JBL unveils sleek modern updates to classic speakers and turntable
Like many historic audio brands today, JBL is drawing on its past,and banking on nostalgia to excite and entice a new generation of audiophiles and music lovers.
Following the success of its Classic Series loudspeakers, the brand recently unveiled at IFA 2023its new Authenticsrange of wireless home speakers and it a new turntable with support for Bluetooth.
JBL Authentics speaker range
The JBL Authentics speaker range draws on JBL’s history with a modern update. Its design pays homage to the legendary JBL L100 speaker from the 1970s.
For instance, fans of the brand will recognise the striking Quadrex grille pattern reimagined for the year 2023, complete with a premium aluminium frame and a faux leather-wrapped enclosure.
Even if you’re not familiar with the whole history of it, there’s no denying that the Authentics is a sweet-looking range.
The range has three models: Authentics 200, 300, and 500.
The Authentics 500 (pictured at the beginning) is the most feature-packed in the series. It has 270 watts of 3.1 channel sound.
This is made possible by three 2.5mm tweeters and three 2.75-inch midrange woofers that claim to squeeze top-end clarity and detail out of your favourite song, while a 6.5” down-firing subwoofer and JBL’s patented SlipStream bass port promises bass that you can feel. The 500 also supports Dolby Atmos.
The 300 is, as you would’ve correctly guessed, the middle-of-the-road option that is more compact with one of its own special features: an 8-hour battery and a built-in handle that lets you pick up the speakers for on-the-go jams.
The 200 model is your entry-level sibling with basic features like a passive radiator and 90W of output.
All three speakers feature standout features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, support for multi-room playback, and support for Google Assistant.
A vinyl deck with Bluetooth and aptX HD support
The most interesting feature of the new JBL Spinner BT is perhaps not its sleek design.
Sure, it looks excellent, with an aluminium platter and tonearm, a black MDF plinth with JBL orange or gold accents, a contemporary front panel, and a hinged dust cover.
But audiophiles may appreciate its support for aptX HD more than its design.This means it can send high-quality audio to a Bluetooth speaker, amp, or system without a cord. It also has an analogue output with a switchable moving magnet phono stage, allowing it to connect with older audio systems as well.
The belt-driven turntable is capable of spinning records at 33⅓ and 45 rpm so it should be able to play the majority of 7 and 12-inch records with no issue.
Pricing and availability
Neither the speakers nor the turntables are available in Singapore right now, but JBL promises that they’ll be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
Pricing details are also not yet announced, but we’ll keep an eye out and update this article once they launch.
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