Featuring its Arcam, JBL, JBL Synthesis and Revel brands, Harman Luxury Audio is unveiling 27 new-to-international market products for audiophiles, home theater fans and integrators at ISE 2020 in its stand 1-M50. Plus, as part of its offerings, JBL’s new Conceal Series showcases a collaboration with Stealth Acoustics.
“The range of introductions we’re showing here is a powerful statement of intent,” says Jim Garrett, senior director, Harman Luxury Audio. “It’s also a strong indicator of the depth of innovation that Harman has invested into each of our luxury audio brands.”
It follows up on the similarly huge showing Harman provided for U.S. custom integrators at last fall’s CEDIA Expo in Denver.
“There is most definitely strength in numbers on Stand 1-M50 here at ISE 2020. We’re extremely pleased to be able to equip our partners with the best-sounding, best-connected, best-looking audio offerings across our brands and I am confident this lineup will resonate strongly with clients in the audiophile and home theater communities across the globe.”
Here’s a look at Harman Luxury Audio’s assortment of Arcam integrated amplifiers, power amps, home theater AVRs/processor and streaming amplifier; JBL freestanding and architectural loudspeakers; JBL Synthesis home theater components; and Revel loudspeakers.
Arcam Amps Up Its Offerings
SA30 – The flagship integrated amp delivers 120W of Class G power per channel into 8 ohms and 220W into 4 ohms. The two-channel amp incorporates a slew of attractive features such as Dirac Live room correction, HDMI eARC input, and streaming audio support via Google Chromecast built-in and Apple AirPlay2. It also has a high-resolution internal DAC with four inputs, five analog inputs plus a switchable MM/MC phono input.
AVR10, AVR20 and AVR30 – The certified IMAX Enhanced AV receivers offer sleek looks with up to 16-channel support for immersive audio codecs Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Each has 4K (UHD) HDMI2.0b with HDCP2.2 ability, Bluetooth connectivity, Google Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay2 connectivity, proprietary MusicLife and Control apps and audiophile-grade DACs.
AV40 – The 16-channel processor supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced, and Dirac Live. Connections include 16 pro-grade XLR outputs, 16 single-ended RCA outputs; seven HDMI inputs; three HDMI outputs; 4K (UHD) HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2; and Ethernet, RS232 and IR control. The AV40 incorporates Bluetooth, FM/DAB/DAB+ tuner, and ESS 9026PRO DAC.
PA720, PA240, and PA410 – The two-channel Class G PA240 is rated at 2 x 220W into 8 ohms and can be bridged to operate as a single channel of 1,100W into 4 ohms. The seven-channel Class G PA720 generates 100W of power into all channels at 8 ohms. Both include XLR inputs, plus Ethernet and RS232 control. The Class AB PA410 offers four channels of power, rated at 50W each, plus a toroidal-based power supply, an acoustically damped chassis, and paralleled transistor output stages.
Solo Uno – The streaming audio amp combines Google Cast and Apple AirPlay2 connectivity with built-in 50W x 2 Class D amplifier. The versatile product can to directly drive a pair of loudspeakers as a standalone system, or as part of system connected with other Arcam products using the same Google and Apple connectivity.
JBL Unleashes HDI & Conceal Series Speakers
HDI (High-Definition Imaging) Series – The five-model series employs JBL compression driver technology and JBL’s patented High-Definition Imaging waveguide geometry. The range includes: triple 8-inch, 2.5-way flagship HDI-3800 floorstandingloudspeaker; triple 6.5-inch, 2.5-way HDI-3600 floorstanding speaker; 6.5-inch, 2-way HDI-1600 bookshelf speaker; quad 5.25-inch, 2.5-way HDI-4500 center channel; and 12-inch, 1000Wrms HDI-1200P powered subwoofer.
Conceal Series – JBL partnered with Stealth Acoustics to co-develop and launch this new range of high-performance architectural speakers. The Conceal Series models combine patented Stealth Acoustics invisible loudspeaker technologies with JBL acoustic design.
The four models include: the flagship C86 two-piece panel design with 8-inch woofer and six acoustic drive elements; 8-inch C83 and 6.5-inch C62 single panel designs using three and two drive elements respectively; and C82W dual-panel subwoofer system with each panel incorporating dual 8-inch woofers. The full-range models include advanced JBL crossover networks and resettable protection circuitry to ensure the highest levels of reliability over the long term, according to the company.
With no visible external components or grilles, Conceal Series speakers install as easily as a drywall patch and have a smooth FidelityGlass surface that can be painted or finished to match the wallboard, JBL explains.
JBL Synthesis Embraces Dante Connectivity
New for international audiences are the JBL Synthesis SDR-35 Immersive Surround Sound AV Receiver, JBL Synthesis SDP-55 Immersive Surround Sound Processor, and JBL Synthesis SDA-2200 and JBL Synthesis SDA-7120 Class G Amplifiers (2 and 7 channels, respectively). All offer Dante network connectivity for simplicity of connection that replaces analog or multicore cabling with Cat-5e/6 cable.
The SDR-35 and SDP-55 have 16-channels of native processing, four independent DSP channels, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D, IMAX Enhanced, Dirac Live, Logic 16, network streaming and are Dante enabled. The new JBL Synthesis Control app enables control via Android or iOS device.
Myriad options for the SDR-35 and SDP-55 include Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity with Google Chromecast built-in and Apple AirPlay 2, playback from network media servers, or a USB flash drive, smart TV audio via eArc, Bluetooth with aptX HD, and DAB/FM for terrestrial radio. The MusicLife app allows control of streaming content from iOS and Android devices.
JBL Synthesis SDP-65 Immersive Audio Surround Processor – The new lower-cost model based on the flagship SDP-75 developed in conjunction with Trinnov, offering 16-channels of PC-based processing and flexibility of speaker assignments.
SCL-5 In-ceiling Loudspeaker – Expanding the SCL (Synthesis Custom Loudspeakers) range, the SCL-5 joins the SCL-2, SCL-3, and SCL-4 in-ceiling solutions.
Revel Speakers Will ‘Floor’ ISE Attendees
Revel has additions to its Performa Beryllium loudspeakers with two floorstanding models and a new center channel, expanding the series to five offerings.
F328Be – The flagship speaker uses a newly developed 1-inch Beryllium tweeter with a vented pole piece and a much larger ferrite motor structure that, according to the company, delivers improved dynamics and increased overall output capability. A 5.25-inch Deep Ceramic Composite (DCC) cone midrange driver and triple 8-inch DCC cone woofers round out the array.
F226Be – A compact enclosure houses a pair of 6.5-inch cast-frame, DCC cone woofers, along with the same 1-inch Beryllium tweeter, cast-aluminum ceramic coated Acoustic Lens waveguide, and 5.25-inch DCC midrange driver as in the larger F228Be.
C426Be – The first dedicated center channel speaker in the Performa Beryllium range has a 1-inch Beryllium tweeter and 5.25-inch cast frame DCC cone midrange driver. The Acoustic Lens waveguide includes a revised geometry that optimizes integration and reduces the overall stack height of the two vertically oriented transducers. Meanwhile, four 6.5-inch cast frame, DCC cone woofers operate in a dual rear-ported, bass-reflex design. Revel adds that four adjustable legs allow the C426Be to be placed directly on a shelf, or it can be used with the optional C Stand floor stand.