JL AUDIO’S NEW DSP LOADED VXI AMPLIFIERS ARE NOW SHIPPING— PLUS WE TOUR THEIR FLORIDA PRODUCTION FACILITY
The team at JL Audio invited us down to check out their monstrous production facility in Miramar, Florida, where they build, assemble and warehouse their speakers, enclosures and Stealthbox fiberglass enclosures. While we were in Florida we were also among the first to see and hear the company’s new VXI amplifiers with built-in, high-end DSP capabilities for audiophile sound quality in virtually any car or truck in a small and efficient amplifier.
Each amplifier is equipped with a customized, triple-core AKM DSP engine to provide a complete suite of DSP settings and options, including crossover and equalization settings as well as time alignment. Tuning is handled on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone using JL Audio’s TÜN software. One, two, four, five, six and eight-channel models are available in power output levels from 400 to 1,000 watts to power components, subwoofers or a complete system with one or multiple amplifiers. We were able to listen to three different systems in demo vehicles including a Cadillac CT6, Jeep Cherokee and Ford F-150; all three of the vehicles used the factory head units integrated with the new VXI amplifiers directly. Now that the Super Duty shares cab configurations with the F-150 and knowing that an F-150 diesel will be coming down Ford’s assembly lines soon, we paid special attention to the truck. With two small amplifiers mounted below the seat along with a Stealthbox enclo-
sure and JL’S C7 3-way components installed up front, the system sounded great and offered incredible dynamics with audiophile-level staging and imaging thanks to the DSP tuning built into the VXI amplifiers.
While touring the facility we saw the speaker production lines as well as the fiberglass and wood shops where the standard and Stealthbox sub enclosures are built. We also saw the warehouse and shipping facilities that allow JL Audio to ship its products to dealers around the world and to enthusiasts like us. If you are looking to upgrade the sound system in your diesel truck, be sure to give JL Audio a look and listen before making your purchasing decision. UDBG
JL Audio’s facility in Miramar, Florida, houses speaker and subwoofer manufacturing, enclosure and Stealthbox production, and warehousing, sales, R&D and training facilities at the sunny south Florida location.
Using a heat gun and high-quality carpet, this employee carefully wraps and molds the carpet to the Stealthbox enclosure before the subwoofers are loaded into it at another station.
In the fiberglass shop, techs hand-lay the fiberglass mat in the molds to make the famous Stealthbox vehicle-specific subwoofer enclosures, which are a direct fit in many popular vehicles, including several of our favorite diesel trucks.
A JL Audio employee assembles her portion of one of the company’s Thin Line subwoofers as it makes its way through the assembly process.
Even the small basic sub enclosures are hand-made here in the JL Audio facility. Here, an employee loads a subwoofer into the enclosure that was carpeted and assembled at previous stations in the assembly line.
At right, Manville Smith (left) and Stephen Turrisi explain the TÜN software and the capabilities of the amplifiers for various system configurations.
JL Audio installed a pair of the new VXI amplifiers along with a Stealthbox sub enclosure In the back of this crew-cab Ford F-150. While giving the truck great power and sound, everything fit neatly under the rear seat, just like it will in your new Super Duty.
All eight of the new VXI amplifiers were on display at the JL Audio training event we attended. The line includes 600- and 1,000-watt monoblocks, a 600-watt 2-channel, 400-watt 4-channel, 600-watt 6-channel, 800-watt 8-channel and 700- and 1,000-watt 5-channel system amplifier models to meet the needs of virtually any system configuration imaginable.