Stamford, Conn. - JBL has begun shipping its Studio 1 series of in-room speakers, which feature a new industrial "weave" design that simulates large woven straps on the speakers' baffles.
last September for late-2010 availability, has been expanded to include a subwoofer with the weave design, which also appears in the JBL On Stage IV and On Stage Micro III iPod/iPhone-docking speaker systems. The design will also appear in additional JBL products in the future.
The Studio 1 speakers are the first in-room cabinet speakers launched by the brand in a few years, a spokesperson noted.
The series consists of a JBL Studio 120c center-channel speaker at $169 each, a 130 bookshelf speaker at $299 each, 180 floorstanding speaker at $349 each, a 190 floorstander at $449 each, and the 150P powered subwoofer at $399 each. All feature silver-tinted black vinyl finish.
In the speakers, JBL is bringing two driver technologies down in price point. Tweeters with bi-radial wave guides, which deliver wide smooth dispersion and a wider sweet spot, have been available previously in JBL speakers at twice the price in the LS series, which has been marketed by the Harman High Performance AV group. Ceramic metal matrix diaphragm (CMMD) dome tweeters, which eliminate unwanted resonances, also haven't been available in JBL speakers at these price points before, the company said.
The top-of-the-series Studio 190 tower is a 3.5-way speaker with dual 6.5-inch woofers, 4-inch midrange and 1-inch tweeter. The Studio 180 three-way tower features one 6.5-inch woofer, 4-inch midrange and 1-inch tweeter. The Studio 130 two-way bookshelf speaker features a 4-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.
The Studio 120c center channel speaker features 2.5-way design with dual 4-inch woofers and one 1-inch tweeter. And the 150P 300-watt bass-reflex subwoofer features 10-inch down-firing driver, 300-watt RMS amp, ported design and adjustable crossover frequency.