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JBL Arena 8IC

In-ceiling speaker

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Our take on the JBL Arena 8IC

If you're looking for fantastic in-ceiling audio performance with a stealthy footprint, check out JBL's Arena 8IC. Put a pair in rooms where you want to enjoy big stereo sound without taking up any floor space. Or even use them for your home theater's surround or overhead channels. You'll enjoy full-bodied bass response from the 8" woofer, and smooth highs from the 1" silk dome tweeter.

Make your room come alive with sound

JBL Arena 6IC In-ceiling speaker

JBL's unique woofer and tweeter design provides detailed sound for TV, movies, and music.

If you're looking for fantastic in-ceiling audio performance with a stealthy footprint, check out JBL's Arena 8IC. Put a pair in rooms where you want to enjoy big stereo sound without taking up any floor space. Or even use them for your home theater's surround or overhead channels. You'll enjoy full-bodied bass response from the 8" woofer, and smooth highs from the 1" silk dome tweeter.

Born from JBL's storied audio heritage

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 helps this speaker deliver optimum sound quality throughout your room.

Match your decor

The 8IC combines detailed performance with a sleek design. 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 ceiling.

DIY installation

JBL's rotating-cam design makes your in-ceiling installation go smoother. Once you have the 8IC in place, simply use a screwdriver to tighten each cam for a secure grip against the back of the ceiling material. 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.

Product Highlights:

  • 8" polycellulose woofer
  • 1" silk dome tweeter
  • frequency response 30-20,000 Hz
  • power handling: up to 100 watts RMS
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 88 dB
  • includes paintable magnetic grille
  • cutout diameter: 9-5/8"
  • grille diameter: 10-11/16"
  • mounting depth: 5-1/4"
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

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

JBL Arena 8IC Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)


Artur from Keansburg, NJ on 12/9/2018

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Works perfect



Arena 8IC is a great value!

Rad from Santee, CA on 6/2/2018

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While I was concerned that the light weight of the Arena 8IC speaker would translate into sub-par sound, I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of sound produced by these speakers. I have 6 installed in a large entry/ living room area, driven by a multi-channel 50wpc amplifier. It will get loud enough - with clarity - so that conversation is near- impossible. The highs are crisp and the lows are substantial for an 8" driver. JBL is my go-to for speakers, best value for your dollar. It helps the bass response to insert a large section of fiberglass batting (maybe 18" square) above the speaker when installing.

Pros: LOVE the magnetic grille; if you want to paint them, pull them off and have at it. So easy to replace the grille! Mounting is simple and straight forward too!

Cons: JBL can't seem to make them fast enough, often back-ordered!

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Crutchfield customer from Golden Valley, MN on 5/28/2018

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Happy with these speakers. Plenty of punch with four in my living room. Using a sub really brings the sound together. All I need, and I do crank 'em up. Used XTC 10" baffles on the Crutchfield advisers recommendation.



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Crutchfield customer from Spring, TX on 2/21/2018

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use as rears in in my 5.1.2 set-up they sound great!



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Ryan from Chicago, IL on 2/11/2018

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Sound great and simply to install



Great Room Solution

John from Leland, NC on 11/6/2017

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Met all my expectations! Full sounding in a Great Room alone or together when using pair of Yamaha Musiccast speakers.

Pros: Clear and crisp sound

Cons: Treble & Bass receiver adjustments muted.

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Glenn Puppa from Bronx NY on 8/25/2017

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Nice sounding speakers

Pros: Nice bass sound fills the room

Cons: Not sure yet if I will attach a sibwoofer

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Steve from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on 8/13/2017

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Very pleased with the sound of these speakers. I was replacing speakers in my living room and I had limited choices of speakers due to the existing hole size of the old speakers. These speakers are superior sounding than the old speakers, crisp high and good lows. More than I planned on spending but worth every penny, these were the a great choice. If it matters to anyone the ceiling they were mounted in are 10' feet high.

Pros: Easy mountings, good speaker wire connections

Cons: None

Great speakers

Crutchfield customer from Pasadena, MD on 2/19/2017

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Installed these in my pol table room and they sound great. Easy to install and look awesome.




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Features and Specs

Quantity in Package Single
Tweeter Soft-dome
Midrange Size N/A
Woofer Size 8
Cutout Size 9.625
Woofer Composition Polycellulose
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range (Watts) up to 100
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 30-20kHz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-Amp Inputs No
Built-in Back-box No
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


Two-Way Driver Design: The JBL Arena 8IC in-ceiling loudspeaker utilizes a two-way driver design with a single 1" silk soft-dome tweeter and a 8" polycellulose long-throw woofer 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 8IC in-ceiling 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 ceiling), seamlessly blending into your room's decor. The grille is also paintable for an even more seamless look.

In-Ceiling Installation: The JBL Arena 8IC in-ceiling loudspeaker offers a sturdy, reliable installation design that fits ceilings from 0.5" to 2" thick. Specialty locking clamps secure the in-ceiling 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 ceiling, so the speaker's locking mechanism will  have room to engage fully.

  • Frame Diameter (w/ Grille): 10.75" (diameter) x 0.25" (depth)
  • Cutout Opening: 9.625" (diameter) x 5.0625" (depth)

Spring Post Terminals: The JBL Arena 8IC in-ceiling 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 8IC in-ceiling 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 8IC in-ceiling speaker can also be used in more conventional stereo & home theater applications.

JBL Arena Series: The Arena 8IC in-ceiling speaker 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-ceiling and in-ceiling speakers.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Looks cool and priced in the middle [ DARIANO A  Dec 25, 2018 ]
These speakers were highly recommended by my installer who is an audio expert and band member. He knows sound. [ Kerry  Mar 02, 2018 ]
Recommendation of your consultant. Looked very good [ David  May 21, 2017 ]
My wife and I are having a new home built and want it to be the envy of all our family and friends, JBL speakers throughout will make that happen! [ William  May 19, 2017 ]
Frequency response. [ Scott  Jan 20, 2017 ]
Needed to replace a speaker with a 9" grill previous home owner had installed. The existing speakers suck pretty bad. [ Clinton  Jan 17, 2017 ]
suggested by the tech team. they work great, mounting was greatly simplified with the speakers integrated clamps and magnetic covers; basically cut holes, attach wires, screw the attached clamps down and toss the cover on.. good to go [ Todd O.  Oct 28, 2016 ]