The Highly Anticipated JBL CRUISE X for Off-Road Adventures Is Arriving in Stores

KEARNEY, NE (O8.14.2020) – Harman International Industries recently launched the brand new JBL CRUISE X speaker and amplifier system for PowerSports to expand on the JBL Cruise product portfolio.

The JBL CRUISE X is a rugged, high performance Bluetooth streaming multi-element audio system designed to mount almost anywhere. Adding great sound to an all-terrain vehicle just got easier. Featuring four high-performance speaker pods, a single compact 4-channel amplifier and multi function control knob installation of the JBL CRUISE X is a cinch. Riders can enjoy the ease of Bluetooth control from their smartphone or use the wired remote control knob for added convenience when out adventuring.

The crew at Kearney PowerSports with JBL products dIsplayed. Marvin Pierce, Clint Robinson and Josh Crowell. Products displayed include the CRUISE X, JBLUB4100 and the #1 handlebar Audio Solution for JBL CRUISE. All 3 work with the CLICK Bluetooth Controller shown in the image.

Kearney Power Sports in Kearney NE was one of the first retailers in the US to receive the JBL CRUISE X. Marvin Pierce related to the 12volt Central Studios “We have the JBL CRUISE X on display along with other JBL PowerSports products. We had very good success with the JBL4100 SoundBar and think the CRUISE X will also sell well. When our customers hit the trails on their side-by-sides for riding adventures they definitely like to listen to their favorite tunes. The JBL CRUISE X will add enjoyment to their adventures.”

Shawn Spedding, Director of Sales, Mobile Aftermarket at Harman, stated “Having powerful sound makes all the difference when embarking on all-terrain adventures. We addressed the motorcyclists with the original CRUISE and the JBL CRUISE X is the perfect expansion to address the audio needs for side-by-side vehicles.”

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JBL Launches Cruise X Complete Audio System Solution for All-Terrain Adventures

STAMFORD, CT (07.28.2020) – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated has launched the brand new JBL Cruise X speaker and amplifier system to expand on the JBL Cruise product portfolio. JBL Cruise X is a rugged, high-performance Bluetooth streaming multi-element audio system designed to mount almost anywhere. Adding great sound to an all-terrain vehicle just got easier.

Featuring four high-performance speaker pods, a single compact four-channel amplifier and multi-function control knob, installation of JBL Cruise X is a cinch. Versatile swivel mounting brackets ensure that the speakers pods can be tuned to the ideal position for optimal listening. Built to meet the demands of all outdoor environments, Cruise X sports an IPx5 waterproof rating to withstand rain, storms and snow. Enjoy the ease of Bluetooth control from your phone or use the included wired remote control knob for added convenience while out adventuring.

“Having powerful sound makes all the difference when embarking on all-terrain adventures,” said Shawn Spedding, Director of Sales, Mobile Aftermarket at HARMAN. “We addressed motorcyclists with the original JBL Cruise, and the JBL Cruise X is the perfect expansion to address the audio needs for side-by-side vehicles.”

Availability and Pricing: The new JBL Cruise X is available now and costs $699.95.

Features and Technical Highlights:

• All-in-one Amplified Bluetooth Audio System. Great for music on-the-go.
• Wireless Bluetooth Streaming. Stream music via Bluetooth, with 38m outdoor range / 10m indoor range.
• Easy Installation. Rugged bracket design enables mounting the speakers almost anywhere, plus it swivels to ensure music can be heard from all ranges.
• Expandable Audio System. Adaptable to almost any audio system. Full-Range RCA input and output, with 12V remote output, makes it easy to add on a powered subwoofer, soundbar or another Cruise X to this one, or add to an existing audio system.
• IPx5 Marine Rated. Meets the demands of outdoor environments.
• Sealed Speaker Connectors. Deutsch style speaker connectors to provide protection for any wiring exposed to the outdoor elements.
• Convenient Controls. Wired remote control, capable of flush mount or underhung dash installation, allows Bluetooth pairing, volume control, play/pause, and track forward/back.

For additional information visit www.JBL.com and www.harman.com.

JBL Launches New Club Amplifier Series for the Car Audio Market

STAMFORD, CT (07.20.2020) – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated has launched its brand new series of JBL Club Amplifiers. The four new high-performance models – the JBL Club A600, JBL Club A754, JBL Club A1000 and JBL Club A5055 – are all designed to deliver top-quality listening experiences for consumers on the road.

Available in 4-channel, 5-channel and mono models, the new JBL Club Amplifiers feature variable crossovers and bass boost for precise system tuning and performance, plus high- and low-level inputs that enable them to perform with both factory and aftermarket head units.

Both the JBL Club A600 and The JBL Club A1000 mono subwoofer amplifiers use a Class D amplifier design to ensure high output and minimum current draw. The low-pass filter and variable bass boost in each of the amplifiers also help maximize the performance of the subwoofer and enclosure, while a phase switch ensures that the bass will blend well with your full-range speakers. With the JBL Club A754 4-channel and JBL Club A5055 5-channel amplifiers, separate high-pass and low-pass crossovers on the front and rear channels dial in the perfect roll off to best suit speaker placement and cabin acoustics.

