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JBL CS480 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System (Black)

by JBL
4.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
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  • 8-inch subwoofer rated at 125-watts (peak)
  • Titanium-laminate dome tweeters for outstanding high frequency sound
  • Single 3.5" midrange satellite drivers
  • Video shielded
  • Wall brackets included for satellites and center channel
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Product Specifications

Brand NameJBL
Speaker Type5.1 Speaker Bundles
Color NameBlack Lacquer
Item Display Height0.5 inches
Driver Configuration1 x 1/2" titanium-laminate tweeter, 1 x 3 1/2" midrange driver, 8" woofer
Frequency Response Curve35Hz-20kHz (-6dB)
Speaker Driver Material TypePaper
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers525

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model Number: CS480BG
  • Color: Black Lacquer
  • Speaker Type: 5.1 Speaker Bundles
  • Display Height: 0.5 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

The JBL CS 480 loudspeaker system gives you outstanding JBL sonic performance along with a beautifull black high gloss finish. It comes with a powerful 8", 125 watt powered subwoofer.

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The CS480 is a beautifully-designed, high-performance home theater speaker system. The system features four identical satellites, a matching horizontal center speaker, and a powerful 125-watt subwoofer. The satellites feature JBL's advanced titanium-laminate dome tweeters and 3-1/2" drivers for unsurpassed power and realism. The voice-matched center channel speaker uses components that are identical to those used in the satellites for seamless pans, with two midranges for extra power and clarity in the dialogue channel. The attractive contemporary design of the system and its black high-gloss finish will complement any flat-panel television and the decor of any room. Wall brackets are included for the satellites and center channel.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.3 x 22 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 26.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000O7N4IE
  • Item model number: CS480BG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,076 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 3, 2006
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Let me start by saying that I couldn't be happier with these speakers. I did my homework when it was time to take my 6 year old HK SAT-TS2 5.1 system off the wall and make the next step toward turning my living room into a true cinema. Although I have the 6.1 capable Sony receiver and Blueray player (AKA PS3), I decided to stick with a 5.1 system due to the size limitation of my living room (13x16). My room was already wired, but the system does come with speaker wires and subwoofer cable. Another bonus are the two sets of speaker brackets. This system includes fixed (uni-directional swivel) and pivoting brackets for all the speakers. I also liked the departure from the spring clip connectors. These speakers have quality screw terminals that can handle a 10 gauge wire. The only issue I discovered was that the fixed bracket for the center speaker may create a short between the speaker wire terminals. A little electrical tape solved the problem and I was finally off to the races. HD TV, Dolby Digital 5.1 movies, and PS3 games have been raised to a new level with this system. Zero buyer's remorse!
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We just have this system set up, paired with Denon AVR 787 receiver and Monster cables. Not sure how much cable adds to it, but definitely a good receiver is a must for this speaker system to playback perfectly. The sound is pheonomonal. The sound is deep and rich, with layers and details. It is not overtaking the movie if the movie is not loaded with sound effects. We have tested with Movies: Shrek, Chicago, Matrix, Nemo. Each one of them is played very nicely. It is definitely cinema quality sound, much better than the bose 5.1 system I listened to in the store. It also enhances your movie experience by so much that you feel like watching a new movie discovering scenes you never discovered before. For example, I never noticed the water was so clear in Nemo, now I feel it, all because the vast calm water sound of the ocean.

Excellent! I would recommend this system to anyone!

p.s. To listen to music, make sure to connect with a CD player (not a DVD player), and use 5 channel stereo, otherwise, the sound will not come out right.
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I was looking for a set of surround speakers that were both small but also gave punchy, crisp sound. After a good deal of searching, I decided that the JBL CS480 speakers were the best deal. Set-up was easy, with both cables and brackets provided (you'll need to have screws if you're planning on screwing the brackets into a wall).

First of all, the sound is great. I hooked them up to an Optimus professional series reciever. I have no complaints. I've been trying them out on different movies and music and everything sounds good. Secondly, the brackets to hang them on a wall are very good-easy to set up, and they look good too (the speakers and the brackets). The sub is powerful; I haven't turned it up past 3/4ths but that is more than enough.

I would recommend these speakers for someone whose room is not very large--they are relatively small and unobtrusive and blend in well with the room. The sub also looks nice. Good purchase.
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I hooked these speakers up to a pioneer vx812 receiver and at first I thought i was listening to a clock radio. They sounded horrible!! But then i realized that i had to recalibrate everything and had not hooked up the subwoofer correctly. Once I dialed everything in and set up the sub correctly, I couldnt believe my ears. I paid $239 for these on ebay! The first thing i did was put in the Italian Job and watched some action scenes. It sounded so good that I didnt want to turn the system off. The imaging is so good that this weekend I am going through all of my old dvds just to listen to these great speakers. The only complain I have is the cheesy plastic grills, but other than that, they are extremely well made. Best $239 dollars ever spent!
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I researched a long time to find a good surround system to replace my old set. The Energy Take 5.1 gets the top online reviews, but I'm a tightwad so I always look for the "next best," "almost-as-good but cheaper" alternative without going all the way down to the lowest price no-name item. After studying everything, I settled on this set feeling it would suit my tastes for style, quality, and value and I was not disappointed.... too much.

Out of the box all the speakers have a nice heft to them, a feeling of good magnets and quality build. Fit and finish was excellent. I love the piano gloss black, but I was a little disappointed with the gray side panels of the subwoofer... from looking at the pics (I studied the gallery on JBL's website for more views) I assumed it would be silver or brushed aluminum looking, but it is battleship gray. Not a big deal because it doesn't show much, but still a little less than beautiful. The subwoofer did have a very impressive back panel with various inputs, a level control, and the look of quality audio equipment. It's also very heavy, a good sign. Center channel looks nice although the feet are small and it's fairly tipsy... it rolled forward when I was pushing the TV cabinet back and almost fell, I caught it in my lap. GRRR. The satellites are a little weird looking but I'm getting used to them. They are also unstable because of the tiny bottom and I'm worried the grandkids are going to knock them around but will have to watch that.

I was very impressed they include TWO different types of wall mounts for each of the five speakers. I only used the directional mounts but it was nice to receive custom made mounts that work great with the speakers and are included at no extra charge.
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