JL Audio Adds Entry-Level Amp Series


Dallas - Mobile electronics supplier

JL Audio

began shipping a new series of amplifiers targeted to audio enthusiasts on a budget.

The entry-level five-SKU JX series replaces the J2 series at similar price points. That series was marketed by Total Mobile Audio, a JL-owned subsidiary that shut down early this year because "we felt that we could better market budget-conscious products under the JL Audio brand and that it was unnecessary to divide efforts with the secondary brand," a spokesperson said.

JL bought TMA

in 2004.

The new models are more compact than their J2 predecessors, the four-channel amplifier is more powerful, and the 1,000-watt subwoofer amp uses an all-new design that is far smaller and more efficient than its predecessor, the company told TWICE. All also feature improved signal-processing sections.

Like their predecessors, the new models use circuit designs whose components, such as power supply toroidal transformers and transistors, are "upgraded significantly relative to what is common at these price points," said VP Jeff Scoon.

Two full-range and three mono subwoofer amps are priced from $199.95 to $499.95 and ship in November.

The two full-range models are the $199.95-suggested JX360/2 and $299.95 JX360/4. The former is rated at 2x180 watts into 2 ohms and 2x110 watts into 4 ohms. The latter is rated at 4x90 watts into 2 ohms and 4x70 watts into 4 ohms. Both feature Class A/B designs with unregulated MOSFET power supplies, high-mass heat sinks, and on-board active filters that can be used in high-pass or low-pass mode. The two amps also feature pass-through pre-amp outputs. High-level wired and low-level RCA-type inputs permit connections to a variety of source units.

The three monoblock amps are the $219.95 JX250/1, $329.95 JX500/1, and $499.95 JX1000/1D.

The JX250/1 is rated at 1x250 watts into 2 ohms and 1x175 watts into 4 ohms. The JX500/1 is rated at 1x500 watts into 2 ohms or 1x340 watts into 4 ohms. The JX1000/1D is rated at 1x 1000 watts at 2 ohms or 1x500 watts at 4 ohms.

The JX250/1 and JX500/1 feature linear amplifier designs, while the 1000/1D monoblock offers high-efficiency Class D circuitry to reduce physical size and current draw. All three monoblocks feature variable low-pass filters, pass-through preamp outputs, variable Bass EQ boost and remote level control via an optional wired controller.

 The mono amps also feature high-level wired and low-level RCA-type inputs.


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