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JBL is an American audio electronics company currently owned by Harman International. It was founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing. Their primary products are loudspeakers and associated electronics. There are two independent divisions within the company — JBL Consumer and JBL Professional. The former produces audio equipment for the consumer home market while the latter produces professional equipment for the studio, installed sound, tour sound, portable sound (production and DJ), and cinema markets.

James B. Lansing founded JBL one year after leaving Altec Lansing as their Vice President of Engineering in 1945. The company was first called Lansing Sound, Inc., from 1 October 1946, and later changed its name to James B. Lansing Sound. The first products were the model D101 15-inch loudspeaker and the model D175 high-frequency driver. The D175 remained in the JBL catalog through the 1970s. Both of these were near-copies of Altec Lansing products. The first original product was the D130, a 15-inch transducer for which a variant would remain in production for the next 55 years. The D130 featured a four-inch flat ribbon wire voice coil and Alnico V magnet. Two other products were the 12-inch D131 and the 8-inch D208 cone drivers.

The Marquardt Corporation gave the company early manufacturing space and a modest investment. William H. Thomas, the treasurer of Marquardt Corporation, represented Marquardt on Lansing's Board of Directors. In 1948 Marquardt took over operation of the JBL. In 1949 Marquardt was purchased by General Tire Company. The new company was not interested in the loudspeaker business and severed ties with Lansing. Lansing reincorporated as James B. Lansing, Incorporated, and moved the newly formed company to its first private location on 2439 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles.

A key to JBL's early development was Lansing's close business relationship with its primary supplier of Alnico V magnetic material, Robert Arnold of Arnold Engineering. Arnold Engineering extended favorable terms and deep credit to Lansing. Robert Arnold saw JBL as an opportunity to sell Alnico V magnetic material into a new market.

James Lansing was noted as an innovative engineer, but a poor businessman. For the next three years Lansing struggled to pay invoices and ship product. As a result of deteriorating business conditions and personal issues, he committed suicide on September 4, 1949. The company then passed into the hands of Bill Thomas, JBL's then vice-president. Lansing had taken out a $10,000 life insurance policy, naming the company as the beneficiary, a decision that allowed Thomas to continue the company after Lansing's death. Soon after, Thomas purchased Mrs. Lansing's one-third interest in the company and became the sole owner of the company. Thomas is credited with revitalizing the company and spearheading a period of strong growth for the two decades following the founding of JBL.

Early products included the model 375 high-frequency driver and the 075 UHF (Ultra High Frequency) ring-radiator driver. The ring-radiator drivers are also known as "JBL bullets" because of their distinctive shape. The 375 was a re-invention of the Western Electric 594 driver but with an Alnico V magnet and a four-inch voice coil. The 375 shared the same basic magnet structure as the D-130 woofer. JBL engineers Ed May and Bart N. Locanthi created these designs.

Two products from that era, the Hartsfield and the Paragon, continue to be highly desired on the collectors' market.

In 1955 the brand name JBL was introduced to resolve ongoing disputes with Altec Lansing Corporation. The company name "James B. Lansing Sound, Incorporated" was retained, but the logo name was changed to JBL with its distinctive exclamation point logo.

The JBL 4320 series studio monitor was introduced through Capitol Records in Hollywood and became the standard monitor worldwide for its parent company, EMI. JBL's introduction to rock and roll music came via the adoption of the D130 loudspeaker by Leo Fender's Fender Guitar company as the ideal driver for electric guitars.

In 1969, Bill Thomas sold JBL to the Jervis Corporation (later renamed Harman International) headed by Dr. Sidney Harman. The 1970s saw JBL become a household brand, starting with the famous L-100, which was the best-selling loudspeaker model of any company to that time. The 1970s also saw a major JBL expansion in the professional audio field from their studio monitors. By 1977, more recording studios were using JBL monitors than all other brands combined, according to a Billboard survey.[4] The JBL L-100 and 4310 control monitors were noteworthy, popular home speakers. In the late 1970s, the new L-series designs L15, L26, L46, L56, L86, L96, L112, L150, and later the L150A and flagship L250 were introduced with improved crossovers, ceramic magnet woofers, updated midrange drivers, and aluminum-deposition phenolic resin tweeters. In the mid 1980s the designs were again updated and redesigned with a new titanium-deposition tweeter diaphragm. The new L-series designations being the L20T, L40T, L60T, L80T, L100T, the Ti-series 18Ti, 120Ti, 240Ti, and the flagship 250Ti. To test speaker drivers, JBL in Glendale and Northridge used the roof as an outdoor equivalent to an anechoic chamber.

