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JBL S-Center
108 Reviews
rating  4.72 of 5
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Description: Studio series center channel. This 3-way 5-1/4" center channel loudspeaker with high-impact molded enclosure reproduces sound with unmatched clarity and power.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JBG a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Unbelievable sound from such a small speaker system. Nice and Crisp...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mace a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2011

Bottom Line:   
paid $20. replaced an older Boston 2 way center. The Tonal quality is flawless. Can't go wrong for $20!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bleedink a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I just purchased this for 45 bucks on Craigslist and it far surpasses all the other speakers Ive had. I am using it with a Pioneer VSX1019 and the sound is unbelievable. When I heard that the center was the most important part of the home theater I was pretty skeptical. But in practice they're spot on. It totally brings out the fullest sounds from all your speakers. The rest of my system has some solid budget speakers that received great reviews. I was getting good sound before but this last piece probably added hundreds of dollars in value to my system as a whole. Before I had a smaller tin sounding center with one tiny speaker. I had no idea the difference this would make! I have to say this was the MOST informed purchase I made. And at 45 dollars I am still in astonishment. I see more modern center channels that are tiny and have the worst sound. These probably havent been made in years which is a sad shame. This is why most people's systems that spent many hundreds or thousands more than me sound weaker than mine. It doesnt matter if you mix and match speakers with a modern AVR--you can dial individual speakers down. I got much better value mixing and matching parts depending on the need i had (ie more sound out of the front--choose floorstanding or more bass a better sub). I have 1200 worth of speakers i paid less than 400 dollars for.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doc a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2009

Bottom Line:   
What a pity they don't make these anymore!

Bought this to upgrade an older JBL home theater system. Used with a pair of S38's in the back and an old but still excellent pair of L96's in the front all with 100 watts/channel with a 15" 400 watt subwoofer that can kill small animals.

Clarity... this center is crystal clear for all uses - high - mid - bass whatever. You can set your receiver to "center-large" and not be disappointed with the response. While it's no subwoofer, it can handle down to a hundred Hz or so without issues but it really excels in the highs. Seamless fills.

Excellent value, excellent sound. Only negative is the molded plastic case, seems cheap for the old-timers.. but what the heck, it works really well and what would you make something like this out of if not plastic? Besides, it looks great and has obvious quality manufacture.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Knucklehead a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I see its been a while since anyone has reviewed this center channel speaker. Not surprising since its been out of production for so long.
Speaker manufacturers are going to 3/4" and even smaller tweeters to make more money, trouble is the smaller tweets have less tonal range. JBL is no different. If you get a chance to buy one of these on ebay or elsewhere at less than $100, do so. You won't be sorry. I've had more than a few friends and family that swore they'd steal mine given the chance. Not much comes close to this speaker at twice the price. And most of those are 2 way, these are 3 way. I use these with 4 JBL E50 northridge 3 way speakers at the corners and a JBL E150P sub, all driven by a very good sounding Harman Kardon AVR520. I have a superb sounding home theater sound for ~$1500. I am shopping for a larger sub but may add another E150P to the mix, not sure yet.
Conversations during movies are clear and concise, no muffled verbage unless thats what the director wanted. Everything is heard where its supposed to be heard.
I had an audiophile friend that installed two of these in his motorhome, along with a small sub, for stereo, radio and tv sound. It sounded better than most peoples home theater in a box system. While this speaker doesn't have the bass you'd expect from two 'bass' speakers, they are supposed to be good down to 75hz, but I don't hear that much come through them in the lower freqs.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $179.00




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