Formed by James B. Lansing in the turbulent mid-1940s, JBL set up shop in Los Angeles, making innovative loudspeaker designs with flat ribbon wire voice coils and Alnico magnets. But it was in the ‘60s that JBL really caught the attention of the booming pro-audio market with the JBL 4320 series studio monitor, introduced through Capitol Records in Hollywood. The 4320 became the standard monitor worldwide for its parent company, EMI.
JBL became a prominent supplier to the tour sound industry, with loudspeakers being employed by touring rock acts and music festivals, most famously in Grateful Dead’s famous ‘Wall of Sound’, the world’s line-array system.
Throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s, JBL has also become a leader in the commercial audio solutions market, with the advantage of having the full resources of Harman International and their portfolio of brands behind them.
In 2020, JBL’s Professional division carries a range of pro-audio equipment, ranging from studio monitors aimed at the home recording market, portable/rechargable PA systems for artists and announcers, right through to high performance line array systems for world’s biggest performers.
CMI is proud to distribute JBL Professional Australia wide.