Over the next two decades JBL went more mass-market with their consumer (Northridge) line of loudspeakers. At the same time, they made an entry into the high-end market with their project speakers, consisting of the Everest and K2 lines. JBL became a prominent supplier to the tour sound industry, their loudspeakers being employed by touring rock acts and music festivals. JBL products were the basis for the development of THX loudspeaker standard, which resulted in JBL becoming a popular cinema loudspeaker manufacturer.

JBL was formerly used in Ford's top-of-the-line vehicle audio systems, as competition with Chrysler (whose cars used Infinity) and Nissan (who used Bose). Today, Toyota uses JBL systems in its product line-up.

  • Acoustic system JBL IRX112BT

    The JBL IRX112BT portable powered PA loudspeaker delivers class-leading volume and clarity, total ease of use and an unrivaled feature set at our most affordable price point.

    Amplifier: Not available/ LF Speaker: 12 inches/ Ways: 2/ Inputs: XLR, 1/4", combined/ Nominal Power, W: 1500 W
    12 009
    13 467
  • Suspension Frame JBL VRX-AF

    Optional hardware for suspending VRX918SP and/or VRX932LAP enclosures

    Adjustable height: No/ Purpose of the rack: for Linear arrays/ Material: Metal/ Stand type: Bracket/ Stand Design: Holder, Ceiling, Other
    30 801
  • Amplifier JBL VMA2120

    8 inputs with 2 outputs of 120-watts of power

    Amplifier type: Translational/ Power rating: 101-200 W/ Channels: 1/ Circuit Design: Digital/ Color: Black
    23 313
  • Amplifier JBL VMA1240

    5 inputs with 1 output of 240-watts of power

    Amplifier type: Translational/ Power rating: 201-400 W/ Channels: 1/ Circuit Design: Digital/ Color: Black
    21 408
  • Adjust Speaker Pole JBL POLE-MA

    JBL Manual Adjust Speaker Pole

    Adjustable height: Yes/ Height: 914 - 1397 mm/ Purpose of the rack: for Subwoofer/ Material: Aluminum/ Stand type: Stand
    3 204
  • Pre-Install In-Ceiling JBL MTC-81TB8

    Pre-Install In-Ceiling Tile Bridge for Pre-Install Backbox

  • Protective Grill JBL MTC-25WMG

    AC 25AV speaker grill, IP-x5, black

    1 617
  • Speakers JBL JS-15BT BTB

    Acoustic system, active, 2-way, power - 400 W peak, speaker - 15", driver - 1", sound pressure - 98 dB, Bluetooth, MP3, memory card slot, plastic body, dimensions: 729 x 490 x 371 mm, weight - 20 kg.

    Amplifier: AB/ Effects: No/ LF Speaker: 15 inches/ HF Speaker: 1 inch/ Ways: 2
    9 762
  • Ceiling speaker enclosure JBL MTC-81BB8

    Pre-Install In-Ceiling Backcan

    1 386
  • Eyebolt Kit JBL Hardware Kit

    Set of three M10 x 35 mm eyebolts for suspending speakers

    1 425
  • Ceiling speaker enclosure JBL CSS-BB4x6

    4" Backcan for CSS8004 speaker

    2 056
  • Fastening for columns on a ceiling JBL CSS-TR4/8

    Tile Rails for CSS-BB4x6 and CSS-BB8x6 backcans

    Adjustable height: No/ Purpose of the rack: for Acoustic Systems/ Material: Metal/ Stand type: Mount/ Stand Design: On-Wall
  • Horn speaker JBL CSS-H15

