Released March, 2008
The Pros:Excellent surround sound performance, gives you a sense of space. Pair well with other speakers from JBL for complete 5.1 or 7.1 systems. More than adequate bass for the average music listener.
The JBL ES20 is a 3-way bookshelf loudspeaker that sports a 5” proprietary PolyPlas shielded low-frequency subwoofer and one ¾” titanium-laminate tweeter mounted in Elliptical Oblate Spheriodal waveguides for improved high-frequency dispersion anywhere in the room.
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The first bookshelf speaker in the JBL ES series, the ES20 competes with the CSB5 bookshelf and on-wall loudspeaker from the JBL Cinema Sound series. Unlike the CSB5, the JBL ES20 maintains an ultra-high frequency that reaches up to 40kHz (versus 30kHz), thereby reproducing more accurate high-definition audio. In addition, the JBL ES20 features a super-elegant cabinet design with a slender profile built from a wood-like and textured high-quality vinyl, not to mention cellulose-fiber cones reinforced with a Polymer-coating for a “uniform pistonic motion” that results in no internal resonance and a more precise bass. The JBL ES20 also includes a bass-reflex port for extended bass responses, EOS waveguides that evenly disperse high frequencies to deliver a more accurate imaging, a straight-line signal path crossover network that preserves clarity and detail, and dual gold-plated 5-way speaker terminals.. The JBL ES20 is priced at $199.99, making it a major bargain for consumers not trying to spend too much for a quality bookshelf speaker. The ES20 is available is either black, cherry, or bleech.
- Frequency Response: 65Hz – 40kHz (–6dB)
- Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power: 125 Watts
- Power Handling (Continuous/Peak): 60 Watts/240 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 86dB
- Crossover Frequencies: 3300Hz – 24dB/octave; 12000Hz – 18dB/octave
- Low-Frequency Transducers: 5” (130mm) PolyPlas; shielded, EOS waveguide
- High-Frequency Transducer: 3/4" (19mm) Titanium-laminate dome, shielded, EOS waveguide
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 12-1/2" x 6-7/8" x 8"
- Weight: 10.3 lb (4.6kg)
User Reviews (1)
excellent surround sound performance, gives you a sense of space
pair well with other speakers from JBL for complete 5.1 or 7.1 systems
more than adequate bass for the average music listener
midrange and highs are pure and clear, plenty of detail
highs are crisp without getting too harsh
setup is very simple, work with well designed binding posts and don't need independent power sources
enough output volume to fill a small room with sound easily, and perform well in medium sized rooms
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