Arena 180

Item# ARENA 180
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The only thing more astonishing than what the JBL Arena 180 brings to your ears is what it brings to your wallet: amazing performance at affordable cost.
At a Glance:
  • Inspired by JBL’s legendary M2 Master Reference Monitor
  • Signature JBL loudspeaker performance
  • Understated, contemporary look and feel
  • An audio powerhouse at an affordable price
  • Just one part of an even more powerful system
What's in the Box:
  • 1 JBL Arena 180
  • 1 Owner’s Manual
  • 4 Carpet Spikes
JBL engineers have pioneered the art of bringing world-class sound to audiences for decades. Now, with the Arena 180 floorstanding loudspeaker, they've brought the same amazing experience to your home at a price that won't burn a hole in your wallet. The Arena 180’s High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide and 1-inch (25mm) soft dome tweeter, along with two 7” (178mm) polycellulose woofers provide the accurate sound intended by top artists and engineers. Inspired by JBL's own M2 Master Reference Monitor, considered by many to be the world’s finest studio monitor, the Arena 180 is a win-win for both legacy and affordability.
Product Features:
  • Inspired by JBL’s legendary M2 Master Reference Monitor
    High Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide technology takes its cues from the legendary JBL M2 Master Reference MonitorComputer-optimized driver positioning and network integration result in ideal performance and lifelike soundstage imagingProven acoustic superiority through rigorous testing and real-world evaluation
  • Signature JBL loudspeaker performance
    Two 7-inch (178mm) high-output polycellulose woofers operate in conjunction with a rear-firing tuned bass port, delivering accurate sound worthy of a standing ovation1-inch (25mm) soft dome tweeter provides clean, powerful highsTight, extended bass response optimized for show-stopping listening, whether for movies, TV, music or console gaming
  • Understated, contemporary look and feel
    Contemporary cabinet shape with angled side and top panels provide a sophisticated, modern lookSoft-touch paint around the transducers and on the waveguideAvailable in black and white finishes with minimalist grilles and brushed metal trims
  • An audio powerhouse at an affordable price
    The perfect trifecta of JBL power, precision, and affordable pricing.
  • Just one part of an even more powerful system
    Intended for use in conjunction with the entire series of JBL Arena loudspeakers: 2 floorstanding speakers, 2 bookshelf speakers, 1 center channel speaker, and 1 subwoofer model.
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General Specifications:
Weight (lb)
33.6 lbs
Weight (kg)
15.2 kg
Recommended Amplifier Power
20 - 225W
Audio Specifications:
88 dB
Frequency Response
39 Hz - 40 kHz
Crossover Frequencies
2.1kHz – 18 dB/octave
Nominal Impedance
8 Ohms
Height (in)
Width (in)
Depth (in)
Arena 180 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! JBL claims that these speakers are inspired by the legendary M2 loudspeaker monitors. If you know about M2s or heard them you'd think that that is a pretty bold statement since M2s are arguably one of the best sounding Reference Monitors ever created. But after listening to these 180s I can understand what JBL means by "inspired". Arena 180 sounds amazingly good for its price. It probably could compete with loudspeakers in $700-$900 price range. It has a very strong and balanced low end and super crisp high frequency. The fact that it is sounding very consistent off-axis proves that it is a well-designed and well-constructed loudspeaker. Kudos to JBL!
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sound I got these for Christmas and they are amazing. They can handle anything I throw at them
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features So happy I bought this last month it was amazing!! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from always i have used yall my whole life dad had em i have aswell never had a problem exept things i've done to em. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality! My Husband and I purchased the Arena 180 about 8 months ago. And we just love it. Totally happy with our purchase. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich sound I love my JBL Arena 180 because of its ease of use and deep rich bass and warfm higher tones... I've had it a couple months now and am absolutly thrilled and delighted with my selection. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from zeer fraaie en goed klinkende boxen Twee Arena 180 boxen aangeschaft ter vervanging van mijn oude Bose speakers (Acoustimass 5/3) Na wat regelen met de hoge en lage tonen op de versterker (HK AVR 171S) komt het geluid warm en over en voldoed boven verwachting. Voor het laag zou een bas kast aangeschaft kunnen worden maar is niet noodzakelijk. Ook bij hoog geluidsniveau klinkt geen vervorming. Komt in testen er goed uit. Wil je toch meer kwaliteit koop dan duurdere boxen.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Miskoop geweest Deze set gekocht omdat ik jbl ken als een goed merk van vroeger. Maar deze set klinkt werkelijk niet wat ik verwacht had. Totaal geen balans en veel wollig laag. Mid totaal niet zuiver en hoog niet sprankelend. Voor film enigzins te doen maar muziek klinkt echt niet goed. Heb ze met veel verlies vlug van de hand gedaan.
Date published: 2018-06-05
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Two way or three way speakers ?

