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JBL Performance LS Series Loudspeakers First Look

JBL LS Series

JBL LS Series


  • Product Name: Performance LS Series
  • Manufacturer: JBL
  • Review Date: September 14, 2009 21:35
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

JBL stepped up their portfolio with the introduction of their new Performance LS Series (LS40, LS60, LS80 and LS120 subwoofer) which is said to offer performance befitting their impressive aesthetics.  The LS Series loudspeakers are said to utilize state-of-the-art engineering and materials to deliver extraordinary sound quality, wrapped in an elegant, refined package with curved contours and tapered wood side panels, and beautifully crafted in a stunning high-gloss finish.  The JBL LS Series is designed to give the home entertainment systems contractor a highly refined new tool for upmarket system performance at a highly cost-effective price. 

The new LS Series includes a compact bookshelf loudspeaker (the LS40); two floor-standing tower speakers (the LS60 and LS80); a subwoofer (the LS120) and a center-channel loudspeaker (the LS Center).  The LS Series loudspeakers’ sonic signature is the result of a combination of JBL’s technologically advanced compression drivers with JBL’s legendary Bi-Radial® constant-directivity high-frequency horn, which has been precisely tuned utilizing sophisticated computer modeling techniques that completely eliminate tonal colorations.  Proprietary PolyPlas™ polymer-coated-cellulose-fiber cone material and with heat-resistant Kapton® voice coil formers make for articulate and powerful bass response.  In addition, the crossovers in the LS80 and LS60 employ a unique 3-1/2-way crossover network that allows the woofers to operate in different frequency ranges, a configuration that provides a smoother transition between all drivers for more balanced sound over a wider listening area.  All this performance is beautifully contained in real wood veneer cabinetry with a sensuous gloss-lacquered Streak-Ebony Mahogany finish.


Initial Impressions

It’s nice to see JBL return to their heritage with the LS Performance Series of loudspeakers and offer a product line built of higher quality materials than their offerings at local department stores.  I can’t help to still have an affinity towards vintage JBL speakers. Their product rep claims the LS series is modeled off their Synthesis series used for professional audio applications and movie theaters.  We will keep our eye on these speakers and hopefully in the near future we can also put our ears to them as well.

For more information, visit:  JBL

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