inception. Bassaholics rejoice as JL Audio has produced a reference level product that will thump, and thump well, without requiring a refrigerator sized box that you neither have the space nor the accepting wife to accommodate.
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