Asked by: 69GN
Hello! The Arena 180 is a 2 way floor standing speaker.
Answered by: Nick F
Date published: 2018-08-29

Kan ik muziek via mijn telefoon via bleutooth via deze set afspelen

Asked by: Bianca 1970
Hi Bianca, Nee, de JBL Arena 180's zijn vloerstaande speakers, welke via speakerkabel aangesloten dienen te worden aan een receiver/versterker.
Answered by: Kay Harman
Date published: 2018-09-11

Will the Arena 180 handle the power of the Harman Kardon 3770?

Asked by: Tooter
Hi! Yes the Arena 180 will work with the HK 3770 without any issues with power.
Answered by: Gian at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-05-02

Will these speakers handle tha Harman Kardon HK 3770 receiver?

Asked by: Tooter
Hi! The Arena 180 speakers will work with the HK3770 with no issues.
Answered by: Gian at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-05-02

The Recommended Amplifier Power is 20-225W. Would it be safe to use CROWN XLS 1502 (300W/8Ω) with Arena 180 without the risk of damaging them? I use a SCHIIT Freya as Pre-amp.

Asked by: MANOSNY
We would like to work with you directly. Please submit a case request at https://www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you.
Answered by: Zoe at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-04-02

Bonjour quel ampli est approprié avec ? Un 2*70 watt ?

Asked by: Antho01510
Bonjour et merci de nous avoir contactés. Un amplificateur de 270W serait un peu trop puissant pour les enceintes JBL ARENA 180 (puissance maximale recommandée : 225W). Nous vous recommanderions plutôt l'amplificateur Harman Kardon HK3770 qui délivre une puissance maximale de 240W. Vous pourriez également opter pour des enceintes plus puissantes. N'hésitez pas à contacter le Service Clientèle Harman par téléphone ou par mail via le site Harman Audio ou Harman Kardon pour plus d'informations.
Answered by: Yohan W
Date published: 2018-06-06

Goedendag, momenteel heb ik de JBL ES 80 speakers en bevallen heel goed. Welk type is momenteel vergelijkbaar?

Asked by: Laouris
Goedemiddag, De ES80 is inmiddels 10-11 jaar oud, en in principe is hier geen vervanging voor. Het enige vergelijkbare model is de JBL Studio 280. Deze heeft 6.5" woofers, in plaats van de 6" in de ES80, en een enkele tweeter, in plaats van de dubbele tweeter wat zo speciaal was in de ES80. De introductieprijs van de ES80 was rond de € 400,- per speaker, de JBL Studio 280 zit daar iets boven, met € 479,- per speaker. Daar staat wel tegenover dat de materialen in de Studio serie van de hoogste kwaliteit zijn. Ik wil je wel aanraden om, als het mogelijk is, een erkende dealer van de Studio series speakers te bezoeken, en daar om een demonstratie te vragen. Doorgaans zijn de speakers daar ingespeeld, en klinken ze iets beter/voller, dan wanneer je ze nieuw in een HIFI opstelling plaatst.
Answered by: Kay Harman
Date published: 2018-09-11

Concerning the purchase of the speakers Arena 180 bk I would like to know its nominal power (RMS). Thank you.

Asked by: Davideb
The Arena 180 speakers power handling can be anything between 20W-225W at 8 ohms.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-03-04
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