Studio 280


3-way Dual 6.5” Floorstanding Loudspeaker

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The standing ovation your floor’s been waiting for

One legacy of relentless innovation – with dual 6.5” drivers We knew it was time again for us to redefine the future of sound. That’s why we designed a new floorstanding loudspeaker that reaches far and above what other companies can even fathom: our new JBL® Studio 280 dual 3-way floorstanding loudspeaker. As a signature part of the new 10-piece JBL Studio 2 loudspeaker series, the Studio 280 was built to take legacy sound and forward-thinking technology up to unrivaled heights. 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 Studio 280 does just that. Its dual 6.5” PolyPlas midrange drivers deliver twice the signature potency and polish of JBL legacy, and a rear-firing Slipstream bass port envelops your senses in tight, accurate bass. But going farther than anyone else isn’t far enough at JBL. Inspired by our own work in developing the world’s most legendary recording studios, we invested our Studio 280 with the kind of tech that makes for true cinema-grade listening. We made improvements like a 1” CMMD® Lite high-frequency driver that ensures low-distortion, and a High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide design that offers pinpoint sound imaging and firm natural balance. We braced the loudspeaker’s interior from edge-to-edge in order to minimize cabinet flexing, and eliminate bass distortion. Then we capped it with 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 – at first look and first listen.


General Specifications

Type 3-way Dual 6.5" Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Audio Specifications

Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 20 – 200 W
Sensitivity 89 dB
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms
Frequency Response 40 Hz – 22 kHz

Speaker Specifications

Low-Frequency Transducer Dual 165mm (6.5") PolyPlas low-frequency transducers
High-Frequency Transducer 25mm (1") CMMD® Lite high frequency dome
Midrange Transducer Single 100mm (4") PolyPlas midrange transducer


Depth (mm) 284
Height (in) 44-1/4
Height (mm) 1124
Weight (lb) 45.2
Width ( in) 9-5/16
Width (mm) 237
Depth (in) 11-3/16
Weight (kg) 20.5

Control and Connection Specifications

Connector Type Dual gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals with bi-wire capability
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Studio 280 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good sound, Good quality first of all i want to talk about the size, they are big speakers if you have a very small room they will not fit proper and if it was me i was not going to use them in bedroom. my living room is 8 by 8 meters and they fit in this area very well. built quality is very good and they seem very durable their appearance is somehow classic and​ piano looking, from the first look they show that they are high end products. if I go to the sound i have to say that they are AMAZING. as JBL says hear the truth they really work in that way. before i go for them I heard Klipsch, KEF and monitor studio speakers but i was looking for pure sound so i choose them. if you are looking for a set of speakers with detailed and powerful sound they are great choice. I use Denon AVR x520 BT receiver with them and they sound great.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent way to enter the world of hi-fi These speakers were my first proper speakers that I paid for in the excess of 100$. I have had terrible, ok, and not too bad speakers before, but these felt like I had gotten something really premium back then. Today I have various speakers that cost as much as the 280's together or even more, yet I still consider them excellent value for money. There are obviously better speakers in the world, but they will cost you a lot more, there is very little competition for the 280 at it's price in my opinion. There certainly are more expensive speakers that don't perform nearly as well too. Music, movies or games, none leave me wanting something else. They are great and I don't see any faults in them, kind of wish there was on option to pay twice the money and get the same speakers with better quality components in them to upgrade my Studio 280 main speakers. They have a slight emphasis on the mid frequencies and things like that ultimately boil down to personal preferances though. Because of that emphasis, I also recommend you get a subwoofer for the sake of balance and then you should be all set and ready to rock! The top of the speakers likes to gather dust because of it's glossy surface which is easily scratched, which is the only negative I can think of. Instead of that glossy material, that money could have been spent on something else in the speaker. Again, personal preferances though, nothing fundamental. Great speakers overall, I recommend them with a subwoofer if possible for people who want to jump into the world of hifi. They really benefit from a subwoofer though, not because of some issues with lower frequencies but because their strength lies in the mid frequency in my opinion and by using a subwoofer you can really reinforce this strong point and get a well balanced system no matter if it's stereo or surround. At this price point, you want a speaker that specializes in something instead of a jack-of-all-trades to build a good sounding system and the Studio 280 is a true mid range specialist that can hold it's own alone but also plays well with others.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Dynamics Using the 280`s (floor- and centerspeaker) for over a year now together with a Harman Kardon AVR265. Deep bass, very well balanced middle and one of the clearest high I ever heard in a speaker of this priceclass. Very happy with them!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely good speakers With a good receiver, these speakers would rival any speakers 10 times it price. My experience was pure and utter amazement. If you could demo it, do give it a try
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good speaker I like the speakers. I had bought it to play with Marantz PM 8005 and cd 6005. It sounds good. But I am being told by your dealers that these are not the musical speakers that you have bought , it is to be played in a home theatre system. I should have looked at some other option. Is that true?
Date published: 2017-02-18
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Which Harman Kardon AVR is recommended for two Studio 280?

