High performance JBL 4349 studio monitor embraces classic design

JBL has introduced a new studio monitor with a distinctly classic 2-way design. The 4349 Studio Monitor features the brand’s JBL D2415K dual 1.5-inch driver coupled to a large-format, High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn and a 12-inch cast-frame, Pure-pulp woofer. 

Designed and engineered in Northridge, California, JBL’s High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn geometry is the result of decades of exhaustive research into the nuance of horn design. The promise is of exceptional high-frequency detail, uniform dispersion 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 able to eliminate time smear and reduce distortion. 

High-frequency and Ultra High-frequency attenuator controls allow sound to be tailored to a specific environment and listener preference. These controls also 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.  

Dual sets of gold-plated binding posts offer a choice of single-ended or bi-wire/bi-amplified connections. The enclosure is heavily braced with 25mm walls to provide a solid acoustic foundation and incorporates a bass reflex design with dual front-firing, computer-optimised flared ports.

All of which is well and good – but what’s really catching our eye is the design. The JBL 4349 Studio Monitor sports a classic 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 look. 

Also available are matching JS-120 floor stands, priced at £300 pair. These low profile stands provide dedicated support and place the speakers in an optimal position for listening.  

“Every detail of the JBL 4349 Studio Monitor has been examined and every assumption has been challenged,” says Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, Harman Luxury Audio “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 early September, retailing at £7,000 a pair.