Studio 530



25 – 125 watts suggested amplifier power range

JBL engineers have designed the Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker to deliver robust sound from a compatible AVR (audio/video receiver) or 25- to 125-watt power amplifier, whether you are using it as a stand-alone unit or as part of a surround-sound system.


5-1/4" (130mm) ribbed PolyPlas woofer cone

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 530 bookshelf loudspeaker delivers accurate low-frequency sounds from a 4-inch (100-millimeter) ribbed PolyPlas woofer. 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 530 bookshelf loudspeaker’s low-frequency woofer delivers highly focused bass. The result is pristine, articulate sound.


1" (25mm) high-frequency compression driver

The JBL Studio 530 bookshelf 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-millimeter) 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, sound reflections off walls, and other artifacts. The Studio 530 bookshelf 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 530 bookshelf loudspeaker’s low-loss, two-way crossover network ensures a clean transition for sound coming from individual low- and high-frequency drivers, thereby reducing distortion while improving clarity.


Bi-wire capability

The Studio 530 bookshelf 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 way you can use the Studio 530 speaker.


Sturdy 3/4" (19mm) MDF enclosure

The Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker’s cabinet is built with the same attention-to-sound-perfection as every other component. Rigid, heavily braced materials prevent unwanted resonance, while non-parallel surfaces eliminate sound interference.


Exclusive design

The same attention to detail that went into the Studio 530 bookshelf 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 530 is available in a black or cherry finish.

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Item# STUDIO 530BK


Professional technology in a bookshelf loudspeaker.

The JBL® Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeaker brings professional-quality sound to the home experience. The Studio 530 takes the technology that JBL engineers developed for pro-audio loudspeakers and uses it to deliver accurate and powerful sound to your living room. And it’s versatile: the Studio 530 can replay a left-channel signal, a right-channel signal or surround-sound channels. The Studio 530 features a 1-inch (25-millimeter) tweeter mounted on a glass-filled Bi-Radial® horn – the technology that JBL concert-sound systems use – to deliver concise, sustained high frequencies. A 5-1/4-inch (130-millimeter) PolyPlas™ cone with a Symmetrical Field Geometry™ (SFG) magnet assembly handles low frequencies.

General Specifications

Two-way bookshelf

Audio Specifications

Nominal Impedance
6 ohms
Frequency Response
(-6dB) 45Hz-40kHz
(2.83V@1m) 86dB
Crossover Frequencies


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Depth (mm)
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Control and Connection Specifications

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

What's in The Box?

  • 2 Studio 530 bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 horn covers
  • 2 port tube inserts
  • 2 cards with adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner’s manual

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Reviews and Q&A

Customer Reviews

Product Q&A

The specifications for these speakers state "Dual gold-plated binding posts (bi-wire capable)". But, can these speakers be Bi-Amped?

Asked by: Sam97
Yes it can, you will need to have an amplifier capable of Bi-amping speakers so it would work with our JBL Studio 530. If you have more questions, please contact us here.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2021-06-06

I have a Sony STR-DG710 Receiver that is pretty old at this point. Is there anything I should be concerned about running the 530's and a 520c as a center for a 3 speaker set up and a SVS PB12-NSD sub?

Asked by: toolshedd
Our JBL Studio 530 is compatible with your Sony receiver so there aren't any concerns aside from making sure it's connected properly. If you need more help, please contact us here.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2021-06-06

Hi I was thinking about buying these speakers but I wanted to make sure they work with my receiver. My receiver is a Pioneer Elite VSX-92THX. 

Asked by: Bluthe
The STUDIO 530 speakers can handle up to 125 watts of RMS power. Your receiver can put out up to 130 watts of RMS power. The difference of 5 watts will not be enough to make a difference. As long as you don't crank you receiver to the max, causing it to send distortion to the speakers, you will not have any problem.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

Howdy,  Would there be any negatives in in installing these horizontally?  (such as goofy dispersion patterns?) 

Asked by: marimbaguy
While it is true that a horn can and will drastically effect the dispersion of the sound, these horns are designed to give even dispersion all the way around. So there will be no harm in doing a horizontal install. They will sound great.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

The Studio 530 is backordered until April 2016...will I be charged now or when the speakers ship?

Asked by: jimmyk
Hello, Thank you for your inquiry. When the order ships. Best Regards.
Answered by: Zoltan
Date published: 2021-06-06

I'm thinking about purchasing these. I was curious if my Denon DRA-635R would power these properly?

