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Jamo S 83 CEN

Center channel speaker (Black)

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Our take on the Jamo S 83 CEN

Building a new Jamo home theater system? Then consider the S 83 CEN as your all-important center channel. It's the larger of the two center speaker options in Jamo's value-packed S Series lineup, making it ideal for medium- to large-sized rooms. This speaker features two 5" woofers and a 1" soft dome tweeter for clear dialogue and natural-sounding special effects. 

Sweet center channel sound from Jamo

Building a new Jamo home theater system? Then consider the S 83 CEN as your all-important center channel. It's the larger of the two center speaker options in Jamo's value-packed S Series lineup, making it ideal for medium- to large-sized rooms. This speaker features two 5" woofers and a 1" soft dome tweeter for clear dialogue and natural-sounding special effects. 

The S 83 CEN is voice-matched to Jamo bookshelf and floor-standing speakers, so you'll enjoy seamless sound as the action moves around your room. I especially like how the S 83 CEN looks with its magnetic grille removed — its tasteful wood accents give it a fresh, modern look. 

Product Highlights:

  • 1" soft dome tweeter with an integrated waveguide for focused high frequencies
  • dual 5" polyfiber woofers for punchy bass and midrange
  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure with rear-firing slot port
  • frequency response: 65-26,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 87 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 80 watts
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • removable magnetic grille
  • 19-5/8"W x 8-1/2"H x 9-11/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Center-channel loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • User Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

Jamo S 83 CEN Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Great Sound Great Looks!

G-Zam from Miami, FL on 11/29/2018

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I previously had the smaller version with 4" woofers (81C) and it wasn't bad but I felt it was missing something, so I returned it and got this one instead. This version sounds much better. The tweeter plays the highs and the 2 woofers play mids and lows. The highs are not bright. The speaker has a neutral sound. The bigger 5" woofers give a natural sound to the vocals and the bass is not punchy. I personally don't like too much bass on my center so this speaker is perfect for natural sounding vocals. I let the subwoofer handle the lows but if you don't have a sub, this center channel will sound fine when playing sound effects like gunshots. The speaker is loud enough to the point where I lower the center channel volume so it doesn't overpower the sound from my towers. I like the effects and background music coming from my front channels to be heard so i tweak the volume to my liking. This speaker pairs very well with my Jamo S 807 towers (which I love!) but most of all they all look great in white and have a high level of WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). Is it the best? No, but considering the price range and the looks, these sound great. I hear that the bookshelves Jamo S 803 sound amazing. This would pair great with those bookshelves. I will be getting them shortly and will use them as my surround channels although they make great front speakers. Jamo is not as popular in the US market yet but soon they will be a force to be reckoned with in the home theater arena.

Pros: Neutral Sound Great for vocals Beautiful vinyl finish Looks great w/ or w/o grille Magnetic grille

Cons: None so far

Can't Complain

Anthony from Grand Rapids, MI on 6/3/2018

Purchased this speaker from a different retailer in walnut because Crutchfield doesn't yet have the walnut. Hopefully it will come soon. This center speaker gets the job done. Not hissy and not bright to my ear. dialogue sounds accurate and natural. For the price, it seems hard to beat. Obviously is not perfect, I have heard better sounding center speakers, but this one is very good for the money. Very happy with it as it matches my S807 towers well. Looks better in person than it does online. The size of the center seemed large to me initially when purchased (I have a pretty slim center speaker in a different room), but now seems quite normal and has a nice design. Overall, very satisfied with this product.

Pros: Accurate, looks good, fills the room easily.

Cons: Goes deep, but not as deep as some other centers that may cost much more. Not enough of an issue to give it 4 stars.

Jamo S 83 CEN

Crutchfield customer from Ballston Spa, NY on 3/27/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very happy with this center speaker. I have been searching for a new surround sound speakers and was glad to come across Jamo.



soundstage plus

Steve from New Cumberland, PA on 3/5/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A great addition to my home hi-fi system. Pairs nicely and is acoustically matched well with Jamo tower speakers. This center speaker is somewhat larger than some others, has a slightly edgy design (forward sloped enclosure), big AND accurate sound without noticeable distortion, filling the mid-ranges in an otherwise dead space. Soundstage with tower speakers is very nice. Sitting about 12' or so from the set-up with the center speaker at ear height sounds delightful, especially with acoustic instruments. Nice fit n' finish on the enclosure. TV sound improvement ? Who cares ? The hi-def hi-fi system in my house just made a major improvement. While partially sold as a TV sound enhancement, it really shines for a music only system.

Pros: handsome, great soundstage, precise sound. Good addition for those who are building a hi-def system.

Cons: a little large, depending on location, i.e. under a tv.


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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Soft-dome
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 5
Connector Type Post
Power Range 80
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 65-26k Hz
Height (inches) 8-1/2
Width (inches) 19-5/8
Depth (inches) 9-11/16
Weight ---
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 Center-Channel Loudspeaker: The S 83 CEN center-channel loudspeaker features a 1" soft-dome tweeter for smooth, refined high frequencies, and two 5" aluminized polyfiber woofers for balanced, musical low end. The integrated WaveGuide focuses the high frequency sound for dynamic, true-to-life reproduction, while the rear-firing slot port allows for better low frequency extension.

Compact Enclosure w/ Wood Accents: The S 83 CEN 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 83 CEN comes with a fully magnetic grille (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: The center-channel loudspeaker is equipped with a set of binding-post speaker terminals. These binding-post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only).

Applications: The S 83 CEN is engineered for clear, balanced dialogue reproduction, making it an ideal center channel for a premium surround sound system. The WaveGuide focuses frequencies in the vocal range directly to the listening area so dialogue is clear, articulate, and realistic, and you never miss a detail.

  • Placement: The Jamo S 83 CEN should be centered below or above your television, and centered with your main listening position. Ideally, they should be the same distance from the main listening position as your front speakers.
  • Mounting Options: The compact cabinet of the S 83 CEN allows for extremely versatile mounting options on a table-top, shelf, stand, or piece of AV furniture. Four integrated rubber feet provide a non-slip surface. This center-channel is not designed or recommended for wall-mount installations.

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