We have now returned from the JBL press even in Liverpool and it would seem that JBL are taking their headphones very seriously now. While at the event we learned that JBL have taken a very scientific approach to the new headphones employing Dr Sean Olive to head the science behind their headphones.

According to JBL there is very little published research on the perception and measurement of headphone sound quality with no meaningful standard on how headphones should sound. Therefore JBL set a goal of developing scientific methods to accurately and reliably measure the perceived sound quality of headphones.

Over the past year the Dr and his team produced 6 research papers on the topic and found in their tests that listeners of all age groups, genders and cultural background preferred a natural sound over the more common trend of base heavy headphones.

This led the JBL team to look at developing a technology that could mimic the natural spatial impression of stereo records that you would experience in a stage environment or a reference room. The end result was Live Stage, a technology they have introduced into their flagship headphones the S700. With Live Stage enabled the headphones will run the sound through a DSP alters the sound profile to be more like that of a true stereo experience.

Along with the S700 which retails at €349, JBL are launching 6 other headphones which implement varying degrees of the scientific research carried out above. These include:

S100: straight model now available for €79.99

S100: universal model now available for €89.99

S100: MFI model now available for €99.99

S200: now available for €129

S300: now available for €199

S500: now available for €299

S700: now available for €349

JBL also announced another headphone called the S400bt which is due to be released which will be a Bluetooth and NFC enabled wireless headphone, with on ear controls.

 

Groundbreaking headphone research and JBL LiveStage™ technology breathes new life into the headphone audio experience

JBL Synchros: DARE TO LISTEN!

JBL introduces a complete lineup of new JBL® headphones. The JBL Synchros in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear headphones bring world-renowned JBL professional audio sound to consumer headphones. Packaged in a precision design, with authentic materials, this line has a model for everyone.

Groundbreaking research performed by Harman engineers has revealed insights into consumer preference for headphone sound, which has been the foundation for the acoustic design of this new headphone line. JBL engineers used this proprietary insight and decades of audio engineering expertise to develop a line of headphones that deliver a balanced audio experience with amazing clarity and deep, powerful, bass.

In the JBL Synchros headphone lineup, JBL debuts its patent pending JBL LiveStage™ signal processing technology. JBL LiveStage™ adds localisation cues to deliver a more lifelike listening experience, recreating the warm natural feeling of being “in the room” within the headphones. The result is a headphone experience similar to that of listening to music from a stage in front of you. JBL LiveStage™ gives the listener a greater sense of spatial presence and separation, with individual instruments and voices sounding richer and clearer. JBL Synchros headphones with JBL LiveStage™ bring the music to life in a way that consumers have never experienced before.

“Many manufacturers advertise headphone sound based on a popular artist’s recording expertise, but few truly understand consumer preference for headphone sound the way HARMAN does”, said Michael Mauser, President of HARMAN Lifestyle. “To achieve the audio profile we know consumers want, we used the performance of JBL professional audio speakers, the same ones used in the top clubs and concert venues around the world. Our engineers scientifically modeled the sound of these industry leading speakers and applied it to headphones, bringing the award-winning JBL pro sound to consumers for the first time.”

JBL Synchros S700 premium powered over-ear stereo headphones are the flagship model of the line. The JBL Synchros S700 headphones are built for those preference top performing technology: precision crafted from lightweight die cast aluminum, woven fabric, steel and luxuriously appointed leather ear cushions. With JBL professional audio performance and JBL LiveStage™ signal processing technology, these headphones deliver an unparalleled lifelike listening experience. Nothing else looks, feels or sounds this new.

