JBL to Release $30K/Pair K2 Series Speaker

At 500 watts and nearly 200 lbs., the S9900 is aimed at luxury and audiophile consumers.

JBL to Release $30K/Pair K2 Series Speaker
JBL's K2 Series S9900 is slated to ship in September and cost $30,000/pair.
Tom LeBlanc · July 31, 2009

For those that have $30,000 to spend on a pair of high-performance floorstanding speakers, JBL Synthesis offers its K2 Series S9900.

The S9900 is an upgrade from JBL’s K2 S9800, says Marc Kellom, VP of marketing for JBL parent Harman.

Even in the current downtrodden economy, Kellom says there is still a “luxury market” filled with consumers who “want the finer things” including the nicest vehicles, the best imported cigars and “ultra” audio equipment.

For those consumers, Kellom says the S9900 offers “a technology and fashion statement.”

The K2 S9900 features:

  • 15-inch woofer with Alnico magnet and 100-mm voice coil, cast frame and 16-kg motor structure
  • High-frequency compression driver and horn with 4-inch magnesium diaphragm
  • Precision-molded Sonoglass HF horn throat section integrated with curved baffle
  • Ultra-high frequency compression driver with 1-inch beryllium diaphragm
  • Sonoglass UHF horn mated to a die-cast aluminum housing
  • Separate crossover boards for each frequency section
  • Heavily-braced curved front and rear enclosure eliminates cabinet-induced coloration
  • 500 watts maximum recommended amplifier power
  • Frequency response (-6 dB): 48-Hz to 50 kHz
  • Dimensions: 22-inch (W) x 47 5/16-inch (H) x 13 13/16-inch (D)
  • Weight: 182 lbs.

JBL’s K2 S9900 comes from good lineage, according to Kellom. “Its big brother is Everest,” he says, referring to JBL’s 313 lbs. Mt. Everest speaker — K2 and Everest, get it?

The plan is for the K2 S9900 to be ready to ship in September and to be displayed at CEDIA Expo 2009 in Atlanta.

Although there are some S9900 models in Japan, the beta version shown above is the only example currently in the United States.

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