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Stamford, Conn. – JBL has begun shipping most models in its new Studio 2 line of in-room speakers, which incorporate waveguide technology derived from JBL’s Professional M2 Master Reference Monitor.
The technology is said to deliver a stereo image with natural balance, detail and accuracy to any position in the listening room.
“JBL engineers pioneered a new patent-pending waveguide design that enables neutral frequency response, not just on-axis, but off-axis in the vertical and horizontal planes,” said Harman senior marketing director Chris Dragon. “The unique geometry of this waveguide allows us to deliver remarkable high-frequency detail, imaging, and natural balance at nearly any listening position in a broad range of acoustic environments.”
“The big news here,” he added, “is really the fact that we fully leverage all of our engineering horsepower in Northridge, Calif., and even conducted rather extensive consumer testing using our MLL listening facility. So they have been benchmarked against all key competitors to ensure that we delivered a voicing that consumers really loved.”
The series, which does not replace a current series, consists of three floorstanding speakers, two bookshelf speakers, two center-channel speakers, a surround speaker, and two powered subs. The three floorstanding speakers are three-way models priced from a suggested $399 to $599 each. The two bookshelf speakers are two-way models at a suggested $299 and $399 per pair. The 2.5-way center channels are priced at $249 and $379 each, and the two subs are priced at $449 and $599. The on-wall surround speaker is a two-way model at $349/pair.
Speaker cabinets feature soft edges, no visible fasteners, gloss-black top panels, and black and espresso wood-grain finishes.
Three models are due in January and February, the company’s web site shows.
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