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7.9 out of 10

JBL Balboa Center

The JBL Balboa Series 2-way center channel speaker features du Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

Competent performer

Ammy_Evaluator, Amazon
12 May 2012
  • Summary: I recently set up a secondary gaming/entertainment location centered around a Yamaha RXA800, matched JBL Balboa bookshelf and center channel speakers, and a Pinnacle 200W subwoofer. While I was not expecting much at this price point, I was pleasantly surprised with the result. This center channel is built solidly, and delivers clean dialog and mid tones.
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Overall 10
10

Super Awesome Center Channel

TwistedShopper, Amazon
13 February 2012
  • Summary: I purchased this to go with my Floor Standing JBL Speakers, they look Identical but diff models. I am amazed at the sound difference from this and the S**Y I had before, specs were same and this sounds better. Attached to my Harmon Kardon Receiver this Finished my JBL Setup and people are amazed, Most of my friends have the Small Box set all in one setups and dont know what real seakers and receivers can do for you, just the other day My friend and I were watching IN...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great value, some hesitations

R. Lee, Amazon
8 November 2011
  • Summary: Bought this because it was a great price for the unit. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of sound reproduction. The 5-inch dual speakers do a good job of reproducing the entire usable range of sound for a center-channel speaker. Much easier to understand the dialog from DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, as well as Netflix streaming. You can spend a lot more for center-channel speaker, but few of us can tell the difference, if there is one.
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Overall 8
8.0

good not best

wolfie, Amazon
11 August 2011
  • Summary: the quality of the center speaker is good, but the grill is cheap. sound is good not the best but not the worst. all in all a good buy.
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Overall 4
4.0

not up to JBL standards

arlee51, Amazon
5 March 2011
  • Summary: Back in the day JBL's were highly regarded. The monitor series was one of the best. Don't know what's changed, but this one didn't quite measure up. Looks good, has good weight and construction, but the voice track was muddy and it sounded "boxy" overall. The wife complained she couldn't make out the conversations, so I sent it back. Thanks to Amazon for the prompt refund and will definitely do buisness witht them again.
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Overall 10
10

O.M.G

DRAGON, Amazon
6 February 2011
  • Summary: What a difference from my old center channel.This speaker looks good and sounds great.Bang for the buck I give it a 5stars.
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Overall 10
10

A great center at a great price

NEDLOH, Amazon
22 January 2011
  • Summary: I've been looking at center channel speakers for about 6 months before I purchased this one. I have a pair of Bose 301s wall mounted as my fronts, a Logitech 8"sub, and a Bose Accoustimass 5 system for my rear. Now when I watched movies in 5.1 they sounded great, but I felt I had to turn it up too loud just to get the dialog to not feel so far away from me. I needed a center speaker. I was so set on getting a Polk Audio CS1 for $99.
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Overall 10
10

Center channel speaker

Thomas Warren, Amazon
10 January 2011
  • Summary: Although this is a center channel speaker I bought 2 of these and use them for right-left channel in my basement workout room. I use them mounted flat on shelves powered by a 65 watt Onkyo. They are used for TV sound and music. For 100 bucks for the pair, they are a good value. With pretty good sound reproduction for music and very good for TV vocals. A little short on Bass but not too bad. For my use I am well satisfied.
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Overall 10
10

Very Good Home Theatre Center Channel

The ERISA Dude, Amazon
30 December 2010
  • Summary: The home theater center channel is the most important speaker in a home theater setup. This one does a great job of giving nice clear sound - it is easy to understand dialogue, even in a scene with a lot of background noise (like an explosive action scene or a sportscast). It was a definite upgrade from my home theater in a box speaker, which tended to muffle the dialogue when there was a lot of other sound in the scene. At approx $79, it was also a great value.
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Overall 10
10

Great, solid, powerful speaker

Jeffrey L. Armbruster, Amazon
5 December 2010
  • Summary: This is a solid, high-performing speaker. I'm not gonna write a lot of specs on it. The speaker comes in a beautiful, well-made cabinet, and sounds terrific, exciting.
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