Item# STUDIO 590

Studio 590


250-watt, dual 8" floorstanding loudspeaker




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The JBL® Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker brings professional-quality sound to the home experience. The Studio 590 uses the technology that JBL engineers developed for pro-audio loudspeakers to deliver accurate, powerful sound to your living room. The Studio 590 floorstanding speaker is a perfect complement to other members of the Studio 5 Series, including the Studio 530 bookshelf and the Studio 520C center-channel loudspeakers. The Studio 590 features a 1-inch (25-millimeter) tweeter mounted on a glass-filled Bi-Radial® horn – the same technology used in JBL concert sound systems – to deliver concise, sustained high frequencies. A pair of 8-inch (200-millimeter) PolyPlas™ cones with Symmetrical Field Geometry™ (SFG) magnet assemblies handle low frequencies.

What's in the box?

  • 1 Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker
  • 1 horn cover
  • 2 port tube inserts
  • 4 metal spikes
  • Owner’s manual

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General Specifications

2-1/2-way dual-woofer, floorstanding

Audio Specifications

Nominal Impedance
6 ohms
Crossover Frequencies
(2.83V@1m) 92dB
Frequency Response

Speaker Specifications

Low-Frequency Transducer
Two 8" (200mm) PolyPlas cones with Symmetrical Field Geometry magnet structures, cast frames and rubber surrounds, magnetically shielded
High-Frequncy Transducer
1" (25mm) compression driver with neodymium magnet and one-piece Teonex diaphragm on a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial horn, magnetically shielded

Control and Connection Specifications

Connector Type
Dual gold-plated binding posts (bi-wire capable)


25 – 250 watts suggested amplifier power range

JBL engineers designed the Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker to deliver enhanced, room-filling sound from a compatible AVR (audio/video receiver) or 25- to 250-watt power amplifier, whether you are using the Studio 590 as a stand-alone unit or as part of a surround-sound system.

Dual 8" (200mm) ribbed PolyPlas woofer cones

Powerful bass affects more than just your ears. It resonates through your entire body, creating a soundscape that you can feel as well as hear. The JBL Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker delivers accurate low-frequency sounds from a pair of 8-inch (200-millimeter) ribbed PolyPlas woofers. The ribs improve strength while reducing distortion. The result is rich, powerful, articulate bass.

Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet assembly

Thanks to a heavy-duty Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet assembly, the Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker’s pair of low-frequency woofers delivers highly focused bass. The result is pristine, articulate sound.

1" (25mm) high-frequency compression driver

The JBL Studio 590 floorstanding 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 comprises a one-piece Teonex® diaphragm/surround assembly fitted with a 1-inch (25-milllimeter) voice coil that can deliver enhanced vocal articulation.

Glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial high-frequency horn

Horn-shaped loudspeaker designs optimize high-frequency output by directing the sound to the listener with pinpoint accuracy, thereby eliminating reverberation, reflections off walls, and other artifacts. The Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker features a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial high-frequency horn that delivers professional-level sound to your home.

Low-loss, 2-1/2-way crossover network

The Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker’s low-loss, 2-1/2-way crossover network ensures a clean transition for sound coming from individual low-frequency and high-frequency drivers, thereby reducing distortion while improving clarity.

Bi-wire capability

The Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker will work with multiple power amplifiers or connection setups – or both – for single-wire or bi-wire operation. The result is enhanced versatility in the ways you can use the Studio 590 speaker.

Sturdy 3/4" (19mm) MDF enclosure

The Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker’s cabinet is built with the same attention to perfection as every other component. Rigid, heavily braced materials prevent unwanted resonances, while non-parallel surfaces eliminate sound interference.

Exclusive design

The same attention to detail that went into the Studio 590 floorstanding loudspeaker’s technical design was paid to creating a powerful, sophisticated look that will fit within even the most discerning householder’s décor. The Studio 590 is available in a black or cherry finish.

