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Arena 180


Floorstanding Loudspeaker

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A loudspeaker with hard-hitting woofers – at a low-impact price.

JBL engineers have pioneered the art of bringing world-class sound to audiences for decades. Now, with the Arena 180 floorstanding loudspeaker, they've brought the same amazing experience to your home at a price that won't burn a hole in your wallet. The Arena 180’s High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide and 1-inch (25mm) soft dome tweeter, along with two 7” (178mm) polycellulose woofers provide the accurate sound intended by top artists and engineers. Inspired by JBL's own M2 Master Reference Monitor, considered by many to be the world’s finest studio monitor, the Arena 180 is a win-win for both legacy and affordability.

Item# ARENA180BK

General Specifications

Weight (lb) 33.6 lbs
Weight (kg) 15.2 kg
Recommended Amplifier Power 20 - 225W

Audio Specifications

Sensitivity 88 dB
Frequency Response 39 Hz - 40 kHz
Crossover Frequencies 2.1kHz – 18 dB/octave
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms


Height (in) 42-3/4
Width (in) 8-17/32
Depth (in) 12-3/8


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Arena 180 is rated NaN out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! JBL claims that these speakers are inspired by the legendary M2 loudspeaker monitors. If you know about M2s or heard them you'd think that that is a pretty bold statement since M2s are arguably one of the best sounding Reference Monitors ever created. But after listening to these 180s I can understand what JBL means by "inspired". Arena 180 sounds amazingly good for its price. It probably could compete with loudspeakers in $700-$900 price range. It has a very strong and balanced low end and super crisp high frequency. The fact that it is sounding very consistent off-axis proves that it is a well-designed and well-constructed loudspeaker. Kudos to JBL!
Date published: 2016-05-25
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I have two SVS SB 2000 subwoofers two prime bookshelf speakers and a prime center speaker will these speakers fit in

Asked by: TCT65
It would depend on the amplifier you are using. The ARENA 180 can handle power of up to 225 W at 6-ohms. As long as you are using an amplifier with the same rating, it should not be a problem. But assuming that you own an SVS prime center which is a 3-way, 8 ohm speaker that has dual 6.5" woofers (20-200 watts), then I think the Studio 280s would be a better fit.
Answered by: Miko at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-03-15

Years ago I bought a pair of HLS810s, and later added an LC1 as a center channel. If I were going to buy a voice-matched set of floorstanding speakers to go for a 5.1 system, should I go for these Arena's, or the Studio lineup?

Asked by: Anonymous
The HLS810 have horn loaded tweeters, whereas the Arenas and Studio 2s do not, so both aren’t the ideal choice. Still we want to make sure at least the front 3 speaker are close to being the same. Considering that the LC1 is a 3-way speaker and rated to handle a bigger load, I would recommend the Studio 2 series (290 or 280).
Answered by: Miko at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-03-14

I just purchased Studio 230 bookshelf speakers in December. I have found my Studio 230’s sound much better when they’re raised about 15 inches off the floor. With the additional cabinet size here would I like the Arena 180 series better?

Asked by: Dale in PA
The Studio 230s are bookshelf speakers with a 1” tweeter and a 6.5” woofer, while the Arena 180s are floor-standing speakers with a 1” tweeter and dual 7” woofers. The Studio 230s will sound better when they are elevated off the ground since they ought to be placed closer to the ear level. Meanwhile, the Arena 180s are floor-standing they will be closer to the listener’s ears and will have a deeper bass response due to the bigger cabin and dual 7” woofer. Still, at the end of the day, let your ears to do the talking.
Answered by: Miko at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-03-16

What would be the long time maximum power it could support? I plan to purchase an AVR but need this data to calculate the power needs. Say if 180 support 50W long time playing, I would purchase a 100W per channel AVR to feed it well.

Asked by: TimberTrail
The ARENA 180 can safely handle a power of up to 225W continuously. This means that driving this speaker at this wattage should not cause any damage.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-02-22

I have a 7.2 receiver that is rated 100watts per channel. Since this speaker accepts power inputs between 20 and 225Watts, will this blow up since it is overpowering the receiver by 125watts?

Asked by: jimar
No. The ARENA 180 will work well with your 100W per channel receiver. The ARENA basically can handle up to 225W of power.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-01-21

Do these speakers support surround sound? Do we need an additional sub woofer for better bass?

Asked by: Dieu
Yes. If you are looking to complete a 2.1, 5.1, 7.1 or 7.2 speaker system, you can use the ARENA 180. The ARENA 180 puts out lots of bass, so you should be okay without a sub. But if you think you need to add a sub in order to get the amount of bass you desire, you can also do so. Also, if you want a true .1 system, then you must have a sub.
Answered by: Memen at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-12-09

Can they be directly connected to the tv? What are the options?

Asked by: dan40
No, the Arena 180 is a floor standing passive speaker that requires an amplifier/receiver to operate. The recommended amplifier power is 20 – 225W.
Answered by: Ross at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-01-22

Which would better with Arena 180's, Arena 125c or Studio 225c?

Asked by: Matt i
The ARENA 125C is a great speaker that can handle an awful lot of power, up to 150W, and it sounds great. Though the STUDIO 225C is a center-speaker made of better components, we would advise that you go for the ARENA. This keeps you in the same series and make sure that you will get the best balanced quality that you can get, as sound shifts from one speaker to the next. ARENA 125C is the best way to go.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2016-11-21
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