JBL M2 Reference Monitor System

Reference Monitor System including [2] JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors with 15" Woofer; Dual-diaphragm, Dual-voice-coil Compression Driver; and [2] Crown I-T5000 HD Amplifiers
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JBL M2 Reference Monitor System
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JBL's Next-gen Main Monitors

JBL's M2 Master Reference Monitor System lets you easily integrate the "big" monitoring experience into your studio. When it comes to hearing what you're doing, there's no substitute for "main" monitors. As small- and medium-sized rooms play an increasingly important role in content creation, accuracy and robust dynamic range are required from a speaker system with a modest footprint. A 2-way, floor-standing or soffit-mount speaker system with Crown IT5000HD amplification, the M2 delivers unrivaled performance and a jaw-dropping listening experience. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer and find out what JBL's M2 can do for you.

JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor System (pr) at a Glance:
  • Maximum accuracy and dynamic range in small- and mid-sized rooms
  • The ultimate high-frequency driver for critical monitoring
  • "Big monitor" bass response, perfected
  • Crown I-Tech 5000HD amplification
  • JBL's LSR design
  • M2 enclosure: extended bass performance with a small footprint
  • JBL wrote the book on studio monitors
Maximum accuracy and dynamic range in small- and mid-sized rooms

We create in a mobile world where purpose-built control rooms are increasingly rare. When you need maximum accuracy and dynamic range in a small- or mid-sized room, yesterday's monitor designs just don't cut it. Enter the M2. For their M2 Master Reference Monitor System, JBL's design engineers re-imagined the studio "main monitor" for today's music, cinema, and broadcast content creation studios. They invented new high-output, ultra-low distortion transducers and integrated them into a system that delivers a staggering 20Hz to 40kHz frequency response and a stunning 123dB maximum SPL, all in a trim cabinet that's equally at home floor-standing or soffit-mounted.

The ultimate high-frequency driver for critical monitoring

World-class system performance requires world-class components. To achieve their cutting-edge design objectives, JBL's M2 design engineers leveraged new, patented JBL technologies in the D2 Dual Driver. This ground-breaking device delivers dramatically superior performance with extended high frequency, vanishingly low distortion, and extremely high output. The D2's output is coupled to JBL's Image Control Waveguide, which optimizes imaging and sound stage, serving up stunning high-frequency detail and natural balance at virtually any listening position in a wide range of acoustic environments.

"Big monitor" bass response, perfected

If you've ever heard a loud playback on the "bigs" (main monitors) in a world-class studio, it's a revelation. For the uninitiated, your first reaction is one of being overwhelmed. After you've caught your breath, the first thing you marvel at is the incredibly tight and deep bass. You feel the crush of a well-recorded kick drum, the sheer magnitude of a monster synth bass. To record frequencies this low, you have to be able to hear them. With the JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor System, you can. The 2216Nd low-frequency driver in the M2 is no off-the-shelf woofer. Designed from the ground up, it employs five patented JBL technologies to allow bass extension to the limits of the audible range, as well as high output that's free of the power compression that can compromise a system's low-frequency performance. The 2216Nd employs dual neodymium magnets and two voice coils, and in a patented application, JBL even used special wire in its voice coils to ensure optimal performance.

Crown I-Tech 5000HD amplification

Crown I-Tech 5000HD power amplifiers complete the M2 system, providing more than a kilowatt of pristine power to the M2's 2216Nd woofer and more than enough power for the D2 compression driver. Working with the M2's innovative Image Control Waveguide, the BSS Omnidrive HD digital signal processing in the Crown I-Tech allows for an ideal crossover, while giving you the option to store EQ presets.

JBL's LSR design

Instead of the spectral smoothing used by some manufacturers, which conceals data, JBL's Linear Spatial Reference (LSR) goes beyond simple on-axis frequency response measurements. It actually exposes flaws in speaker systems such as resonances, inadequate dispersion, and other causes of off-axis coloration. LSR enables JBL to define the ultimate performance spec for a new system (i.e., what it will sound like in your room).

M2 enclosure: extended bass performance with a small footprint

JBL's M2 enclosure is made of rigid 1" MDF and is extensively braced for absolute stability at the system's full-rated power. The enclosure employs the patented JBL Slipstream port design with internal flares that give you low-frequency efficiency while eliminating port-turbulence noise. The elegant M2 enclosure takes up relatively little real estate in your studio and may be transported to other working environments as needed.

JBL wrote the book on studio monitors

JBL and studio monitors are just about synonymous, aren't they? In the history of studio monitors, the name James B. Lansing looms large. In the mid 1940s, Lansing did the engineering groundwork for the Altec Lansing 604 coaxial monitor. This design remained the industry standard in U.S. recording studios through the 1950s and '60s. In 1946, James left the company he cofounded and launched JBL, which in the late '60s came out with the 4320: a main monitor developed in collaboration with Capitol Records in Hollywood. The 4320 and 4310 (the first "nearfield" monitor) put JBL at the forefront of studio monitor technology, and they have remained there to this day.

JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor System (pr) Features:
  • System includes 2 M2 monitors and 2 Crown I-Tech 5000HD amplifiers
  • D2430K D2 Dual Driver dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver
  • 2216Nd 15" Differential Drive woofer
  • Crown I-Tech 5000HD amplification included
  • Linear Spatial Reference (LSR) design
  • Elegant, small-footprint cabinet that's equally at home floor-standing or soffit-mounted
Hear it on "the bigs" with JBL's M2 Master Reference Monitor System!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes (2 x Crown IT5000HD Amplifiers Included)
LF Driver Size 1 x 15"
LF Driver Type Cone
HF Driver Type Dual-diaphragm Dual-voice-coil Compression Driver
Watts Per Channel 1200W into 8 ohms
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 20Hz-40kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 123dB
Crossover Frequency 800Hz
Enclosure Type Ported
Input Types Push-terminals (HF, LF)
Height 49.5"
Width 20"
Depth 14"
Weight 129 lbs.

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