Warranty 5 Year Warranty

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Studio 590 is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total Musical Enjoyment Purchased Studio 590s and their matching speakers for a 7:1 (SVS Ultra 13 sub)totally immersive sound system. After auditioning B&W, Paradigm, Golden Ear and others I settled on JBL for the realism in music I demand. The detail and sound stage are awesome. I hear cymbals that are true to sound and you can hear the diminishing sound after the strike. This is a well balanced system with plenty of punch and realistic sound. Excellent for home theater and pure enjoyment for listening to all music genres.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That JBL sound! Let me start by saying that I purchased a pair of JBL studio monitors back in the early eighties and used them as my "reference speakers" for over thirty years. I finally retired them last year - still in perfect working order. The next thing I would like to disclose, is that I am a speaker junkie. I love music. I love the sound of music. I have been on a quest for the perfect speaker all of my life, and have owned virtually every speaker you could think of. I have missed my JBL's ever since I sold them. No matter what other speaker phase that I have gone through over the years (and there have been many), I always came back to the JBL's. No other speaker that I have found could do everything so "right". I am pleased to say that the same is true for the new JBL Studio 590's. Now, let me warn you, these things are BIG. No matter what you expect, they are bigger than that! But the payoff is massive sound, or "solid walls of sound" as Elton John put it so many years ago. Yet with their huge walls of sound, they can be delicate and light as a feather when the music passage calls for it. And the best thing to me is that they have that "JBL sound" that I have been missing. It's hard to put into words, but kind of a natural and organic sound and feel. I have owned other brands that were technically more precise, but that, in the end, was the problem - they sounded "technical". These JBL's sound "musical". These speakers are enjoyable to listen to for hours on end. They are a very rich sounding speaker. My only caution would be the size, and that you had better have a pretty robust amp for them (like all JBL's). I am using a Peachtree pushing about 250 watts to them and that seems about right, but I think that 300 - 500 watts might be even better. My advice would be to buy a pair, get your favorite music, and settle in... for the rest of your life!
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best home JBL speaker available This is plain and simple the best JBL speaker out there - available for the home. You can see how their pro knowledge has seeped into their home line. I will probably also augment these with a pair of JBL STX 828 speakers for more low end, but, if, in the future, JBL added two 15 inch speakers to the L590 cabinet, it would have the best home speaker in the entire space time continuum.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, mediocre fit & finsh One does not need 250+ w.p.c. to drive the 590s. Their actual efficiency is 90dB, which gives 108dB SPL @ 1w/1m. @ 65 watts, and 114dB @ 250w max rated power. And 300w would make no difference from 250w, since Power (Watts) is a log scale (power must double for each 3dB gain). You'd need 500w for +3dB louder than 250w. So unless you listen at near threshold of pain levels, a good 40-150w amp is enough in most situations, since impedance doesn't drop below 4.5 Ohms (6 Ohm nom.) and phase angle is not difficult. These have excellent dispersion and imaging, bass response is honest down to around 30Hz in-room, with low distortion and power compression. Vocal clarity is excellent too, you can understand even tougher lines that other speakers muddy. The stout cabinet and baffle board certainly help. I also like the port plug option, it can be handy to trim the mid-bass if needed. Overall, really good sound here. My 2 beefs: there is a +2.5dB rise centered @ 8-9 kHz that gives a bright sound to the whole, so be ready to EQ/treble pot that down some. It's not harsh like it might be if at 2-4kHz, but it's annoying. If I'd had no way to tame that brightness I'd have returned the 590s. Fit & finish is not up to par with the sound, though the shape and overall look of the design is nice. The vinyl finish, while Ok is barely acceptable in this price range (it should be wood veneer). Also, one of my grills and one horn cover are warped/bent, and it's taken 2 months to get replacements from JBL after several calls. Not great QC there I'd say. Sound: 4 Stars (that treble bump), otherwise 4.9 for the price. Finish: 3.5 Stars
Date published: 2014-07-21
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