|JBL Now Shipping the ES Series Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater News Speaker Systems News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 17 April 2008|
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: Elegant Design and Exceptional Performance
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.