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Jamo S 803

Dolby Atmos® expandable bookshelf speakers (Black)

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Our take on the Jamo S 803

Building a new stereo music or small-footprint home theater system? Then consider the Jamo S 803s — these attractive bookshelf speakers feature a 5" woofer and 1" soft dome tweeter for clear, natural sound that won't take up much space in your room. I especially like how these compact speakers look with their magnetic grilles removed — their tasteful wood accents give them a fresh, modern look. 

Versatile bookshelves for music or movies

Building a new stereo music or small-footprint home theater system? Then consider the Jamo S 803s — these attractive bookshelf speakers feature a 5" woofer and 1" soft dome tweeter for clear, natural sound that won't take up much space in your room. I especially like how these compact speakers look with their magnetic grilles removed — their tasteful wood accents give them a fresh, modern look. 

Expand your system to Dolby Atmos®

The S 803s have integrated metal fasteners on the top of their cabinets, which serve as a connection point for optional Jamo S 8 ATM Dolby Atmos upward-firing speakers. This unique pairing gives you three-dimensional sound without needing to install in-ceiling speakers in your room.

Product Highlights:

  • 1" soft dome tweeter with an integrated waveguide for focused high frequencies
  • 5" polyfiber woofer for punchy midrange and bass
  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure with front-firing port
  • frequency response: 57-26,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 87 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 80 watts
  • metal fasteners on top of each speaker serve as a connection point for optional Jamo S 8 ATM Dolby Atmos® upward-firing speakers
    • this allows for a neat, clean install since no speaker wire needs to be run to the speaker "toppers"
  • binding post speaker terminals for main and Atmos channels
  • removable magnetic grilles
  • 6-9/16"W x 13-15/16"H x 9-15/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years (with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • User Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

Jamo S 803 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

I Concur

George from Frederick, MD on 1/4/2019

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There's a lot of hype surrounding the Jamo S 803's and for good reason I think. I have an entry level Yamaha Aventage receiver that I used to initially test these and was instantly impressed. They are exciting. Then I hooked them up to my main receiver which is a Cambridge Audio CXR120 and wow what a difference. Cleaner sound and just so much more engaging. You don't need a CXR120 obviously but I would definitely try to power these with a good stereo amp. The Yamaha did just fine but the amp on the Cambridge really brought these to life. Lots of bass for a 5 1/4 woofer (I'm not a bass head so I can definitely use these without a sub) and the high end is just, spectacularly clear. Not at all fatiguing in my opinion. For the price I don't think you can go wrong with these. Also I love the white finish, they look better than I expected! I got mine from Scratch & Dent and inspected them really closely. I was hard pressed to find anything at all wrong with them. Thank you, Crutchfield!

Pros: Incredible sound, imaging and clarity. Great for any type of music. Beautiful looking speakers!

Cons: Not the most efficient

Jamo S 803

Crutchfield customer from Winchester, TN on 12/24/2018

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These speakers sound amazing. The sound quality is top notch. The build is solid. They are not efficient so I would recommend at least an 80per channel amp. The highs a crisp but not fatiguing. Mids are solid. Low end is solid for the size. They have a fairly wide sound stage due to the tweeter wave guide. I recommend these to anyone wanting high end speakers. Just make sure you have enough power.

Pros: Sweet sounding. Wide sound stage. Sale price. Magnetic grills. Appearance

Cons: Efficiency. Full price.

Jamo S 803

Crutchfield customer from Sarasota, FL on 12/12/2018

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Outstanding I'm in love with these, Drive these right, which isn't that difficult and magic will happen hard to find something better for the price



Jamo S 803

Crutchfield customer from Beaverton, OR on 12/10/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great speaker for music. Not so much for movies that require lower mids and upper bass. Good value for money, but don't expect greatness.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Soft-dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5
Woofer Composition Aluminized Polyfiber
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 80
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 57-26k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 13-15/16
Width (inches) 6-9/16
Depth (inches) 9-15/16
Weight (pounds) ---
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


Jamo Studio 8 Series: The new Jamo Studio 8 series of loudspeakers has been engineered and designed to complement and seamlessly blend in today's modern environments and fashionable living spaces. Contemporary material and finish choices accentuate the clean, minimalist lines of this European design, while the compact cabinet architecture is an ideal solution for today's urban living environments.

