Harman’s JBL announce the introduction of its S3900 loudspeaker, a three-way floorstanding tower that utilises professional-grade drivers and components in a dual 10-inch-woofer design.
“We designed the S3900 to be slimmer and easier to fit into a wider range of rooms, yet still deliver high-quality music and theater reproduction,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, HARMAN Luxury Audio Group and Loudspeakers. “The S3900 shares technologies with our new flagship Project Everest DD67000 and Project K2 S9900 to offer all the classic JBL sonic strengths – effortless dynamics, exceptional clarity and resolution, a natural tonal balance and precise imaging of vocals and instruments in an expansive sound field”.
Measuring 39.6″ high by 14.6″ wide by 14.5″ deep, the S3900 embodies a core JBL design philosophy of combining dynamic (cone) woofers with horn-loaded midrange/high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency compression drivers. The JBL S3900 employs two cast-frame 10-inch pulp-cone woofers each incorporating dual 3-inch voice coils and high-power neodymium-magnets.
The S3900 utilises a JBL 175Nd-3 midrange/high-frequency compression driver with a 2-inch AquaPlas™-coated titanium diaphragm, loaded into a 90 by 60 degree BiRadial® horn. “The AquaPlas treatment maintains the superlative transient response of titanium while providing added damping and rigidity for more natural midrange and high-frequency reproduction”. The 138Nd 0.75-inch pure titanium ultrahigh-frequency compression driver, which extends to beyond 40kHz, is mated with a 60 by 30 degree Bi-Radial horn.
The S9300’s bass-reflex enclosure has a rear-firing port and is rigidly braced and damped at critical points; all contribute to the speaker’s high sensitivity, “neutrality and freedom from coloration”.
The JBL Synthesis S3900 will be available in February 2013 at authorized JBL Synthesis installation specialists at a suggested retail price of $10,000/pair.