Studio 290

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The speaker has now taken the floor There’s home theater… then there’s the full-on JBL home theater experience. As an impressive member of the 10-piece JBL Studio 2 loudspeaker series, the Studio 290 3-way dual 8” floorstanding speaker vaults you into a world where legacy sound-craft and leading technology shape a listening experience that carriesthe kind of power and precisionyou’ve only ever heard at movie theaters. The Studio 290 loudspeaker packs dual 8” PolyPlas drivers that bring you two times the show-stopping vocal clarity and tight, accurate bass thatare hallmarks of the Studio 2 Series. Not only that, a built-in High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide design and a 1” CMMD Lite high-frequency driver bring you a loudspeaker that takes its performance cues from JBL’s own legendary M2 Master Reference Monitor. Combine all this with the sleek, urbane design of the loudspeaker itself – both inside and out – and you’re dealing with a rare breed of sonic horsepower and brainpower ready to define its era.
At a Glance:
  • Dual 8” PolyPlas drivers deliver unrivaled purity, power, and realism
  • 1” CMMD® Lite high-frequency driver and High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide bring cinema-grade imaging and natural balance to your listening experience
  • Visually striking 21st century design features that can’t fail to seduce
What's in the Box:
  • Carpet Spikes x 4
  • JBL® Studio 290 3-way Dual 8" Floorstanding Loudspeaker
  • Owner’s Manual
Clear the floor andlet the sound through You knew it was coming. You can’t expect JBL engineers to rest when it comes to redefining home theater sound. Introducing our new JBL® Studio 290 dual 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker – a towering piece of sound-craft that goes far and beyond what otherscould only imagine. A signature part of our new 10-piece JBL Studio 2 loudspeaker series, the Studio 290 has been tested relentlessly in the world’s most advanced sound research lab – our own – as well as pitted against competitors in real world comparative listening studies. The results are in: the Studio 290 takes the crown for legacy and technology. Its dual 8” PolyPlas drivers deliver twice the potency and precision of signature JBL sound. A rear-firing Slipstream bass port envelops your senses in tight, accurate bass. But these are just for starters: we’re aiming for the record books. Taking cues from our own work in developing some of the world’s most legendary recording studios, we’ve given the Studio 290 the kind of home audio experience that’s normally reserved for premium movie theaters. We’ve added improvements like a 1” CMMD® Lite high-frequency driver to ensure low-distortion, and a High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide design that offers pinpoint sound imaging and firm natural balance. We’ve shored up the Studio 290’s interior with edge-to-edge bracing so that there’s minimal cabinet flexing and bass distortion. Finally, we’ve introduced seductive 21st century features like gloss black paneling, soft rounded edges, and your choice of either Black or Espresso woodgrain finish. For those able to see and hear the truth, we’re confident you’ll know it – full volume – when you see and hear the Studio 290.
Product Features:
  • Dual 8” PolyPlas drivers deliver unrivaled purity, power, and realism
    The results are in from lab and listeners alike: decades of JBL acoustic research and development have made their pronounced impact. With its twin 8” PolyPlas drivers delivering twice the unrivaled accuracy and realism of JBL sound, we’ll let a masterpiece – and the truth – speak for themselves.
  • 1” CMMD® Lite high-frequency driver and High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide bring cinema-grade imaging and natural balance to your listening experience
    The apex of 67 years of pioneering sound research at our JBL labs, the Studio 290 incorporates groundbreaking innovations like a High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide design and a 1” CMMD® Lite high-frequency driver into its framework. Together, these advances let you experience your sound purely and cinematically, with all the imaging, high-frequency detail, natural balance, and full spectrum sound of advanced home theater.
  • Visually striking 21st century design features that can’t fail to seduce
    The JBL way is to make it look as good as it sounds. And with the Studio 290, we’ve made no exception. With 21st century elegance that incorporates soft-rounded edges, black gloss paneling, and soft-touch paint, we’ve built something that seduces the eye as much as it commands the ear.
Floorstanding Speaker

Floorstanding design delivers big theater sound provides a true home entertainment experience.

Legendary JBL Sound

You don't have to venture far from home to experience the legendary power of the JBL sound. Complete 5.1 home theater sound. Includes 4 satellite speakers, a center channel and room-shaking subwoofer.

Sleek, Stylish Design

High-gloss finish that compliments any room in your home.

