HARMAN Luxury Audio today announced the company has partnered with Stealth Acoustics to co-develop and launch a new series of high-performance, concealed loudspeakers for residential custom audio applications. The speakers will debut during CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver, Colo.
The new JBL Conceal Series loudspeakers combine patented Stealth Acoustics invisible loudspeaker innovations with JBL acoustic design to deliver what Harmans says are the “most advanced, highest performance invisible loudspeakers available.”
“Our customers seek the very best products, furnishings, and entertainment systems in their home, and a state-of-the-art AV system is a key piece of the design, but it must not clutter the living space,” says Jim Garrett, product strategy and planning, Harman.
“Great sound needs to be heard not necessarily seen, and by partnering with Stealth Acoustics, we’ve come up with a series of loudspeakers that disappear into a space while providing the highest levels of performance.”
JBL Conceal Series Come in Range of Sizes
The JBL Conceal Series loudspeakers utilize Stealth’s transducer implementation into a rigid compression-molded baffle that is skinned with seventh-generation Fidelity Glass acoustic panels. They feature JBL acoustic crossover networks and spring-loaded connections, as well as an integrated back box enclosure.
The design results in a loudspeaker that installs like a drywall patch. The surface can be painted to match the wall, or custom finished for blending into any creative decor.
The JBL Conceal Series offers three full-range loudspeakers and a subwoofer. The flagship C86 model features a dual-panel, six-element design with a 1-inch HF transducer, 4 x 1.2-inch MF transducers, and an 8-inch woofer with 1.5-inch voice coil. The dual panel configuration of the C86 separates the critical mid- and high-frequencies onto their own dedicated panel to optimize acoustic performance, says the company.
The C83 is a three-element design that features a 1-inch HF transducer, a 1.2-inch MF transducer, and an 8-inch woofer with 1.5-inch voice coil.
The smallest of the full-range models, the C62 two-element design loudspeaker includes a 1.2-inch HF transducer and 6.5-inch woofer with 1-inch voice coil.
The C82W passive subwoofer is a single panel with 2 x 8-inch woofers with 1.5-inch voice coils. The C82W is intended to be used in pairs and is packaged as such. For the JBL Conceal Series, the C82W is designed to be paired with the Crown CDi 2|300 DriveCore amplifier as a complete subwoofer system solution.
All full-range loudspeaker systems feature an integrated back box enclosure (one per panel), gold-plated spring-loaded binding post terminals, self-resetting protection circuitry on all drivers, and a 180 X 180-degree ultra-wide dispersion pattern.
- C86: $2,000 each
- C83: $1,000 each
- C62: $600 each
- C82W Subwoofer: $1,2000 per pair
- Crown CDi 2|300 DriveCore amp: $1,224 each
The JBL Conceal Series is projected to be shipping in the first quarter of 2020.