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JBL Arena 130

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JBL Arena 130




Our take on the JBL Arena 130

When it comes to speakers, JBL knows their stuff. They should — they've been building high-performance loudspeakers for decades. Their Arena 130 bookshelf speakers use JBL's long-standing design expertise to deliver an affordable speaker with impressively big sound and a sleek, compact enclosure.

JBL Arena 130 bookshelf speaker

The Arena 130's HDI waveguide and computer-optimized driver positioning ensure accurate, lifelike sound across a wide listening area.

A compact speaker with a big voice

When it comes to speakers, JBL knows their stuff. They should — they've been building high-performance loudspeakers for decades. Their Arena 130 bookshelf speakers use JBL's long-standing design expertise to deliver an affordable speaker with impressively big sound and a sleek, compact enclosure.

Each cabinet features a high-output 7" woofer for deep, powerful lows and clear mids, plus a 1" soft dome tweeter for smooth, extended highs. The Arena 130's room-filling, full-range sound makes it a great choice for both music and home theater systems.

Born from JBL's storied studio heritage

The Arena series' crisp, punchy sound was inspired by JBL's mighty M2 Master Reference Monitor — one of the finest speakers they've ever created. The Arena 130's tweeter uses JBL's proprietary HDI (High Definition Imaging) waveguide technology to help deliver optimum sound quality throughout your room.

Build a complete Arena system

JBL Arena series speakers let you enjoy dramatic and well-defined sound in just about any room. Use a pair to create a high-quality stereo system, or build your own custom home theater speaker system by combining Arena bookshelf or tower speakers with JBL's Arena 125C center channel speaker. And don't forget to add the perfectly matched Arena Sub 100P powered subwoofer to get deep, rumbling bass in the mix.

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Product Highlights:

  • 1" soft dome tweeter with HDI (High Definition Imaging) waveguide technology for detailed sound across a wide listening area
  • 7" polycellulose woofer for powerful mids and bass
  • frequency response: 55-40,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-125 watts
  • bass reflex (ported) cabinet design
  • computer-optimized driver positioning and crossover network integration for lifelike imaging and soundstaging
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • black wood-grain vinyl finish
  • 8-9/16"W x 15"H x 10-5/8"D
  • weight: 13.5 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles (installed)
  • 8 Rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual

Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.


JBL Arena 130 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

JBL Arena 130

mark from Reading, MI on 1/2/2019

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These speakers are junk! I would like to return them asap! JBL should be ashamed!

Pros: look nice...

Cons: sound like tin cans!

Crutchfield response on 1/7/2019 Mark, we're sorry you're disappointed with your speakers. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

good for a small room

michelle from Los Angel on 7/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

nice sound. I can hear all the tones, even with only a 2-speaker set up. The sound is ... small...contained, I guess. I have them in a small room, so it's okay for me; but in a big room it might not work.

Pros: easy to set up reproduces all the notes

Cons: weigh a lot sound seems contained

Back to Basics

Bruce from Annandale, MN on 4/2/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding speakers! This is my 3rd set of JBL's and the bass response for this size speaker is fantastic. It's not fair to compare them to my big 940's, but the 130's play considerably "Bigger" than their size. Used in a 2.0 setup with 100 watts and an old school EQ, it's a classic sound. If money was no object, I'm sure there are better sounding speakers. But for my budget, JBL's always hit the sweet spot.

Pros: Sound & build quality are respectable for the $.

Cons: None


Mark from Queen Creek, AZ on 3/16/2017

Bought these speakers for a front L and R main channel for 5.1 surround sound system to replace my JBL Northridge Series ND310 floor standing when I moved into a new home. Needed a high quality bookshelf speaker to fit into cutouts in entertainment wall. Very disappointed with the Arena 130. They can't handle any bass whatsoever and rattle when pushed. Speakers look cheap and appear to made of plastic. Not what I expect from JBL.

Pros: Not

Cons: Cheap materials. Below expectation quality from JBL brand

Crutchfield response on 3/20/2017 Mark, if you purchased this product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website.

