An American company that produces acoustics and audio equipment, part of the Harman International Industries, which includes numerous companies producing audio equipment. Harman International Industries is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.
JBL is a well-known American manufacturer of audio equipment, which is part of "Harman International Industries".
The history of the company began in 1927, when James Lansing, who had been fond of electronics since childhood, opened the production of cone loudspeakers for equipment with his partner Kenneth G. Dekker. Speakers produced at the Lansing factory were of high quality and were used in Shearer audio systems. Shearer systems were used in the film called "The Jazz Singer", which was the first in history to use voice acting - it was a serious statement about itself for the young company.
The company launched home theater loudspeakers, and by the 1930s the Lansing Manufacturing Company had become the recognized leader in home theater loudspeakers.
Lansing was noticed by major film companies, and in 1933 Douglas Shearer, the head of the MGM film studio's sound department, invited him with a group of engineers to create a cinema loudspeaker. "Shearer's Horn" - the result of the team's work for several years, which was released in 1936. The loudspeaker made history and took cinema sound to the next level, becoming the prototype for many other developments, the success and uniqueness of this product was confirmed by the prestigious award from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 1939, Ken Dekker dies, from that moment the company began to have financial difficulties, since Lansing himself was far from the world of doing business. The decision was made in 1941 to sell the company for $50,000 to the Altec Service Corporation. The combined company was named Altec Lansing Corporation, where Lansing himself became vice president of engineering, continuing to improve the standards in the world of sound, bringing them to an unattainable level. In wartime, ultra-sensitive detectors were installed on aircraft to detect submarines, manufactured by Altec Lansing.
In 1946, having plucked up determination, James B. Lansing organizes his own company, which he calls by his own name - JBL. The new company makes a name for itself in a short time with the release of the D130. The revolutionary 15" speaker system featured a 4" flat-wire driver in coil, a first for such products. The JBL D130 was used by the legendary Leo Fender in conjunction with the guitars produced, which brought the company success in the world of professional sound.
JBL founder James Bullough Lansing
In the post-war years, a crisis and economic recession began in the United States, but the team managed to stay on the market thanks to the inventor's life insured for 10 thousand dollars and an outstanding team of engineers who continued his work. Having gone through the next difficulties, by the 1950s the company became the undisputed leader in the professional and cinema field of the sound world. JBL releases the Hartsfield model, which has become a dream acoustic according to Life magazine.
In 1958, James B. Lansing received a posthumous commendation from the Audio Engineering Society, and the Paragon system, released that same year, remained popular for many years to come.
In the 1960s, JBL made confident strides in the world of professional sound with the release of the 4320 four-way precision monitor, which became synonymous with quality, Capitol Records introduced JBL products to their studios, and in 1968 the 4310 was released, allowing more sound to bounce off walls and ceilings at lower sound levels.
In 1969, a new period in the history of JBL begins - the company is acquired by one of the leaders in the audio equipment market, Sydney Harman, and includes it in his group of companies. The company's monitors were used at the legendary Woodstock Festival the same year. In the mid-1970s, JBL monitors become the most common in US recording studios according to Billboard, findings from the professional audio world being applied to home systems. The L100 and 4311 models were very successful in the marketplace and featured a revolutionary molded speaker cabinet in home audio.
In the early 1980s, with the advent of the Dolby Stereo format, the company again attracted attention and the best cinemas began to be equipped with solutions from JBL. George Lucas chose JBL to build the world's first THX theater system. Currently, more than 50% of THX theaters in the world use JBL, and the total number of theaters using sound from JBL is estimated at 75%.
In the mid-1980s, Everest was released, receiving the "Product of the Year" award from Japan's respected magazine "Stereo Sound". And the K2 series established the company's position in the world of sound.
Today, JBL is the undisputed leader in the field of home and professional sound, the overwhelming majority of the best cinemas in the world are equipped with the company's solutions, outstanding musical artists use JBL in their concerts, and JBL car speakers maintain unsurpassed sound for many years.