CES 2022 wasn’t ideal for high-end speaker announcements, but Harman Luxury definitely grabbed our attention with the all-new JBL 4305P Bookshelf speakers powered by Studio Monitor.
These $ 2,200 / pair speakers feature a real wood veneer finish in a choice of natural walnut with a blue grille or black walnut with a black grille.
JBL markets them as a “streaming” powered speaker that is sure to grab the attention of consumers who otherwise would not view these “studio” powered speakers as a home audio product. JBL offers many other models that fall into this category.
The streaming part is based on a 90-day free trial subscription to Qobuz; Qobuz has done a lot in the past 24 months including a new partnership with Sonos and we think it’s a smart marketing game and one that will help grow the base.
If you’re considering them for wireless applications, the JBL 4305P’s streaming core offers wired and wireless network audio capabilities via Ethernet, Google Chromecast Built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth audio.
In addition to wireless audio support, the 4305P provides a number of connections for physical sources, including asynchronous optical and USB digital inputs, and a 3.5mm analog input; Older iPhone and Android smartphones that still have a 3.5mm output can be connected to the 4305P in this way.
Each housing includes a 1-inch 2410H-2 compression driver mated to a high definition imaging horn. A 5.25-inch molded-frame composite fiber cone woofer operates in a bass-reflex configuration with two ports tuned to the front.
Each driver is powered by an internal Class D amplifier delivering 25W to each compression driver and 125W to each woofer for a total available system power of 300W rms for the pair.
That’s a lot of power for this type of speaker and suggests that JBL thinks it can be used for both music and movies in a home setting.
The 4305P also includes an analog input with a combination of XLR / 1/4 ″ TRS phono connectors and a selectable input sensitivity switch for use with balanced or unbalanced signals. There is also a line level subwoofer output for connection to a powered subwoofer.
We can see that the 4305P is very effective as the core of a 2.1 music / home theater setup with all of these connectivity options.
The decision to include a “professional grade” input offers the option of balanced XLR and 1/4 ″ TRS (tip / ring / sleeve) or unbalanced TS (tip / sleeve) connections for use in home studio applications. for music, video, and podcasting – in case you’re wondering why these might qualify as studio monitors.
For more information: JBL Specialty Audio
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