The JL Gotham definitely hasn't been discontinued, 100% certain of that, it's just a rare item that isn't nearly as mainstream as the Fathom product line. The fact that the JL Fathom f113 thread
has 6,780 posts and the JL Gotham g213 thread has 101 posts, with the previous post made 5.5 years ago, shows just how wide the demand margin is between product lines.
After years of patience and deliberation, I ordered a pair this summer from my local dealer, Sound Concepts
. I know first hand just how few pictures exist of the JL Gotham on this forum, so I'm going to share a few new ones. Also, Ryan Heringer, owner/founder of Sound Concepts, visited the JL Audio manufacturing facility a few weeks ago and he took pics of Gothams in production.
- The first three pictures show a batch of Gothams being made during August 2014. I was told that they had 12 Gothams in the pipeline to fulfill an unusual flurry of Gotham orders.
- Pics 4 & 5 show the 2014 labels (Editors' Choice Award for 6 years in a row + 2014 manufacturing date).
- The last three pics show a new pair of 2014 Gothams integrated into my setup.
Still work in progress. When I finalize the positioning, I'll replace and remake virtually all of the cabling. Will update my system configuration page
with the finalized pics when perfection is achieved.
I play music and movies at relatively low levels when compared to what these speaker are capable of, yet I appreciate that the Gothams produce a very clear, accurate, and deep bass when the signal calls for it. The difference between the f212 which I had previously and the g213 is not significant, but it does play a little deeper, the grills are so much easier to handle (the f212 grill was a burden to remove), and the units actually look better in person than the dozens of pictures I collected during my coveting and waiting period prior to ownership. I liked the small footprint of the f212 and was worried that the g213 would be too large for my room, but they fit just fine after some adjustments. Now my setup has gained symmetry in speaker positioning and I have peace of mind in knowing that better HT subs don't yet exist.
P.S.: The Gothams are very easy to slide around on your own with minimal effort once placed. Barry Ober of JL Audio explained that simply placing a cloth under the rubber feet will make moving the Gotham easier, and it most certainly did. The fact that the feet are a tripod arrangement makes tilting the Gotham on your own for cloth placement a remarkably trivial task. I was afraid that I would have to trouble friends every time I wanted to critique placement. The cloth trick only applies to smooth floors though. Pics 7 and 8 show the pieces of white cloth that I have left under one Gotham for positioning adjustments. I cut pieces from an old white t-shirt from the arm/shoulder area, that way it provides two layers of cloth.