Studio 290


3-way Dual 8” Floorstanding Loudspeaker

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Clear the floor and let the sound through

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.


General Specifications

Type 3-way Dual 8" Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response 38 Hz – 22 kHz
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms
Sensitivity 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


Width (mm) 273
Weight (lb) 55.2
Depth (mm) 330
Width ( in) 10-3/4
Weight (kg) 25
Height (in) 47-1/8
Height (mm) 1197
Depth (in) 13

Control and Connection Specifications

Connector Type Dual gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals with bi-wire capability
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Studio 290 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
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
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 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 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 1 out of 5 by from GOOD SPEAKERS BUT.......BAD CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE I bought a pair of 290's just before Black Friday...speakers arrived in just so-so condition - side of the carton was damaged and you could see in the side of the speakers...i was very worried but on opening found it just about OK - on the top glossy surfaces of the speaker on one of them there were some spots or scratches....not sure....anyway i was keen to listen to them so BI-AMPED them and played a few favorites...sounded just OK...after a few hours however the bass increased and i fiddled with the equalizer settings on my MARANTZ SR 7005...and then these speakers opened up much better and by day 3 they were very good. Now for the BAD part....since Black Friday deals started JUST after i bought these ..i requested JBL to check if they could adjust and honor the BF prices & possibly refund me the difference in price (what i paid versus what it was listed for) - difference was only about 70 $ (if i recall)....the initial email from the rep suggested this could be done...but then to my UTTER disappointment they said i would have to RETURN these REALLY HEAVY (65 LBS each) speakers and order them AGAIN.....I pleaded with them that due (my upcoming international travel for many weeks ) and the fact that the already damaged cartons were probably not sturdy enough they stuck to thier point - it did not really MAKE ANY SENSE to do this.....but they insisted and said that WAS THE ONLY WAY....well THEY JUST LOST A CUSTOMER FOR LIFE>>>>WILL NEVER EVER AGAIN BUY A JBL PRODUCT.....and I do buy a lot of Electronics....i was amazed that they could not just do an adjustment of prices....it was not the money but the principle of their STUPID argument that did it for me....I guess they realize that for an average consumer - it will be VERY DIFFICULT TO REPACK THESE LARGE AND HEAVY SPEAKERS AND MANUALLY CARRY THEM BACK TO UPS...they are banking on customer reluctance and exploiting it FULLY...NOT GOOD AT ALL in my view...SORRY but that's the story....I asked the REP to contact his seniors with my story.....but guess it will never go anywhere... RS
Date published: 2017-12-02
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The specs mention Bi-Wire Capabilities. Can the speakers be setup in a Bi-Amp configuration? I have read about Bi-Wiring and it looks does not really make any audible difference, nor any additional control apart from maybe varying the ohms to the amp....

Asked by: Snoopy
Bi-wiring allows two benefits. You can separate the load of mids and highs to one amplifier and lows to another. Or you can increase the output from a single amplifier by increasing the load by reducing the resistance (ohms). For example, bi-wiring a pair of 8 ohm speakers to a single amp will be as if you are running four 8 ohm speakers from that amp, making the resistance on the amp down to 4 ohms. Most amps provide about 50% more power when this is done, but it is more load (work) on the amp.
Answered by: ward53
Date published: 2018-01-16

Is the Studio 290 a better alternative than a Studio L880? Which Harman Kardon AVR is recommended for two Studio 290? Thanks for your answers

Asked by: Carlos Mesa
The main difference between the two is the STUDIO 290 speaker can handle up to 225 watts while the STUDIO L880 can handle up to 200 watts. This means that any receiver with a power output of 225 watts per channel or less will work fine with these speakers. With that said, STUDIO L880 has a lesser wattage handling than the STUDIO 290, making the STUDIO 290 a more logical choice.
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

freq range is 38hz-22khz is this +-3db or more ? sensitivity is 91 db is it 2,83v/1m or 1w/1m and is it free space or half space ? I definitely need accurate values to check that they are capable of 40hz @ 110db @ 1m with how much required power ?

Asked by: Jef2628
Here is a detailed specification outline of the speaker: Nominal Impedance 8 ohms Max Amp Power 225 watts* Frequency Response 38Hz - 22kHz (-6dB) Sensitivity 91dB (2.83V@1m) Crossover Frequency 550Hz / 3.8kHz
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

hi there, I'm considering buying a pair of the studio 290s along with an Onkyo TX-NR555 amp: All Channels 130 W/Ch (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1% THD, 1 Channel Driven, IEC) 160 W/Ch (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 Channel Driven, JEITA) Would that work well?

Asked by: nostradaanos
Hi, Thank you for your question. Yes, the Studio 290 will work with your Onkyo receiver, but the speakers are more powerful than what your receiver has of power. To get more out of the speakers in general, upgrading your receiver with one that is more powerful will give you full benefits of the speaker. If you need more assistance, please contact us at customer.service@harman.com
Answered by: Danny HARMAN
Date published: 2017-12-02

In a 5.1 setup, I have the Studio 290's for my fronts, the 235C for center and the 230' for the rears. I have been having a hard time deciding where to set the individual crossovers for all them. I know rooms vary, but, any recommendation? Thanks

Asked by: PSAV1500
This is a tough one. There are several schools of thought on this. Many feel that you should set each speaker at whatever the natural roll-off of each speaker is. So, for example, the STUDIO 290 rolls off at 38Hz, so you would set your crossover at 40Hz to let the sub take over where the speaker leaves off. Others, myself included, feel that there is no reason to make the receiver amplifier or the speaker work so hard to reproduce the really low frequencies, not if you have a sub there to take over and do all of that extra work. So, with this thinking, you would set each speaker to 80Hz (a great starting point), as long as their natural roll-off is lower than 80Hz. If you happen to have a speaker that rolls off at 100Hz, then set that one for 100Hz, and so on.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Hi. I have HK3770 and want to buy JBL Studio 290. Would IT have enough power to to play clear and loud. Thank you

Asked by: Adam C
The STUDIO 290 speaker can handle up to 225 watts. This means that any receiver with a power output of 225 watts per channel or less will work fine with these speakers. With that said, the STUDIO 290 can handle the power rating of your HK3770 which has a power output of 120 watts per channel.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Hi JBL friends! I wanted to now the main difference between the 290 studio speakers and the JBL L890 4-Way Dual 8" Floorstanding Loudspeaker - Each Model: L890BLK UPC: 050036909655 , I have the 890 and want to get another pair, which would be better?

Asked by: Nicosanin
The main difference between the two is the STUDIO 290 speaker can handle up to 225 watts while the STUDIO L890 can handle up to 250 watts per channel. This means that any receiver with a power output of 250 watts per channel or less will work fine with these speakers. Since the STUDIO L890 is discontinued, the STUDIO 290 is a perfect choice as long as your receiver outputs 250 watts per channel or less.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Studio 290 vs ND310. Which would be better for a stereo setup?

Asked by: JBL 4 life
ND310 and STUDIO 290 are both 3-way speakers who’s loudness depends on power distribution. However ND310 has a bigger cabin and woofer which allow a better bass response than the STUDIO 290. I would recommend getting the ND310, but it all depends on your listening pleasure.
Answered by: Erik at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-01-01
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