JBL Stage A120 Review

3.36 Mixed Usages
3.3 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.4 Treble Accuracy:
3.5 Bass Accuracy:
3.3 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.3 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.6 Warranty: 5 years 1" aluminum tweeter 4.5" Polycellulose woofer High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide desktop speaker surround speaker

JBL Stage A120 is an affordable pair of stereo speakers that you can use as 2.0 setup or as surrounds. It is best for users who want to enjoy music in tight spaces. The speakers have great clarity and is powerful compared to its compact size. Use them for near field listening allowing the speakers to shine. It has clearer highs and enjoyable bass for small spaces.

Our Verdict

JBL is a reliable and trustworthy brand, and the A120 is the example of it. It is the smallest speaker in the JBL Stage series. It has good build quality; the design is standard and the price is low. If you already own an amplifier, them you can easily save some bucks. The speakers produce clean sound even at high volume. It has precise highs, smooth mids and decent bass.

PROS
  • Compact size
  • Stylish
  • Good as surrounds
  • Rear port to enhance bass
  • Reasonable price
CONS
  • Need additional amplifier
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Aluminum
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) n
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4.5
Woofer Type Polycellulose
Other

SPECS

Power Range 20 – 125W
Sensitivity 86dB @ 1M, 2.83V
Impedance 6 Ohms
Frequency Range 60Hz – 40kHz
Crossover Frequencies 3.2kHz

CONNECTIVITY:

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

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type 5-way post
Compatible Connector Types bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs and banana plugs (single or dual)
Speaker Wire Compatibility 12 or 14AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Decent and average bass.
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clear vocals
Treble Accuracy Crisp and clear highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Good imaging and decent soundstage
Dynamic Range: Decent dynamic range
Power Handling: Good power handling
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Decent transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color Black

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 11.22
Width (inches) 6.69
Depth (inches) 6.69
Weight (pounds) 19.55 lb
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 26-28

CONTROL

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

IN THE BOX

Accessories: A pair of JBL Stage A120 Compact Bookshelf Loudspeaker, Owner’s Manual, Warranty Card, 8 x Feet Pads, 2 x Foam Plugs, 4 x Wall Brackets 8 x Screws for Wall Brackets
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

The A120 belongs to the JBL Stage lineup. Build quality is quite good with rigid walls. With internal bracing, the cabinet will minimize any sort of resonance or vibration. It comes with four key holes so that it is much easier to mount it on walls. Place them at least 20” from rear and side walls.

The speakers come with self-adhesive rubber feet that ensure stability as you place them on flat surface. Protect the speakers by covering them with detachable cloth grille.

Performance:

JBL Stage A120 is a 2-way bookshelf speaker that has 1 tweeter and 1 woofer. The tweeter is in placed in High Definition Imaging Waveguide (HDI) so that the transition between high- and low-frequency drivers are smooth. Low ends are clean and deep. Highs are crisp and clear, mids are decent. A rear port boosts it further and comes with a foam that you can plug inside the port. We suggest going for a subwoofer to improve the sound.

With an impedance of 6 ohms, the speaker isn’t very easy to drive. Match the power and impedance while choosing an amp. We suggest to use them as surrounds instead of stereo system. Although the experience will vary from user to user, using them as stereo might ‘feel’ weak. That said, they will deliver amazing performance if used as desktop speaker for near field listening.

Place it on bookshelf, table or stands. Or, simply mount it on the wall by following step by step instruction in the manual. While using them as surrounds, place them around 6 ft. above the floor. If you are using them as surrounds, keep them 3-6 ft apart. These speakers can also be used as front stereo system.

Connectivity and control:

Inputs, outputs and control options depend on the amp you choose.

Use case:

Place them in small to mid sized spaces and experience room filling audio. It is good for general listening so go for a sub in small rooms for listening to music. In large spaces, create a theater system.

Compatible device:

Connect a matching amplifier like Denon PMA600, Yamaha RS-202, Onkyo TX-8220, Pioner SX 727, or any model from other brands. Create a home theater with floorstanding loudspeakers (A170/A180/A190), bookshelf loudspeakers (A130), center channel loudspeakers (A125C/A135C) , and powered subwoofers (A100P/A120P).

Cost:

JBL Stage A120 is a budget friendly passive bookshelf speaker.

FAQ

What is ‘break-in’ in speakers?

Break-in period in speakers means playing them for long hours so that they can produce optimum performance. Play the speaker for hours that can continue for days so that the drivers get ‘loosened up’ and play with full potential. Like others, allow the JBL Stage A120 to go through break-in.

Are JBL Stage A120 placement flexible?

JBL Stage A120 is easy to place but aren’t quite placement flexible as they have rear ports. This means you should leave gap behind the speaker to get good performance.

 

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