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    JBL unveils new LS series Loudspeakers

    This is a very neat looking speaker with a wood finish that appears to be similar to the new Everest line ... Doyall posted this in another thread I didn't want the announcement to get lost in that discussion!


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    JBL to Unveil LS Series Loudspeakers at CEDIA Expo
    Loudspeakers have 176ND high-frequency compression driver with 2-inch pure-titanium diaphragm.

    JBL LS80 Loudspeaker



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    By Jason Knott
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    08.19.2008 — JBL will be introducing its LS Series of loudspeakers at CEDIA Expo 2008 (booth 580).

    The LS Series includes four models: a compact bookshelf loudspeaker (LS40), two floorstanding tower speakers (LS60, LS80) and a dedicated center channel loudspeaker (LS Center).

    LS Series loudspeakers combine compression drivers with dynamic drivers to achieve wide dynamic range, transient response and transparency of compression drivers.

    Each loudspeaker has a 176ND high-frequency compression driver with a 2-inch pure-titanium diaphragm. The 176ND driver operates in conjunction with a Bi-Radial horn that is shaped to provide optimum dispersion in the horizontal and vertical planes for a smooth, neutral frequency response both on- and off-axis.

    The LS Series 015M ultrahigh-frequency driver is a 3/4-inch ring-radiator design that has a low-mass diaphragm and delivers frequency extension beyond 40kHz.

    The 015M is mounted in an Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS) waveguide to provide accurate imaging and create a stereo or multichannel listening environment.

    All LS Series woofers use proprietary PolyPlas polymer-coated-cellulose-fiber cone material for the bass.

    The LS80 employs a 3-1/2-way crossover network that allows the woofers to operate in different frequency ranges, a configuration that provides a smoother transition of directivity between all drivers.

    LS Series loudspeakers have curved contours and side panels that are tapered from the front to the back.

    JBL LS Series loudspeakers will be available in a high-gloss stained wood finish.

    MSRP for the LS Series loudspeakers range from $1,998 to $3,998 per pair.
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    2ch: Oppo, JoLida 502CRC, JBL L212, 18ti,240ti; Heath AS101, Von Schweikert VR4
    7.1: Oppo BDP103D, B&K, UREI 809A, JBL B460

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    They sure are pretty - the wood finish looks similar to Everest DD66000
    If the sound is right, maybe its time to sell off some vintage boxes and put some of these in our music room ...
    I wonder who will be stocking them so we can check them out??

    LS 80
    http://www.jbl.com/home/products/pro...cat=CLA&ser=LS

    LS60
    http://www.jbl.com/home/products/pro...cat=CLA&ser=LS

    LS40
    http://www.jbl.com/home/products/pro...cat=CLA&ser=LS


    LS Center
    http://www.jbl.com/home/products/pro...cat=CLA&ser=LS

    LS Sub (400w 12")
    http://www.jbl.com/home/products/pro...cat=CLA&ser=LS


    The LS Series -
    http://www.jbl.com/home/products/ser...&Region=EUROPE

    Speaker images posted below -
    LS40 LS60, LS80, LS120P Sub, LS Center
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    2ch: Oppo, JoLida 502CRC, JBL L212, 18ti,240ti; Heath AS101, Von Schweikert VR4
    7.1: Oppo BDP103D, B&K, UREI 809A, JBL B460

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    Looks like the sub will be a must-have, even with the LS80s which show slightly worse LF response than an L5 (for comparison). But, as we've discussed before, what's the chance these will be in-stock and on-review anywhere anyone can hear them outside of some manufacturer's rep in NYC?

    JBL needs to exploit what little consumer cachet they have left, while they have it. If they're not going have dealers, they may as well have JBL stores like Apple (not like Sony or Bose!), or (also like Apple) boutiques within high-volume retailers like Best Buy. $66,000 speakers may sell on pictures and exclusivity. Stuff in this range COULD sell, if anyone could hear them. How 'bout a group by for the LH group, direct from Harman?

    Does the fact that the owner's manual seems to indicate that these are products of JBL France have any bearing on whether or not we'll see them for sale here in the USA?

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    Why don't you just call JBL Consumer and find out? They're just a phone call and several automated response buttons away. Call a few JBL Reps and ask them what they think is going on. Post the results.

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    they look scared...



    is it because they are facing such a difficult market?
    i will try to find out if they are available in austria and take a close look.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCCA View Post
    Looks like the sub will be a must-have, even with the LS80s which show slightly worse LF response than an L5 (for comparison).
    I know a fellow who auditioned a pair of LS80s in Singapore earlier this year and was quite smitten by them... and he likes lots of bass.


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    These nearly one-year-old models will officially arrive in the US in a week or two at CEDIA Expo.

    http://www.cepro.com/article/jbl_to_..._cedia_expo/K1

    I wouldn't expect to see them in stores before then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post

    I wouldn't expect to see them in stores before then.
    You're expecting to see them in stores???? You are an optimist, aren't you?

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    These are a Charles Sprinkle designed model, along with Dan Ashcraft (of Ashcraft Design). Sprinkle did the Venue Series as well.

    Sprinkle started as an intern at Harman, so never doubt the opportunities that interning can provide.
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    Here. You can read for yourselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdgrimes View Post
    You're expecting to see them in stores???? You are an optimist, aren't you?
    Yes, I am an optimist.

    I expect to be surprised by a major marketing and distribution alliance in time for the holiday selling season.

    Oh, and by the way, for me the definition of the word "store" includes brick and mortar establishments and online retailers. In this case, I see a brick and mortar retailer in my crystal ball. There will be plenty of online sales points, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    Yes, I am an optimist.

    I expect to be surprised by a major marketing and distribution alliance in time for the holiday selling season.

    Oh, and by the way, for me the definition of the word "store" includes brick and mortar establishments and online retailers. In this case, I see a brick and mortar retailer in my crystal ball. There will be plenty of online sales points, too.
    You must have a more expensive crystal ball than I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdgrimes View Post
    You must have a more expensive crystal ball than I do.
    I got mine free when I graduated from the school of hard knocks.
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    Bah, someone put the surrounds on the wrong side.



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    Re: THE ARCHITECTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    Here. You can read for yourselves.
    Hey, Thanks Dome. I just read this post and discovered that Dan Ashcraft went to my Alma Mater. Who knew?

    I guess if I read more of the PR literature, I'd be a bit better informed.


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