JL Audio E-Sub E110 10” Active Subwoofer Review

January 3, 2020 § Leave a comment


While the e110’s modest 343x362x419mm dimensions can easily be characterised as svelte – at least in the world of subwoofers – its weight of nearly 24kg is anything but. Indeed it’s a very sturdy product, one that you wouldn’t want to drop on the cat. Understandably perhaps, it arrived double boxed, and this opened up to reveal the e110 inside a soft synthetic bag to protect its finish. Fully unpacked it was clear that it had a beautiful finish, in striking high-gloss piano black lacquer. I liked this very much indeed, but its reflective nature could be distracting in a dedicated theatre if that’s where you plan on using it.

The sealed cabinet – with an internal volume of 2.1 litres – has tapered edges, rather than the rounded edges now commonplace with many manufacturers. While notably different, this does give the sub a slight octagonal appearance. Removing the cloth speaker grille reveals the driver which has both the JL Audio logo, and a somewhat concave appearance. The rear is dominated by a grille, below which reside line-level inputs and outputs and high-pass inputs. The controls are on top of the cabinet at the back of the sub. It’s here that you’ll find a two-way low pass/high pass active crossover for integration into stereo systems that lack bass management. The e110 also offers a variable crossover from 25 to 130Hz, and 0- to 280-degree phase control for use when connected to an AVR’s subwoofer output. Volume and power controls, as well a switch to defeat the sub’s internal crossover, complete the picture.

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