JBL finds the One
JBL finds the One
The 104-BT and 104-BTW feature a coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woofer with a soft-dome tweeter
JBL has added the 104-BT (black) and 104-BTW (white) desktop reference monitors to its Professional One Series to allow content creators and audio professionals to stream studio-quality audio via Bluetooth or play back audio using a standard wired connection. They reportedly deliver clear, detailed sound while mixing and editing and include an array of accessible input options, smart features and a compact design. They are said to provide sound for every listening scenario, with the added flexibility of wireless streaming.
The monitors feature a coaxial driver that pairs a contoured low-frequency woofer with a soft-dome tweeter. The cabinet’s low-frequency port works with the driver to provide low-frequency performance down to 60Hz. A 60W Class-D power amplifier distributes 30W per speaker for ‘clear and undistorted output’. Alongside audio playback from mobile devices, Bluetooth 5.0 streaming allows audio professionals to reference mixes over Bluetooth using a professional monitor, rather than a consumer portable device.
The monitors have been designed for production work spaces, thanks to features such as a front-panel input control that selects Bluetooth, aux, RCA, TRS and the additional option to combine all inputs. Front-panel volume control allows level adjustments without straying from the sweet spot, while a front-panel headphone jack can mute the speakers when switching to headphones. Dual 1/4-inch balanced, dual RCA and single 1/8-inch inputs, along with Bluetooth, can reportedly accommodate a wide range of signal sources.
JBL has also announced the launch of its first-ever branded cinema amplifiers. The DSi 2.0 Series builds on the manufacturer’s Crown DSi Series amps to combine the DSP of Crown’s CDi DriveCore Series with a higher-power design. The DSi 2.0 Series includes three power configurations – 350W, 700W and 1,200W – available in analogue and analogue-plus-digital versions with Dante/AES67 and SNMP connectivity. The amps provide four channels of amplification with bridgeable outputs in a 2U footprint, and are PowerMatched for JBL Cinema loudspeakers to reportedly deliver greater power density in the same rack space. DSi 2.0 Series amps can power up to four JBL surround speakers with a single channel in high-power-density 2Ω mode and include parametric EQ, FIR processing and LevelMAX limiting. Dual network audio ports allow for primary and secondary networks configured as switched (daisy-chain) or redundant (star) topologies.
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