JBL expands Synthesis SCL in-wall speaker ranges

posted on Tuesday, 23rd February 2021 by Steve May

High-end  Architectural  Loudspeakers  home cinema  Karma-av 

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The latest range of high-end JBL Synthesis architectural speakers, is now available in the UK from distributor Karma-AV.

New to its compression driver-based in-wall and in-ceiling SCL Series are the new flagship SCL-1 LCR, companion SSW-1 subwoofer, SCL-6 and SCL-7 in-walls and SCL-5 and SCL-8 in-ceilings. The expanded line offers integrators a broader choice of high output, wide bandwidth design options for ultra-premium immersive audio systems.

Launching in the UK alongside the new SCL models, is the JBL Conceal Series of invisible speakers, available in 2-way, 3-way, dual panel and dedicated dual subwoofer configurations.

The SCL-1 LCR is optimised for custom installation behind projection screens. It’s a large format LCR utilising JBL’s patented D2430K dual 3-inch diaphragm compression driver mated to a High-Definition Imaging (HDI) horn. Complete with a pair of newly designed 12-inch cast frame Carbon Cellulose Composite Cone (C4) woofers in patented Complementary Bass Alignment System (C-BAS) configuration, the SCL-1 offers incredible output, dynamics and detail for even the largest multichannel systems.

Complementing the SCL-1 is the 159 kg SSW-1, an ultra-high-performance subwoofer with dual high-excursion (4-inch peak-to-peak) 15-inch cast-frame woofers with composite cones and massive 6-inch voice coils.

The SCL-6, which can be mounted vertically or horizontally, is a 2.5-way quadruple 5.25-inch in-wall speaker designed for on-axis listening in LCR and surround channel locations. It features a 1-inch 2410H-2 compression driver tweeter mated to a JBL patented HDI horn/precision moulded baffle assembly, supported by four 5.25-inch Advanced Aluminium Matrix cone cast frame woofers. Featuring a similar horn assembly supported by twin 5.25-inch woofers, the SCL-7 is a 2-Way in-wall, designed for off-axis listening from LCR and surround channels.

Joining the in-walls and designed for off-axis listening as height LCR and surround speakers, the SCL-5 and SCL-8 models deploy HDI horn-coupled tweeters (1-inch 2409H compression driver tweeter and 2410H-2 tweeter respectively), supported in turn by 7-inch (180mm) and 5.25-inch (130mm) AAM woofers.

The new JBL Conceal Series of high-performance invisible architectural loudspeakers utilises a combination of ‘drive elements’, proprietary FidelityGlass acoustic panels and compression moulded baffles, together with dedicated dual-driver bass models, to deliver full range sound through plaster.

Installation is by way of a standard drywall patch while a paint finish contributes to the complete invisibility of the C62 compact 2-way design, C83 3-way, C86 8-inch dual panel design and C82W dual-panel/dual 8-inch invisible subwoofer system. The Conceal Series’ promises hemispherical acoustic coverage, for optimal placement virtually anywhere in a room, in-wall or in-ceiling.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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