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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.

  • Studio Monitor JBL One Series 104

    Active 4,5" reference studio monitors, 60 W, max. SPL 104 dB, frequency range 60 Hz - 20 kHz, RCA and TRS connectors.

    Speaker LF, inch: 4,5/ Speaker MF, inch: No/ Speaker HF, inch: 0,75/ Bass Reflex: Not available/ Ways: 2
    4 652
  • Monitor Control JBL M-Patch Active-1

    Precision Monitor Control Plus Studio Talkback and USB Audio I/O

    Effect Type: Feedback, Controller/ Format: Table/ Sound Processing Type: Sound Processor/
    8 996
  • 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/
    14 720
  • Landscape speaker JBL Control 85M

    5,25” 2-way co-axial mushroom landscape speaker with 0,75" tweeter. 80 W Pink Noise Power Handling (160 W program) in direct 8Ώ setting,plus built-in 30 W 70 V/100 V 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 55 Hz - 18 kHz.

    Speakers Size, inch: 0,75, 5,25/ Number of Bands: 2/
    9 219
  • Speaker JBL Control 28-1-WH

    The Control 28-1 is a two-way 8” speaker with rich sonic character, wide coverage, consistent coverage, versatile mounting, and a contemporary high-design look that fits into a wide range of decors, This makes Control 28-1 an excellent choice for a wide variety of applications, including retail stores, restaurants, health clubs and anywhere where a top quality high-output indoor/outdoor foreground/background music (and/or paging) speaker is required.

    Speakers Size, inch: 1, 8/ Number of Bands: 2/
    11 616
  • Active Speaker System JBL PRX812W

    12” Two-Way Full-Range Main System/Floor Monitor with Wi-Fi

    Type: Active/ Amplifier: D/ Effects: Limiter/ LF Speaker: 12 inches/ MF Speaker: No
    31 842
  • Active Speaker System JBL PRX 815 W

    15” Two-Way Full-Range Main System/Floor Monitor with Wi-Fi

    Type: Active/ Amplifier: D/ Effects: Limiter/ LF Speaker: 15 inches/ MF Speaker: No
    35 385
  • Subwoofer System JBL PRX818XLFW

    18” Self-Powered Extended Low-Frequency Subwoofer System with Wi-Fi

    Type: Active/ Resistance, Ohm: 8 Ohms/ Power: 1500 W/ Speakers Size, inch: 18/
    42 467
  • Active Speaker System JBL PRX825W

    Dual 15” Two-Way Full-Range Main System with Wi-Fi.

    Type: Active/ Amplifier: D/ Effects: Limiter/ LF Speaker: 15 inches/ MF Speaker: No
    46 010
  • Speaker System JBL PRX835W

    15" Three-Way Full-Range Main System with Wi-Fi.

    Type: Active/ Amplifier: D/ Effects: Limiter/ LF Speaker: 15 inches/ MF Speaker: 6,5 inches
    46 010
  • Loudspeaker systems (satellite) JBL AWC82

    All-Weather Compact 2-Way Coaxial Loudspeaker with 8" LF.

    Speakers Size, inch: 1, 8/ Number of Bands: 2/
    19 182
  • Passive Loudspeaker JBL Control67P/T

    Extended Range Full-Range Pendant Speaker.

    Speakers Size, inch: 1, 6,5/ Number of Bands: 2/
    12 915
  • Black
    Passive Loudspeaker JBL ControlCRV

    High Design Loudspeaker with 70V/100V Transformer. Power - 75 Watts (continuous pink noise)/300 Watts (peak).

    Speakers Size, inch: 4/ Number of Bands: 2/
    9 930
  • Black
    Speaker system (satellite) JBL CBT50LA/CBT50LAWH

    Constant Beamwidth Technology™ Line Array Column Loudspeaker.

    Coil Size, inch: Not available/ Bass Reflex: No/ Inputs: Push Terminal/ Ways: 2/ Outputs: Not available
    18 546
  • White
    Speaker system (satellite) JBL CBT70J-1/CBT70J-1WH

    Constant Beamwidth Technology™ Two-Way Line Array Column with Asymmetrical Vertical Coverage. With improved mounting bracket for enhanced aiming flexibility and stronger grille.

    Speakers Size, inch: 5/ Number of Bands: 2/
    49 251
  • White
    Passive Loudspeaker JBL CBT70JE/CBT70JEWH

    Passive Column Speakers for Installation, with 4x5" LF Drivers, 16x1" HF Drivers, 500W, Overload Protection, and Constant Beamwidth Technology - Black and White.

    Speakers Size, inch: 5/ Number of Bands: 2/
    27 918
  • Passive Loudspeaker JBL C42C-PL

    Ultra-compact, in-ceiling satellite loudspeaker. Power Capacity - 30 Watts (program), 15 Watts (pink noise).

    Speakers Size, inch: 2,5/ Number of Bands: 2/
    3 192
  • Passive Loudspeaker JBL C47CT-PL

    Passive Loudspeaker. Power Capacity - 150 Watts (program), 75 Watts (pink noise).

    Speakers Size, inch: 1, 6,5/ Number of Bands: 2/
    10 569
  • Passive Loudspeaker JBL Control62P

    Ultra-Compact Mid-High Satellite Pendant Speaker. Power - 50 Watts (Continuous Program Power 2 hrs), 25 Watts (Continuous Pink Noise 2 hrs), 30 Watts (Continuous Program Power 100 hrs), 15 Watts (Continuous Pink Noise 100 hrs).

    Speakers Size, inch: 2/ Number of Bands: 2/
    3 987
  • Passive Loudspeaker JBL Control65P/T

    Compact Full-Range Pendant Speaker. Power: 75 Watts (Continuous Pink Noise), 150 Watts (Program), 300 Watts (peaks).

    Number of Bands: 2/
    8 925
  • Acoustic system JBL 8124

    The 8124 is a 4-inch, full-range, cost-effective loudspeaker for commercial applications. The 8124 features high-fidelity performance in an easy to install package. 

    1 356
  • Speaker system JBL C24CTMicro+

    The Control 24CT MicroPlus is a compact in-ceiling speaker, providing full, high quality sound for background music and music-plus-paging systems.

    5 046
  • Speaker system JBL Control14CT

    Control 14C/T is a full-range ceiling speaker consisting of a 100 mm (4 inch) high tech cone driver and a 19 mm soft-dome liquid cooled tweeter mounted in a vented, paintable baffle made of UV resistant UL94-V0 and UL94-5HB material, with a pre-attached blind-mount backcan for quick and easy installation.

    4 296
  • Speaker system JBL Control 24C

    The Control 24C is a compact ceiling speaker providing premium performance in background, foreground and music-pluspaging sound systems. 

    5 160
  • Speaker system JBL Control 24CT

    The Control 24CT is a compact in-ceiling speakers, providing full, high quality sound for background music and music-plus-paging systems.

    5 523
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