Harman JBL S3900 Speakers to Ship in February
The $10,000 speaker set is designed for a wide range of rooms.
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January 17, 2013 by Rachel Cericola

Last week, we were ogling Harman JBL’s $75K Project Everest DD67000 loudspeakers. However, if you can’t flip the bill for those, the company has something that’s just as impressive, for $10,000 per pair.

The company introduced the S3900, a three-way floorstanding tower with a dual 10-inch-woofer design. JBL says that the speaker can be used in stereo setups or as the left, center or right loudspeaker in a JBL Synthesis multichannel home theater installation.

Measuring 39.6-by-14.6-by-14.5 inches, the S3900 has two cast-frame 10-inch pulp-cone woofers, each of which incorporates dual 3-inch voice coils, high-power neodymium-magnets and other refinements. That dual-woofer configuration boasts the tightness and articulation of 10-inch drivers along with the powerful bass response of a larger driver cone area.

Each of these speakers has a 175Nd-3 midrange/high-frequency compression driver with a 2-inch AquaPlas-coated titanium diaphragm, loaded into a 90-by-60-degree BiRadial horn. It also has a 138Nd 0.75-inch pure titanium ultrahigh-frequency compression driver, which promises to extend beyond 40kHz, with its own 60-by-90-degree Bi-Radial horn.

Other features include midrange/high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency compression drivers mounted in a single-piece dual-horn assembly made of SonoGlass, a computer-designed bass-reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port, and dual-binding post speaker cable connectors for bi-wiring or bi-amping.

“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 for Harman’s 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 soundfield.”

Available with a furniture-grade cherry wood finish, subtly contoured horn drivers and front baffle and matte-black grille cloth and trim, the JBL Synthesis S3900 should start selling next month. Harman JBL has listed this product with an MSRP of $10,000 per pair. 

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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