    15 Watt Paging Horn

    Power: 15 W, 60 W/ Number of Bands: 1/
    2 085
    3 849
  • Speaker System JBL CSS-1S/T

    Compact Two-Way 100 V/70 V/8-Ohm Loudspeaker

    Amplifier: Not available/ Effects: No/ LF Speaker: 5,25 inches/ HF Speaker: 0,75 inches/ Coil Size, inch: Not available
    3 336
    5 424
  • Remote Controls JBL CSR-V (Black)

    Wall mounted volume control for JBL CSMA, RJ-45 jack, black

    1 251
    2 538
  • Remote Controls JBL CSR-2SV (Black)

    Wall mounted volume control for JBL CSM-21 and JBL CSM-32, RJ-45 jack, black

    2 538
  • Remote Controls JBL CSR-2SV (White)

    Wall mounted volume control for JBL CSM-21 and JBL CSM-32, RJ-45 jack, white

    2 538
  • Speakers JBL Control 25AV (Black)

    Compact Indoor/Outdoor Background/Foreground Loudspeaker

    Amplifier: Not available/ Effects: No/ LF Speaker: 5,25 inches/ HF Speaker: 0,75 inches/ Coil Size, inch: Not available
    9 081
  • Speakers JBL Control 25-1 (Black)

    Compact Indoor/Outdoor Background/Foreground Speaker

    Amplifier: Not available/ Effects: No/ LF Speaker: 5,25 inches/ HF Speaker: 0,75 inches/ Coil Size, inch: Not available
    7 896
  • Passive Speakers JBL Control 1 Pro (Black)

    Two-Way Professional Compact Loudspeaker System

    Amplifier: Not available/ Effects: No/ LF Speaker: 5,25 inches/ HF Speaker: 0,75 inches/ Coil Size, inch: Not available
    2 616
  • Passive Speakers JBL Control 1 Pro (White)

    Two-Way Professional Compact Loudspeaker System

    Amplifier: Not available/ Effects: No/ LF Speaker: 5,25 inches/ HF Speaker: 0,75 inches/ Coil Size, inch: Not available
    2 616
  • Ceiling Speakers JBL 8138

    8" (200 mm) Full-Range In-Ceiling Loudspeaker for use with Pre-Install Backcans

    Speakers Size, inch: 8/ Number of Bands: 1/
    2 082
  • Studio Monitor JBL 708P

    Active Studio Monitor, 2-band, 8 "+ 1" speakers, 250W watt and 250W HF, 35 Hz - 36 kHz, Powerful DSP Processor, Analog & Digital (AES / EBU) Inputs, Sample Rate 192 kHz, HiQnet support.

    Speaker LF, inch: 8/ Speaker HF, inch: 1/ Bass Reflex: Not available/ Ways: 2/ Bi-amping: Yes
    61 160
    71 985
  • Active subwoofer JBL LSR310S

    10" Powered Studio Subwoofer With XLF. Extend your system LF all the way down! The LSR310S subwoofer incorporates JBL’s patented Slip Stream™ Port working in concert with a custom 10" down-firing driver and a 200 Watt amplifier to add deep, powerful bass to any studio monitor system. A JBL first, the XLF Extended Low Frequency setting lets you hear your tracks with the augmented bass tuning used in today’s dance clubs.

    Type: Active/ Resistance, Ohm: 4 Ohms/ Power: 200 W/ Speakers Size, inch: 10/
    15 678
  • Landscape speaker JBL Control 88M

    8" 2-way co-axial mushroom landscape speaker with 1" tweeter. 120 W Pink Noise Power Handling (240 W program) in direct 8Ώ setting,plus built-in 60 W 70V/100V multi-tap transformer. Tough polyethylene highly weather resistant enclosure. Fully isolated center chamber for wiring protection. High fidelity sound character with broad frequency range of 47 Hz - 16 kHz.

    Speakers Size, inch: 1, 8/ Number of Bands: 2/
    15 186
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