JL Audio Adds 8-Inch In-wall Subwoofer JL Audio has launched a new 8-inch version of its Fathom IWS in-wall subwoofer systems. It joins the previous 13.5-inch driver models in the Fathom IWS lineup.By RS Staff Published: November 10, 2017 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 JL Audio has launched a new 8-inch version of its Fathom IWS in-wall subwoofer systems. It joins the previous 13.5-inch driver models in the Fathom IWS lineup. “We are excited about the potential of the 8-inch in-wall subwoofer solution in our growing line of architectural audio solutions,” said Andy Oxenhorn, president of JL Audio. “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 (MSRP $2,100 – $3,000) 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 an 18-band Digital Automatic Room Optimization (D.A.R.O.) system, and a true two-way crossover with high-pass outputs, all accessible via a 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,” added Manville Smith, VP of marketing. “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.” SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.