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JBL Launching Studio 5 Freestanding Speakers

9/07/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

INDIANAPOLIS — The Harman
Consumer group is launching
the JBL-branded Studio 5
series of in-room speakers to
“re-establish JBL as a leader in
this category,” a spokesperson
said.

The series of five speakers
and two subwoofers is priced
from a suggested $689/pair for
bookshelf speakers to $1,109
each for left-right floorstanding
speakers and a suggested
$419 for a center channel. They
ship in December.

They’ll join the Studio 1 series, launched less
than a year ago with a weave-design front panel and
prices ranging from $199 each to
$539 each.

The Studio 5 series, which is
not replacing an existing series,
uses technology from JBL’s highend
Everest as well as the Pro audio
lines.

Like other more advanced
JBL residential and professional
speakers, the series uses constant-directivity compression
drivers in a horn to deliver “high-impact dynamics and dimensional realism,” the company
noted.

The $419-each Studio 520C center channel features
1-inch high-frequency compression driver in a
bi-radial horn. Dual 4-inch castframe Symmetrical
Field Geometry (SFG) woofers are said to deliver
“crisp movie dialogue and effects with dynamic realism
and dimensional accuracy that closely duplicates
the experience of a live performance.”

The $689/pair Studio 530 bookshelf speaker features
1-inch high-frequency compression driver in a
Bi-Radial horn and a 5.25-inch cast-frame Symmetrical
Field Geometry (SFG) woofer.

The $689-each Studio 570 floorstanding speaker
combines 1-inch compression driver in a Bi-Radial
horn with dual 5.25-inch cast-frame Symmetrical
Field Geometry (SFG) woofers to deliver deeper
bass response.

The $889-each Studio 580 floorstander steps up
the driver complement to two 6.5-inch woofers, and
the $1,109-each Studio 590 steps up the drivers to
two 8-inch woofers.

The $689-each Studio 550 powered subwoofer
features 10-inch transducer in a sealed box that can
handle 250 watts of amplified power.

The $899 JBL Studio 560 sub, due in 2012, features
12-inch transducer in a sealed box that can
handle 500 watts of amplified power.

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