— 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.