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JBL Balboa SUB 10 - 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by JBL
86 customer reviews

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  • 10" Woofer,100-Watt Amplifier
  • LFE input,Slim Footprint
  • Black cabinet

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Product Specifications

Brand NameJBL

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model Number: BALBOA SUB10

Product Description

Product Description

JBL Balboa 10" Powered Subwoofer

From the Manufacturer

Value and Performance.

Let's start by saying that Balboa Series speakers are affordable, even for people whose disposable income mostly goes on things like food and rent. Now forget we ever mentioned anything about money, because the Balboa series uses materials and technologies developed directly from legendary JBL® professional loudspeakers and delivers the full dynamics of today's most exciting films and music. That's what's important. At least that's what's important once you know you can afford them.

The JBL Balboa SUB 10- At a Glance.

  • 10" cellulose driver for extreme rigidity and strength
  • 100-watt amplifier plays bass loud and deep
  • Subwoofer level control, crossover adjustment and phase switch for fine
    tuning the bass response to the room
  • LFE and Line-level connections for flexible connectivity to nearly any system
  • Slim, attractive cabinet

  • The Balboa SUB 10 delivers affordable, high-performance bass for your home theater system.
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    Proven Technology.

    Deep bass extension

    The JBL Brand name is synonymous with bass and the Balboa SUB 10 is the perfect companion to your home theater system when you really want to rattle the walls for not much money. Using a cellulose 10" driver, bass is reproduced effortlessly and with maximum impact due to its strength and lightweight. To really get the woofer moving, the Balboa SUB 10 uses a powerful 100-watt amplifier that is both accurate and efficient. It's the perfect design for high-performance bass when the budget is tight and its JBL, so you know its going to sound good.

    The Balboa SUB 10 can connect to nearly any system.
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    Flexible Control

    Since every room and speaker system is different you'll want to be able to tweak the performance of your powered subwoofer for the best sound possible and Balboa SUB 10 easily lets you do this. First, it features a dedicated LFE input for use with today's home theater receivers. Simply connect the SUB 10 to the subwoofer pre-out on the back of your receiver and you'll have top notch performance from 5.1 and 7.1 surround tracks. If you want to crank it up a bit, there is a subwoofer level control on the back to let you choose the level of bass that you prefer.

    Have an older receiver that isn't 5.1 or 7.1? Are you planning to use the SUB 10 with a stereo receiver? The Sub 10 features a crossover control so you can precisely blend the sound with your main speakers. There is even a phase switch so you can make sure the bass output is in perfect phase with your front speakers.

    Compact Design.

    The perfect powered subwoofer delivers room shaking bass but hides inconspicuously in the room. With a slim, attractive cabinet, the Balboa SUB 10 does just that. You'll enjoy deep, exciting bass without having to find a place for a "coffee table" sized subwoofer in your room.

    For more than 60 years, JBL has been delivering world-class listening experiences where ever great sound matters.

    A Heritage of Excellence.

    JBL® loudspeakers have been the overwhelming choice of music and movie professionals for more than 60 years, prized for their power, accuracy and dynamic range. JBL speakers are behind the screens of more than 50 percent of all movie theaters and hang in the rafters of premier concert venues worldwide. Chances are, many of your favorite songs and movie soundtracks were mixed and mastered on JBL studio monitors. But you don't have to be a professional to bring the legendary JBL sound home. We build exceptional home entertainment systems that incorporate many of the same advanced technologies, materials and manufacturing techniques originally developed for our professional systems.

    What's in the Box

  • One JBL Balboa SUB 10 powered subwoofer
  • One subwoofer cable

  • Complete your Balboa System

      Balboa 10

    Balboa Center
    High Frequency Driver 3/4" Titanium 3/4" Titanium
    Low Frequency Driver 5" Cellulose Woofer Dual 5" Cellulose Woofers
    Frequency Response 60Hz-20kHz 80Hz-20kHz

    Product Details

    • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 14.2 x 19.8 inches ; 35 pounds
    • Shipping Weight: 40.9 pounds
    • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
    • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    • ASIN: B000O8WE66
    • Item model number: BALBOA SUB10
    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,720 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
    • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
    • Date first available at March 10, 2007
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Desiree VINE VOICE on November 14, 2010
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
    The first thing to know is JBL is by Harman Kardon so whilst you might not recognize the JBL name, most people will have certainly heard of Harman who are well known for home audio.

