JBL LS Series Loudspeakers: towers of power

The new high-performance JBL LS Series loudspeakers share the design philosophy and signature Bi-Radial-horn/compression-driver configuration of the widely acclaimed JBL Project Series – K2 and Array – as well as of the Everest DD66000 (RRP $80,000 pr), the most uncannily lifelike musical instrument ever to bear the JBL name. Considering its lineage, you can be forgiven for expecting greatness from the LS Series. Greatness was a design spec, and it’s the very thing these remarkable new loudspeakers were born to deliver.

JBL LS Series enclosures are more than just beautiful to look at; the wedge shape and gently curving side panels prevent unwanted internal resonance. High-mass MDF construction minimises sound colouration. A curved lower baffle prevents acoustic interference with the lower woofer, while gracefully transitioning into the gloss-finish, streak-ebony side panels, which are finished in a rich mahogany shade. Inclusions such as a luxury new grille fabric and adjustable heavy-duty floor spike with coasters help set the LS Series loudspeakers apart from lesser alternatives.

The ideal home audio system doesn’t favour music over movies, or small rooms over large ones. The ideal home audio system has the raw power to reproduce bass and midrange frequencies without any effort of distortion at any listening level, as well as the finesse to deliver brilliantly clean high and ultrahigh-frequency sound directly to your ears, undiminished by interaction with walls and furniture.

In the high frequencies, LS Series speakers employ a constant-directivity HF compression driver and UHF ring tweeter in a unique computer-optimised baffle that suppresses phase interference and signal loss. Whereas some manufactures use horn drivers to dramatically increase sensitivity, JBL engineers designed their new components to provide the optimum blend of the highest possible sensitivity and vanishingly low distortion.

The realism of low-frequency sound is heightened with high-performance dual pulp-cone woofers in a staggered network design for exceptionally rich bass response. Working together, these technologies ensure that LS Series speakers render ‘out-of-this-world’ action sequences and delicate, otherworldly musical passages with equal clarity and accuracy.

JBL LS-series loudspeakersPrice and availability

Music and movies are made to be enjoyed, and LS Series speakers are engineered to ensure that you’ll enjoy them to their fullest, whatever your taste in entertainment may be. The new JBL LS Series loudspeakers will be available from November 2008.

The JBL LS Series comprises of five models, including the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award winning LS80 loudspeaker:

  • LS40 – Compact bookshelf loudspeaker – RRP $2,299
  • LS60 – Floorstanding tower speakers – RRP $3,799
  • LS80 – Floorstanding tower speakers – RRP $4,999
  • LS Centre – Dedicated centre channel loudspeaker – RRP $1,499
  • LS120P – 300mm (12-inch), 400-watt powered subwoofer – RRP $1,999

Source: JBL