HARMAN Explore 2023 Luxury Audio Preview
By Jim Garrett
Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning
HARMAN Luxury Audio
With the holiday season now upon us and a very successful calendar year 2022 coming to a close, I would like to give our newsletter readers a sneak peek of what we have in store for you in 2023. Our HARMAN Explore event is back in person after a three-year hiatus and is taking place in Las Vegas January 4-7, 2023, running concurrent to the Consumer Electronics Show (January 5-8). In preparation for the big show, the Luxury Audio team has been hard at work preparing to kick-off the New Year with some very exciting new product announcements! While we can’t share too many details in advance of the press releases dropping on January 4th, I can give you a high-level overview of what we have planned.
The Luxury Audio portion of the Explore exhibition consists of four demonstration rooms and two additional areas where we will be showcasing a variety of our award-winning audio products. In these spaces, we’ll be announcing seven new JBL products for 2023 across three different product families.
Announced last January at our virtual Explore event, the JBL 4305P Studio Monitor powered bookshelf loudspeaker system has won numerous accolades for “Best Wireless/Powered Loudspeaker” throughout 2022. If you’ve had the chance to give it a listen, I’m sure you understand why it has generated so much excitement this past year. As the smallest and first powered model in the Studio Monitor range, the 4305P brings a lot to the party along with its passive stablemates, the 4309, 4349 and 4367. For 2023, the range expands again with an exciting new model that takes performance to the next level. You’ll find this product both in the Studio Monitor demo room and in the JBL Lounge within our Luxury Audio space.
The JBL Classic Series – led by the iconic L100 Classic loudspeaker – was on a roll again in 2022 with the addition of the first all-in-one powered loudspeaker taking its place as a multiple award-winner alongside the passive models. The L75ms music system offers a wealth of wired and wireless connectivity to suit a variety of applications from music, to video, to gaming, and does so in an attractive retro design that echoes historic models like the JBL Paragon from the 1960s. And let’s not forget the limited-production Black Edition models that were announced in September of 2022. These are now heading into production and bring a sophisticated new look to the Classic Series models L100, L82, L52 and L75ms. All four can be found in the JBL Lounge at Explore 2023.
New for 2023, the Classic Series will be expanding with a complete range of electronics sporting a timeless retro design based on the JBL electronics models from the 1960s. As part of this family, the SA750 integrated amplifier will be making a return as a regular product model sporting wood side panels in the same natural walnut veneer as used on the loudspeakers. We’ll also be introducing a model that will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the loudspeakers in the Classic Series, as well as the Studio Monitor range. We think you’ll love what you’ll see with the expanded model lineup for 2023.
One of the most exciting announcements will be found in our JBL Lounge and is what we are calling a “luxsumer” product. It’s a crossover that ties old school with new school and is perfect for music lovers young and old. It’s the ideal companion to a wide variety of JBL products from portables, to soundbars, to Party Boxes, and our Luxury Audio loudspeakers and electronics. We can’t wait for you to see this one and take it for a spin!
In addition to these exciting new JBL products, our space includes a JBL Synthesis immersive audio theater room and a Mark Levinson showcase with our award-winning wireless headphones and a reference two-channel system based on our 50th Anniversary ML-50 monaural amplifiers.
If you’ll be at our event, I look forward to showing you these products in person. For those not coming to Las Vegas, stay tuned to our Newsletter site for more information on the new products and a recap of the show.