JBL Professional Control 23-1 Bookshelf Speaker

4.29 Mixed Usages
4.3 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.4 Treble Accuracy:
4.3 Bass Accuracy:
4.3 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.3 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2016 Rating: 4.6 Warranty: 5 years 0.5" tweeter 3" woofer best for: indoor and outdoor use usage: music

JBL Professional Control 23-1 is a bookshelf speaker designed for indoor and outdoor use. These speakers have wide coverage and good sonic characteristics. The performance remains consistent both at low and high volumes. This outdoor and indoor bookshelf speaker focuses on minimizing distortion while maintaining a clear sound in all scenarios.

Our Verdict

JBL Professional control 23-1 is a budget-friendly speaker that you can use for multi-purpose. Build material and driver design are done in such a way that the speaker performs boldly both indoors and outdoors. The drivers use JBL’s Kapton voice coil that is known to improve the mids. These speakers allow you to daisy-chain multiple speakers easily. They have good clarity and details. Since it has a small woofer driver, the bass will not be as powerful as from 6 or 8” drivers.

  • Easy installation
  • Good bass
  • Long lasting
  • Great sound compared to small size
  • Expandable


  • Not room shaking bass
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Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered


Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type PEI diaphragm
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.5
Midrange Size (inches) n/a
Midrange Type n/a
Woofer Size (inches) 3
Woofer Type woven-fiberglass cone


Power Range 100 / 200W
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 95 Hz - 19 kHz
Crossover Frequencies Not specified


Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A


Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A


Connector Type screw down terminal
Compatible Connector Types open lugs (#6, #8, or #10 lug), bare wire
Speaker Wire Compatibility 12 AWG


Bass Accuracy: decent bass
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: clear voices
Treble Accuracy rich highs
Imaging & Soundstage: good imaging and wide soundstage
Dynamic Range: Decent dynamic range
Power Handling: Good power handling
Frequency Response: Broad frequency response
Transient Response: Fast transient response


Enclosure Ported
Finish High Impact Polystyrene
Color white and black


Height (inches) 7.9
Width (inches) 5.6
Depth (inches) 4.4
Weight (pounds) 4 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) not specified


Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A


Accessories: 1 pair of bookshelf speaker, InvisiBall™ wall-mounting system, hex key, manual
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design and build:

The indoor and outdoor speaker from JBL has a weather resistant body. It has an IP rating of IP44 which means it has dust and water spray protection. These speakers have good protection against sun, salt and moisture. It has a high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) cabinet along with a zinc-plated grille. You can paint the grille with your favorite color so that it blends in with the room décor or stands out in the room. Overall, the build quality is sturdy and the speakers feel rugged.



The JBL Professional Control 23-1 bookshelf speaker has 0.5” tweeter and 3” woofer drivers. Its tweeter is designed to be durable and ensure extended frequency response. It has rich and smooth highs. The woven fiber woofer cone has a butyl rubber surround that works to deliver clean and clear sound. It has lower harmonic distortion and these two drivers use specific materials so that they remain safe and protected against the outdoor environment.

The materials are chosen in such a way that the audio performance will remain unaffected despite its location. The speaker has a coverage angle of 100x100 which means you can mount it horizontally or vertically. It comes with different types of mounting brackets so that you can mount it on walls and ceilings. If you are using it indoors, simply place it on a table or shelf. It has good power handling, and the highs sounds rich and detailed.

Use case:

Along with home use, just as the name suggests you can also use it for professional purposes. Simply install them in restaurants, malls, theme parks, clubhouse gyms, caffes, etc. For home use, you can install it in the house, garage, yard, by the pool or the patio.  They are designed to be used as stereo speakers or as a part of a theater system. You can use multiple speakers for larger spaces.


The Professional control 23-1 speakers from JBL are available for under $300. They are quite affordable so if you want you can buy two pairs of them. You also need to purchase a receiver or amplifier.


Who is JBL Professional Control 23-1 speaker for?

If you are looking for a bookshelf speaker that you can use both indoors and outdoors, then the JBL Professional Control 23-1 is for you. They are easy to install and have decent sound quality. The cost is reasonable and will fit nicely into tight spaces. Bass is average but good for its size.

Which is more powerful than the JBL Professional Control 23-1?

If you want a bigger sound or an upgraded model, then you can use the JBL Professional Control 25-1 or the 28-1 bookshelf speaker. They are also designed for indoor and outdoor use. They have bigger drivers and can get quite loud.

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