US-based speaker manufacturer JBL has created a distinctive high-end speaker with a unique look, the 1400 Array.
Using technology first developed for JBL's high-end K2 'Project' series, each 1400 Array weighs 52kg and stands just over a metre tall. But its most distinctive feature is its 'freestanding' SonoGlass Bi-Radial horn tweeter, which is arranged to sit as low as possible to reduce the centre-to-centre distance between the bass and horn drivers for more accurate time and phase response.
JBL claims this alignment gives the 1400 Array the 'speed and dynamics of a compression-driver system and the smoothness and imaging of the best direct-radiator and panel systems'.
The three-way speaker includes a 14in Aquaplas-treated pulp-cone low-frequency driver; a 3in Aquaplas-treated aluminium-dome mid/high-frequency compression driver (first developed for the K2.S5800 'Project' speaker) and a 1in pure-titanium ultra high frequency compression driver. Both high frequency drivers are mated to the vertically oriented SonoGlass horn.
The JBL 1400 Array is available now for £8,500 a pair.