  • Precision designed die-cast aluminum frame, with woven Cordura® accents, steel headband and soft leather ear cushions
  • JBL professional audio sound with JBL PureBass™ performance in passive or powered mode
  • Premium 50 mm drivers
  • Patent pending JBL LiveStage™ signal processing technology for a more realistic sound experience
  • Built-in, rechargeable Li-ion battery powers JBL LiveStage™ technology for 28 hours
  • Detachable cable design with iOS 3 button remote/microphone cable and universal 3 button remote/microphone cable included
  • Available in Onyx and Glacier, with carrying case

JBL Synchros S500 powered over-ear stereo headphones are precision-made, lightweight and durable. Combining JBL Professional sound and JBL LiveStage™ signal processing technology, the headphone brings you all the energy and realism of a live performance.

  • JBL professional audio sound with PureBass™ performance in passive or powered mode
  • Lightweight steel headband and leather ear-cushions
  • Premium 50 mm drivers
  • Patent pending JBL LiveStage™ signal processing technology for a more realistic sound experience
  • 2 AAA batteries deliver 20 hours of JBL LiveStage™ performance
  • Detachable cable design with iOS 3 button remote/microphone cable and universal 3 button remote/microphone cable included
  • Available in Onyx and Glacier, with carrying case

JBL Synchros S300 premium on-ear stereo headphones are designed to revolutionise your portable listening. Making a clean break from conventional headphone design these lightweight yet durable headphones, with a steel headband and leather ear cushions are comfortable enough for hours and hours of listening. With JBL professional audio performance the JBL Synchros S300 reproduces your music with amazing clarity and deep, powerful bass. The design highlights portability, with cups that rotate and fold for compact storage. JBL Synchros S300 brings you flexibility, style, and power all in one piece.

  • JBL professional audio sound with JBL PureBass™ performance
  • Premium 40 mm drivers
  • Detachable cable design with iOS 3 button remote/microphone cable or universal 3 button remote/microphone cable included
  • Cutting-edge design with steel headband and soft leather ear cushions
  • Collapsible design for storage, with carry case
  • Available in 2 colours

JBL Synchros S200 premium in-ear stereo headphones are ultra-light yet powerful. Precision-designed, die-cast aluminum earpieces with metal accents ensure these headphones stand out from the flock. Angled eartips provide comfortable stable fit for hours of listening enjoyment and powerful 10 mm drivers deliver JBL Professional Audio grade performance, with amazing clarity and resonant bass.

  • Ultra-light, die-cast aluminum construction
  • Premium 10 mm driver
  • JBL professional audio sound with JBL PureBass™ performance
  • Angled ear tips for improved comfort and stability
  • Tangle resistant flat cable
  • 1 set of Comply™ foam tips for superior fit
  • 3 sizes of silicone eartips (S/M/L)
  • Available in 2 colours and 2 configurations: Onyx and Glacier, with either Apple 3-button remote cable or universal 3-button remote cable

JBL Synchros S100 advanced in-ear stereo headphones deliver striking sound in a contemporary design. With JBL professional audio performance, the JBL Synchros S100 reproduces your music with amazing clarity and deep, powerful bass. Angled earpieces, and a variety of eartip sizes, ensure a comfortable, stable fit. Die-cast aluminum earpieces with metal accents, these headphones complement any style.

  • Ultra-light, die-cast aluminum construction
  • Advanced 9 mm driver
  • JBL professional audio sound with JBL PureBass™ performance
  • Angled ear tips for improved comfort and stability
  • Tangle resistant flat cable
  • 1 set of Comply™ foam tips for superior fit
  • 3 sizes of silicone eartips (S/M/L)
  • Available in 2 colours and 3 configurations: Onyx and Glacier, with either Apple 3-button remote cable, universal 3-button remote cable, or straight cable

 Pricing and availability

S100: straight model now available for €79.99

S100: universal model now available for €89.99

S100: MFI model now available for €99.99

S200: now available for €129

S300: now available for €199

S500: now available for €299

S700: now available for €349

For additional information on the new JBL Synchros Headphone lineup, or to purchase, visit www.JBL.com

## About JBL by HARMAN

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including JBL®, AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR. Please visit www.harman.com for more information.