    I think most reviewers will agree that they are at first bowled over by the size of this sub-woofer. As opposed to most sub-woofers which have a speaker at the front, JBL have elected to design this with the speaker at the bottom of the cabinet (speaker facing down) and you have a chamber at the front. Most audiophiles will tell you that the cabinet is often as important as the speaker. Manufacturers themselves want a 'dead' sound from the speaker cabinet so it doesn't interact with the speaker. This one is made of solid wood and the chamber helps bring out the sound nicely so you are assured of all around quality.

    Another noticeable point about this sub-woofer is the heat-sink on the back which cools the amplifier inside, which in turn drives the speaker. This is neatly placed on the back (I am sure for necessity) but both the physical size of the sub-woofer and the heat-sink make this unit instantly stand out.

    The only controls on this unit are the phase +/-, the crossover adjust and the level. The phase is meant to be set at what sounds most natural but set at the + if you can't tell the difference. The crossover adjust is set at the position which sounds best. This is dependent on your main speakers and whether they are capable of producing low frequency sounds. If they can then set the crossover to a lower frequency setting so the sub-woofer can concentrate on the ultra-deep sounds. The level control is best set to a level in relative to your front speakers. I found the best thing to do was run the test sound from my amplifier and then set the controls.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Foster on March 14, 2008
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    I purchased this subwoofer to replace an old subwoofer from a HTIB (Home Theater In a Box) system. I chose this particular subwoofer first because of the brand and second because of the price. I have used JBL products for years (Home, Car, and Professional) and have always been very pleased with their performance. This one is no different.

    When it arrived, I was quite surprised at it's size. It is much bigger than I expected for a single 10" subwoofer but still comfortably fits in next to my entertainment center.

    As for the sound, I would consider this subwoofer very good but not great. It has much better low end extension than your typical HTIB subwoofer but it's not going to shake the ground. I have never been fond of 10" low frequency drivers and this one isn't going to change my view of them. For some reason, I always find 10" drivers to be more "muddy" sounding than a 12" or even an 8" driver. However, when the next step up (12") costs three times what this one does, I can certainly make an exception. That said, this subwoofer does sound good and has no trouble filling my entire living room with good solid bass.

    The features on this subwoofer are also very good. It has speaker level and line level stereo inputs as well as a separate line level LFE input for feeding from a Home Theater receiver. One thing to note, the manual says that the LFE input will bypass the crossover setting. This is actually preferable since the crossover function should be handled by your receiver so that the sub picks up where the main speakers drop off and there is no or very little frequency overlap.

    One thing to be cautious of is the power that this thing has. 100w RMS/225w Peak may not sound like much but it is more than enough to fill your average living room/den or to upset your neighbors if you live in an apartment.

    All in all, this is an excellent choice for the price and I am very pleased with it.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By WB Halper TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
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    I have what might be politely described as a primitive A/V system...two decent bookshelf speakers tied to an old NAD amplifier hooked to the line outputs on my Comcast DVR box. It's basically equivalent to a high fidelity version of the flat panel TV's built-in speakers.

    Not surprisingly, hooking in this subwoofer has made an amazing difference in the quality of the sound. I need to keep it turned almost all the way down to avoid overwhelming the rest of the system, but the difference is like night and day. There's a richness to the sound that simply wasn't present before.

    Is it equivalent to a $500-$1500 Velodyne? Nope. Not even close. It doesn't have the same tightness that you'll find in a high-end subwoofer. But it's intended to fit into the mainstream market, not the audiophile segment. And for most people, this unit is pretty darn good.

    It should be noted that this is a down-firing speaker with the front-mounted port. The instructions tell you to keep at least 6" between the port and a facing wall, but that shouldn't be too difficult in normal installations...the connections and controls are on the side opposite the port and you'll normally keep those facing the wall.

    Also, don't overlook the size of this box. Subwoofers can't be too small; they have to move too much air at low frequencies. At almost 15 x 15 x 20 inches, the JBL Balboa SUB 10 is good sized. A certain spouse wasn't overjoyed when this showed up. She likes it better now that she's heard it in action. :>)
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