Studio 220


2-way 4” Bookshelf Loudspeakers

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Sonic dynastyfused with high-tech destiny

You’ll never look at your bookshelves the same. … or wherever else you decide to place these uncannily adept JBL® loudspeakers. As part of the new 10-piece JBL Studio 2 loudspeaker series, the Studio 220 bookshelf speaker was built to speak the languages of both legacy sound and forward-thinking technology. 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, we’ve engineered this loudspeaker to go above and beyond. We incorporated a front-firing 4” PolyPlas midrange speaker and a rear-firing Slipstream bass port that envelop listeners in tight, accurate bass. We always could have stopped there – but that’s not the JBL way. We took other design cues from our work building the world’s most legendary recording studios, giving our Studio 220 the kind of performance sound normally found at cinemas and multiplexes: 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 studio-grade balance. Then we topped it off with seductive features like gloss black paneling, soft rounded edges, and your choice of either Black or Espresso wood-grain finish. We ran wild with sound and vision, combining the power and precision of high-tech audio with the sleek urbanity of “it-factor” design. For those able to hear the truth, we’re confident you’ll hear it full volume – at first listen.

Item# STUDIO 220

General Specifications

Finish Black
Type 2-way 4” Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Audio Specifications

Sensitivity 86 dB
Nominal Impedance 8 Ohms
Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power 20 – 125W
Frequency Response 60 Hz – 22 kHz

Speaker Specifications

High-Frequency Transducer 25mm (1") CMMD®Lite high frequency dome
Low-Frequency Transducer 100mm (4") PolyPlas low-frequency transducer


Width ( in) 6-5/8
Depth (in) 7-3/32
Height (mm) 260
Height (in) 10-1/4
Weight (kg) 3.7
Depth (mm) 180
Weight (lb) 8.1
Width (mm) 168

Control and Connection Specifications

Connector Type Gold-plated binding-post speaker terminals
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Spec Sheet (EN)

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Studio 220 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look and sound great! Bought these to replace a set of G5s' as the rear surround, surprised at the increase in sound quality. Match the rest of my JBL system perfectly. Very happy with the transaction.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound Paired these with a JBL 10" subwoofer. Excellent power handling, sound and clarity. Could not be happier!
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The little speaker that could. These speakers physically look smaller than their actual measurements but they sound like a much larger speaker when in use. The 220 replaces the 130 in the height position in my home set up. Both the 220 and 130 have 4" drivers but the 130 speaker itself was roughly 4" taller than the 220. I bought the 220's without much expectation about them performing better than the 130's or "wowing" me by any means. Honestly I bought the 220's so the height speakers would blend better appearance wise with my JBL 235c speaker and be a little less bulk on the wall. Plus I'm a diva and I love to shop :P Anyways, the moment the first audio signal was sent to the 220's they opened up and projected better than my well broken in 130 speakers did. These little stylish black boxes pump out serious sound. There is noticeably more content coming out of the 220's vs 130's in both movies and music. I was "wowed" by the additional content and clarity while listening to music that the 220's deliver than my 130's could not. At 8lbs a piece the 220 is easily wall mountable and with its small stature calls little attention to itself but when the sound is kicking believe me, you'll know they're there ;)
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding sound. I have had JBL speakers for years. When I needed a pair of surround speakers for my home theater system, I decided to go with the Studio 220. It was an outstanding choice! Excellent sound from a nicely sized package. The cabinet also compliments the decor in my den.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shocking Have always liked JBL. In the past 4 years I've tried some other brands...hi and low end stuff. Got these because they look so good. The shock factor came from the rich full range. Just a well made and great sounding speaker. Thank you Harman.
Date published: 2016-02-29
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Can Yamaha A-S301BL power amplifier suppor JBL 220 speakers? If not, which amplifier you can recommend?

Asked by: Monkey
Yes, the STUDIO 220 speakers can handle up to 125 watts per channel. Any receiver with a power output of 125 watts per channel or less will work fine with these speakers.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-11-22

how much do they weigh and what is the difference in sound are they then the es230

Asked by: jazzman
Each speaker weighs 17.4 pounds. It's difficult to describe a difference in sound. While the ES230 speakers are considered to be a higher quality speakers (3-way designed as opposed to 2-way, higher wattage rating, greater frequency response), there are many that say the STUDIO 230 sounds better. You see, sonic preference is a matter of opinion. Some felt the ES230 had too much high end, where others love it. I'm sorry the answer is not more decisive.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2018-03-23

What is the crossover point for the 220?

Asked by: RichF
The crossover frequency of the Studio 220 is 4.1kHz
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2017-12-02

Hi I have just upgraded system with the addition of the Studio SUB 260P. Have a Control Now as a centre speaker and Control Ones as the L, R Surround R and L and Rear Surround R and L. Would it be worth upgrading the L and R to these?

Asked by: Dale2017
Hi, and thank you for supporting JBL! Your Control Now and Ones are fine speakers, but the Studio 2 models are better. Before upgrading some of the channels, do bear in mind that it is also important to have a fairly uniform audio balance from all channels, so you may consider going for Studio 2 speakers in all channels at some time.
Answered by: Bo Harman
Date published: 2018-12-04

Will these speakers work with a McIntosh 1700? Also, I have a Harmon/Kardon AVR 25 and I need speakers for that receiver also if these would also work for the Harmon/Kardon. Thank you for your help.

Asked by: honeyjean
The Studio 220 handles up to 125W at 8 ohms. If the McIntosh drives between 20-125W at 8 ohms then it would work with the Speaker. The AVR 25 also works with the speaker since it drives 75W at 8 ohms.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-11-22

which is the power consumption of both speakers?

Asked by: santos10
Hi! Power consumption is the amount of power an electrical component draws from it's battery or power outlet. Being that the STUDIO 220 is a passive speaker, it does not have a Power Consumption rating. It can handle up to 125 watts of audio power, but the power consumption comes from the amplifier or receiver that is driving the speaker. You can get this specification from the amp or receiver manufacturer.
Answered by: Nick F
Date published: 2018-11-22

what is the external dimensions of the Studio 220 speakers? HxWxD?

Asked by: tchoi
As shown in the Spec Sheet, the STUDIO 220 has a Dimensions of (H x W x D): 260 x 168 x 180 (mm).
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-11-23

I have a great older system, just need new JBL speakers. Do the Studio 220 or 230 connect the old fashioned way, with speaker wire from speaker to amp?

Asked by: Kritter Guy
Yes. Most of our speakers use speaker wires to get connected to an amplifier or receiver.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-11-23
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