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JBL Introduces JBL ES Series Loudspeakers; Featuring Elegant New Styling And Exceptional Performance

8 January 2007


— Complete Range of Home Theater and Stereo Models Combines Refined Design With Superlative Sound Quality and High Value —

WOODBURY, NY — JBL today announced the introduction of its ES Series loudspeakers, a complete lineup of home theater and stereo models that combines upgraded performance with uniquely elegant design. Successor to JBL’s acclaimed Northridge E Series, JBL ES Series loudspeakers utilize technologies employed in the company’s professional recording studio monitors to deliver exceptional sound quality, and are available in a variety of attractive finishes to complement any home entertainment system and decor.

The JBL ES Series making its debut at CES 2007 includes eight models: a wall-mount/bookshelf monitor (ES10); two compact bookshelf loudspeakers (ES20, ES30); two floorstanding tower speakers (ES80, ES90); a dedicated center channel loudspeaker (ES25C); and two powered subwoofers (ES150P and ES250P). Suggested retail prices for ES Series loudspeakers range from $349 per pair to $1,098 per pair.

JBL ES Series: Elegant Design and Exceptional Performance

ES Series loudspeakers feature distinctive new styling — tapered enclosures, a unified center section, and a front baffle that curves into the top surface — that blends classic and contemporary design elements. The center section is accented by contrasting side panels. The ES Series is available in a choice of stunning finishes, including black with a platinum center section; beech with a charcoal center; and cherry with a charcoal center; all have black grilles.

To achieve their superlative performance, ES Series loudspeakers incorporate a number of advanced JBL technologies, including a new ultrahigh-frequency transducer that provides extended frequency response to 40kHz, to deliver open, smooth and detailed high-frequency reproduction with a more natural quality of spaciousness over a wide listening area.

The ultrahigh-frequency transducer is complemented by a titanium-laminate tweeter made from titanium deposited on a lightweight substrate, for high rigidity, in addition to exceptional resolution and transient response. The ultrahigh-frequency transducer and tweeter are both mounted in waveguides that deliver the same frequency response off-axis as they do on-axis, and direct sound toward the listening area, rather than off the side walls, for precise imaging and localization.

ES Series woofers and midrange drivers feature cones made from 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, provide a smooth frequency response with faster transients, and allow higher playback levels without distortion. The woofers incorporate a host of additional enhancements such as JBL’s HeatScape motor structure, which provides efficient heat dissipation for accurate driver performance, even during high-volume playback.

All models, including the subwoofers, incorporate JBL’s FreeFlow-port technology, which utilizes a specially shaped bass port that is tuned to the woofer and enclosure for extended low-frequency response and improved efficiency. To ensure maximum clarity, ES Series loudspeakers utilize JBL’s Straight-Line Signal Path (SSP) crossover network, which employs a minimum of parts to ensure sonic purity.

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JBL’s ES Series models feature high-strength, high-density enclosures, braced and damped to attenuate vibration and unwanted cabinet colorations; in addition, the tapered shape of the enclosures provides additional sonic benefits. All models except the ES150P and ES250P subwoofers are magnetically shielded, and include five-way binding posts to facilitate use with any type of speaker cable. The ES20, ES30, ES80 and ES90 also have dual sets of terminals for bi-wiring or bi-amping, if desired.

The ES Series offers a wealth of installation options to accommodate any home theater or music system. The ES10 compact bookshelf monitor can be mounted on a wall, and is supplied with built-in wall-mount brackets to facilitate its use in a wide variety of custom-installation, designer and architectural applications. The ES25C center channel loudspeaker may be placed on top of or below a TV set or on a shelf, and the ES80 and ES90 floorstanding towers have an elegantly proportioned, slim profile that enables them to easily fit into a home entertainment system. The 10-inch, 250-watt ES150P and 12-inch, 300-watt ES250P subwoofers include a full complement of inputs and controls to achieve optimum low-frequency response in any installation.

JBL ES Series loudspeakers will be available in late spring 2007.

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 Public Relations
631-385-1304 ext. 402

JBL is a registered trademark, and Northridge, PolyPlas, FreeFlow and Straight-Line Signal Path are trademarks, of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

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