Studio 280


3-way Dual 6.5” Floorstanding Loudspeaker

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 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Generation JBL Sound. Love it! As most people know, JBL has their own signature sound but this one has the distinctive famous JBL highs with a bass punch that is produced by well tuned porting at a lower wattage which I am really am after for coz it matches my 65 watt tube amp very well. The result is a solid detailed mid and high with a thundering bass. I really like listening to the old 80's music even new ones as long as the sound is more analog with a rock solid bass sound like the live album of Phil Collins / Robert Palmer which I can really hear these speakers sing to me from the lowest volume to medium max without dropping. In my setup, its a sacrilege to add a subwoofer in it not just its plenty of bass but you don't want to lose the purity of the sound. This is a bit step up of the arena 170 or 180 for it has 3-way vs. 2. But non comparable for I love my Arena 170 too. On the music I listen too, they are not really that far from each other. I guess it has a lot to do with your amp setup, dialing connection and speaker to amp wattage matching. You may have a $1,000.00 or more worth of speaker but if you're amp is not matched to your speaker, you will not hear its full potential or its sweet spot. JBL has been in business for a very long time and they know what they're putting out in the shelf. They have customer service that can give you a good idea what speaker you will need close to you're setup. They have selection for entry, mid and high level. But in the end, it will be you're choice.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased I consider myself a somewhat of an audiophile, and not too much on the extreme side. The speakers look and sound amazing. I had to readjust my receiver as they increased the higher tones - I am sure this happened because my receiver had been adjusted to otjer speakers so not to blame on the 280s. Also I did not Amp bi-wire or bi-wire, there’s really no proof of better sound when using the same receiver as this may be subjective and/or a matter of personal taste. Even so the sound is warm and contained even at low levels so there was no need to bi-wire. All in all for the price and quality in them they are totally worth it and have made a newer addition to my home audio.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JBL STUDIO 280 Excellent speakers, high quality sound, excellent quality. The BEST!!!
Date published: 2018-08-20
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
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Hi! I am looking to buy a part of Studio 280, Studio 225C, Studio SUB260P and Studio 220. Would this amplifier be powerful enough to drive the whole system : Onkyo TXNR676 , as I want to really enjoy the whole power of front's (Studio 280) and the SUB260?

Asked by: krasi
Hi. We usually do not comment on products from other brands, but since this is closely connected to the use of our loudspeakers, let us try, with all kinds of reservations since we have no experience with this Onkyo. At first glance, this seems to be a massively powerful audio/video receiver. 165W per channel is a lot. But two things modify the first impression: the weight of the receiver is only 10 kg, and the stipulated power is only available it you play ONE channel, and then only for this channel. It all points to a device which may in reality be a 5x50 W AVR, when all outputs are playing simultaneously into an 8 Ohm load. It does not make that much of a difference if it is in reality 5x40 or 5x80 Watts, we can say for sure that it is not a 5x165 W device. The weight is most likely a result of using a switch-mode power supply and digital power amplifiers. This can be a fine solution, but there are limits to the raw power available. All of this is of little consequence if you listen at "reasonable" levels. The problems, if any, only start appearing if you play loud enough to push the AVR close to its limits, which you can easily do with a pair of Studio 280, if you really go loud. It is worth bearing in mind that even an increase of sound pressure level of just 3dB, which is discernible, but not much more, necessitates a doubling of the power fed to the speakers. So your power needs increase very fast if you are already playing loud. There are two ways to overcome such a problem, either limiting the power drain on the AVR by setting up the system with the main speakers set up as "small" speakers, leading all deep bass to the subwoofer, thus removing the task of driving the main speakers in the bass. Sometimes this works well, sometimes not so well. The other way is to add a more powerful power amplifier, fed from a preamplifier output on the AVR, removing the work of driving the main speakers completely from the AVR. However, as far as I can see, this AVR does not feature preamp outputs, so this solution is probably not possible. So, it all depends on your expectations. In normal, "sane" listening situations, you should be able to enjoy a very good result. If you push the system to the limit, problems will crop up due to insufficient power in the AVR. I hope this helps.
Answered by: Bo Harman
Date published: 2019-02-26

What are the crossover frequencies?

Asked by: ADRDA7
Woofer frequency range: 60Hz-1kHz Midrange frequency range: 600Hz-4kHz Tweeter frequency range: 3kHz-20kHz 
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2019-05-11

I have JBL studio 280 two pairs speakers. One pair studio 280 for front speaker and second pair studio 280 for surround speakers.  I have an idea to buy another pair JBL studio 280 for back surround, Is it a good idea or it's better to set up studio 220 

Asked by: Duka
Hello. Both the JBL Studio 280 and Studio 220 would sound great as a rear surround speaker. I would say, since you already have two sets of Studio 280, another pair of it would look great aesthetically. Now, the Studio 220 would work more than sufficiently for the same purpose, since rear speakers does not output audio most of the time on a surround system.
Answered by: Rhae
Date published: 2018-09-23

I have 280 floorstanding, 220 Bookshelf, 225C and 250P. I would have preferred if the center speaker was the 235C but it is not available here in Egypt. I wanted a better center and saw Wharfedale diamond 9.CM. Will it work well with the 280 fronts?

Asked by: r9800pro
Hi! We would love to help you with your inquiry and get more information about how your audio setup is, and the specification of your Wharfedale speaker. Please reach us at https://www.jbl.com/support-contact.html, and our Customer Service Team will be more than glad to assist you.
Answered by: Gian at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-10-09

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: 2018-10-24

What AV can you recommend me for these speakers Im looking to buy(2xStudio 280+Studio 225C+Studio 220 +Studio SUB260P),bearing in mind I want the AV to support Dolby Atmos,DTSX,Wifi,Bluetooth?Also what's difference between Studio 270/280?

Asked by: krasi
Hi Thank you for the question Harman/Kardon Doesn't have an AV-receiver which supports Dolby Atmos or wi-fi. and the difference between JBL Studio 270/280 is that the 280 has two 6,5" bass drivers as the 270 only has one.
Answered by: Mogens
Date published: 2017-12-02

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: 2018-09-23


Asked by: MANUEL75
Thank you for reaching out to us. A subwoofer to match these would be the JBL Studio 260P. You can get them from us or from any of our Authorized dealers.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-06-23
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