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NAMM 2013: JBL showcases M2 Master Reference Monitor

Adam Savage
NAMM 2013: JBL showcases M2 Master Reference Monitor

JBL Professional is at NAMM introducing the M2 Master Reference Monitor – designed to offer world-class, large-format monitoring for a range of rooms.

The largest speaker in the firm’s studio monitor line, the M2 integrates new JBL transducer technologies and patented innovations in a free-standing, two-way system that can be placed in any production environment and tuned to provide high levels of accuracy and performance.

The M2's design leverages JBL’s new D2 compression driver, which uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high frequency response and low distortion at high sound pressure levels. The D2 is also mated with JBL’s new 2216ND Differential Drive 15-inch woofer.

It delivers extended in-room response of 20 Hz to 40 kHz for high-resolution recording formats, and 123 dB SPL at one metre, providing the necessary dynamic range for demanding music and film production.

JBL engineers pioneered a new patent-pending waveguide dubbed Image Control that enables neutral frequency response, not just on-axis, but off-axis in the vertical and horizontal planes all the way down to the 800 Hz crossover point. The unique geometry of the waveguide allows the M2 to deliver high-frequency detail and imaging, as well as natural timbre at any listening position, in a broad range of acoustic environments.

Crown Audio I-Tech HD power amplifiers complete the system, providing more than a kilowatt of clean power to the 2216ND woofer, and plenty of power for the D2 driver.

Harman HiQnet System Architect software allows central control of system calibration and tuning to address non-linearity in the room, ensuring a high degree of accuracy, particularly in the room-dependent low-frequency area, whether the M2 is free-standing, soffit-mounted or placed adjacent to a wall.

“We feel the M2 Master Reference Monitor will be a game changer, which for the first time, makes a big, detailed world-class monitoring experience a viable option for artist studios, mastering facilities, small mix stages and screening rooms,” commented Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional's senior manager of recording and broadcast marketing.

The M2 will be available in the Spring, in stereo and surround sound configurations.

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