JBL is using CES 2023 to showcase a brand new, all-in-one speaker system that promises to be compact, powerful and streaming-friendly.
The JBL 4329P Studio Monitor consists of a pair of active loudspeakers with “extensive wired and wireless connectivity options”, built-in Digital Signal Processing and the US brand’s iconic horn-loaded compression drivers.
Each speaker is powered by a 300W amplifier, with 250W delivered to the 8-inch (20cm) paper cone woofer and 50W to the 1-inch (2.5cm) compression driver. Along with wi-fi and ethernet network capabilities, built-in Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth 5.3 with aptX Adaptive audio should keep streamers happy.
As for hi-res support, a built-in DAC ensures that music is presented in up to 24-bit/192KHz, and MQA support – MQA being the hi-res file format used by Tidal’s Hi-Fi Plus tier – is also present. The JBL 4329P is certified as a Roon Ready, too.
Round the back, there are plenty of physical analogue and digital connections, including USB, optical and 3.5mm stereo inputs, as well as an XLR / ¼-inch TRS phono input for use with balanced and unbalanced speakers.
The spec sounds very similar to that of the KEF LS50 Wireless speakers, a cracking all-in-one system that originally launched in 2016. The latest version – the LS50 Wireless II – picked up a What Hi-Fi? Award in 2022 for its “thrilling sound”.