Asked by: Carlos Mesa
Any of our Harman Kardon AVR's would work with the STUDIO 280 as they would not exceed the rated power handling of the speakers which is at 200W(RMS). Any AVR/Amp that has a rated output of 200W(RMS) or below would work with the speaker.
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-08-31

what is crossover spec?

Asked by: ogili
The crossover frequency for the STUDIO 280 is 800Hz / 3.6kHz.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-09-03

I have old L26's and L36's stacked on top of each other in my living room. Had them re-coned twice over the years, but am thinking of upgrading. Will the Studio 280's do the trick, or is there something better? I do want as good or better bass for sound.

Asked by: 40yearJBLfan
Absolutely. The STUDIO 280 floor-standing speakers will definitely not disappoint and provide you your money’s worth. The STUDIO 280 speakers can handle up to 200W of power, and this makes it compatible with most receivers since majority would not output more than 200W per channel. Choosing the Studio 280 or 290 Floor standing speakers will give you deeper bass and better sound overall.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-10-19

As I've got only 44 inches space, please can you tell me how tall is the speaker body alone without anything at the base( carpet spike/ 4 black studs at the base of the speaker)? Thanks.

Asked by: JBL fancy man
The height without feet is 110,4 cm, which translates into just over 44 inches, so we must conclude that it does not fit into your space. A solution may be the Studio 270 instead.
Answered by: Bo Harman
Date published: 2017-08-31

Are the speakers compatible to be just used with bluetooth of a phone?

Asked by: noahparkinson
Hi Noah, No, the Studio 2 series speakers are for use only with receivers/amplifiers ( such as the JBL AVR101 ). They don't have Bluetooth connectivity. If you require further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us on customer.support@harman.com
Answered by: Kay Harman
Date published: 2017-08-31

I want to buy a pair of Studio 280 but I have the Pioneer integrated amplifier A20.Would it be ok?

Asked by: Ravind65
Hi. The Studio 280 is a very good loudspeaker, and since it is reasonably sensitive (89 dB at 1 W), your amplifier should be well suited to drive them, with a max output of 50 W per channel into 4 Ohms, so somewhat less into 8 Ohms, which is the impedance of Studio 280. For all "normal" listening, you should be just fine, since the Elites are fine sounding amplifiers. However, if you really want to go crazy with noise (or bass), drawing all the sound that they can produce from the speakers, you will need a much bigger amplifier to avoid clipping and damage. 2-300 W will be necessary. I hope this helps.
Answered by: Bo Harman
Date published: 2017-08-31

how tall r these speakers ? thanks James

Asked by: James peter
It says 44.25" in the spec. sheet download.
Answered by: smittydave
Date published: 2017-09-08

I want to buy these speakers Studio 280. I have 12" subwoofer should I use it with this speakers?

Asked by: jsadej
While the size of the subwoofer does not provide us enough information to say if it will be a great fit. The STUDIO 280 floor-standing speakers will definitely not disappoint and provide you your money’s worth. The STUDIO 280 speakers can handle up to 200W of power, and this makes it compatible with most receivers since majority would not output more than 200W per channel. Get the speakers, they perform great. Whether or not you should use it with your sub depends on how the speakers sounds when you do and do not apply the sub. It’s a matter of preference
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-08-31
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