JL Audio, based in Miramar, FL, is without question one of the handful of top tier subwoofer manufacturers in the world. Some of the best-sounding and lavish systems I've heard had JL Audio subs in place, even with full range loudspeakers. JL Audio is actually quite diversified, producing not only subs, but full systems and components for cars, boats, and custom applications.
Audiophiles, however, know JL for their impressive-looking, audiophile-grade subwoofers like their mighty Gotham V2 flagship model, which costs $15,000. The Gotham V2 goes down past 20 Hz, and weighs a back breaking 372 Lbs! Next in line is the Fathom V2, followed by the E-Sub line, and now the recently designed entry level models, the Dominion Series.
The Dominion series allows audiophiles entry into JL’s famous designs at a fraction of the cost, but with little compromise, according to the company’s design notes. Dominion subs come in two flavors -- d108 and d110. The d108 has an eight inch woofer and an onboard 500 watt amplifier, while the d110 has a ten inch woofer and 750 watts of power on tap. I received in for review, not one, but a pair of the d108s in a stunning black gloss finish. Black Ash is also available. The Dominion d108 sells for $899 in Gloss, and $799 in Ash.
According to JL Audio, the Dominion series employs proprietary “DMA (Dynamic Motor Analysis) technology to produce higher output levels with reduced distortion, as well as improved dynamic tracking and resolution. As a result, Dominion™ subwoofers are capable of peak-to-peak excursions well in excess of 2.5-inches (63 mm - d108), and 2.7 inches (68 mm – d110), without distress or audible distortion. Dominion™ amplifiers utilize an advanced Class D design in order to extract the most from the long-excursion driver platform. This design features a tightly regulated switching power supply, allowing the amplifier to generate prodigious amounts of unclipped output voltages. These technologies ensure that the Dominion™ powered subwoofers remain in their comfort zone, which is well beyond the point where most small subwoofers run out of power or driver capability
Other features include:
- Onboard low pass crossover with 24 dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley alignment.
- Phase and polarity controls are onboard to aid in achieving the optimal acoustic transition between the subwoofer(s) and main speakers.
- Flexible input options are on-hand to accept either line-level or speaker-level signals. Connect a -JLINK™ TRX system (sold separately) to the onboard Wireless Link port and enjoy the freedom to position your Dominion™ almost anywhere, up to 100 feet (30 meters) away from your source unit.
- Cabinet is carefully engineered and constructed using solid, CNC-cut, MDF material with extensive internal bracing and advanced assembly techniques.-Built in JL Audio’s U.S. factory
The Dominion d108 in person is beautifully finished, and solid as a rock. It comes equipped with a power cord, informative manual, and adaptors for speaker line input. The driver is protected with a cloth grill that features JL Audio’s logo at the bottom. Four solid support feet complete the picture