JBL Gets Jiggy With Speaker Design, Headphones

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Harmon Kardon/JBL is getting out on the edge with some in-your-face design, introducing two powered speaker systems, an iPod boombox, and its first line of headphones. The most striking of the designs were the JBL spyro speakers (upper left), substituting boxy old satellites with floweresque forms along with a mushroom-shaped subwoofer. If that's a little too girly for you, the JBL Spot (lower left) matches that mushroom sub with a couple of mushroomette satellites. Those two will be available in a variety of colors as well as optional design wrappers that let you skin them in a variety of ways.

The boombox has the Harman Kardon nameplate upfront, and the iPod docks up top along with the wireless remote that stows away in the back and S-Video output, too. That should be selling for 349 (around $448). Then JBL brings its first family of headphones to market, offered in a family of four variations. The JBL Reference 220 is in in-ear model, and the Reference 420 will be 150 (around $192) and has a volume control and leather earpads. The 500 series is designed for noise cancellation, and the reference 620 has an iPod dock connector Bluetooth module for rockin' around the house wirelessly. Release date for these sexy products wasn't announced.


Neue Boombox, Speakers, Kopfh rer - JBL legt vor (German), Lots of photos here [iPodfun.de]