Asked by: Zeltergiest
Hi, the old Denon has 80watts/channel according to a quick google. Will they work? Sure. But.....that these speaker are very inefficient. This is helped by a slightly lower impendance of 6 Ohm which is a tad friendlier for your amp. For background listening it is fine, but when hosting a party beware - you will want to crank up the volume more than the receiver can handle. That means the amplifier will go 'clipping' and these will generally fry your tweeters. Also for the other amp related questions: In contrary to the JBL advice, I suggest you will use a heavier amplifier than the speaker rating. Why? A couple of reasons. 1. Clipping caused by a too weak amp will damage your speakers more than overpowering your speakers from an amp delivering too much power (shortly that is). You cannot hear clipping until it is too late, but you can hear the distortion when you crank up your speakers too far and you'll be rushing to the volume knob to lower the volume before much harm is done. 2. Depending on the construction of your amplifier, most of them will have lower distortion when they're not being pushed to the max. I recommend twice the amount of power (in this case a 250w/ch amp would be fine. 3. Some speakers are hard to drive. These speakers benefit from a good solid amp. In short, these are amazing speakers for the price, but given the low sensitivity, do not use them on weak amps. If you listen at reasonable levels (also mind the neighbors) a bigger amp is no issue. It is not a party speaker, it is hifi - and hold it's ground through a lot of seriously priced high-end speakers. A bargain if you can find them.
Answered by: Dirkjan
Date published: 2021-06-06

I am using Pioneer VSX-44 bi-amp to power the speakers. The volume is quite low even at close to max level. And if I turn off the subwoofer, there is no bass from the 530. Anything wrong? Should I use single wire or bi-wire instead of bi-amp?

Asked by: dm484
Thanks for reaching out. Please check if your receiver has an OSD under speaker type, crossover settings, or subwoofer settings. If you need more help, please reach out to Pioneer's customer support.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2022-10-09

Can you pair with a soundbar

Asked by: Alyssa276
Please note that our JBL Studio 530 requires a receiver or amplifier to power the speakers. For us to determine the compatibility of your soundbar with the Studio 530, We'd like to work with you directly, please contact our customer support for assistance.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2023-03-17

Hey guys, are these good for nearfield listening? I need something that will still image well, and produce it's intended frequency range within the confines of a small studio setting (desktop). I will only be about 3 ft from them. Please advise, thanks!

Asked by: Xyrium
Yes, the STUDIO 530 speakers are perfect for a near field situation. Being that you will be 3 feet from them, the speakers should be 3 feet apart for proper stereo imaging.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

I read the recommended power to drive these Studio 530's is 125W. I have a Yamaha RX-V683 avr. Will it be enough?

Asked by: robusto400
Our JBL Studio 530 will work with your Yamaha RX-V683. Please take note to regulate the volume where the speaker will not produce distortion to avoid damage.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2022-12-08

I need to know when the studio 530 book shelf speakers will be back in stock the pice is $199

Asked by: Zman yes me
Our JBL Studio 530 currently retails for $599.95. We don't have any news to share about its future promotions and pricing. You could sign up for our newsletter or follow us on our social media channels for news and updates.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2023-04-09

Hi, it's possible make it work the Studio 530 like stereo set with a yamaha receiver RX-v373 5.1? Thanks.

Asked by: Ethanz
If you are looking to set-up a 5.1 system, you can use the STUDIO 530 as part of that 5.1 system but if you are only looking to set-up a stereo system, then you can use just a pair of STUDIO 530's as your stereo speakers.
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

I have a vintage H/K 330C rated at 8 ohms and 25 watts. I would love to pair them with these speakers in a near field configuration. Volume would never really be cranked bc of the location to me. Once connected, will they be ok and not damage each other? 

Asked by: gulag
Absolutely!! The STUDIO 530 speakers will sound great with the HK330C. This is a great match.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

I use a Sony str dn 1080 receiver which delivers 100w max into a 6 ohm load. I have an Atmos setup with two subs. Could my amp power the 530's properly? I want them as my new front speakers.

Asked by: Equigs
Hi there, thanks for your interest in our product. Our Studio 530 will work as it should along with your Sony receiver since both units are loaded 6 ohms.
Answered by: Kris A
Date published: 2021-06-06

It appears as though an 8ohm rated receiver will power these efficiently Am I right? I see they are 6ohm rated and I dont want to have any power issues. I am using Denon AVR X2200. Want them for L/R front speakers for movies.

Asked by: Mark Hotochin
Yes, the STUDIO 530 speaker would work perfectly fine with your DENON AVR X2200. The STUDIO 530 can handle 125W at 6 Ohms. While your DENON AVR X2200 will provide 125W L/R at 6 or 8 Ohms.
Answered by: Erik at Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

Can it pair with a jbl 5.1 soundbar

Asked by: Alyssa276
Our JBL Bar 5.1 is a stand-alone soundbar system and can't be added or paired with any additional speakers.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2023-03-19

Whats the max watts you can safely put through these speakers is it actually 120watt?

Asked by: mrcameron
This speaker has a maximum recommended amplifier power rating of 125 watts of RMS power per channel. We cannot recommend that you exceed that rating.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

Will these work well as surrounds with a pair of L112’s? I recently purchased the Studio 520C and am considering these for the rear. The 520C is a great addition and am loving it. Just need rear speakers to finally have surround sound in my house.

