JBL Synthesis announces new electronics with HDMI 2.1/8K video
HARMAN Luxury Audio’s JBL Synthesis announces new products and initiatives designed to enhance the performance and dealer focus of the brand.
As the industry’s finest and most-capable immersive audio solution, JBL Synthesis provides integrators with complete turn-key solutions, including electronics, loudspeakers, system design assistance, and system calibration. Today’s announcement includes HDMI upgrades for the brand’s existing surround processor and AVR to support 8K video; a forthcoming surround processor and AVR with integrated 8K HDMI capabilities; and a new lower-priced, dedicated subwoofer amplifier.
Earlier this year, JBL Synthesis announced an HDMI 2.1 upgrade program for the existing SDP-55 surround processor and SDR-35 AV receiver. That upgrade will become available in December 2021 with global availability via HARMAN Luxury Audio’s network of authorized service centres. Pricing will be announced in November. The upgrade will replace the existing HDMI 2.0 video board with a new HDMI 2.1 video board that supports uncompressed 8K video on all inputs and outputs.
Following the HDMI 2.1 upgrade program, two new JBL models, the SDP-58 and SDR-38, will become available in the first quarter of 2022. Both new models will include the HDMI 2.1 video board as a factory-installed component. All other features found in the SDP-55 and SDR-35 (including full 16-channel immersive audio support for Dolby ATMOS, DTS-X, and Auro 3D surround formats; Dirac Live room calibration, including multi-subwoofer Bass Control; DANTE connectivity; and IMAX Enhanced certification) will remain in the SDP-58 and SDR-38. Pricing will be announced closer to availability in the first quarter of 2022.
The existing SDP-55 and SDR-35 will stay in the range well into the calendar year 2022 due to their lower price points and ability to serve duty in systems that do not require 8K video capabilities.
Also joining the brand’s electronics portfolio is the new SDA-1700 subwoofer amplifier designed to work exclusively with the SSW-4 passive in-wall subwoofer module. The SDA-1700 is a two-space rack-mountable chassis with front-panel level control, rear-panel crossover, phase, single-band PEQ, and module EQ controls. The Class D design will deliver 350W into a single SSW-4 subwoofer or 700W into a pair of SSW-4 subwoofers. Availability is slated for the first quarter of 2022, with pricing to be announced at that time.
The introduction of the new 8K HDMI-enabled electronics, the new subwoofer amplifier, and the recently expanded range of SCL in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers enables dealers to provide solutions across a broader range of projects while still maintaining the exceptionally high levels of performance for which JBL Synthesis is known.