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JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair)

B&H # JBES30B Mfr # ES30BK
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 6" PolyPlas Woofer
  • Dual 3/4" Dome Tweeters
  • 70W RMS/280W Peak Power
  • EOS Waveguides
  • Bi-Wiring Capability

With high-end features and unsurpassed sound reproduction, the JBL ES30 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Pair) will take your audio listening experience to a whole new level. The Expert Series was designed for both professional and entertainment enthusiasts with the capability to deliver crystal clear dialog, and tight sound response. It features a 6" Cellulose-Fiber woofer cone reinforced with JBL's PolyPlas technology, and dual 3/4" dome tweeters mounted in Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS) waveguides. This means your favorite music and movies sound just as the artist intended.

In addition, this speaker offers 70W RMS/280W peak power, a full range of audio frequencies, magnetic shielding, and heavy-duty binding posts. Its stylish design, slender profile and wood-like craftsmanship will complement any room's decor. If you want a quality, well-constructed bookshelf speaker, look no further than the JBL ES30.

Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS) Waveguide
This powerful home theater speaker is designed with JBL's proprietary EOS Waveguide technology that realizes the sonic response of your listening environment. This unique technology ensures smooth audio distribution, and makes sure that every seat is the best seat in your home theater for well balanced music and intelligible dialog.
3-Way Speaker Configuration
Due to its 3-way speaker design and quality cones, this speaker reproduces a full-range of frequencies and lifelike imaging.
Pure Titanium Tweeter Design
This unique design is capable of eliminating unwanted tonal resonances in the signal path. The end result is a full, clear, tight reproduction of high frequencies.
Straight-Line Signal Path (SSP)
SSP technology is crossover network that preserves clarity, detail and dynamics of the original audio content.
Bass Reflex Port
This offers tighter bass by extending deep bass response and eliminates unwanted turbulence.
Outstanding Audio Output
This speaker offers 70W RMS/280W peak power, 3000 Hz crossover frequency at 24 dB/octave, and 88 dB sensitivity.
Frequency Response
With a frequency response of 50 Hz - 40 KHz, this speaker reproduces a full sound range from deep bass tones to ultra-high frequencies.
Bi-Wiring Capabilities
The internal dividing network of this speaker enables bi-wiring capabilities that offer more flexibility in amplifier selection, and provides several sonic advantages in the overall audio response.
Magnetically Shielded
This speaker is magnetically shielded for safe placement near your TV or display.
System
Speaker Design Bookshelf
Power Rating 70W RMS/280W Peak (125W Recommended)
Impedance
Frequency Response 50Hz - 40KHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity 88dB @ 2.83V/1 m
Crossover Frequency 3000Hz - 24dB/octave
9000Hz - 18dB/octave
Shielded Yes
Drivers
Tweeter 0.75" (19mm) Pure Titanium Dome
0.75" (19mm) Polyester-Film Dome
Midrange N/A
Woofer 6.0" (152.4mm) PolyPlas Woofer
General
Connector Type Binding Post
Configuration 3-Way
Construction MDF
Dimensions (HxWxD) 15.2 x 8.7 x 13.0" (387 x 223 x 330mm)
Weight 19.6 lbs (8.9kg)
Color Black
Specialties Bi-Wiring
JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair)
  • 2 x Speakers
  • User Guide
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    JBLES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair)
     
    4.9

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attractive (9)
    • Great sound quality (9)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Easy to mount (5)
    • Easy to setup (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home theater (8)
      • Large rooms (6)
      • Basic systems (4)
      • Home (4)
      • Smaller rooms / apartments (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (5), Movie enthusiast (4), Practical (4), Audiophile (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      5.0

      Great speakers and service

      By Shoreseeker

      from Eureka, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Home
        • Home Theater

        Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

        The speakers are connected to an Onkyo tuner/receiver which is now being used to its full capacity with the JBL's. Delivery was a day earlier than promised. Very happy all the way around!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this again and again!

