Studio 520C


150-watt, dual 4" center-channel loudspeaker

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Dimensionally accurate centre-channel sound.

A truly enveloping theatre-quality surround-sound experience begins with the centre channel. The Studio 520C centre-channel loudspeaker raises your home system to the next level with the kind of advanced technology that JBL® engineers developed for professional audio systems. The Studio 520C features a pair of 4-inch (100-millimetre) low-frequency woofers and a high-frequency compression driver surrounded by a glass-filled Bi-Radial® horn, a combination that delivers crisp, focused, dimensionally accurate sound. Using specially developed materials – including a ribbed PolyPlas™ cone and a Symmetrical Field Geometry™ (SFG) magnet assembly for the woofers – the Studio 520C delivers powerful and focused bass sound. A compression tweeter housed within the same type of Bi-Radial horn that JBL engineers developed for concert sound systems delivers high frequencies that are equally distinct and precisely aimed.


General Specifications

Type Two-way dual-woofer, center-channel
Finish Black

Audio Specifications

Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 150W
Frequency Response 60Hz-40kHz
Crossover Frequencies 1.5kHz
Nominal Impedance 6 ohms
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 88dB

Speaker Specifications

High-Frequncy Transducer 1" (25mm) compression driver with neodyminium magnet and one-piece Teonex diaphragm on a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial horn, magnetically shielded
Low-Frequency Transducer Two 4" (100mm) PolyPlas cones with Symmetrical Field Geometry magnet structures, cast frames and rubber surrounds, magnetically shielded


Height (mm) 172
Depth (in) 6-5/8
Height (in) 6-3/4
Weight (kg) 7.5
Width ( in) 21-7/8
Weight (lb) 16.6
Depth (mm) 168
Width (mm) 555

Control and Connection Specifications

Connector Type Dual gold-plated binding posts (bi-wire capable)
  • 1 Studio 520C floorstanding loudspeaker
  • 2 horn covers
  • 1 grille-removal tool
  • 1 card with adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner’s manual

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5 Year Warranty

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Studio 520C is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent sound great looks I replaced the old speaker system and I am very happy indeed!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Very Good Nice Sounding Center Specker. Would Recommend it to a Friend
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great center speaker I was pleasantly surprised that this small center speaker can keep up with the studio 590 speakers. Not only does it keep up but it blends flawlessly. I own several large center speakers like SVS Ultra center and Klipsch rc-64 ii both great speakers and wasn't to worried about having a center that worked in my system. Decide to try the studio 520C, I like to have systems that match. Vocals are crisp and clear and music sounds great. Crossed it over at 80hz and surprisingly get decent base out of it for the size woofers it has. I think it would be nice if JBL made a larger center so you have the opportunity to chose something with larger woofers, but all in all this center works much better than I thought it would, and couldn't be happier with the combination. Great job JBL PS. Had the JBL LS center and wasn't nearly as happy with it vocals were sometimes hard to hear. The 520C is much more clear
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Sound! You get mid & bass from that unit even though I have a dedicated sub-woofer. The sound quality is exceptional...A very crisp and clear sound!
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Center Channel Speaker Great center channel speaker for a large room setup. Center channel vocals and dialog stand right out regardless of the source (TV, music, etc.). I use the Studio L820's for my front left and right speaker. The fit great on standard 11" deep book shelves. Overall sound quality is outstanding. I do use a subwoofer for lowest frequencies.
Date published: 2016-01-14
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Hi- Is Studio 520C compatible with Yamaha RX-V483BL 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD MusicCast AV Receiver?

Asked by: ppsomu
YES! The Yamaha RX line will easily drive 6 ohm loads. Make sure you go into the sound menu & select 6 ohm setting. Yamaha's AV receiver line is the best when it comes to ohm load capabilities. Example: My Yamaha RX-V467 powered a 5 speaker satellite set which were all rated at 4 ohms. This RX-V467 powered the entire setup to ear bleeding volumes and never got hot once! So a 6 ohm load is no sweat for your RX-V483. My opinion is, your receiver will make your speakers sing. In fact, Yamaha is the only AV Receiver line that I'll buy for my home theater..period. Feel blessed you were smart & bought Yamaha. Remember, make sure you go into the menu and select 6 ohm. ~ peace
Answered by: HTFan
Date published: 2019-02-24

Is jbl 520c is magnetically shielded

Asked by: Vimal2jbl
This may be a moot point. If you have a cathode ray tube, then yes, you will need a magnetically shielded speaker. If you have a flat screen, then there is no magnetic field to be concerned with. This is why you hear less and less about that feature in speakers.
Answered by: sprhnl
Date published: 2018-12-09

Would you recommend this center with my set up? If not which one would you recomend? Current 5.1 Set-up (all speakers JBL), Denon X4400 ES-80 mains S-center Arena 8IC rears (installing this week to replace ceiling mounted N-24's) PB-12 sub

Asked by: Joeharv68
Your Denon receiver should be able to safely handle the Studio 520C. As far as timbre matching, the ES25C is the perfect center channel to go with the ES80's. It's the same product line. It has the same material for the transducers. The Studio 520c uses a horn design so the timbre differences will be noticeable.
Answered by: Steven M
Date published: 2019-03-07

Excuse my lack of knowledge but would I be Able to use this speaker with my new Samsung QLED TV, it only has HDMI inputs on the rear of the TV, How would I go about Connecting if it is possible.

Asked by: Hank26
Unfortunately, the JBL Studio 520C and any of our Studio loudspeakers cannot be connected directly to any TV without the use of an amplifier or receiver. We recommend the use of Harman Kardon's receivers found on https://www.harmankardon.com/audio-video-receivers/ for best results.
Answered by: Steven M
Date published: 2018-12-09

Can the 520c be used for left and right channel duty also?

Asked by: Rocco2000
Thanks for reaching out. Yes, you can also use this as your left and/or right speakers. If you have other questions or inquiries, please submit a case request at https://www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you.
Answered by: Jayson D
Date published: 2019-04-08

studio 230’s in front, 210 satellites in back, a small sub (I live in condo) running a Denon AVR-X2300.  I was trying to purchase the 235c to complete my system, but it has been back ordered, I am correct in assuming that the 520c isn’t a good match?

Asked by: subdude1986
Hello! Studio 520C is a good match for the system. It matches the specs of the receiver and range of your front speakers, it is a good fit for your current system.
Answered by: Nick F
Date published: 2018-11-28

Is there any issue pairing the Studio 520C with Studio 230 for front L & R and Studio 210 for rears? My concern is differing normal impedance. I have a Denon AVR-2400H. 

Asked by: Derka2
We would like to work with you directly to help you with your issue. Please submit a case request at https://www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you.
Answered by: Steven M
Date published: 2018-11-28

does this speaker come with an aux cord? If not, what type of Aux cord do I need to get?

Asked by: millie
These speakers does not come with an RCA cable and does not use an aux cable , You'll need to get 8 gauge wires to connect it to your receiver.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-10-23
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