JL AUDIO Releases NEW Fathom 8-Inch In-wall Subwoofer System


IWS 8-inch PR MI
Miramar, FL – October 17, 2017 – JL Audio, an innovator in high-end audio solutions, announced the launch of a new 8-inch version of their Fathom® IWS in-wall subwoofer systems. The new 8-inch Fathom® IWS system joins the previous 13.5-inch driver models in the Fathom® IWS lineup.

Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio says, "We are excited about the potential of the 8-inch in-wall subwoofer solution in our growing line of architectural audio solutions. This model has a very small, low-profile grille that will please customers looking for a visually unobtrusive solution, capable of delivering true JL Audio sub-bass performance."

The 8-inch Fathom® IWS systems feature compact U.S.-built enclosures that utilize extensive architectural techniques to improve rigidity, while keeping a very low profile and minimal wall thickness. 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 a powerful, 18-band Digital Automatic Room Optimization (D.A.R.O.) system, and a true 2-way crossover with high-pass outputs, all accessible via an easy-to-use, 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. 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."  added Manville Smith, VP of Marketing.


Fathom® IWS-SYS-108 and IWS-SYS-208 Specifications:
Enclosure Type:
Ported Enclosure
8-inch (nominal diameter)
Effective Piston Area:
31.62 sq. in. (0.0204 sq. m.) for each woofer
Effective Displacement:
47.5 cu. in. (0.78 liters) for each woofer

Amplifier Power: 300W RMS short-term (IWS-SYS-108), 600W RMS short-term (IWS-SYS-208)
Amplifier Dimensions (HxWxD):
1.75 in. x 16.84 in. x 13.63 in. (44 mm x 428 mm x 346 mm)
Amplifier Net Weight:
13.5 lbs. (6.12 kg)

Enclosure Dimensions (HxWxD): 61.63 in. x 14 in. x 3.25 in. (1,565 mm x 355 mm x 83 mm)
Cabinet Finish:
Black Texture-Coated
Wall Opening Dimensions (HxW):
9.75 in. x 9.75 in. (248 mm x 248 mm)
Grille Dimensions (HxW):
10.50 in. x 10.50 in. (267 mm x 267 mm)
Grille Finish:
White (paintable)


  • Proprietary, purpose built, ported enclosure
  • Single amplifier system solution - 300W single driver system or 600W dual driver system
  • Off, On, Automatic (Signal-Sensing or 12V Trigger) Power Modes
  • D-Pad navigation buttons with LCD display
  • Inputs - JLINKTM (RJ45 jack), Unbalanced Stereo or Mono (two RCA jacks), High-Level Stereo or Mono (removable plug)
  • Outputs - Stereo or Mono (two RCA jacks - Pass-Through or High-Pass), Neutrik speak-On® 2-Pole Connectors (uses Neutrik part: NL2FX, included)
  • 18-Band Digital Automatic Room Optimization (D.A.R.O.)


MSRP USD: $2,100 - $3,000

Availability:  Available Now

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