JBL TAKES CENTRE STAGE WITH NEW SPEAKER RANGE

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by Marc Rushton

20th November, 2018

JBL TAKES CENTRE STAGE WITH NEW SPEAKER RANGE

If there's one thing Amercian speaker giant JBL knows, it's the stage, and live reproduction. Its new entry-level line of loudspeakers aptly named 'Stage' delivers what JBL has learned from over 70 years in music reproduction and loudspeaker design.

Available in Australia from March 2019, Stage promises retro styling and affordable pricing with three floor-standing speakers, two bookshelf speakers, two choices of centre channels and two subwoofers.

Designed for either two-channel listening or home theatre use, JBL says its new line lets you hear your favourite movies and music just like in cinemas and concerts but in the comfort of your home. 

Replacing the brand's hugely successful Arena series, Stage pays tribute to the brand's heritage in studio monitors featuring white paper-cone drivers. The Stage series also features 1-inch aluminium dome tweeters married seamlessly to a "High-Definition Imaging Waveguide". 

JBL Stage Series Loudspeakers Australia

The range which is available in either Black or Woodgrain finish includes the Stage A120 $(499 RRP) and A130 bookshelf ($699) speakers, floor standing loudspeakers including the A170 ($1,599 RRP), A180 and A190 ($2,399 RRP and $2,699 RRP respectively), along with the A125C and A135C centre channels ($649 RRP and $799 RRP).

Delivering extra bass for the range is Stage A100P ($899 RRP) which is a 10-inch subwoofer, while the Stage A120P is a 12-inch subwoofer ($1,249 RRP).

Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy which distributes various JBL products in Australia told StereoNET:

JBL's Stage series builds on the brand's Arena series which has been one of the best value-for-money speaker lines on the market. We're looking forward to the arrival of Stage products in early 2019 and are confident that consumers will be hard-pressed to find better value and performance from any loudspeaker brand.

Stage series features specially braced enclosures to ensure they are rigid and free from resonance. JBL says that the combination of bracing pattern, materials and construction are part of the company's DNA dating back to when they engineer the loudspeaker for the very first talking movie.

The range also utilises Polycellullose woofers which have been developed by JBL over decades. The stiffer cones deliver more uniform pistonic motion for deeper, tighter bass, according to JBL.

JBL's Stage series will be available in March 2019 from selected specialist outlets throughout Australia.

For more information visit JBL.

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