JL Audio has launched an 8-inch version of its Fathom IWS in-wall subwoofer system with an additional enclosure option for in-ceiling applications. The 8-inch Fathom IWS and ICS systems join a previous model, with a 13.5-inch driver, in the Fathom IWS lineup, and MSRPs range from $2,300 – $3,500. Both the IWS and ICS systems are shipping now.

“We are excited about the potential of the 8-inch in-wall and in-ceiling subwoofer solutions in our growing line of architectural audio solutions,” said Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio. “These models have a very small, low-profile grille that will please customers looking for a visually unobtrusive solution that delivers true JL Audio sub-bass performance.”

The company says that the new systems are packaged in enclosures that utilize architectural features aimed at “improving rigidity”. 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 a long-excursion, 8-inch thin-line woofer, built by JL Audio for these products. Each 8-inch Fathom IWS and ICS system is driven by a rack-mountable amplifier with up to 600 watts of power, programmed for each system. A complete set of signal processing features is also onboard, including an 18-band Digital Automatic Room Optimization (D.A.R.O.) system, and high-pass crossover outputs, all accessible via a menu-driven interface and LCD display.

“The rise in popularity of architectural speakers has integrators looking for solutions that perform like traditional products. The IWS and ICS-108 and 208 prove that you don’t need to lower your expectations when selecting an in-wall or in-ceiling subwoofer solution.” added Manville Smith, VP of Marketing.

 Specifications provided by JL Audio are below:

Fathom ICS-SYS-108 / ICS-SYS-208 and IWS-SYS-108 / IWS-SYS-208 

Enclosure Type: Ported Enclosure

Driver(s): 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 and ICS-SYS-108), 600W RMS short-term (IWS-SYS-208 and ICS-SYS-208)

Amplifier Dimensions: 1.718 in. x 16.80 in. x 13.19 in.
(44 mm x 427 mm x 335 mm)

Amplifier Net Weight: 13.5 lbs. (6.12 kg)

Enclosure Dimensions (IWS-SYS-108 and IWS-SYS-208):
61.626 in. x 14 in. x 3.25 in. (1,565 mm x 355 mm x 83 mm)

Wall Width Fitment: 16 inches on center

Enclosure Dimensions (ICS-SYS-108 and ICS-SYS-208):
40.71 in. x 14 in. x 5.13 in. (1,034 mm x 355 mm x 130 mm)

Ceiling Joist Width Fitment: 16 inches to 25.50 inches on center

Cabinet Finish: Black Texture-Coated

Grille Opening Dimensions: 9.75 inches x 9.75 inches (248 mm x 248 mm)

Grille Dimensions: 10.50 inches x 10.50 inches (267 mm x 267 mm)

Grille Finish: White, Paintable


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Martin Dew