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General Specifications:
3-way Dual 8" Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Audio Specifications:
Frequency Response
38 Hz – 22 kHz
Nominal Impedance
8 Ohms
91 dB
Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power
20 - 225W
Speaker Specifications:
Low-Frequency Transducer
Dual 200mm (8") PolyPlas low-frequency transducers
Midrange Transducer
Single 100mm (4") PolyPlas midrange transducer
High-Frequency Transducer
25mm (1") CMMD® Lite high frequency dome
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Control and Connection Specifications:
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Dual gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals with bi-wire capability
Studio 290 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice! just picked up a pair of 290s last week(before the sale of course)lol my luck!i would have to say these are an amazing speaker worth a lot more than regular retail @599.95 each!i have them hooked up to a pioneer sx1250 monster receiver and holy cow.they rock my music room!!!!!!!clean highs decent lows considering there only 8 inch speakers.ill prblly get a sub in the near future to complete my midlife crisis!my wife words not mine!thanks jbl for a great speaker at a decent price!!!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I hear everything+ I bought them a month ago and I'm so happy I did. +
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound I bought a pair of JBL Studio 290 floor standing speaker and a JBL Arena Sub 100P and my Acom audio system now sounds great!!!
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Sound These are the speakers I've wanted since I was 18 years old. The sound is incredible. It's like hearing some of the music for the first time. Could not be happier with our purchase.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds great JBL doesn't let down I bought a pair of the studio 290s about a month ago. At first i thought that the 200 dollars off the regular price that they were just not very good on sound quality. I was wrong.... these thing are just like you would expect from JBL. I have these along with the Audio 180s for my back channel on my surround sound..... the sound from both sets is like being in the show or at a concert. These will make the neighbors jealous. If you can afford these get them.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME STUDIO 290 SPEAKERS Since first heard my JBL DECADE 36 3 WAY SPEAKERS some 40 years ago I have had JBL on my mind and these Studio 290's along with my Studio 590's are just as awesome if more so than my Decade 36's
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flot design og super lyd. Jeg købte disse studio 290 for 14 dage siden, super flot design og masser af god lyd. De små finesser i musikken bliver gengivet på en flot og afbalanceret måde. Hvis jeg spiller højt bliver jeg forbavset over at man bare kan blive ved at skrue op, en bas der ikke kun kan høres, men i den grad også kan mærkes, så fedt. Ha endelig en forstærker der kan levere og er strøm stærk. Man kan bare fyre mere på.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yeah Baby! I just bought these a few months ago. I love them. The neighbors are jealous. The sound coming from out of these will blow your mind!! They literally can handle anything you throw into them. The more you play them the more you don't want to turn them off!! Ya gotta love JBL !!
Date published: 2017-10-25
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Hi, I have a vintage Mcintosh MA-230 integrated tube amp. Would these speakers pair well with this amp? I only listen to vinyl records on this amp and that is what I would be using these speakers for. Thanks, Jimmy

Asked by: Jimmy N
They should work as long as the Impedance of the amp is 8 ohms and and the power rating is between 20-225W. You should be able to get some good music out of it.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-09-18

The JBL Studio 590's are awesome and the only competitor to SVS Ultra Towers in the $2,000 a pair range. But, then there's these JBL Studio 290's. Question is : "Does the JBL Studio 290 compete with the JBL 590's and if so why pay more for the 590?"

Asked by: HTFan
The main difference is the number and type of speakers inside. The 290 has two(2) 8" woofers, one(1) 4" mid-range and a 1" tweeter while the 590 has higher quality 8" woofers and a 1" horn loaded tweeter allowing it to accept up to 250W, a higher rating than the 290. The Studio 590 will definitely deliver an extraordinarily lifelike performance.
Answered by: Minete
Date published: 2018-11-12

JBL Studio 290 vs JBL Studio 590? Which is best for 50% Home Theater 50% Music in a complete 7.1 surround system? ~ peace

Asked by: HTFan
Thank you for showing interest in our products. The JBL STUDIO 290 and JBL STUDIO 590 are both ideal for music and movie systems. It's just that the STUDIO 590 together with the rest of  Studio 5 Series speakers, were acoustically designed by renowned JBL chief engineer Greg Timbers. The loudspeaker has a combination of a 25mm (1") HF compression driver and Bi-Radial® horn with dual 200mm (8") cast-frame Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) woofers in order to deliver powerful and accurate or lifelike performance. The materials used in the STUDIO 590 was able to compensate for not having a specific driver for midrange that the STUDIO 290 has.
Answered by: Rhae
Date published: 2018-09-05

Will the JBL Studio 290 speakers work with a McIntosh 1700? I'm afraid I'll blow out either the Mac or the JBL Studio 290 speakrs.

Asked by: honeyjean
Hi! We do not have information about the Mcintosh 1700 amp to check its compatibility but the Studio 290 can handle upto 20-226W @ 8ohms. Basically it should work as long as it meets the recommended amplifier power.
Answered by: Nick F
Date published: 2018-08-03

Match well with Denon AVR-S930H receiver? 930H specs are (8 ohm, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% 2ch Drive, 90W); (6 ohm, 1 kHz, 0.7% 2ch Drive, 125W); (6 ohm, 1 kHz, 10% 1ch Drive, 185W). Don't want one to over or under power the other if it creates bad sound.

Asked by: JiQ55
Hi! Thank you for your inquiry. Looking at the specs you have provided, there should be no issues using the Studio 290.
Answered by: Gian at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-09-02

what kind of speaker wire I should use with these speakers and to the hk 3770 receiver

Asked by: Shaheen
We recommend to use 16 to 18 gauge wires.
Answered by: Zoe at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-09-25

What subwoofer, bookshelf and central speaks would you recommend along with Studio 290?

Asked by: Jay ____
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: 2018-11-04

I want to connect Studio 290 to Onkyo TX-RZ820. Is the Onkyo suitable for Studio 290? Do I need to add subwoofer? How do I have to make the bi-wired connection?

Asked by: Pacorro
Studio 290( 20W-225W @ 8 ohms) would work fine with your Onkyo TX-RZ820 (130W @ 8 ohms). If you want a simple home theater system then you will need a subwoofer and it's really not necessary to do the bi-wired connection unless you have a complex setup in mind.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-09-02
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