Asked by: JMF1
Our JBL Studio 530 would work with your JBL L112's since they sound good with the JBL Studio 520C and they would compliment each other. If you need more help, please contact us.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2021-06-06

Are these sold individually or in pairs?

Asked by: alspoll
Thank you for your inquiry. Our Studio 530 are sold in pairs.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2022-12-09

I have a Marantz PM6005 amplifier and want to get these speakers. Will I have enough power for these speakers?

Asked by: Reefman
The speakers can handle up to 125W RMS so if you would like to have loud audio without risking blowing the speakers, i highly suggest that you use an amp which has at least 100-110 W RMS output. The amp that you mentioned has an output of 40W/60W(8ohms/4ohms) so it would be a little under powered for the speakers.
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

Hello, I just purchased the studio 530...1) what sub woofer do you recommend i pair it with? 2) is the Yamaha AS701 good pair for amplifier? Please let me know!

Asked by: tc89
Your Yamaha receiver can put out up to 100 watts of RMS power per channel while these speakers can handle up to 125 watts. The STUDIO 530 speakers will be able to handle the power of your receiver without any issue.  On the other hand, the general rule when selecting a sub is to make sure it has at least twice the per channel wattage rating of the receiver. The STUDIO SUB 250P which has 200 watts of RMS power handling is a perfect choice. That being said, if you're looking for a home theater system to match your Yamaha receiver, here are the general rules to picking out speakers 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 STUDIO 580 floor standing speakers for your front speakers, be sure to select the STUDIO series center and bookshelf speakers for your rears.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06


Asked by: Troioi
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2021-06-06

Do I change the impendence to 6 on my receiver and is 90watts an channel enough power 

Asked by: Rexer
If your receiver gives you the ability to switch to 6 ohms, you should certainly do it. If it does not have a switch, you should contact your receiver manufacturer to find out if the receiver can handle a pair of 6 ohm speakers. As for wattage, 90 watts is more than enough to drive these speakers. As long as 90 watts is loud enough to accommodate your listening taste, it will definitely be fine with these speakers.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

What is the actual length and width of these ? Thanks

Asked by: Century100
Here are the actual dimensions of the speaker: Dimensions (H x W x D): 18-3/8" x 8-7/16" x 8-3/4" (467mm x 214mm x 222mm)
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2021-06-06

I have a small to medium room. How do the 530’s and 520c together preform for home theater?

Asked by: Eddie2
Our JBL Studio 530 and 520C work best together for a home theater set up since it's designed to have a balanced tone quality. You can get these and test it. If you're not satisfied with it, you can enjoy our 30 day refund period from the date of purchase.
Answered by: Jem at Customer Support
Date published: 2021-06-06

I am way over my head with this purchase. What do I need to connect these to my audio-technical turntable. It only has an analog out port.

Asked by: Shauna22
Thanks for reaching out. It is possible to connect your audio-technical turntable to the AUX input of the AVR (Audio/Video Receiver) that the JBL Studio 530 is connected to. Depending on the turntables output specifications, a phono-preamplifier will in most cases be necessary to connect in-between. You may reach out to our Customer Service Team If you need further assistance.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2022-04-01

What is the dispersion of the horn?

Asked by: Denny A
When our JBL Studio 530 is set at 10kHz, the tweeter has a 100-degree dispersion. This narrows as you go higher in frequencies. At 20kHz, it is down to 40 degrees.
Answered by: Rhae
Date published: 2021-06-06

I am so impressed listening to my friends pair of JBL 530 speakers. I am wondering if JBL will consider making more of them. I was pleasantly surprised by these and would desperately love to own a pair of them. I have been a fan of JBL for many years.

Asked by: Charlestheveteran
So far we haven't discussed anything yet about creating these speakers again as we have the Studio 2 series that is our current home audio system and would deliver better high frequency versatility, thanks to the pivoting and level adjusting feature for the tweeter. The pivoting feature allows you to position/direct the tweeter toward the listening area. Definitely providing a good audio quality.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2021-06-06

I have an Onkyo M5030 amplifier, P304 pre-amp, and T407 Quartz tuner. I have a set of huge loud speakers I currently use, but need the space. will these work & sound good with this setup? I need the smaller size, but still want the sound.

Asked by: Dan1357
Our JBL Studio 530 can handle 25W-125W at 6 ohms. According to the specifications of your amplifier, it is compatible with our Studio 530. It is the smallest size in the Studio series.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2022-11-14

Can you please put these back on sale I would buy them in a heartbeat?

Asked by: Joshmichael
Thanks for your interest. Our JBL Studio 530 currently retails at $599.95. We don't have news to share about when it will be back on sale. However, you could sign up for the JBL Newsletter or continue following us for news and updates.
Answered by: Customer Support
Date published: 2022-05-05
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