JBL has introduced the 4349 Studio Monitor, featuring the patented JBL D2415K dual 1.5-in driver mated to a large-format, High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn and featuring a 12in cast-frame, Pure-pulp woofer cone.
“The new JBL 4349 Studio Monitor enables music lovers at home to enjoy the same exceptional dynamics and accuracy that producers and engineers employ in leading studios,” says Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, Harman Luxury Audio. “Now, by virtue of a transformative driver, mathematically brilliant horn and woofer design, and classic good looks — great sound has never been more at home.”
Designed and engineered in Northridge, California, JBL’s High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn geometry is the result of decades of research into the nuance of horn design. Resulting from this pedigree, the JBL 4349 Studio Monitor delivers high-frequency detail, uniform directivity for smooth in-room response, neutral frequency response both on- and off-axis and seamless transition between the high and low frequency drivers.
The JBL D2415K compression driver features a pair of lightweight, polymer, annular diaphragms that improve high-frequency extension by reducing diaphragm mass. V-shaped geometry of the annular diaphragm reduces breakup modes, eliminates time smear and reduces distortion resulting in incredible dynamics with accurate reproduction and a lack of power compression.
A powerful 300mm (12in) woofer on the new JBL 4349 Studio Monitor ensures very high output with low distortion. The 75mm (3in) long-throw voice coil in conjunction with dual opposing spider dampers guarantee maximum output with significantly reduced distortion. A Pure-pulp cone provides a lightweight, rigid diaphragm and helps to eliminate breakup modes ensuring proper pistonic motion throughout the operating band.
“This studio monitor loudspeaker will transform how music is enjoyed and appreciated at home,” Garrett continus. “It will enable a wide range of music lovers to have a world-class, studio-grade experience in rooms of all sizes.”
High-frequency and Ultra High-frequency attenuator controls on the new JBL 4349 Studio Monitor allow sound to be tailored to the specific environment and listener preference. These controls manage an advanced crossover network design that features air-core inductors, cast wire-wound resistors and low-ESR metallized film capacitors in a multi-cap configuration.
The JBL 4349 Studio Monitor sports a classic JBL monitor design with a blue baffle and is finished in a choice of Walnut or Black Walnut furniture-grade satin wood veneers. A blue (Walnut) or black (Black Walnut) cloth grille completes the appearance. Dual sets of gold-plated binding posts provide a secure connection and offer a choice of single-ended or bi-wire/bi-amplified connections. The enclosure is heavily braced with 25mm (1-inch) thick walls to provide a solid acoustic foundation and incorporates a bass reflex design with dual front-firing, computer-optimized flared ports.
JS-120 floor stands priced at £300 a pair are also available to support and place the monitor loudspeakers in an optimal position for listening. The low-profile stands angle the loudspeakers rearward, enhancing frequency response, imaging, sound staging and detail.
“Every detail of the JBL 4349 Studio Monitor has been examined and every assumption has been challenged,” Garrett concludes. “The result is a monitor loudspeaker that defies comparison and provides anyone, anywhere with a love of music to re-discover every track, re-visit with every artist and re-trace every musical journey. I promise that new nuance, new energy and dynamics will be revealed!”
The JBL 4349 Studio Monitor will be available for purchase in early September with retail pricing of £7,000 a pair.