Pros / This center speaker has pristine high-end frequency response and can reach up to 40kHz.
Cons / This speaker's bass response doesn't compare well to others in our lineup.
Verdict / This center speaker can provide uniformity and balance to your home entertainment center when paired with other JBL surround sound speakers.
Editor's note: The JBL 125C is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review the 125C when we next update the Center Speaker reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about the JBL ES25C.
The first thing you'll notice about this speaker is its size. This is one of the larger center speakers that we reviewed. You have to make sure there is enough room in front of or below your TV for this center speaker. You don't want to have this speaker anywhere but directly in front of your television.
The size and weight are a product of the speaker's three-way design. The JBL speaker features two 5-inch low-frequency drivers, a high-frequency tweeter and an ultra-high-frequency tweeter. This is one of the few speakers we've seen that feature dual tweeters and more than three total drivers. This allows the center channel speaker to reach up to 40kHz.
The low frequency response is not as impressive as other home theater center speakers that we reviewed. It is surprising that even with 5-inch drivers, the JBL ES25C is not able to dip below 80Hz. Other speakers in our lineup reach low frequencies below 60Hz. The lower your center channel can reach, the better the bass tones will sound from the center speaker.
In order for your surround sound center speaker to sound best with the rest of your speakers, try to pair the center speaker with the same brand or speakers with similar power and sensitivity. This will help your speakers blend together nicely.
This speaker produces clear and prominent dialogue and even volume. The dialogue sticks out when it needs to, and it doesn't get drowned out when louder scenes begin. Customers enjoy the clarity and balance this center speaker provides.
The JBL ES25C is the center speaker out of an entire line of JBL ES series speakers. This speaker is covered by a five-year warranty. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your speaker, you can contact customer service via email or phone.
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The JBL ES25C doesn't quite provide the bass response you'll hear find in the best center speakers, but it provides high-quality dialogue and pristine high-end response. If you already have JBL speakers, we recommend considering this one as your center speaker.