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At NAMM: HARMAN Unveils JBL 3 Series MkII Powered Studio Monitors

JBL intends for the speakers to be applicable to numerous studio environments.

Anaheim, CA (January 25, 2018)—Debuting at the NAMM Show this week, JBL by HARMAN 3 Series MkII powered studio monitors are intended to deliver precise imaging, a wide sweet spot and broad dynamic range, according to the company. The JBL 3 Series MkII monitors are available in three configurations: 305P MkII (5-inch woofer), 306P MkII (6.5-inch woofer) and 308P MkII (8-inch woofer).

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“The original JBL 3 Series received widespread acclaim for their outstanding quality and value, culminating in wide adoption from hobbyists to audio professionals working in music, film, post and broadcast production, but with every product there are always features or improvements that our engineers cannot squeeze in before production,” said Peter Chaikin, director of recording solutions at HARMAN. “The 3 Series was no different, so when the opportunity presented itself, we decided to refine the transducers, add a frequently requested feature, and apply our latest manufacturing learnings. The result is a new edition of this popular studio monitor that retains the best qualities of the original 3 Series, but now looks better, sounds better, and can provide transparent sound in even more production environments.”

JBL 3 Series MkII monitors are equipped with the JBL Image Control Waveguide; originally developed for JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, the patented Image Control Waveguide aims to provide an acoustically seamless transition between the low- and high-frequency transducers and is said to provide an ultra-wide soundstage and precise imaging.

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The 3 Series MkII delivers bass via long-throw woofers and the patented JBL Slip Stream low-frequency port, while woven-composite 1-inch neodymium tweeters offer highs. For MkII, JBL says it refined the low frequency transducers for greater linearity and lower harmonic distortion and fine-tuned ferrofluid damping in the high-frequency transducers for faster transient response. The monitors are powered by dual integrated Class D power amplifiers.

A new Boundary EQ setting can be used to attenuate low-end boost that can occur when monitors are positioned directly on the desktop or near walls, plus a three-position HF Trim switch allows users to adjust the high-frequency response.

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JBL 305P and 308P MkII studio monitors are now available, and 306P MkII monitors will be available in February from authorized HARMAN resellers in the United States and other regions except Europe. European availability of the 3 Series MkII line is scheduled for this summer.    

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