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Studio-quality sound for your home theater

JBL's Studio 520C delivers robust, lifelike center channel sound that matches your JBL Studio home theater speaker system perfectly. Using technology developed by JBL engineers for pro-audio applications, it lends sonic realism and presence to the action on screen, letting you hear every word, every detail of your favorite movies.

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High-frequency horn for precise sound

All JBL Studio speakers feature a 1" high-frequency compression driver to achieve lower distortion and wider dynamic range than conventional speaker designs. This tweeter design uses a durable one-piece diaphragm and surround assembly fitted with a 1" voice coil to reproduce sparkling clear highs. Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them toward your ears. JBL places their tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which directs sound to the listener with pinpoint accuracy, and helps eliminate reverberations, sound reflections off walls, and other artifacts. JBL's advanced glass-filled ABS bi-radial horn design delivers your movie soundtracks and music with professional-level realism.

Ribbed PolyPlas™ woofers for satisfying bass

The Studio 520C uses two JBL 4" PolyPlas woofers to deliver accurate low-frequency sound. The woofer's ribbed cone design helps improve strength and resist flexing while reducing distortion. JBL wraps all of this driver technology up in a rigid, heavily braced enclosure with non-parallel surfaces to eliminate sound interference and prevent unwanted resonance. The result is tight, articulate bass and crisp, focused dialogue.

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Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 60-40,000 Hz (-6dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 150 watts
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • 1" compression driver with neodymium magnet and one-piece Teonex® diaphragm on a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial® horn
  • dual 4" PolyPlas™ cast aluminum frame woofers with symmetrical field geometry (SFG) magnet structures and rubber surrounds
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • dual gold-plated speaker binding posts (bi-wire-capable)
  • video shielded
  • 21-7/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 6-5/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

JBL Studio 520C Reviews

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JBL 520c

Written by: Mark from Athens, Al' on May 31, 2013

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JBL Studio 520C Center Speaker

Written by: EdJ from St. Paul, MN on March 24, 2013

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This center speaker produces very clear speaking & singing dialogue as well as special effects. The speaker is perfect in both preformance and appearance with my JBL front speakers. Conclusion: I am totally satisfied with the JBL Studio 520C Center Speaker.



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What's in the box?

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  • Center-channel speaker
  • 2 Removable cloth grilles (installed)
  • 2 Horn covers
  • Grille-removal tool
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty sheet

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Horn
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 4
Connector Type 5-way
Power Range 150
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 60-40,0 Hz
Height (inches) 6-13/16
Width (inches) 21-15/16
Depth (inches) 6-15/16
Weight 16.6 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

JBL Studio Series: The JBL Studio 520C center-channel speaker shares critical design characteristics with the JBL's Professional loudspeakers you find and hear in movie theaters and concert venues. The JBL Studio Series loudspeaker offers dynamic realism & dimensional accuracy that closely duplicates the experience of a movie theater or musical live performance.

Two-Way Center Channel Speaker: The JBL Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker features a pair of 4" low-frequency woofers and a high-frequency compression driver surrounded by a glass-filled Bi-Radial horn; a combination that delivers crisp, focused, dimensionally accurate sound.

High Frequency Compression Driver/Horn System: The JBL Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker features a 1" compression driver with a neodyminium magnet and one-piece Teonex diaphragm on a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial horn.

  • 1" High-Frequency Compressions Driver: The Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker's high-frequency compression driver lowers distortion and provides a wider dynamic range than is possible from conventional high-frequency and midrange drivers. The tweeter includes a one-piece Teonex diaphragm/surround assembly fitted with a 1" voice coil that can deliver enhanced vocal articulation.
  • Glass-Filled ABS B-Radial High-Frequency Horn: Horn-shaped loudspeaker designs optimize high-frequency output by directing the sound to the listener with pinpoint accuracy, thereby eliminating reverberations, reflections off walls, and other artifacts. The Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker features a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial high-frequency horn that delivers professional-level sound to your home.

Dual Low Frequency Woofers: The JBL Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker features PolyPlas cones with Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet structures, cast-aluminum frames, and rubber surrounds.

  • 4" Ribbed PolyPlas Woofer Cones: The Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker delivers accurate low-frequency sounds from a pair of 4" ribbed PolyPlas woofers. The ribs improve strength while reducing distortion. The result is rich, articulate bass.
  • Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) Magnet Assembly: Thanks to a heavy-duty Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet assembly, the Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker's dual low-frequency woofers deliver highly focused bass. The result is pristine, articulate sound.
  • Non-Resonant Cast-Aluminum Frame: Each 4" woofer features a non-resonant cat-aluminum frame for clean, powerful bass response.

Low-Loss, Two-Way Crossover Network: The Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker's low-loss, two-way crossover network ensures a clean transition for sound coming from individual low-frequency and high-frequency drivers, thereby reducing distortion while improving clarity.

Voice Matching: Engineered and voice matched to other speakers in the JBL Studio 5 Series, the Studio 520c center-channel speaker is powerful, accurate, and styled to make a dramatic design statement in any listening environment.

Enclosure Design

Sturdy 3/4" MDF Enclosure: The JBL Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker utilizes a rigid, heavily-braced enclosure with non-parallel surfaces to reduce unwanted resonance.

Bass Reflex Design: The Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker employs a bass reflex (ported) design cabinet with a rear-facing bass port that increases output and extends bass response.

Detachable Grille: The center-channel loudspeaker can be used with or without its detachable cloth grilles. Two plastic cosmetic covers are provided when not using the cloth grille.

Note: A special tool is provided to remove the cloth grille.

Colors: The 520C center-channel speaker is available in a black or cherry wood-grain vinyl finish (both contain black grilles).


Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The JBL Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker will work with various power amplifiers and home receivers, with single single-wire or bi-wire operation. The Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker is fitted two sets of gold-plated 5-way binding posts connected by gold-plated jumpers. Using the dual 5-way binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speaker. The gold-plated 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, or banana plugs (single/dual).

Note: Make sure to remove the gold-plated jumpers when bi-wiring/bi-amping the speaker.

Color-Coded: The dual 5-way binding posts terminals are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Mounting Options

Placement: You should place the 520C center speaker directly above or below the center of your TV screen. The center of the speaker's horn should be no more than 2' above or below the center of your front left and front right speakers' high-frequency drivers. If your TV set is deep enough, you can set the center speaker on top of the TV, with the speaker's front edge even with the TV's front edge.

Rubber Feet: The JBL Studio 520C center-channel loudspeaker comes with four self-adhesive rubber feet for safe placement on a table-top, stand, or shelf. The rubber feet add 0.25" to the height of the center speaker.

Magnetically Shielded: The speaker is magnetically shielded, allowing you to place it near any television without distorting the picture.

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