JBL Arena 130

Crutchfield customer from Elkhorn, WI on 2/14/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great compliment to arena floor standing speakers . I am using the 130's as rear channel and like the bass response they provide . I have them placed on stands about 24" off the floor. I have used them as bookshelf stereo speakers and they sound great. The cabinets look good too.



Hopping it improves in sound

John from San Juan, PR on 5/8/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The sound is somewhat flat when playing in direct from an Onkyo receiver. I hope that after 2 or 300 hrs it will improve in sound.




Hands-on research

Product Research


Two-Way Driver Design: The JBL Arena 130 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a two-way driver design with a single 1" soft-dome tweeter and one 7" polycellulose cone woofer, plus a 18db/oct. 2kHz crossover. Computer-optimized driver positioning and a precision crossover network result in ideal performance and lifelike soundstage imaging. The JBL Arena 130 bookshelf loudspeaker delivers room-filling sound for movies, TV shows, sports, music, and video games.

High Definition Imaging (HDI) Waveguide: The JBL Arena 130 bookshelf loudspeaker's tweeter incorporates a High Definition Imaging (HDI) Waveguide. This High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide technology takes its cues from the legendary JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor. The HDI waveguide aids in the tweeter's ability to produce lifelike clarity & accuracy.

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The bookshelf loudspeaker employs a bass reflex cabinet with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The contemporary-styled cabinet features angled side panels and top panels for a sophisticated, modern look. The side panels feature a black wood-grain laminate, while the top panel features a black textured vinyl finish. 

Detachable Grille: The included grilles are detachable and feature black cloth with silver plastic trim.

Binding Post Terminals: The JBL Arena 130 bookshelf loudspeaker is fitted with a set of binding-post terminals which will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only). The binding-post terminals are gold-plated for maximum signal transfer and resistance to corrosion.

Applications & Placement: The JBL Arena 130 bookshelf loudspeakers can be used as front speakers in a stereo or multichannel audio system, as well as surround speakers in a 5.1ch or 7.1ch system.

  • Front Speaker Use: The JBL bookshelf loudspeakers should be placed approximately 6-10' apart and angled between 40-60° toward the listening position. The bookshelf speakers should be positioned so that the tweeters are close to ear level. Generally, bass output will increase as the speaker is moved closer to a wall or corner. JBL recommends that you place the speakers at least 20" away from the side walls.
  • Surround Speakers Use: In a 5.1ch system, the bookshelf speakers should be placed slightly behind the listening position, facing each other. As surround side speakers in a 7.1ch system, place the speaker directly to the sides of the listening position. As surround back speakers in a 7.1ch system, place the speakers on the wall behind the listening position and 3-6' apart. Always position the speakers at least 5-6' from the floor when used as surround or surround back speakers in a 5.1ch or 7.1ch setup.

Mounting Options: The JBL Arena 130 bookshelf loudspeakers can be can be placed on a flat surface; like a stand, shelf, or tabletop. Self-adhesive rubber feet are supplied to help secure the speaker to the flat surface. The rubber feet add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speaker.

Note: The bookshelf speaker does not offer wall-mount capability.

JBL Arena Series: The Arena 130 bookshelf loudspeaker is part of JBL's Arena series of loudspeakers, which includes floorstanding speakers, bookshelf speakers, a center-channel speaker, a powered sub, as well as in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Needed to replace speakers. Looking for something more compact [ Ruth  Dec 28, 2017 ]
specs [ Rick  Nov 07, 2017 ]
Have a pair in my garage and wanted to update old Cerwin-Vega speakers in the home. Like the sound of the JBL Arena 130's and this pair is $75 less than the first one. [ Marshall  Jul 10, 2017 ]
I have been around JBL in the music industry for years and trust what they produce. [ Alan  Dec 09, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

You will need a receiver with Bluetooth capability that can sync with your phone. If you prefer portability and a less expensive option check into a Bluetooth powered speaker by Bose or JBL . The Bluetooth speaker option gives up quite a bit in terms of sound and stereo imaging but costs much less and is portable with a rechargeable battery [ Richard  Feb 28, 2017 ]