There are many options in the world of Subwoofers and as a result there are dozens of price points. The question is - what do you need?
Are you using this speaker to -
- As a boomer for dancing
- As a source for bass during movies - as part of your home entertainment center
- General music listening
- All of the above
The problem is that very few subs excel at all of the above or at least at a moderate price - that same is somewhat true for the JBL Balboa Sub10. While it does supply most of your needs it is unlikely to be a jaw dropper if you are using it for a dance party. Having said that.... how often do you host dance parties? However, as a general use speaker and as sub for your entertainment center and general music listening you should be very happy with the Sub10.
What it has
- Nice sound with a frequency response down to 30Hz (published), but with *real* performance to probably the high 30's. To me this is a nice bass response for a 10" sub - 100 watts of power - more than enough to power the 10" woofer - The speaker is front-ported but down fired - - Built in crossover - You will need a splitter in order to get a true stereo effect (unless your receiver has dual subwoofer outputs) - phase control 0 and 180 - Volume - just in case you find the bass a little too overpowering (like my wife) - Some complain that it is too large... but in order to get accurate sound reproduction subwoofers require a certain size so they can push the volume of air needed to reproduce the frequency.
Final Verdict - if you are looking to open a dance club this may not be the speaker for you... and in truth you would be looking for something larger than a 10" sub anyway. However, for general use, and use in a home entertainment center the JBL Balboa Sub10 is a great and relatively inexpensive option.
The JBL Balboa Sub 10 looks great. It is enclosed in a black cabinet that measures about 16 x 14 x 20. The 100 watt (200 watt peak) subwoofer is mounted on the bottom facing the floor and it has a large air vent on the front of the cabinet. This subwoofer is a beast and weighs in at 35 lbs. The size of the Sub 10 may be an issue for some people but it hasn't been a problem for us. However I could see it being a problem if you have a small living room or if you don't have extra space beside your … more
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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
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 ...