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JBL Synthesis New Products Include HDMI 2.1/8K Video Support and a Dedicated Sub Amplifier

Announcement also includes a forthcoming surround processor, and AVR with integrated 8K HDMI capabilities.

HARMAN Luxury Audio’s JBL Synthesis has announced a number of new products and initiatives designed to enhance the performance and dealer focus of the brand. This announcement includes HDMI upgrades for the brand’s existing surround processor and AVR in order to support 8K video, a forthcoming surround processor, and AVR with integrated 8K HDMI capabilities, and a new lower-priced, dedicated subwoofer amplifier.

Earlier this year, JBL Synthesis announced a forthcoming HDMI 2.1 upgrade program for the existing SDP-55 surround processor and SDR-35 AV receiver. That upgrade will become available in December 2021 with global availability via HARMAN Luxury Audio’s network of authorized service centers. Pricing will be announced in November. The upgrade will replace the existing HDMI 2.0 video board with a new HDMI 2.1 video board that supports uncompressed 8K video on all inputs and outputs.


On the heels of that upgrade program, two new models will become available in the first quarter of 2022. The SDP-58 and SDR-38 are forthcoming new models that will include the HDMI 2.1 video board as a factory-installed component. All other features of these models will remain, including full 16-channel immersive audio support for Dolby Atmos, DTS-X, and Auro 3D surround formats; Dirac Live room calibration, including multi-subwoofer Bass Control; DANTE connectivity; IMAX Enhanced certification; and more. Pricing will be announced closer to availability in the first quarter of 2022. The existing SDP-55 and SDR-35 will remain in the range well into the calendar year 2022 due to their lower price points and ability to serve duty in systems that do not require 8K video capabilities.

Also joining the brand’s electronics portfolio is the new SDA-1700 subwoofer amplifier designed to work exclusively with the SSW-4 passive in-wall subwoofer module. The SDA-1700 is a two-space rack-mountable chassis with a front-panel level control and rear-panel crossover, phase, single-band PEQ, and module EQ controls. The Class D design will deliver 350 watts into a single SSW-4 subwoofer or 700 watts into a pair of SSW-4 subwoofers. Availability is slated for the first quarter of 2022 with pricing to be announced at that time.

JBL Synthesis SDP-58

The addition of the new 8K HDMI-enabled electronics, the new subwoofer amplifier, and the recently expanded range of SCL in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers enables dealers to provide solutions across a wider range of projects while still maintaining the exceptionally high levels of performance for which JBL Synthesis is known.

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