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NAMM 2013: New M2 master reference monitor from JBL

According to JBL, the M2 is the first to make world-class, large-format monitoring feasible in a wide range of rooms.

Responding to the call for greater accuracy and dynamic range in music and post-production control rooms, JBL Professional introduced the M2 master reference monitor at the NAMM Show. According to the company, the M2 is the first to make world-class, large-format monitoring feasible in a wide range of rooms. The largest speaker in JBL’s studio monitor line, the M2 integrates new JBL transducer technologies and patented innovations in a free-standing, 2-way system that can be placed in any production environment and tuned to provide a superior level of accuracy and performance, says JBL. The M2’s 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. The result of these drivers is an in-room response of 20 Hz to 40 kHz and 123 dB SPL at one meter. To allow an imperceptible transition between the two drivers, 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. “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,” commented 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.”