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JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofer Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
5 Stars
Value
4 Stars
Overall
4.5 Stars

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jl-audio-fathom-f112.jpgHigh Points
• Power, power and more power is this subwoofer's calling card.  The JL Audio Fathom f112 goes low and loud.
• The build quality is impressive, which will come as a surprise for some who think a JL home theater subwoofer is nothing more than some meth addict's backseat car audio subwoofer box covered with cheap, stained carpet.  This subwoofer is truly a fine component.
• Not all woofers today have room correction, but JL Audio's is easy to use and effective.

Low Points
• Be careful where you place the woofer as, at 115 pounds, you can do damage to floors and/or furniture, to say nothing of seriously pissing off the neighbors if you live with any shared walls.
• Other high-end woofer manufacturers offer more finish options beyond black and gloss black. Think MartinLogan's custom shop or Wilson painting their woofers in PPG car paint colors. I would pay more for this woofer in a better color in the event it couldn't be hidden in my room somewhere.

Conclusion
This subwoofer is a total monster.  Powerful and able to move some serious air, the JL Audio Fathom f112 at its price is a killer.  Yes, it's an expensive woofer, but it also is fast, deep and has the spank to get you as low (and as loud) as you ever might want to go for your music and movies.

Additional Resources
Read audiophile subwoofer reviews from the likes of B&W, Paradigm, Sunfire and others.
Read a review of the JL Audio Gotham Subwoofer.

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