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JBL Cinema Sound Loudspeakers Make Their Debut at CES 2006


5 January 2006

— All-New Lineup of Elegantly Styled, Slim-Design Loudspeaker Components Offers Exceptional Sound Quality and Easy Installation —

WOODBURY, NY — At CES 2006, JBL, celebrating 60 years as a leading manufacturer of consumer and professional loudspeakers, is expanding its lineup of high-performance home entertainment solutions with the introduction of JBL Cinema Sound, an all-new range of loudspeaker components that combines distinctively elegant, contemporary design with superlative sound quality, and integrates beautifully into any multichannel music or home theater system.

JBL Cinema Sound components include the following:

• CST55 floorstanding tower loudspeaker (3/4-inch titanium-laminate-dome tweeter with Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal [EOS] waveguide, dual 5-inch PolyPlas cone woofers); SRP: $379 each

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• CSC55 center channel loudspeaker (3/4-inch titanium-laminate-dome tweeter with EOS waveguide, dual 5-inch PolyPlas cone woofers); SRP: $329

• CSS10 10-inch, 150-watt powered subwoofer (10-inch woofer, built-in 300-watt peak/150-watt RMS amplifier); SRP: $429

Paul Bente, president of JBL Consumer Products, pointed out: “Our JBL Cinema Sound loudspeakers offer an outstanding combination of design elegance, exceptional performance and easy installation. They’re the ideal solution for listeners who want to enjoy all the thrilling sonic and emotional impact of the movie theater and concert hall experience at home, from loudspeaker components whose sleek, refined styling and stunning silver-and-black finish enhance any home theater system, and perfectly complement today’s DLP rear-projection TVs, flat-panel LCDs and plasma displays.”

JBL Cinema Sound: Superlative Performance, Attractive Design and Easy Installation

JBL Cinema Sound loudspeakers are engineered to reproduce movies and music with the clarity and realism that distinguish every JBL product, and to deliver optimum performance in a wide variety of listening rooms and placement positions.

The CST55 tower and CSC55 center channel loudspeakers both feature a premium-quality 3/4-inch titanium-laminate tweeter that delivers frequency response to 30kHz, for pure, open and extended high-frequency reproduction even when the most-demanding high-resolution program sources such as DVD-Audio and SACD are being reproduced. The tweeter operates in conjunction with JBL’s exclusive Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS) waveguide, originally developed for JBL’s industry-standard LSR Series professional studio monitors, to deliver smooth, accurate tonal balance off-axis as well as on-axis, along with more precise imaging and localization of music, dialogue and effects.

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The CST55 and CSC55 incorporate dual 5-inch woofers that utilize JBL’s proprietary PolyPlas polymer-coated-cellulose-fiber cone material, which combines the sonic neutrality of paper with the added rigidity and damping of the PolyPlas treatment to attenuate cone resonances and provide a smooth frequency response with a detailed midrange and natural vocal and instrumental reproduction.

The woofers also feature large-diameter 1-1/2-inch voice coils with high-efficiency neodymium magnets for improved dynamic response with lower distortion, and the woofers’ unique HeatScape vented-polepiece motor structure provides efficient heat dissipation for accurate driver performance, even during high-volume playback. The CST55 and CSC55 both include JBL’s Straight-Line Signal Path (SSP) crossover network, which employs a short signal path and premium-quality parts to maintain maximum sonic purity.

The CSS10 powered subwoofer features a built-in amplifier (300-watt peak/150-watt RMS) and a high-excursion 10-inch woofer for tight, authoritative low-frequency performance all the way down to 27Hz. The woofer operates in a down-firing enclosure incorporating JBL’s FreeFlow port architecture, which utilizes a computer-optimized port to eliminate audible port noise and maximize output. The CSS10 (18-1/4″ high by 13-14″ wide by 16″ deep) offers line-level and LFE connection options to optimize its performance in any home entertainment system and room.

All JBL Cinema Sound models, including the CSS10, are magnetically shielded and employ JBL’s room-friendly acoustical-design principles, which ensure they will provide sonically accurate performance in the widest variety of listening environments and placement positions.

JBL Cinema Sound is distinctively elegant in appearance. All models feature rich metallic-silver enclosures and trim, with contrasting high-gloss-black front panels and removable black grilles, creating a striking, unique contemporary look with the grilles either on or off. Measuring 46″ high by 8″ wide and 6-1/2″ deep, the sleek slim-tower design and integral small-footprint circular base of the CST55 floorstanding loudspeaker enable it to be easily placed in a home entertainment system in a broad variety of 5.1-, 6.1- and 7.1-channel configurations. The thin 4-1/4″ depth of the CSC55 center channel speaker (6-1/4″ high by 26″ wide) makes it perfect for installation above or below flat-panel LCDs and plasma displays or above ultrathin rear-projection televisions.

Suggested retail pricing for JBL Cinema Sound loudspeakers is as follows: CST55, $379 each; CSC55, $329 each; CSS10, $429 each. All models are currently available.

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The Harman Consumer Group (HCG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group’s brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.

HCG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International ( is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HAR.”

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For additional information, contact:
Frank Doris
FM Group Public Relations
631-385-1304 ext. 402

JBL and Harman International are registered trademarks, and JBL Cinema Sound, Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal, EOS, PolyPlas, HeatScape, Straight-Line Signal Path, SSP and FreeFlow are trademarks, of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

SACD is a trademark of Sony Electronics Inc.

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