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JBL Rolls Out Portable Powered Speakers

JBL Professional introduced the PRX600 series of active portable loudspeakers. The new line offers power, durability, and versatility for small- to mid-sized live sound environments, according to the company.

JBL Professional introduced the PRX600 series of active portable loudspeakers. The new line offers power, durability, and versatility for small- to mid-sized live sound environments, according to the company.

The PRX600 series comprises four full-range cabinets–the PRX612M, PRX615M, PRX625, and PRX635–and two subwoofers–the PRX618S and PRX618S-XLF. Using JBL's Differential Drive loudspeaker technology, dbx Type IV limiting circuitry and Crown Class-D amplifiers, the series delivers live sound performance in a small, lightweight package, company officials say. At the core of the PRX line is a fully integrated DSP input section providing mic/line-level input, selectable system EQ, and an analog/digital converter for maximum signal-to-noise ratio.

"We designed the PRX600 series from the ground up to perform in the real world of sound reinforcement where challenging audio environments, high ambient noise levels, and loud volumes are the norm," said Richard Ruse, director of marketing, portable PA, JBL Professional, in a statement. "Regardless of audio system requirements, the JBL PRX600 series offers a decidedly powerful, rugged, and versatile solution."

In addition to Crown amplifiers, the PRX600 series loudspeakers use new, ultra-low noise analog/digital converters, which are designed to reduce idle noise and improve the overall spectral balance and audio performance of the speakers. According to the company, the entire line has been "re-voiced" for better clarity and tone. And, with the addition of a new discrete appearance and strategically located M-10 suspension points on the full-range cabinets, the series can be installed in commercial facilities or houses of worship.

JBL's PRX600 series also meets Harman's Green Edge promise of being environmentally responsible. According to the company, the new loudspeakers require less wood and less plastic than their predecessors, use less energy to build, and will use less fuel (due to the decreased weight) to transport than previous models.

All PRX600 series loudspeakers include Different Drive neodymium woofers; powder-coated, obsidian, 16-gauge perforated steel grilles; obsidian DuraFlex finish; integrated handles with backing cups; commercial-grade, lightweight, multi-layer, 18-mm plywood cabinetry; tongue-and-groove construction; dual 36-mm pole sockets on the PRX612M and PRX615M; single 36-mm pole sockets on the PRX635 and PRX618S; and an M20 pole socket on the PRX618S-XLF.

The line is currently available. Prices range from $1,199 to $1,999 MSRP.

 


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