Studio 520C



25 – 150 watts suggested amplifier power range

JBL engineers have designed the Studio 520C centre-channel loudspeaker to deliver robust sound from a compatible AVR (audio/video receiver) or 25- to 150-watt power amplifier, whether you are using it as a stand-alone unit or as the centerpiece of a surround-sound system.


Dual 4" (100mm) 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 520C centre-channel loudspeaker delivers accurate low-frequency sounds from a pair of 4-inch (100-millimetre) ribbed PolyPlas woofers. The ribs improve strength while reducing distortion. The result is rich, articulate bass.


Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet assembly

Thanks to a heavy-duty Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet assembly, the Studio 520C centre-channel loudspeaker’s dual low-frequency woofers deliver highly focused bass. The result is pristine, articulate sound.


1" (25mm) high-frequency compression driver

The JBL Studio 520C centre-channel 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 includes a one-piece Teonex® diaphragm/surround assembly fitted with a 1-inch (25-millimetre) 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 reverberations, reflections off walls, and other artefacts. The Studio 520C centre-channel loudspeaker features a glass-filled ABS Bi-Radial high-frequency horn that delivers professional-level sound to your home.


Low-loss, two-way crossover network

The Studio 520C centre-channel loudspeaker’s low-loss, two-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 520C centre-channel 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 520C speaker.


Sturdy 3/4" (19mm) MDF enclosure

The Studio 520C centre-channel loudspeaker’s cabinet is built with the same attention to perfection as every other component. Rigid, heavily braced MDF (medium-density fibreboard) materials prevent unwanted resonances, while non-parallel surfaces eliminate sonic interference.


Exclusive design

The same attention to detail that went into the 520C centre-channel loudspeaker’s technical design was paid to creating a powerful, sophisticated look that will fit within even the most discerning householder’s décor. The 520C is available in a black or cherry finish.

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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

Two-way dual-woofer, center-channel

Audio Specifications

Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power
Frequency Response
Crossover Frequencies
Nominal Impedance
6 ohms
(2.83V/1m) 88dB


Height (mm)
Depth (in)
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Weight (kg)
Width ( in)
Weight (lb)
Depth (mm)
Width (mm)

Control and Connection Specifications

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

What's in The Box?

  • 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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Reviews and Q&A

Customer Reviews

Product Q&A

Hi, will a Yamaha TSR-7850 drive this speaker at it’s full potential in movie mode? Or will there be power lacking?

Asked by: James P
I have a TSR-5810 and it powers this just fine in my 3.1 setup (530's for left and right with a 550 sub). In my living room it can take it to the point I'd need to wear earplugs to listen.
Answered by: Jeffoffline
Date published: 2021-06-06

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: 2021-06-06

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: 2021-06-06

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: 2021-06-06

Hi, I have a tv that is on a mantle mount so the tv can be brought down to eye level. I wanted to have this installed above my tv but it doesn't seem to have mounting holes. Is there a system yall have available that can help me with this?

Asked by: PeteyP
Upon checking, our mounting systems all require mounting holes on the speakers and are specific to the speaker model. We recommend checking out 3rd party solutions at this point.
Answered by: Homer DLR
Date published: 2021-06-06

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 for best results.
Answered by: Steven M
Date published: 2021-06-06

Can I replace the center speaker of a 5.1 Acoustimass Bose system with one Studio 520c for the center?

Asked by: DragonEyes76
Yes you can, you may have to check if our JBL Studio 520C would blend in well with the 5.1 Acoutsimass Bose system. If you have more questions, please contact us here.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2021-06-06

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 and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you.
Answered by: Jayson D
Date published: 2021-06-06
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