“Given the success we have seen with the original JBL Club Amplifiers, we are thrilled to launch this brand new lineup of fully redesigned amplifiers,” said Shawn Spedding, Director of Sales, Mobile Aftermarket at HARMAN.
“Our focus remains on creating value engineered car amplifiers with JBL power and performance, making quality sound accessible for our customers no matter what vehicle they are driving. The latest JBL Club Amplifiers bring JBL’s legendary sound to life by enhancing the driving experience with the best in audio, functionality and design.”

Availability and Pricing:
The new JBL Club Amplifiers are available now and comprised of four amplifier options ranging from $269.95 – $429.95.

Features and Technical Highlights:

  • Compact size. Each of the four new JBL Club Amplifiers feature a low-profile chassis and a small overall footprint to fit in more vehicles where available space is limited.
  • High and low level input. Speaker-level and low-level inputs allow the JBL Club Amplifiers to integrate with both aftermarket and factory car stereo systems.
  • Variable crossover and bass boost. Unlike many amplifiers available at similar prices, the JBL Club Amplifiers feature variable electronic crossovers and bass boost circuits allowing for precise system tuning and performance.
  • Low noise and distortion. The JBL Club Amplifiers are engineered using Balanced Differential Inputs to ensure low noise and distortion even at high output levels. This also makes them far less susceptible to line induced radiated engine noise.
  • Input Level Control. When the low-level inputs are used, this control adjusts the input sensitivity between 200mVrms and 2.0 Vrms. When high-level inputs are used, this control adjusts the input sensitivity between 2Vrms and 20Vrms.
  • Full on-board protection. On-board circuitry protects the JBL Club Amplifiers from shorts, high temperature, over voltage and under voltage. An LED indicator is provided to signal when one of these conditions exists.
  • Phase Switch. This switch changes the input phase to inverted or non-inverted. This is especially helpful with the subwoofer channel. (Available for all JBL Club Amplifiers other than the A754).  RBC wired remote. Easy to install and can be mounted for convenient volume adjustment from driver’s seat. (Available for all JBL Club Amplifiers other than the A754).
  • Amp technology. Each of the JBL Club Amplifiers features varying Class amplifiers to ensure high output and minimum current draw. The JBL Club A600 mono subwoofer amplifier delivers 600-Watts RMS using a Class D amplifier design; The JBL Club A754 4-channel subwoofer amplifier delivers
  • 400-Watts RMS using a Class H amplifier design; The JBL Club A1000 mono subwoofer amplifier delivers 1000-Watts RMS using a Class D amplifier design; and the JBL Club A5055 5-channel subwoofer amplifier delivers 780-Watts RMS using a Class AB+D amplifier design.
  • Turn-on mode. This switch changes DC to REM to adapt with low-level signals or high-level signals. A selectable “Turn-on mode” can protect battery to avoid current drain.

For additional information, visit www.JBL.com.

JBL Takes the LINK Series on the Road with JBL LINK Drive

(11.12.2019) – JBL welcomes the latest addition to its LINK series with Drive, a device optimized with the Google Assistant, engineered specifically for automobiles. The JBL LINK Drive brings the Google Assistant on Android or Apple smartphones into the car for a seamless experience, allowing drivers to easily stay connected, get directions, and find information on-the-go with just their voice. 

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Whether accessing music or asking the Google Assistant to locate the nearest gas station or restaurant, the JBL LINK Drive solution makes it easy for drivers to operate voice assistant controls, while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. With a simple “Hey Google” voice command, motorist can ask for directions, traffic conditions, weather, or calendar updates without needing to interact with or unlock their phones. 

The JBL LINK Drive device is outfitted with dual noise cancelling microphones to mitigate road, wind, engine and general driving sounds that may interfere with voice commands on a standard phone. It’s also programmed with Radio Barging technology, allowing drivers to listen to the radio as desired but will quiet when it detects a voice command with “Hey Google.”  Once the request is finalized, content from the radio will resume. This feature also works with incoming phone calls, allowing automobilists to have a safe, hands-free conversation without noise inference.

“Market research shows there is a low engagement rate of motorists using voice activation technology in cars. We’re finding drivers often experience poor performance with their smartphones due to all the noises inside their vehicle and on the road,” said Jeffery Fay, Vice President and General Manager Car Audio Services, Harman. “The JBL LINK Drive addresses these sound interruptions through innovative noise cancelling technology, providing a convenient, smarter, and improved user experience. Whether it’s reading texts aloud, playing music or finding an alternate route, it’s more convenient to let the Google Assistant handle the task at hand, especially when driving.”

To set-up the JBL LINK Drive, drivers simply plug the device into a 12V socket (cigarette lighter) or auxiliary outlet and pair their Android or iOS smartphone to the Google Assistant App via Bluetooth. For vehicles equipped with built-in Bluetooth, the JBL LINK Drive will sync with both the smartphone in use and the car stereo system. For cars without Bluetooth, drivers can set up the LINK Drive through the auxiliary outlet to connect with the car’s existing speakers.

JBL LINK Drive Features:

  • Multi-Function Key
    • Short press – push-to-talk redundancy
    • Long press to mute microphone
  • 2.1 Amp USB charging
  • Auto pairing through the Google Assistant app
  • Auto re-connect
  • Multi-phone memory
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Pricing and Availability

JBL LINK Drive will be available on JBL.com and select retailers starting Spring 2019 for $59.95.