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JBL Arena 55IW

Multi-purpose in-wall speaker

Item # 109A55IWAM

The Arena 55IW dishes out clean, detailed sound for custom-installed home theater and two-channel music systems.

The Arena 55IW dishes out clean, detailed sound for custom-installed home theater and two-channel music systems.

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Item # 109A55IWAM

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About the JBL Arena 55IW

Versatile home theater performance 

JBL's Arena 55IW in-wall speaker combines two 5-1/4" woofers with a smooth 1" silk dome tweeter to provide rich, full-range performance without taking up any floor space. Because the tweeter is centrally located, it's ideal for your home theater's center channel when installed horizontally. You'll get crisp, balanced audio in all your seating locations — even the ones off to the side.

Versatile home theater performance 

JBL Arena 55IW In-wall speaker

Eight rotating cams clamp the speaker in place inside your wall.

JBL's Arena 55IW in-wall speaker combines two 5-1/4" woofers with a smooth 1" silk dome tweeter to provide rich, full-range performance without taking up any floor space. Because the tweeter is centrally located, it's ideal for your home theater's center channel when installed horizontally. You'll get crisp, balanced audio in all your seating locations — even the ones off to the side.

The 55IW is an equally capable left- or right-channel speaker as well. Enjoy an immersive front soundstage by using one in each of your home theater's front three speaker locations, or add a pair in the side or the back of your room for dynamic surround sound.

Great for music too

The Arena series' rich, distinctive sound was modeled after JBL's legendary M2 Master Reference Monitor — one of the best speakers they ever created. JBL's proprietary HDI waveguide fills your room with immersive, theater-like sound. But the 55IW isn't just for TV and movies. Install a pair in rooms where you want to enjoy music for a powerful two-channel experience.

Match your decor

The 55IW not only sounds terrific, but sports a sleek design too. The low-profile grille is magnetic, so attaching it to the speaker is a breeze. It's also paintable, so you can match it to your room's decor. The zero-bezel edge means no bulk around the sides of the grille, making it virtually disappear into your wall. 

DIY installation

JBL's rotating-cam design makes your in-wall installation go smoother. Once you have the 55IW in place, simply use a screwdriver to tighten each cam for a secure grip against the back of the drywall. If this is a do-it-yourself installation, check out our guide to installing in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, along with our selection of in-wall speaker wire. Free lifetime technical support is provided with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Product highlights:

  • dual 5-1/4" polycellulose woofers
  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • frequency response 40-20,000 Hz
  • power handling: up to 120 watts RMS
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 88 dB
  • includes paintable magnetic grille
  • cutout dimensions: 6-3/8" W x 14-1/8" H
  • grille dimensions: 7-1/2" W x 15-3/16" H
  • mounting depth: 3-7/16"
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # ARENA55IWAM

What's in the box:

  • In-wall loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • 2 Scrim cloths (1 installed)
  • Mounting Template
  • Instruction Manual

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Features & specs

Features
Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Soft-dome
Aimable Tweeter No
Woofer Composition Polycellulose
Woofer Surround Rubber
Moisture-resistant No
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Specs
Tweeter Size 1
Midrange Size N/A
Woofer Size 5.25
Speaker Shape 6.375 x 14.125
Cutout Width 6.375
Cutout Height 14.125
Power Range (Watts) up to 120
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 40-20kHz
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

Two-Way Driver Design: The JBL Arena 55IW in-wall loudspeaker utilizes a two-way driver design with a single 1" silk soft-dome tweeter and two 5.25" polycellulose long-throw woofers with rubber surround. Computer-optimized driver positioning and a precision crossover network result in ideal performance and lifelike soundstage imaging.

High Definition Imaging (HDI) Waveguide: The JBL Arena 55IW in-wall speaker'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 a lifelike soundstage with accuracy and clarity.

Zero-Bezel Magnetic Grille: The zero-bezel magnetic grille is nearly invisible (protruding only 0.25" from wall), seamlessly blending into your room's decor. The grille is also paintable for an even more seamless look.

In-Wall Installation: The JBL Arena 55IW in-wall loudspeaker offers a sturdy, reliable installation design that fits walls from 0.5" to 2" thick. Specialty locking clamps secure the in-wall speaker in place and are designed to minimize vibration. There needs to be at least 1" between the edge of the supplied mounting template and any rafters or other obstructions behind the wall, so the speaker's locking mechanism will  have room to engage fully.

  • Frame Diameter (w/ Grille): 7.5" (w) x 15.1875" (h) x 0.25" (d)
  • Cutout Opening: 6.375" (w) x 14.125" (h) x 3.4375" (d)

Spring Post Terminals: The JBL Arena 55IW in-wall speaker is fitted with a set of spring-post terminals which will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single or dual). The spring-post terminals are gold-plated for maximum signal transfer and resistance to corrosion.

Applications: The JBL Arena 55IW in-wall loudspeaker is engineered for the custom installer with a whole-house, seamless audio and visual design in mind. In addition to distributed whole-house audio, the Arena 55IW in-wall speaker can also be used in more conventional stereo & home theater applications.

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