New Studio Monitors from Harman Professional Solutions

At the 2018 NAMM Show, Harman Professional Solutions introduced its next-generation JBL studio monitors, which retain the best qualities of the company’s original 3 Series, but now offer better performance in more production environments.

The new JBL 3 Series MkII offers proprietary Image Control Waveguide technology and refined transducers. Featuring patented technologies derived from the JBL 7 Series and M2 Master Reference Monitors, and sporting a sleek, modern design, JBL 3 Series MkII monitors are available in three configurations to meet the requirements of any audio environment—including the 305P MkII (5-inch woofer), 306P MkII (6.5-inch woofer) and 308P MkII (8-inch woofer).

JBL 3 Series MkII monitors are equipped with JBL’s Image Control Waveguide to deliver impressive detail, ambience and depth. Originally developed for JBL’s flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, this patented innovation ensures an acoustically seamless transition between the low- and high-frequency transducers and provides an ultra-wide soundstage and precise imaging. With a broad sweet spot and neutral frequency response, MkII delivers a crystal-clear mix representation and reveals subtle details, even when listening off-axis.

The 3 Series MkII delivers deep, accurate and tightly controlled bass thanks to long-throw woofers and the patented JBL Slip Stream low-frequency port, while woven-composite 1" Neodymium tweeters offer soaring, immaculately detailed highs. For MkII, JBL refined the low frequency transducers for greater linearity and lower harmonic distortion and fine-tuned ferrofluid damping in the high frequency transducers for faster transient response. Dual, integrated Class D power amplifiers, custom designed for each transducer, offer generous dynamic range for any project.

The 3 Series MkII offers more control to tailor the sound to meet the sonic characteristics of individual studio environments or personal preferences. A new Boundary EQ setting attenuates the low-end boost that can occur when monitors are positioned directly on the desktop or near walls, plus a 3-position HF Trim switch allows users to adjust the high-frequency response.

Peter Chaikin, Director, Recording Solutions, at Harman, said the 3 Series includes refines transducers (a frequently-requested feature), and the company’s latest manufacturing techniques that bring new efficiencies, both to Harman and to the customer. The result is a new edition of this popular studio monitor that retains the best qualities of the original 3 Series—but now looks better, sounds better, and can provide transparent sound in even more production environments

The new JBL 305P and 308P MkII studio monitors are now available and the 306P MkII monitors will be available in February from authorized Harman resellers in the U.S. and other regions except Europe. European availability of the 3 Series MkII line is scheduled for Summer 2018.

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