CEDIA 2014: JL Audio Fathom V2
By Chris Heinonen on
Since their introduction, the JL Audio Fathom subwoofers have set the bar for sealed subwoofer performance. Coming in a relatively compact box, the Fathom line produces bass that can fill any room. Now JL Audio is updating them for the first time with the JL Audio Fathom V2. Still available in 10″, 12″, and 13″ sizes the V2 models contain a pair of important updates.
The biggest update by far is in the AutoEQ system. The prior version from JL Audio is done in the analog domain and with a single frequency. While this might help to eliminate a single room mode, it does not get you all the way to ideal performance. On the updated models all of this bass management is done in the digital domain which allows them to offer 18 bands of EQ. Unlike some other EQ systems, JL Audio focuses on reducing peaks instead of trying to increase dips, which often puts extra strain on a driver. This lets you eliminate most room modes and get close to ideal response.
JL Audio also has offered a moderate increase in power for each driver. These updated models also retain the ability to daisy chain them together in a master-slave configuration for multi-sub setups. The fuse has also been made externally accessible so if you do manage to push one too far, it is easier to fix. The JL Audio Fathom V2 looks to be available in April of 2015 and will be priced at