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JBL Introduces Expanded Lineup Of Custom Installation System Solutions And Innovative Loudspeaker Designs At CEDIA 2006

14 September 2006


WOODBURY, NY — JBL, celebrating its 60th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of professional and consumer loudspeakers, is demonstrating its commitment to the custom-installation market at CEDIA Expo 2006 with an extensive lineup of innovative product introductions. Highlights include the company’s significantly expanded JBL Performance Series of complete home theater packages, and the premiere of its JBL Synthesis One Array ultrahigh-end custom-installation home entertainment system.

JBL is introducing a stunning new look in loudspeaker design with the debut of its JBL Cinema Sound CS6100 and CS480, two 5.1-channel speaker packages that combine a totally distinctive, elegant appearance with exceptional sound quality and installation flexibility. In addition, the company is premiering its CSB5 wall-mountable satellite loudspeaker, which complements the styling of its currently available JBL Cinema Sound components, and is showcasing a selection of additional high-performance products.

Paul Bente, president of JBL, pointed out: “At CEDIA 2006, JBL is targeting the specialized requirements of the custom-installation market to a greater extent than ever before. We are expanding our product lines to offer a wider variety of application-driven solutions across a broader range of categories, from beautifully designed, high-value compact loudspeaker packages to state-of-the-art systems that deliver nothing less than the ultimate cinema experience in the home.”

Following are highlights of JBL’s products and systems making their debut at CEDIA 2006 at the Colorado Convention Center, Booth 644 (September 14 — 17, 2006).

JBL Performance Series: A Versatile Lineup of High-End Home Theater Audio Systems

The JBL Performance Series encompasses an extensive selection of turnkey, high-end, custom-installation home theater audio systems that include electronics and loudspeakers. The Series offers a choice of multichannel home theater audio solutions, all designed to provide extraordinary sonic realism, control flexibility and ease of use while integrating seamlessly into the home environment.

All JBL Performance Series systems are based around the AV1 Surround Processor/System Controller and AVA7 7-Channel Power Amplifier, both engineered to deliver state-of-the-art sound and offer versatile connection and control options with source components and high-definition-display devices.

A variety of loudspeakers are available, including in-wall speakers and subwoofers, on-wall and stand mount models, outdoor speakers, powered subwoofers, and additional models. All the speakers are constructed using premium-quality JBL drivers and components to deliver exceptional clarity, detail, dynamic impact and tonal accuracy over a wide listening area.

The on-wall PT800 tower loudspeaker, PS1400 subwoofer, and PC600 center channel feature a modular design that enables the PT800 to be stacked atop the PS1400 subwoofer, mounted separately on a wall, or installed on optional available stands, providing maximum installation flexibility. Their shallow-profile enclosures occupy a minimum of floor space. To deliver extraordinary sound quality, the JBL Performance Custom Series in-wall speakers utilize pure-titanium tweeters, and woofers and midrange drivers made from an advanced-technology aluminum/ceramic multilayer diaphragm material, and include built-in front-panel controls to allow precise sonic tailoring. Other available loudspeakers include the Specialist and Integrator Series premium in-wall and in-ceiling models, and a wide range of subwoofers and center channel, surround and outdoor speakers to accommodate virtually every home entertainment requirement.

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Pricing for JBL Performance Series systems ranges from approximately $10,000 to $30,000.

JBL Synthesis One Array: Upgraded to Deliver State-of-the-Art Performance

JBL is showcasing its JBL Synthesis One Array ultrahigh-end complete custom-installation home theater and music system in a spectacular 7.2-channel installation. Upgraded from the previously available Synthesis One package, the THX Ultra2-certified Synthesis One Array delivers the ultimate in audio and video performance in every respect. It includes JBL’s new SDP-40HD surround processor/ preamplifier; the SDEC4000 digital equalizer/crossover (which is being introduced at CEDIA); the groundbreaking Synthesis Array Module (SAM) SAM 1 midrange/high-frequency loudspeaker array; and the SAM 2 low-frequency loudspeaker array.

The 7.2-channel JBL Synthesis SDP-40HD is a state-of-the-art surround processor/preamplifier that delivers unsurpassed digital audio and high-definition video quality. It offers numerous advanced features, including six HDMI inputs and two 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converters operating in dual-mono mode for each audio output. The SDEC4000 digital equalizer optimizes the performance of a Synthesis multichannel system by the application of ultraprecise multiband digital parametric equalization and leading-edge DSP technologies.

JBL’s SAM 1 and SAM 2 loudspeakers are engineered to deliver extraordinary sonic accuracy and bring the configurable installation versatility of the company’s acclaimed VerTec line-array professional audio loudspeakers to home listeners. The SAM 1 midrange/high-frequency loudspeaker shares many of the driver technologies found in JBL’s ultrahigh-end K2 Series and Project Array loudspeakers, providing remarkable resolution, wide dynamic range and high-frequency response to beyond 40kHz. The SAM 2’s woofers utilize exclusive JBL Metal Matrix technology, in which the aluminum woofer cones are deep-anodized to produce lightweight, rigid driver diaphragms that provide superlative articulation.

The SAM 1 and SAM 2’s modular design enables them to be easily attached together to create loudspeaker arrays in a variety of configurations. In the Synthesis One Array system, the SAM 1 and SAM 2 are complemented by six S4Ai multipolar in-wall surround loudspeakers and the S1S-EX 18-inch subwoofer.

The JBL Synthesis One Array complete home theater audio system is currently available at a suggested retail price of $75,000.

JBL Cinema Sound: Striking Design, Expanded Installation Options

The JBL Cinema Sound CS6100 and CS480 compact 5.1-channel home theater loudspeaker systems represent a completely new design approach for the company; one that’s a total departure from anything JBL has done in the past, and a look that points to what consumers can expect from JBL in the future. Both systems deliver the natural, musically accurate, high-resolution sound that is the hallmark of every JBL product.

Both systems include four wall-mountable satellite speakers, a wall-mountable center channel and a powered subwoofer, as well as swivel- and fixed-wall-mount brackets, and cables. The satellites and center channel are striking and unique in appearance, with sleek, curved and tapered enclosures finished in high-gloss black and accented by black grilles, chrome tops and chrome end caps. The subwoofers feature a metallic-silver and high-gloss-black finish that perfectly matches the loudspeakers.

The JBL Cinema Sound CS6100 home theater loudspeaker system will be available in December 2006 at a suggested retail price of $1,099. The CS480 system will be available in December 2006 at a suggested retail price of $799.

JBL is also adding to its JBL Cinema Sound loudspeaker lineup with the introduction of its CSB5 wall-mountable satellite loudspeaker. The CSB5 complements the slim, elegant visual appeal and superb sound quality of the currently available, award-winning JBL Cinema Sound components. Its compact size and wall-, shelf- or stand-mounting capability enable a greater variety of home theater system installation options. As do all JBL Cinema Sound components, the CSB5 features a rich metallic enclosure and trim, with a contrasting high-gloss-black front panel and removable black grille.

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The JBL Cinema Sound CSB5 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $399 per pair.

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, Harman International, Synthesis, JBL Synthesis, VerTec and K2 are registered trademarks, and Performance, Array and Project Array are trademarks, of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

THX Ultra2 is a trademark of THX Ltd. All rights reserved.

HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC.

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