HARMAN Professional Solutions will debut new JBL Professional IRX Series portable loudspeakers — incorporating Bluetooth streaming, application-based presets and automatic signal processing — at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim (booth #14508)
Models in the series include the 8-inch IRX108BT and 12-inch IRX112BT, both driven by an onboard amplifier designed to deliver 1,300 watts. The IRX112BT has a stated frequency range down to 53 Hz and maximum SPL of 129 dB, while frequency response for the IRX108BT is stated as extending down to 54 Hz with a maximum SPL of 127 dB.
Four custom EQ presets are optimized for common applications, dbx Automatic Feedback Suppression helps eliminate feedback before it starts, and one-touch ducking automatically lowers music volume when speech input is detected. Also onboard are two combination XLR/TRS inputs with preamps and one-button Bluetooth connectivity to stream audio from mobile devices or link two loudspeakers.
Ergonomic handles help in lifting and transporting the light weight cabinets. A custom grille has a tight-gauge, reinforced honeycomb pattern with a specially designed bevel for added durability. Both models have an integrated pole mount. In addition, IRX loudspeakers undergo 100 hours of stress testing to help verify durability.
“Today’s performers need a portable, easy-to-use PA system that delivers professional results at an affordable price,” states Brandon Knudsen, loudspeaker product manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to showcase our new IRX Series loudspeakers at the 2020 NAMM and CES shows, which combine impressive volume output and detail with an assortment of versatile features like Bluetooth audio streaming in a compact, lightweight design. Best of all, the IRX112BT and IRX108BT are the most affordable powered speakers JBL has ever offered.”
The new JBL IRX108BT ($299) and IRX112BT ($349) are available now.