JBL Stage 2 Architectural Series from HARMAN Luxury Audio Group Now Shipping
HARMAN Luxury Audio Group announced that its JBL Stage 2 Architectural Series and Stage XD Series loudspeakers are now shipping. Featuring eight models in various configurations for both in-wall and in-ceiling installations, Stage 2 Architectural Series loudspeakers are crafted to be visually discreet. Offered in two sizes and built for durability, Stage XD Series all-weather loudspeakers combine patented JBL acoustic technologies with IP67-rated weatherized waterproof enclosures to bring the magic of JBL sound outdoors for year-round entertainment.
At the heart of each JBL Stage 2 Architectural Series loudspeaker is a 1-inch/25-millimeter aluminum tweeter with an acoustic lens and waveguide that delivers crystal-clear high frequencies. Polycellulose cone woofers, premium air-core inductors, and mylar cap capacitor crossover network components ensure that sound remains dynamic at all listening levels. A rigid baffle design with acoustic smoothing provides improved transducer integration, while HARMAN’s target curve acoustic performance delivers smooth, accurate sound over a large listening area.
The dual 5.25-inch Stage 250WL, 6.5-inch Stage 260W, and 8-inch Stage 280W in-wall models include larger waveguides with JBL’s patented High-Definition Imaging (HDI) geometry for smooth dispersion and low distortion. In-ceiling models include the 6.5-inch Stage 260C, 8-inch Stage 280C, and the dual 6.5-inch Stage 260CDT. Offering a unique solution for a variety of applications, two Ceiling Square Angled (CSA) models — the 6.5-inch Stage 260CSA and 8-inch Stage 280CSA — feature a contemporary square footprint and a baffle with the transducers positioned at a 15-degree angle, allowing them to focus sound at the listening position.
Stage 2 Architectural Series loudspeakers feature paintable, Zero Bezel magnetically attached grilles for a contemporary appearance that blends easily into any décor, while the XL-2 Mounting System allows for quick installation and is compatible with up to 2-inch/50-millimeter material thickness. Preconstruction brackets are available for all models, and square grille accessory kits are available for the Stage 260C, Stage 280C, and Stage 260CDT round in-ceiling models.
The JBL Stage XD Series speakers are the first repairable IP-67 outdoor loudspeakers available. And, the Stage XD-5 and XD-6 feature a 5.25-inch/130-mm and 6.5-inch/165-mm polycellulose cone woofer, respectively, and a 1-inch/25-mm aluminum tweeter with an acoustic lens and HDI waveguide. Both all-weather speakers are perfect for an outdoor location when protection from the environment is a requirement, while their stylish design and mounting flexibility make them equally at home indoors for a variety of applications. Wall-mounts are included, and the loudspeakers also feature Zero Bezel magnetically attached grilles and a rotatable logo for horizontal and vertical applications. The speakers’ IP-67-rated waterproof enclosures are offered in both black and white finishes.
The JBL Stage 2 Architectural Series loudspeakers and Stage XD Series all-weather loudspeakers will be on display in HARMAN’s booth 16035 at CEDIA Expo 2022, taking place Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Dallas. Pricing is as follows:
- Stage 260W: $150 each
- Stage 280W: $225 each
- Stage 250WL: $250 each
- Stage 260C: $150 each
- Stage 280C: $225 each
- Stage 260CDT: $175 each
- Stage 260CSA: $150 each
- Stage 280CSA: $225 each
- Stage XD-6: $599/pair
- Stage XD-5: $449/pair