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JBL Professional Launches New M2 Master Reference Monitor

Large-format studio monitor integrates “super drivers” and patented technologies

JBL Professional has introduced the M2 master reference monitor, integrating new JBL transducer technologies and patented innovations in a free-standing, 2-way loudspeaker system.

The M2 design leverages JBL’s new D2 compression driver which uses two annular diaphragms and two voice coils to deliver extended high frequency response and very low distortion at very high sound pressure levels.

The D2 is mated with JBL’s new 2216ND Differential Drive 15-inch woofer, also with dual voice coils, incorporating a patented wire application that reduces power compression enabling linear output regardless of playback level.

With these two drivers as the engine, the M2 Master Reference Monitor delivers extended in-room response of 20 Hz to 40 kHz for today’s high-resolution recording formats, and 123 dB SPL at one meter, providing the necessary dynamic range for demanding music and film production.

JBL engineers pioneered a new patent-pending waveguide dubbed “Image Control” that enables neutral frequency response, not just on-axis, but off-axis in the vertical and horizontal planes all the way down to the M2’s 800 Hz crossover point.

The unique geometry of the waveguide allows the M2 to deliver remarkable high-frequency detail and imaging and natural timbre at any listening position, in a broad range of acoustic environments.

Crown Audio I-Tech power amplifiers complete the M2, providing greater than a kilowatt of clean power to the 2216ND woofer and the D2 high-frequency driver.

In conjunction with the M2’s waveguide, digital signal processing in the Crown I-Tech or BSS Soundweb London processor allows the implementation of an ideal crossover, while providing the option for storage of EQ presets. 

In conjunction with measurement software, Harman HiQnet System Architect software allows central control of system calibration and tuning to address non-linearity in the room, ensuring a high degree of accuracy particularly in the room-dependent low-frequency area, whether the M2 is free-standing, soffit-mounted or placed adjacent to a wall.

The M2 measures 14 inches deep, 20 inches wide and 49.5 inches tall for flexibility of placement in artist studios, behind the screen and in remote trucks.

“Leveraging the best of our JBL technologies, we set out to solve the problems that have prevented the use of large monitors in all but purpose built control rooms,” comments Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional senior manager of Recording and Broadcast Marketing. “We feel the M2 Master Reference Monitor will be a game changer, which for the first time, makes a big, detailed world-class monitoring experience a viable option for artist studios, mastering facilities, small mix stages and screening rooms.”

The M2 master reference monitor will be available spring of 2013 in stereo and surround sound configurations from select JBL Professional dealers.

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