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Shipping Update: JBL Launches ES Series

Residential loudspeakers utilize technologies employed in the company's professional recording studio monitors.

Woodbury, NY–JBL is now shipping its ES Series loudspeakers, a complete lineup of home theater and stereo models that combines upgraded performance with an elegant design. JBL ES Series loudspeakers utilize technologies employed in the company’s professional recording studio monitors to deliver exceptional sound quality, and are available in attractive finishes to complement any home entertainment system and dcor.

The JBL ES Series includes eight models: a wall-mount/bookshelf monitor (ES10); two compact bookshelf loudspeakers (ES20, ES30); two floorstanding tower speakers (ES80, ES90); a dedicated center channel loudspeaker (ES25C); and two powered subwoofers (ES150P and ES250P). Suggested retail prices for ES Series loudspeakers range from $329 per pair to $1,198 per pair.

JBL ES Series:

ES Series loudspeakers feature distinctive new styling — tapered enclosures, a unified center section, and a front baffle that curves into the top surface — that blends classic and contemporary design elements. The center section is accented by contrasting side panels. The ES Series is available in a choice of stunning finishes, including black with a charcoal center section, and cherry with a charcoal center; all have black grilles.

To achieve their superlative performance, ES Series loudspeakers incorporate a number of advanced JBL technologies, including a new ultrahigh-frequency transducer that provides extended frequency response to 40kHz, to deliver open, smooth and detailed high-frequency reproduction with a more natural quality of spaciousness over a wide listening area.

The ultrahigh-frequency transducer is complemented by a titanium-laminate tweeter made from titanium deposited on a lightweight substrate for high rigidity, resulting in exceptional resolution and transient response. The ultrahigh-frequency transducer and tweeter are both mounted in waveguides that deliver the same frequency response off-axis as they do on-axis, and ensure excellent sound throughout the listening room.

ES Series woofers and midrange drivers feature cones made from proprietary JBL PolyPlas polymer-coated-cellulose-fiber cone material, which combines the sonic neutrality of paper with the added rigidity and damping of the PolyPlas treatment to attenuate cone resonances, provide a smooth frequency response with faster transients, and allow higher playback levels without distortion. The woofers incorporate a host of additional enhancements, including a JBL HeatScape motor structure, which provides efficient heat dissipation for accurate driver performance, even during high-volume playback.

All models, including the subwoofers, incorporate JBL FreeFlow-port technology, which utilizes a specially shaped bass port that is tuned to the woofer and enclosure for extended low-frequency response and improved efficiency. To ensure maximum clarity, ES Series loudspeakers utilize the JBL Straight-Line Signal Path (SSP) crossover network, which employs a minimum of parts to ensure sonic purity.

JBL ES Series models feature high-strength, high-density enclosures, braced and damped to attenuate vibration and unwanted cabinet colorations; in addition, the tapered shape of the enclosures provides additional sonic benefits. All models except the ES150P and ES250P subwoofers are magnetically shielded, and include five-way binding posts to facilitate use with any type of speaker cable. The ES20, ES30, ES80 and ES90 also have dual sets of terminals for bi-wiring or bi-amping, if desired.

The ES Series offers a wealth of installation options to accommodate any home theater or music system. The ES10 compact bookshelf monitor can be mounted on a wall, and is supplied with built-in wall-mount brackets to facilitate its use in a wide variety of custom-installation, designer and architectural applications. The ES25C center channel loudspeaker may be placed on top of or below a TV set or on a shelf, and the ES80 and ES90 floorstanding towers have an elegantly proportioned, slim profile that enables them to easily fit into a home entertainment system. The 10-inch, 250-watt ES150P and 12-inch, 300-watt ES250P subwoofers include a full complement of inputs and controls to achieve optimum low-frequency response in any installation.