JBL PB10 review: JBL PB10

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Rich, deep sound; versatile connection options; quality construction.

The Bad Vinyl finish rather than real wood veneer.

The Bottom Line This sub is a great choice and a good value.

CNET Editors' Choice Aug '00

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JBL's new PB10 subwoofer produces clean, authoritative bass, making it our top pick. And if you demand more than just good bass, you'll like that this puppy comes with plenty of features to improve on its value. JBL's new PB10 subwoofer produces clean, authoritative bass, making it our top pick. And if you demand more than just good bass, you'll like that this puppy comes with plenty of features to improve on its value.

By the Numbers
The PB10's amplifier was the least powerful among the three subwoofers in our tests, with an honest continuous power capability of just 54 watts. Nevertheless, the speaker belted out more volume than the Cambridge SoundWorks BassCube 10, and that's ultimately what matters. Frankly though, all of the subs we tested here produced enough low end to fill a typical living room.

JBL's vinyl-covered cabinet looks astonishingly close to real wood veneer. On the rear are the usual level and crossover-frequency settings, plus a control that lets you switch out the low-pass filtering. This is an advantage if your receiver already has a filtered output that sends only the bass frequencies because it prevents the sound from being filtered twice. Gold-plated speaker terminals provide an alternate way to wire up the subwoofer if you lack a surround sound receiver. An additional high-pass filtered set of terminals lets you connect your main speakers while protecting them from low frequencies that could cause distortion or damage.

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JBL PB10

Part Number: PB10
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Speaker System Type subwoofer
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 150 Watt
  • Speaker Type subwoofer
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired