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JBL Studio 530

Bookshelf speakers (Cherry)

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With decades of experience in the recording studio under their belt, JBL knows professional sound. And with the Studio 530, they bring it home. These potent bookshelf speakers take advantage of technology developed by JBL engineers for pro-audio applications, and use it to deliver powerful, accurate sound in your listening room. Their versatile design makes them equally impressive whether you're watching a movie or listening to music.

From the studio to your home

With decades of experience in the recording studio under their belt, JBL knows professional sound. And with the Studio 530, they bring it home. These potent bookshelf speakers take advantage of technology developed by JBL engineers for pro-audio applications, and use it to deliver powerful, accurate sound in your listening room. Their versatile design makes them equally impressive whether you're watching a movie or listening to music.


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High-frequency horns for precise sound

All JBL Studio speakers feature a 1" high-frequency compression driver to achieve lower distortion and wider dynamic range than conventional speaker designs. This tweeter design uses a durable one-piece diaphragm and surround assembly fitted with a 1" voice coil to reproduce sparkling-clear highs. Because high-frequency sounds are more directional than bass frequencies, it's especially important to target them toward your ears. JBL places their tweeter inside a flared opening, known as a "horn," which directs sound to the listener with pinpoint accuracy, and helps eliminate reverberations, sound reflections off walls, and other artifacts. JBL's advanced glass-filled ABS bi-radial horn design delivers your movie soundtracks and music with professional-level realism.

Ribbed PolyPlas™ woofer for satisfying bass

The Studio 530 uses a JBL 5-1/4" PolyPlas woofer cone to deliver accurate low-frequency sound. The woofer's ribbed design helps improve strength and resist flexing while reducing distortion. JBL wraps all of this driver technology up in a rigid, heavily braced enclosure with non-parallel surfaces to eliminate sound interference and prevent unwanted resonance. The result is tight, articulate bass you can feel as well as hear.

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What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Removable cloth grilles (installed)
  • 2 Horn covers
  • 2 Port tube inserts
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty sheet

Product Highlights:

  • frequency response: 45-40,000 Hz (-6dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 125 watts
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • 1" compression driver with neodymium magnet and one-piece Teonex® diaphragm on a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial® horn
  • 5-1/4" PolyPlas™ cast aluminum frame woofer with symmetrical field geometry (SFG) magnet structure and rubber surround
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • cherry finish
  • dual gold-plated speaker binding posts (bi-wire capable)
  • port tube inserts included for attenuating bass in the 50-100Hz region to compensate for room placement
  • 8-7/16"W x 18-3/8"H x 8-3/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Horn
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition PolyPlas
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 125
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 45-40,000 Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 18-7/16
Width (inches) 8-7/16
Depth (inches) 8-15/16
Weight (pounds) 17
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 22-26
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

JBL Studio Series: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf speaker shares critical design characteristics with the JBL's Professional loudspeakers you find and hear in movie theaters and concert venues. The JBL Studio Series loudspeaker offers dynamic realism & dimensional accuracy that closely duplicates the experience of a movie theater or musical live performance.

Two-Way Bookshelf Speaker: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker features a 5.25" low-frequency woofer and a high-frequency compression driver surrounded by a glass-filled Bi-Radial horn; a combination that delivers crisp, focused, dimensionally accurate sound.

High Frequency Compression Driver/Horn System: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker features a 1" compression driver with a neodyminium magnet and one-piece Teonex diaphragm on a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial horn.

  • 1" High-Frequency Compressions Driver: The Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker's high-frequency compression driver lowers distortion and provides a wider dynamic range than is possible from conventional high-frequency and midrange drivers. The tweeter includes a one-piece Teonex diaphragm/surround assembly fitted with a 1" voice coil that can deliver enhanced vocal articulation.
  • Glass-Filled ABS B-Radial High-Frequency Horn: Horn-shaped loudspeaker designs optimize high-frequency output by directing the sound to the listener with pinpoint accuracy, thereby eliminating reverberations, reflections off walls, and other artifacts. The Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker features a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial high-frequency horn that delivers professional-level sound to your home.

