JBL launches 4349 Studio Monitor

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by Andy Bassett
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JBL launches 4349 Studio Monitor

JBL brings studio accuracy and dynamics to music lovers’ homes with the new, high performance 4349 Studio Monitor.

JBL’s latest monitor loudspeaker takes the company’s patented dual 1.5-inch compression driver from its D2415K speaker and mates it to large-format, High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn and also features a 12-inch cast-frame, Pure-pulp woofer cone. This leads to a 2-way design aimed at delivering professional-studio-grade performance for consumers.

Decades of design research by JBL into the nuance of horn design has resulted in the revolutionary High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn geometry which delivers improved high-frequency detail, uniform directivity, neutral frequency response both on- and off-axis and seamless transition between the high and low frequency drivers. 

Meanwhile the compression driver that featured in the JBL D2415K reduces diaphragm mass and improves  high-frequency extension via a pair of lightweight, polymer, annular diaphragms. These feature V-shaped geometry which reduces breakup modes and distortion, and eliminates 'time smear'. 

The 4349 Studio Monitor also adds a 12-inch (300mm) woofer which uses a 3-inch (75mm) long-throw voice coil in conjunction with dual opposing spider dampers to ensure high output and low distortion. Proper pistonic motion throughout the operating band is facilitated by a Pure-pulp cone which provides a lightweight, rigid diaphragm and helps to eliminate breakup modes.

An advanced crossover network design that features air-core inductors, cast wire-wound resistors and low-ESR metallized film capacitors, along with high frequency and ultra high frequency attenuator controls, lets the user tailor the sound for the listening environment and personal preference.

The robust enclosure is braced with 1-inch (25mm) thick walls and incorporates a bass reflex design with dual front-firing, computer-optimized flared ports. The overall look of the 4349 Studio Monitor follows the classic JBL monitor design with a blue baffle and a choice of Walnut or Black Walnut furniture-grade satin wood veneers and a blue or black grille cloth. 

There are dual sets of gold-plated binding posts to offer a choice of single-ended or bi-wire/bi-amplified connections and the 4349 can be used with the JS-120 floor stands (an additional £325/$300 per pair) which provide dedicated support and angle the loudspeakers rearward, enhancing frequency response, imaging, sound staging and detail.

Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio, commented, “The new JBL 4349 Studio Monitor enables music lovers at home to enjoy the same exceptional dynamics and accuracy that producers and engineers employ in leading studios.” He added, “Now, by virtue of a transformative driver, mathematically brilliant horn and woofer design, and classic good looks — great sound has never been more at home.

The JBL 4349 Studio Monitor will be available for purchase in early September with retail pricing of £7,000/$7,500/pair. The JS-120 floor stands are already available.

Source: Press Release
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