Originally Posted by mikeronesia
This leaves me feeling like I have old outdated gear.
It's a good thing I still like it.
Originally Posted by gferrell
I for one would like to hear more from you about this. Technology is changing fast. The JBL heritage has always been high quality, so what is your gut feeling about the future?
Hey Mark, just remember, outdated does not mean outmoded. It's inevitable that everything we buy is destined to be outdated and sooner rather than later. Outmoded is another matter, and there are scores of instances of JBL products that still hold their own today at their particular market segments. Of course, there's a lot of JBL gear that's both outdated AND outmoded, but there are some guys who'll protest to the death that their favorite JBL is neither outdated nor outmoded!! We probably all have a JBL line or two in mind that was outdated and outmoded the day it was released, too. (Radiance Series, anyone?)
In my opinion, over the last decade, JBL has been in a second Golden Age, and I see no end in sight.
Even in the Dark Years, there were beacons of light that showed JBL was undeniably alive, just lost somewhere in the wilderness. The bright light that one could follow had two distinguishing features: three- or four-way direct radiator towers and Ti tweeters (or Ti laminate in the entry level consumer stuff). Sure, there was the occasional weird horn-based unit and the elusive TOTL horn-based Everests and K2s and Synthesis®, but the bulwark of the line was multiple direct radiators, topped by the amazing 250Ti.
The influence of Ti trickled down to the midrange driver (XPL and TiK Series) and then the midbass driver (Performance Series) as well. There was even a potential XPL 250 that never came to fruition but lived in a sense in the PT800/PS1400 stack of the Performance Series.
Then something weird happened: JBL's stablemate Revel went all Ti (woofer, midbass, mid) except for the Be tweeter, and JBL moved away from direct radiator towers.