Your first look will tell you that you are looking at something special... your first listen will confirm it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The beauty of the Gotham® v2 extends well beyond its exotic design and exceptional craftsmanship, aiming right at the emotional core of musical and cinematic enjoyment. This is a subwoofer system with limits that exceed the needs of the typical home theater application, delivering a weight and integrity of reproduction that can only come from a system that is always in control. Its allure lies as much in its ability to convey subtleties as in its prodigious output capabilities. It is simply devastating.
A luxurious, handcrafted gloss-black finish is complemented by machined aluminum and stainless steel accents for a look and feel that fits perfectly with the finest home furnishings. More importantly, the beautiful cabinet houses a pair of JL Audio's highest-technology Subwoofers. When demanded by program material, the Gotham's prodigious switching amplifier can deliver 4500 watts of RMS power, to take full advantage of the twin drivers' four inches of peak-to-peak excursion capability. This ensures that the Gotham can breeze through material that makes other subwoofers go into clipping, limiting or distress.
A very complete set of signal processing features is easily accessible on the top surface of the Gotham. These include a highly flexible low-pass filter, variable phase, switchable polarity, e.l.f. trim and our powerful Digital Automatic Room Optimization (D.A.R.O.) system. A calibrated microphone is included for the D.A.R.O. system. Input connections are made via unbalanced RCA connections or balanced Neutrik® combo XLR/TRS jacks. Also included is an XLR output to connect a second Gotham® v2 as a slave unit.
Listening to a Gotham® v2 reveals an entirely new dimension of subwoofer performance... a dimension so satisfying that listening to lesser subwoofers will forever become an act of compromise.
Enclosure Type: Sealed, with non-parallel walls
Enclosure Finish: Black Gloss
Frequency Response (anechoic): 19 - 112 Hz (±1.5dB)
–3 dB at 17.5 Hz / 120 Hz
–10 at 14 Hz / 150 Hz
Effective Piston Area (Sd): 214.70 sq in / 0.1386 sq m
Effective Displacement: 773 cu in / 12.7 L
Amplifier Power: 4500 W RMS short-term
Power Mode(s): Off, On or Automatic (Signal-Sensing)
Light Modes: Off, On or Dim
Width (W): 21.50 in / 546 mm
Height (H): 34.13 in / 867 mm
Depth (D): 24.0 in / 610 mm
Net Weight: 360 lb / 163 kg
Note: Height dimensions include feet.
The Gothams and the CR-1 are the paths to a full-range bliss you’ve never before experienced, because, in my own experience, it’s never before been available at this level of unalloyed satisfaction. Both the Gotham subs and JL’s CR-1 crossover, obviously, get my highest, most unqualified, most enthusiastic recommendation. I just wish all of you could hear them! more...
In terms of reference-grade, or should I say weapons-grade, subwoofers, the Gotham by JL Audio knows few equals. the Gotham is a no-holds-barred assault on your senses. It's part jackhammer, part scalpel, for no matter what source material you throw at it, you won't faze it. It is exceedingly musical when called for, but can also throw down with subs costing much, much more. more...