3-Way, 130mm (5") Bookshelf Speaker

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They’re unobtrusive ? until you turn them on. With innovative technologies derived directly from JBL® Professional equipment, the JBL ES20BK delivers powerful, accurate audio performance and brings legendary JBL sound from concert stages, recording studios and movie theaters home. You get 240 watts of peak power handling and hyper-realistic, deep, resonant bass – no unwanted distortion or boominess – from the proprietary 5-inch JBL PolyPlas™ low- frequency transducer. UHF drivers are capable of 40kHz and produce high-end nuances. EOS waveguides disperse high frequencies to make any seat the best one in the house.

Item# ES20BK

General Specifications

Type Bookshelf
Finish Black
Series ES

Audio Specifications

Power Handling (Recommended) 60W
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms
Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 125W
Frequency Response (-3dB) 60Hz – 40kHz
Crossover Frequencies 3300Hz – 24dB/octave 12000Hz – 18dB/octave
Power Handling (Peak) 240W
Sensitivity (2.83V@1m) 86dB

Speaker Specifications

Ultra High Frequency Transducer 3/4" (19mm) Polyester-film ring-radiator, shielded; EOS waveguide
High-Frequncy Transducer 3/4" (19mm) Titanium- laminate dome, shielded; EOS waveguide
Low-Frequency Transducer 5" (130mm) PolyPlas,™ shielded


Width (in) 6-7/8
Weight (lb) 10.3
Width (mm) 174
Height (in) 12-1/2
Weight (kg) 4.6
Height (mm) 318
Depth (in) 8
Depth (mm) 203
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  • (2) ES20 3-way, 5" bookshelf loudspeaker
  • (4) Self-adhesive rubber feet.
  • (1) Owner's Manual

5 Year Warranty

Products purchased online or from an authorized local retailer and under warranty may qualify for an exchange with a valid receipt.

Purchases made from an unauthorized dealer will not be eligible for exchange.

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ES20 is rated 4.7272727272727275 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound in a small package. After purchasing the ES150, we realized that we needed high-performing bookshelf speakers to match. Luckily, we stumbled across these at a steal ($130), and decided to get them. This was the greatest choice we could have made for our home theater! They present unmatched sound performance with crisp, clear highs, and the 60Hz bass response allows these to stand on their own without depending completely on a subwoofer. They blend perfectly with our ES150. A superb product!
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these speakers! Great price, and amazing sound.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent sound quality for the price sounds better than my higher priced speakers
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Direct from Manufacture and UNREAL price..!!!!! After being a JBL fan for many years, I bought my first set of Studio Series speakers (S-310) in 2001. Since then, this has been as close to an addiction as I would like to admit. I was in market for some new speakers to go with my updated 7.2 Denon receiver. I searched everywhere I could think of online, looking to pick up some smaller speakers for rear channels. Just on a whim, and first time ever being on JBL.com, I saw the deal that I could not pass up. I just received these speakers two days ago direct from Cali, and can not get over the high end quality at such a Craigslist price. You will be so impressed by the performance that you will want to invite over the neighbor that never returns your tools to hear them . If you are in the market for a new set of book shelf speakers, these are amazing enough to be your offensive tackle, wide receiver or your half back. I recommend purchasing these direct from JBL, best value for your hard earned dollar.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound in small package Been shopping for a quality pair of small speakers to use with an AMP and my iPod and tablet to play music. I have a small living room and didn't want or need anything overpowering along with a compact size. These speakers fit the bill. Sound quality is great (of course there are some drawbacks for being bookshelf speakers) but overall I am very satisfied with them. Once I get a pair of speaker stands, the sound quality should improve.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another fine JBL product I bought these speakers due to their reviews and excellent price. they have no problem filling up a room with the quality sound which I expect from JBL.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well built speakers. I've been using ES20 along with ES90/25C/250 system for over 8 years. Its a very nice, powerful "true" pair of speakers. For some people it might be a little overkill for surround speakers, but still, if you have a big fronts its a very good match. To my opinion, they can be used as good stereo speakers for a compact system.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good sound These seem very good so far. The price is pretty amazing considering the quality. They have very balanced frequency response, even at low volumes.
Date published: 2015-01-22
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what are the h'' w'' d'' dimensions of the ES20

Asked by: Bob E
Here are the dimensions for the ES20 Speakers; Dimensions with grille (H x W x D): 318mm x 174mm x 203mm (12-1/2" x 6-7/8" x 8")
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-05-23

I want to order a pair of JBL speakers but i'm having a difficult time choosing between the ES20 and the ES10, which of the two do you suggest? I'm looking for the one with the most clarity with a good mix of bass. Can you help me out? 

Asked by: Noah
The ES10 speakers are great, but they are designed mainly to be used at surround speakers, to be hung on a wall. The ES20 speakers are definitely better sounding speakers, especially when used as main speakers. They will put out more bass, and give a more balanced response.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2016-03-07

What amp and sub do you guys recommend to go with these? Also, do they require a receiver to function? 

Asked by: acratman
These speakers have a maximum recommended amplifier rating of 125 watts per channel. So basically, as long as you get a receiver with a wattage rating of 125 watts per channel or less, it will work fine with these speakers. These speakers are passive, so yes, they do need amplification, either a separate component amplifier or a receiver. While virtually any receiver will work, I can tell you that we test our speakers using the amplification from our sister company, Harman Kardon. So I would recommend an HK3770 (120 watts per channel) as a great match. As for the sub, as long as your sub can double the power output of the receiver, it will be powerful enough to keep up with the system. So any one of our current subwoofers will work very nicely with these speakers.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2016-02-26

I am going to order the ES20 bookshelf speakers but want to mount them to the wall. It doesnt say that they come with a wall mount bracket. How can i order brackets with these speakers?

Asked by: Joshk21
I used a clamping wall mount bracket from amazon. they worked great to mount these to the wall as part of my 7.1 surround system.
Answered by: bf514921
Date published: 2016-01-25
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