Arena 125C


Center Channel Loudspeaker

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Hear a center channel that isn’t just talk

Say goodbye to distorted dialogue with the JBL Arena 125C. The 2-way center channel loudspeaker’s dual 5.5” (140mm) woofers, rear-firing tuned ports, and HDI waveguide provide lifelike clarity and accuracy to every moment of any given film, TV show, or game.


General Specifications

Recommended Amplifier Power 20 - 150W

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response 90 Hz - 40 kHz
Sensitivity 89 dB
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms
Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 20 - 150W
Crossover Frequencies 2.5kHz – 18 dB/octave


Width ( in) 21-1/2
Width (mm) 546
Height (in) 7-1/32
Height (mm) 179
Depth (mm) 200
Weight (lb) 15.4
Depth (in) 7-7/8
Weight (kg) 7.0
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Arena 125C is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound Thanks, JBL, for helping to make our surround sound system "complete" with this speaker.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed Bought them a little bit ago and absolutely love them. Use them all the time
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME It is very fast and nice!!!! I would defiantly recommend buying this product!!!!!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great living room speaker Great Center Speaker The center speaker by far is the most important speaker in anyone's A/V setup. Over 70% of all speaker sound is from your center. The JBL Arena 125 is the best sounding center I have ever owned. I have matched the Arena 125 with Arena 180 tower speakers in the front and they work together nicely. The Arena 125 has two ported holes in the back of the speaker which adds a nice amount of bass to the tone. The speaker picks up sounds that I haven't heard before from TV programs that I have watched many times. You would have a difficult time finding a speaker that sounds better than this JBL for under $1,000.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice They nice. I am just doing this to get more entires in contest
Date published: 2017-04-11
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I have a sony str-dh520 av receiver,and a pair of jbl es30 speakers. would the arena 125 center speaker work well in this system ? what kind of tweeter does it have?

Asked by: billy b
The perfect match for the ES30 would be the ES25C. Unfortunately, the ES25C is no longer available. The closest match is the ARENA 125. While it is not a perfect match, sonically, it is very close. The ARENA 125 has a horn loaded 1" soft dome tweeter.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Would the Arena 125C pair well with the Loft 40s? Looking to improve dialogue quality and if not which one would you recommend?

Asked by: lostelric
Yes, ARENA 125C would pair well with your LOFT 40. If you're looking for a home theater system to better match your existing speaker, here are the general rules to picking out speakers/receivers for your system. 1. Make sure the receiver can handle the impedance/ohms of the speakers. Typical impedance and 8 ohms is almost never a problem. 2. Make sure that the speakers you choose can handle the power rating of your receiver. If you have a 100 watt per channel receiver, be sure the speakers you choose have a wattage rating of 100 watts or higher. 3. Stick with the same series of speaker, so that all of the speakers have the same sonic tonal quality, giving you a seamless transition when sound travels from one speaker to another. For example, if you select the ARENA 125C floor standing speakers for your front speakers, be sure to select the arena series center and bookshelf speakers for your rears.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Can you connect the speaker wires to the Arena 125C using banana plugs?

Asked by: Drdan5858
Yes , You can use banana plugs for the Arena 125C for your speaker connections.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

What are the dimensions of the speaker box?

Asked by: Gary B
The Arena 125 C’s dimensions are on this page under Specs. Just click on the Dimensions tab to see the speaker’s dimensions.
Answered by: Jaycob at CustomerService
Date published: 2018-02-15

What is the Max power that this center speaker will take. I thought I saw 20Watts. Is that correct?

Asked by: Leroy
Thank you for your inquiry, the minimum and maximum power wattage requirement is 20-150w
Answered by: Randy at JBL
Date published: 2017-12-02

I have a pair of JBL Control 1 Pro speakers which are 4 Ohm speakers. This Arena 125C is 8 ohm's . Would it be a problem to mix the impedance in my home theater?

Asked by: Edylc
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: 2018-02-14

Just got this speaker and was wondering if I should set my center channel on my receiver to "large full range speaker" or "small"? The small setting uses my subwoofer's crossover at 80hz. The large setting sends the full frequency band to the speaker.

Asked by: kingphisher
It is okay to set the size to small since you have a subwoofer to take care of the bottom frequencies. This would then only send frequencies at 80Hz above which will not force your ARENA 125C to play the sub frequencies and work harder than it should.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-02-14

Would the Arena 125C pair well with my JBL XTi 80 speakers?  If not what would you recommend?

Asked by: Guramis
Yes, These should be a good center channel for the pair of speakers.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2017-12-27
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