At CES, JBL introduced the 4312SE high-performance, three-way studio monitor loudspeaker developed in honor of the 70th anniversary of the JBL brand. As a descendant of the JBL 4310/4311 family of monitors, the 4312SE maintains the 12-inch (300mm) three-way design of the company’s recording monitors of the 1970s. The 4312SE is engineered to deliver crisp, powerful bass along with dynamic highs, even at the highest listening levels.
Designed and engineered in Northridge, CA, the 4312SE loudspeakers are built in matched mirror-image pairs allowing for a wide variety of placement and positioning applications. They can be positioned horizontally or vertically and with the tweeters to the inside or outside of the listening position, and they can be shelf or stand-mounted. This flexibility makes them capable of serving equal duty in small, intimate listening environments or in larger rooms without sacrificing the detail and coherent stereo soundstage and image quality that studio monitors must have.
“For more than 70 years, JBL has provided professional quality audio equipment for concert halls, theaters, and recording studios around the world and has become the trusted choice of artists and sound engineers,” said Jim Garrett, director of marketing and product management, Harman. “The 4312SE honors that legacy with an iconic configuration that dates back to 1968, all while incorporating the best of today’s modern component technology and acoustical design.”
Utilizing a compact monitor-type footprint, the 4312SE features JBL transducers including the 12-inch (300mm) 1200FE-8 Aqua-Plas-coated pure pulp cone woofer, the 5-inch (125mm) 105H-1 Polymer-coated pure pulp cone midrange, and the 1-inch (25mm) 054ALMg-1 aluminum/magnesium alloy tweeter with waveguide. Special 70th Anniversary badges are affixed to each of the loudspeakers and a 70th Anniversary certificate is included with the serial numbers of the individual loudspeakers and signatures of the system engineer and factory assembly technician.
Front-panel mid- and high-frequency trim controls, bass-reflex enclosure with front-firing port, binding-post speaker terminals, and a black wood grain finish with removable black cloth grille round out the system’s performance features.
“Following in the footsteps of the storied JBL anniversary monitors like the 4312 MkII and Century Gold, the 4312SE is sure to become a legend in their own right among JBL fans,” said Garrett.