NAMM 2017: JBL debuts 7 Series powered studio monitors

JBL Professional has announced its new 7 Series powered studio monitors at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

Featuring patented driver and waveguide technologies developed for the JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor, the new 705P five-inch and 708P eight-inch monitors deliver high output and accuracy for post-production, broadcast and music recording facilities.

Both models feature the 2409H high-frequency compression driver, which incorporates a low-mass annular diaphragm to deliver high output and very low distortion, with response beyond 36 kHz.

The 725G five-inch low-frequency transducer used in the 705P model provides 14mm peak-to-peak excursion with greater linearity, delivering extremely low-frequency output down to 39 Hz. The 728G eight-inch low-frequency transducer inside the 708P leverages JBL Differential Drive technology to reduce power compression and provide greater sustained output and extended, linear low-frequency performance to 35 kHz.

The 705P and 708P also feature the JBL Image Control Waveguide that provides an ‘acoustically seamless’ transition between the woofer and transducer, and a wide sweet spot with increased sonic detail. A 120W amp powers the 2409H high-frequency transducer, while a 250W amp is dedicated to the 725G and 728G low-frequency transducers. 12 bands of room EQ and eight bands of user EQ allow users to tailor speaker response to reduce the adverse effects of poor room acoustics and optimise accuracy whether the monitors are freestanding or placed adjacent to the wall.

Both models feature analogue and AES/EBU digital inputs allowing connectivity to a broad range of production hardware, including DAWs, mixing consoles and digital playback hardware with sample rates of up to 192 kHz, while internal sample rate converters can be enabled to allow the monitors to receive digital signals of uncommon sample rates. Aesthetically, a compact two-way design minimises interference with video displays and sight lines, while the reinforced enclosure includes bottom and rear mounting points allowing wall and ceiling mounting in either vertical or horizontal orientations.

The new powered monitors complement the existing 705i and 708i (installed) models, which serve as the hub of a complete, scalable system based on external multi-channel power amps and centralised system control. The complete system includes room EQ, downmix capabilities, and hardware and software control of a range of monitoring functions. Multiple 7 Series monitors can also be combined with the new JBL Intonato 24 studio monitor management system to create a complete monitoring system for immersive audio production.

Visitors to the NAMM Show can find JBL Professional at booth #7800. The 7 Series powered monitors will be available during the first quarter of 2017.