Low Frequency Woofer: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker features a PolyPlas cone woofer with Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet structures, cast-aluminum frames, and rubber surrounds.

  • 5.25" Ribbed PolyPlas Woofer: The Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker delivers accurate low-frequency sounds from a single 5.25" ribbed PolyPlas woofer cone. The ribs improve strength while reducing distortion. The result is rich, articulate bass.
  • Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) Magnet Assembly: Thanks to a heavy-duty Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet assembly, the Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker's low-frequency woofer delivers highly focused bass. The result is pristine, articulate sound.
  • Non-Resonant Cast-Aluminum Frame: The 5.25" woofer features a non-resonant cat-aluminum frame for clean, powerful bass response.
  • Rubber Surrounds: The ribbed PolyPlas woofer cone employs a rubber surround for long cone excursion and extended bass response.

Low-Loss, Two-Way Crossover Network: The Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker's low-loss, two-way crossover network ensures a clean transition for sound coming from individual low-frequency and high-frequency drivers, thereby reducing distortion while improving clarity.

Voice Matching: Engineered and voice matched to other speakers in the JBL Studio 5 Series, the Studio 530 bookshelf speaker is powerful, accurate, and styled to make a dramatic design statement in any listening environment.

Enclosure Design

Sturdy 3/4" MDF Enclosure: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a rigid, heavily-braced enclosure with non-parallel surfaces to reduce unwanted resonance.

Bass Reflex Design: The Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a bass reflex (ported) design cabinet with a rear-facing bass port that increases output and extends bass response. There are two port tube inserts included to decrease the amount of bass output (50Hz-100Hz) from the cabinet.

Detachable Grille: The bookshelf loudspeaker can be used with or without its detachable cloth grille. A plastic cosmetic cover is provided when not using the cloth grille.

Colors: The 530 bookshelf speaker is available in a black or cherry wood-grain vinyl finish (both contain black grilles).

Connections

Dual Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker will work with various power amplifiers and home receivers, with single single-wire or bi-wire operation. The Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker is fitted two sets of gold-plated 5-way binding posts connected by gold-plated jumpers. Using the dual 5-way binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speaker. The gold-plated 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, or banana plugs (single/dual).

Note: Make sure to remove the gold-plated jumpers when bi-wiring/bi-amping the speaker.

Color-Coded: The dual 5-way binding posts terminals are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Mounting Options

Application: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker can be used as a stereo pair for music listening, or as front and rear channel speakers in a home theater system.

  • Placement as Front Speakers: For the best results, place the speakers 6' to 10' apart. Angling the speakers toward the listening position can improve the stereo imaging. The speakers will produce the most accurate stereo soundstage when the angle between the listener and the speakers is between 40° and 60°. Generally, bass output will increase as the speaker is moved closer to a wall or corner. For the best performance, JBL recommends that you place the speakers at least 20" away from the side walls. Position the Studio 530 bookshelf speakers so that the centers of their horns are approximately at ear level.
  • Placement as Rear Speakers: When you use the Studio 530 speakers as surround-channel speakers in a 5.1-channel system, place them slightly behind the listening position, facing each other. Ideally, they should be 3' to 4' above the floor. An alternate location would be on a wall behind the listening position, facing forward.

Rubber Feet: The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker comes with self-adhesive rubber feet for safe placement on a table-top, stand, or shelf. The rubber feet add 0.25" to the height of the bookshelf speaker.

Wall Mounting (optional): The JBL Studio 530 does not provide any keyhole slots or threaded inserts to wall mount the speaker. However, the optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM40B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker.

Magnetically Shielded: The speaker is magnetically shielded, allowing you to place it near any television without distorting the picture.

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