It was in January this year that JBL announced the launch of a limited-edition, high-performance studio speaker to commemorate the company’s 70-year journey in premium audio equipment design and innovation. It was a highly anticipated reveal set for April 2017; suffice to say it had industry insiders talking. But when April came and still there was nothing from the high-end audio gear maker, it had everyone wondering if the 70th anniversary studio monitor speakers would ever see the light of day.
Finally, the JBL 4312SE is now officially available. And it still has the audio community talking. Backed by an unparalleled seven-decade industry leadership, the reengineered pair from JBL promises to deliver.
Reminiscent of the Classics
The 3-way design of the JBL 4312SE bears a 12-inch (300mm) compact coated-pulp woofer and a 5-inch midrange driver with 25-mm aluminium and magnesium alloy tweeter with integrated waveguide. Frequency trim functionalities and front-firing reflex port are also in place.
The black wood-grained pair with black cloth framework bears the aesthetics and configurations that echo those of its predecessors: the 4310/4311 and L100 and Century Gold domestic hi-fi monitors from the 1970s, and the 4312 from the 1980s. The limited-edition speakers carry the “70th Anniversary” insignia along with a certificate containing serial numbers with the assemblers’ and system engineers’ signatures.
Tailored for the Modern User
As initially announced, the 70th anniversary limited edition studio monitor loudspeaker is an update to the brand’s existing models. While bearing that classic look and appeal, the JBL 4312SE can be counted on to yield powerful bass and dynamic highs fit for modern studio applications.
Built and engineered at the JBL headquarters in Northridge, CA, the matching 4312SE mirror-image loudspeakers are designed with placement and positioning flexibility in mind. The pair can be set either horizontally or vertically and with the tweeter arrays either to the inside or outside of the listening position. Depending on the user’s preference, the compact studio loudspeakers can also be shelf- or stand-mounted. That being said, JBL guarantees “detailed and coherent stereo soundstage image quality” that works for both intimate listening and large studio applications.
The 4312SE’s 3-way bass-reflex monitor system with 5-way binding posts comes with these features:
10-200 Watts RMS Recommended Amplifier Power
44Hz – 40kHz Frequency Response
90dB (2.83V@1m) Sensitivity
6 Ohm Nominal Impedance
640Hz, 5kHz Crossover Frequencies
Each limited-edition pair costs £2500, not £2300 that the company originally announced early this year. Indeed, the price tag is a bit too pricey for those who have just started their home studios. But no worries, JBL has cheaper alternatives whose performance is also applauded, like the JBL LSR 305 studio speakers. Click here for the full review of JBL LSR 305.