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The ES20 competes with the CSB5 bookshelf and on-wall loudspeaker from the JBL Cinema Sound series.

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excellent surround sound performance, gives you a sense of space

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enough output volume to fill a small room with sound easily, and perform well in medium sized rooms

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midrange and highs are pure and clear, plenty of detail

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more than adequate bass for the average music listener

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pair well with other speakers from JBL for complete 5.1 or 7.1 systems

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setup is very simple, work with well designed binding posts and don't need independent power sources

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highs are crisp without getting too harsh

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The JBL ES20 is a 3-way bookshelf loudspeaker that sports a 5” proprietary PolyPlas shielded low-frequency subwoofer and one ¾” titanium-laminate tweeter mounted in Elliptical Oblate Spheriodal waveguides for improved high-frequency dispersion anywhere in the room. The first bookshelf speaker in the JBL ES series, the ES20 competes with the CSB5 bookshelf and on-wall loudspeaker from the JBL Cinema Sound series. Unlike the CSB5, the JBL ES20 maintains an ultra-high frequency that reaches up to 40kHz (versus 30kHz), thereby reproducing more accurate high-definition audio. In addition, the JBL ES20 features a super-elegant cabinet design with a slender profile built from a wood-like and textured high-quality vinyl, not to mention cellulose-fiber cones reinforced with a Polymer-coating for a “uniform pistonic motion” that results in no internal resonance and a more precise bass. The JBL ES20 also includes a bass-reflex port for extended bass responses, EOS waveguides that evenly disperse high frequencies to deliver a more accurate imaging, a straight-line signal path crossover network that preserves clarity and detail, and dual gold-plated 5-way speaker terminals.. The JBL ES20 is priced at $199.99, making it a major bargain for consumers not trying to spend too much for a quality bookshelf speaker. The ES20 is available is either black, cherry, or bleech.

Features
  • Frequency Response: 65Hz – 40kHz (–6dB)   
  • Maximum Recommended Amplifier Power: 125 Watts
  • Power Handling (Continuous/Peak): 60 Watts/240 Watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 86dB
  • Crossover Frequencies: 3300Hz – 24dB/octave; 12000Hz – 18dB/octave
  • Low-Frequency Transducers: 5” (130mm) PolyPlas; shielded, EOS waveguide
  • High-Frequency Transducer: 3/4" (19mm) Titanium-laminate dome, shielded, EOS waveguide
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 12-1/2" x 6-7/8" x 8"
  • Weight: 10.3 lb (4.6kg)
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