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The coolest new tech and gadgets from CES 2023 Day 1: JBL 4329P Studio Monitor powered loudspeakers1/4/23
In January 2022, JBL/HARMAN Luxury Audio Group introduced the 4305P bookshelf speaker streaming system, which quickly made an impression and established itself as a standout in our best powered speakers list. One year later, the 4329P Studio Monitor self-contained loudspeaker system builds on the accomplished audio engine and comprehensive connectivity found in that potent speaker pair but increases the size of the woofer and internal amplification to push even more of the punchy authority that’s JBL’s trademark. Pairing a JW200P-4 8-inch pure-pulp black paper cone and JBL 2409H 1-inch compression driver mated to a High-Definition Imaging horn, powered by 250W to the woofer and 50W to the tweeter, the 4329P standmount speakers should deliver lively dynamics capable of filling a sizeable room with sonic presence. And with copious digital/analog wired capabilities and network audio via Ethernet, Google Chromecast Built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth 5.3 (with aptX Adaptive audio), the 4329P can be integrated with a turntable or TV, DAP or external drive, or any high-resolution streaming service or file server. Shipping in Q2, the 4329P will cost $4,500/pair.
Want to reinforce the low end and open up the headroom of the 4329P (or the 4305P) while complementing the classic aesthetic? JBL/HARMAN Luxury Audio Group is also introducing the $700 L10cs 10-inch powered subwoofer—a down-firing polycellulose white cone woofer driven by a 250W RMS (500W dynamic) built-in amplifier in black and natural walnut real-wood veneers.
Want to play LPs on an active loudspeaker system such as the 4329P (or a traditional audio component system)? JBL/HARMAN Luxury Audio Group is also introducing the $399 JBL SPINNER BT turntable, featuring a black MDF plinth with JBL’s signature orange accents that both transmits audio via Bluetooth 5.2 (with aptX HD) and has an analog output with switchable moving magnet phono stage. A belt-driven aluminum platter, with speeds locked by a speed sensor, is coupled with an Audio-Technica moving magnet cartridge pre-installed on a removeable head shell. In total, these components let vinyl enthusiasts listen on Bluetooth-equipped headphones/earbuds, soundbars, speakers, as well as through a wired connection.
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