How do I Set Up JBL Speakers & Subwoofers?

By Robert Ceville ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Stereo receiver
  • High-quality speaker wire
  • Wire cutter/stripper
Integrating JBL speakers and a subwoofer into your home theater setup expands the sonic possibilities.

JBL is a leader in speaker technology in live concert environments as well as home theater atmospheres. Bringing new JBL speakers and a subwoofer into your home theater setup may seem complex when you look at the back of the stereo receiver. However with the right instruction and the right speaker cables, incorporating JBL's pristine sound quality into your home theater experience is surprisingly straightforward.

Place your front JBL speakers about a foot and a half away from the back wall.

Position your JBL speakers and subwoofer in the desired locations (see Tips).

Running the speaker wire along the wall will help conceal its appearance.

Run the speaker wire along the length of the wall from the subwoofer and speakers to the stereo receiver. Determine the amount of speaker wire that you will need to make the connection.

Be sure to cut the wire where you will have enough room to make the connection with some slack.

Cut the speaker wire that will run from all three speakers with the wire cutter.

Use the stripper tool on the wire cutter to remove approximately an inch of the protective plastic tubing on the speaker wire ends. When the wires are exposed (usually copper), twist each of them together separately, so that you are left with two ends on each of the three. Repeat this for the opposite ends of the cables as well.

Connect the speaker wires from the "+" and "-" terminals on the subwoofer to the "+ Sub Output" and "- Sub Output" terminals on the receiver. Make sure that you are making these connections correctly.

Make the connections between the speakers and the receiver. Plug the "+" from the speaker to the "+ Speaker Out Left" on the receiver and the "-" to the "- Speaker Out Left" on the receiver. For the right speaker and receiver right output, use the "+" and "- Speaker Out Right" jacks to make the connections. Your new JBL speakers and subwoofer are now ready to use.

Tip

Keep in mind that placing the subwoofer in the corner of the room will maximize the low-end frequencies. The low frequencies will reverberate off of the walls, giving you a very strong sound. Placing the front JBL speakers 12-18 inches away from the wall will give you a very clear sound, since it will reduce the amount of frequencies that bounce off the wall behind them.

Warning

Make sure that you make these connections with the receiver and subwoofer power turned off to avoid any risk of speaker damage.

About the Author

Based in Florida, Robert Ceville has been writing electronics-based articles since 2009. He has experience as a professional electronic instrument technician and writes primarily online, focusing on topics in electronics, sound design and herbal alternatives to modern medicine. He is pursuing an Associate of Science in information technology from Florida State College of Jacksonville.