Studio 230


2-way 6.5” Bookshelf Loudspeakers

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Sonic dynasty fused with high-tech destiny

Place a new kind of legend on your bookshelf We admit it: we’ve made a loudspeaker that wouldn’t have been possible in another time and place. But so what? We’re in this business to break all the rules of impossible. Meet the new legend in town: the JBL® Studio 230 bookshelf speaker. As part of the new 10-piece JBL Studio 2 loudspeaker series, the Studio 230 was built to speak the languages of both legacy sound and forward-thinking technology. Tested relentlessly in the world’s most advanced sound research lab – our own – as well as pitted against competitors in real world comparative listening studies, we aimed this one for the fences. We constructed a front-firing 6.5” PolyPlas midrange speaker and a rear-firing Slipstream bass port to envelope your senses in tight, powerful bass. Others might have relaxed and called it a day – but that’s not how we do it at JBL. We took further cues from our work designing the world’s most legendary recording studios, and gave our Studio 230 the kind of tech that makes for premium cinema listening: a 1” CMMD® Lite high-frequency driver that ensures low-distortion, and a High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide design that offers pinpoint sound imaging and firm natural balance. Then we topped it off with seductive features like gloss black paneling, soft rounded edges, and your choice of either Black or Espresso woodgrain finish. We combined the power and precision of high-tech audio with the sleek urbanity of “it-factor” design. For those able to hear the truth, we’re confident you’ll hear it –full volume – upon first listen.


General Specifications

Type 2-way 6.5" Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response 52 Hz – 22 kHz
Sensitivity 88 dB
Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 20 – 150W
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms

Speaker Specifications

High-Frequency Transducer 25mm (1") CMMD® Lite high frequency dome
Low-Frequency Transducer 165mm (6.5") PolyPlas low-frequency transducer


Depth (mm) 265
Depth (in) 10-7/16
Width (mm) 237
Weight (kg) 7.9
Width ( in) 9-5/16
Weight (lb) 17.5
Height (in) 15
Height (mm) 381

Control and Connection Specifications

Connector Type Gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals
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Studio 230 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased Bought the 230's 2 weeks ago . These are a great value. No nonsense straightforward speaker. Built like a tank and sounds great with everything I throw at it. Very articulate high resolution . Getting a 235c center to match for ht.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Very Best Speakers I've Owned I put the JBL Studio 230 speakers on 24" stands with a Yamaha amp driving them. Played a live concert CD recording and it sounds like you're there listening to the concert in person. Very highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full sound Very nice looking and sounding speaker. Mostly music played .For size sounds bigger. Do have hooked to sub but really not needed. Also play tv thru them and sounds clear. JBL fan for over 30 years. I believe they are the best for accurate sound.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from jbl stands for quality these speakers are understated in appearance but their sonic qualities are outstanding.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing short of Spectacular! These arrived the other day and to say I'm pleased is a huge understatement. I am using them on my desk through a pioneer receiver and with a jbl CS80 sub-woofer. Even without being broken in they sound great so I can't even imagine how good these will sound once I get them broken in. Amazing clarity and the sound is BIG.
Date published: 2017-06-17
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I have studio 190 speakers. Can i use studio 230 and 235c with studio 190 speakers. Thanks.

Asked by: Serkanonde
100%. I have the Studio 190/180/130 speakers and recently "upgraded" if you will, to the 235c. It bends in perfectly with the other speakers in terms of sound and looks. In fact with the grill off it looks like it could be part of the 190 series. I am very, very happy with the 235c.
Answered by: TStark
Date published: 2017-01-13

What is the speaker dimensions?

Asked by: John1776
Height: 15" (381mm) Width: 9 5/16" (237mm) Depth: 10 7/16" (265mm)
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2017-01-27

I had mind set on the Arena 130 but after reading all the positive reviews on the Studio 230 I’m considering changing my mind. Is there a huge difference in the sound quality between the two?

Asked by: Trap
The ARENA 130 is a great speaker that can handle an awful lot of power, up to 125 watts, and it sounds great. However, there is no arguing that the STUDIO 230 is a higher quality speakers. It can handle up to 150 watts of power and is made of higher quality components (woofer, tweeter, crossover). My personal opinion is, I like the sound of the STUDIO 230 a bit better. It has a more natural, full-range sound, to my ears.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-23

I am using the studio 230 as left and right surround speakers, at what height should these speakers be?. The manual says that the tweeters should be ear level and also says that if you use as surrounds they must be 1.5m - 1.8 from the floor.

Asked by: Vijen
The recommended height is 1.5m to 1.8 m so if you’re measuring it from the floor to the bottom of the speaker then it should be around 1.2m to 1.5m. As for the tweeter, it should be at ear level as much as possible.
Answered by: Memen at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-03-27

can those speakers use good for karaoke ?

Asked by: andy nguyen
These speakers would work well for any home purpose. The STUDIO 230 is designed to provide you balanced audio that can be used for any instrument or even Karaoke.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-02-08

Will this speaker be safe to use with a onkyo tx 8020 if I wire it in parallel changing it to 4 ohms? Receiver is 50 watts per channel at 8 ohms and 160 watts per channel at 4 ohms.

Asked by: Jaw63
If you are pertaining to wiring two STUDIO 230s together, yes, this will work. The STUDIO 230 is an 8-ohm speaker that can safely handle up to 150 watts. Wiring them as parallel will present your amplifier a 4-ohm load which it can handle.
Answered by: Memen at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-05-05

Do the studio 230 speakers have grills like the studio 220's

Asked by: Larry42
Yes. The STUDIO 230 and 220 both have speaker grilles.
Answered by: Miko at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-06-05

I am looking to get a left and right surround speakers for my 150 watts @ 8 Ohms per 9.2 channel Yamaha receiver.Can these studio 230 speakers be used as surrounds?

Asked by: Johntoxie
Yes, it would be perfect with your receiver because the STUDIO 230 can also handle up to 150 Watts at 8 Ohms.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-28
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