HARMAN Luxury Audio has introduced the JBL 4305P Studio Monitor – the first powered product in the consumer Studio Monitor range.
Despite being the most compact model in the Studio Monitor series, the 4305P packs a serious audio punch says the maker with a host of patented JBL acoustic technologies that deliver floorstanding level performance. Packed with features including a wealth of wired and wireless connectivity, this new model opens up a world of possibilities for the music lover and content creator.
As a completely self-contained active loudspeaker system, the 4305P has 300Wrms total system power built-in, a 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution DAC, and six inputs that can be used with a wide variety of digital and analogue audio sources. Additional features include a selectable bass contour control to compensate for acoustic differences in loudspeaker placement and positioning, and a signal-sensing line-level subwoofer output for connection to an external powered subwoofer.
For many modern listeners, streaming audio provides easy and convenient access to an entire world of music and the 4305P shines in this regard. The integrated streaming engine provides both wired and wireless network audio capabilities via Ethernet, Google Chromecast Built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth audio. A 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution DAC ensures favourite music comes across with the highest fidelity. In addition to wireless audio, the 4305P provides a number of connections for physical sources including asynchronous USB and optical digital inputs, and a 3.5mm analogue input. Elevating its capabilities even higher, the 4305P includes an analogue input with combination XLR / 1⁄4-inch TRS phono connectors and a selectable input sensitivity switch for use with balanced or unbalanced signals. The inclusion of this ‘prosumer-grade’ input provides the option for balanced XLR and 1⁄4-inch TRS (tip/ring/sleeve) or unbalanced TS (tip/sleeve) connections perfect for use in home studio applications for music, video, and podcast creation.
The 4305P Studio Monitor system consists of a primary and secondary loudspeaker with selectable L/R assignment capability to suit your personal placement preference. The primary loudspeaker includes front panel controls for volume, mute, input selection, and Bluetooth pairing, plus all physical inputs on its rear panel. In addition to the front panel controls, the 4305P includes a Bluetooth handheld remote control and can be controlled as part of a Google Home or Apple Airplay ecosystem. When operating with a wireless connection between with primary and secondary, the 4305P delivers audio resolution up to 96kHz. When tethered with the included 2m Digital Link cable, audio resolution can be extended to 192kHz to extract the highest possible performance from available content.
For the music connoisseur, the 4305P can render MQA audio files and is certified Roon Ready. As with the larger models in the Studio Monitor range, the 4305P uses patented JBL transducer technologies to achieve high levels of acoustic performance. A 2410H-2 1in compression driver is mated to a High-Definition Imaging horn for crystal-clear highs and life-like dynamic capabilities. A 5.25in cast frame, fibre-composite cone woofer operates in a bass-reflex configuration with dual front-firing tuned ports. Each of the transducers is powered by an internal Class D amplifier delivering 25W to each compression driver and 125W to each woofer for a total system power of 300Wrms. Custom tuning allows a level of refinement and accuracy from the 4305P that is simply not possible with a passive loudspeaker. Your eyes won’t believe what your ears are hearing!
“The 4305P Studio Monitor has everything you need for a completely self-contained, high-performance audio system,” says Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio. “The sound we are able to deliver from such a small enclosure simply must be heard to be believed.”
To allow customers to fully realize the quality of sound from their 4305P Studio Monitor system, JBL is including a 90-day trial of high-resolution streaming audio service Qobuz along with a curated playlist of songs that highlight the amazing audio available.
As the foundation for good sound, the enclosure of the 4305P is constructed from 3⁄4-inch MDF with internal bracing and features a real wood veneer finish in a choice of natural Walnut with a blue grille or Black Walnut with a black grille.
The JBL 4305P Studio Monitor will be available in the first quarter of 2022 with a retail price of $2,200