        By Mr Happy

        from Maine

        About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Home Theater
          • Larger Rooms

          Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

          We bought a new TV, and the sound is pretty bad. And the old stereo speakers were even worse! So I bought these ES30B speakers. Man are they nice. For the price, you can't beat them. The sound is awesome, as well as the design.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great sound for the money

          By Mike the church boy

          from Dhicago

          About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy to Mount
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

              I bought a pair of these speakers to fill in some dead spots in our church pa system. They did the job very well.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful speaker and beautiful sound

              By Oman

              from Pennsylvania

              About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy to Mount
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater
                • Larger Rooms

                Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                I sold my floor speakers and bought these JBLs with a 400 watt sub woofer and the sound that comes out of these babies is a beautiful thing! You can't go wrong with these.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Sound

                By Tom (daddy cool)

                from West Columbia, TX

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy Setup
                • Good Power Output
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • Home Theater
                • Larger Rooms
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                Using for TV. Sounds a lot better than speakers built into a flat panel. Amplified by Pyle Pro 100 Watt amp. The Pyle amp is a 4 ohm output so you only get 1/2 power but it is loud enough for a large room. If you want more power you need to use a 8 ohm amp. What can I say about JBL speakers, they are simply the best. I would agree that these speakers are a little large to be called shelf speakers, but that's ok because that's not how I am using them.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect Surround Speakers

                By cplike

                from Northern Colorado

                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy Setup
                • Easy to Mount
                • Good Power Output
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Home Theater
                  • Larger Rooms
                  • Smaller Rooms

                  Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                  I use these for my surround backs, but would be ideal for fronts with the right sub. Love the bi-amp feature.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Surround Speakers

                  By cplike

                  from Northern Colorado

                  About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy Setup
                  • Easy to Mount
                  • Good Power Output
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Systems
                    • Home Theater
                    • Larger Rooms
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                    I use these speakers for my surround backs, but would be ideal for fronts with the right sub. I love the bi-amp ability!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    How can such big sound come out of small

                    By Brad

                    from Bakersfield, CA.

                    About Me Audiophile

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Easy to Mount
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Home Theater
                      • Larger Rooms

                      Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                      Clear and crisp.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome Speakers

                      By rjm

                      from Fort Worth, TX

                      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                      • Heavy / Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Home Theater

                      Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                      I'm using these in a medium sized living room as my main left and right speakers. They are absolutely wonderful. Beautiful sound...clear highs, very impressive lows. I didn't listen to the speakers before ordering; I based my purchase on the reviews and I'm not disappointed. The only thing about the these speakers that I didn't expect was their size. The pictures are a bit misleading. If you're concerned about fitting these in a particular place be sure to research the dimensions. You won't be able to mount these to the wall. Also...a lot of people complained about the wire connections on these units stating that it was difficult to make the connections. I would disagree. The wire connections on these couldn't be easier. Buy these speakers, you won't be disappointed.

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                      4.0

                      Good Sound but needs more bass.

                      By Srul

                      from Red-Hook, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear highs and mids
                      • Solid construction

                      Cons

                      • Big
                      • Hardly any lows
                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                        Great speaker overall, but requires another speaker to supply more low tones. Great for use in stereo systems that allow subwoofer connection, and then you get the poor audiophile classical music heaven.

                        Also its quite big and heavy for a bookshelf speaker.

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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The ES30B - Bigger sound than they look

                        By Steve

                        from Minneapolis

                        About Me High-end Shopper, Stylish

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about JBL ES30B 3-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair):

                              I bought these for use as the rear/surround speakers in a new home theater system (Using a pair of large 'vintage' 3-way, 12" JBL L100 Centurys for the front pair). When running the "Auto-setup" on the new A/V receiver, I was surprised that it automatically desginated the ES30Bs as "large"(!). But once underway, I can see why. They have a large, effortless, and powerful sound to them that I wasn't quite expecting. JBL has been around since the 1950s, and this new ES series is impressive. The sound compares VERY well with the larger L100s, and are a great match acoustically.

                              The only thing I don't care for with JBL's new ES series (all of them) is the tapered cabinets they have chosen to use (which is not evident in the photographs, and I don't think is as attractive as parallel sided speakers would be). I think its a gimmick(?), but the sound is what's important, and the reat of the styling is nice.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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