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I have 2 jl audio 12w6 and one jl audio 500/1 amp, and the speakers make a weird noise..sounds like the voice coils are bad..so my question, is there any way i can fix them or i need new speakers?

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Try re grounding your amp, a bad ground will give you feedback

Posted on Sep 16, 2012

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Sounds like possible damage due to lack of power, they are rated each at 400rms, 500/1 is only delivering 250 each side at full power, i'm running the same set up(2) 12w6v2 on 1000/1, (used to be 4 12w6v2 on 2 1000/1, changed vehicles had to downsize) never had any problems, u may want to upgrade to a 1000/1, just a suggestion, hope it works out for u

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Yeah you can always take it back to your local JL audio dealer, i wouldnt do it your self unless you done it before and got it down like a ****. A lot of people i know tryed and always ending up tossing it out.....

Posted on May 12, 2010

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