Note: The Jamo Studio 8 series consists of Floorstanding loudspeakers (S805/S807/S809), bookshelf loudspeakers (S801/S803), center channel speakers (S81C/S83C), Dolby Atmos elevation speaker (S8ATM), and powered subwoofer (S808SW/S810SW).

Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The S 803 bookshelf speaker features a 1" soft-dome tweeter for smooth, refined high frequencies, and a 5" aluminized polyfiber woofer for balanced, musical low end. The integrated WaveGuide focuses the high frequency sound for dynamic, true-to-life reproduction, while the front-firing slot port allows for better low frequency extension and more flexible placement options.

Compact Enclosure w/ Wood Accents: The S 803 is specifically designed and engineered to provide exceptional output and balanced, full sound in almost any application despite it's small cabinet size. Wood accents give the speaker cabinet a handcrafted, natural look.

Magnetic Grille: The S 803 comes with fully magnetic grilles (no mounting holes or push pins) for a clean, minimalistic front-baffle design, while the large woven linen grille cloth features a heavy texture which finishes off the loudspeaker's modern look.

Binding Post Terminals: Each bookshelf loudspeaker is equipped with two sets of binding-post speaker terminals - one set for the S 803's tweeter & woofer, and the other set for when using the optional Dolby Atmos Elevation speakers from Jamo (sold separately). The terminals labeled "Main" will connect to your receiver's Front or Rear channel speaker outputs (depending on how you are using the bookshelf speakers). The terminal's labeled "Height" will connect to receiver's Height/Dolby Atmos channel speaker outputs (make sure you have your receiver's amplifier configured for Dolby Atmos). These binding-post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only).

Applications: The Jamo Studio 8 Series S 803 bookshelf loudspeakers can be used for the front or rear channels in a home theater system, or standing alone in a strictly two-channel stereo system.

  • Placement Options: As front channels in a home theater setup or as a 2ch speaker system, the S 803 should be positioned so the loudspeakers create an equidistant triangle between the speakers and your main listening position. They should be positioned no less than 6' apart and at ear level in your seated listening position. As rear speakers in a home theater setup, the speakers should be positioned directly to the left and right of your main listening position, or just behind the main listening position at a 20° angle, plus placed approximately 6' above the floor (measuring from the top of the cabinet).
  • Mounting Options: The compact cabinet and front-firing port of the S 803 allows for extremely versatile mounting options on a table-top, shelf, or stand. Four integrated rubber feet provide a non-slip surface. The bookshelf speakers do not provide any hardware to wall-mount the speaker, but can be wall-mounted using Pinpoint side-clamping wall-mount brackets (sold separately - see accessory list).

Optional Dolby Atmos Elevation Speakers: Elegant metal fasteners atop the cabinet provide a chic, modern industrial look, but also serve as a connection point for Jamo's S 8 ATM Dolby Atmos elevation speakers (sold separately). This patent-pending design allows for all of the wire connections on the back of the loudspeaker, avoiding unsightly and messy speaker wire going all the way up to the Atmos module - for cinematic, completely immersive Dolby Atmos sound while preserving the beautiful aesthetic of the Jamo Studio 8 Series.

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Z reviews gave a good review on these and they seem great for the price. I can't wait to try these out. [ Augustine  Nov 20, 2018 ]
Reviews on Youtube and the price is great! [ Shawn  Dec 09, 2018 ]

1 question already asked

Probably going to want an amp 40 wpc minimum, if you want to play them really loud then you might want to get an amp with 60 or 80 wpc since the 40 watt will probably start to distort if you max it out. I typically listen at 1/3 volume on an 80 wpc amp (2.1 setup). [ Thomas  Dec 14, 2018 ]
Based on what I am pushing them with, I would think that anything from 50 to 80 watts will do them justice. [ Mark  Dec 14, 2018 ]
I don't sure there's an official recommendation. They like power, so I wouldn't run them without at least 80w at a reasonable THD since they can deliver impressive clarity for its tuning. [ Francisco  Dec 14, 2018 ]
The speaker says that 80 watts per channel are recommended, I'm running on a 75WPC receiver and I feel like they could use a little more punch. I looking to upgrade to an amp or integrated amp because I feel these produce better sound a lower listing levels. I'm am however just guessing because I have only had them hooked up to the receiver so far. [ PATRICIA  Dec 14, 2018 ]