James B. Lansing founded JBL one year after leaving Altec Lansing as their Vice President of Engineering in 1945. The company was first called Lansing Sound, Inc., from 1 October 1946, and later changed its name to James B. Lansing Sound. The first products were the model D101 15-inch loudspeaker and the model D175 high-frequency driver. The D175 remained in the JBL catalog through the 1970s. Both of these were near-copies of Altec Lansing products. The first original product was the D130, a 15-inch transducer for which a variant would remain in production for the next 55 years. The D130 featured a four-inch flat ribbon wire voice coil and Alnico V magnet. Two other products were the 12-inch D131 and the 8-inch D208 cone drivers.
JBL is a company that manufactures loudspeaker and associated electronics. There are two independent divisions within the company – JBL Consumer and JBL Professional. The former produces audio equipment for the consumer home market while the latter produces professional equipment for the studio, installed sound, tour sound, portable sound (production and DJ), and cinema markets. JBL is owned by Harman International Industries, a subsidiary of South Korean company Samsung Electronics.
Since the 1940s, JBL has consistently blended creativity and science as a manifestation of their passion for sound and a commitment to those who create it. Whether you’re an audio artist or someone who simply appreciates the craft, JBL offers products that deliver the energy and emotion of a live performance to nourish your mind, body,and spirit.
JBL went more mass-market in the late 80's with their consumer line of loudspeakers. At the same time, they made an entry into the high-end market with their project speakers, consisting of the Everest and K2 lines. JBL became a prominent supplier to the tour sound industry, their loudspeakers being employed by touring rock acts and music festivals. JBL products were the basis for the development of THX loudspeaker standard, which resulted in JBL becoming a popular cinema loudspeaker manufacturer.
Leveraging decades of professional sound design and engineering, JBL Home A/V combines experience and ingenuity in everything they produce. Offering passive speakers, powered sound bars and subwoofers, and stylish headphones, JBL keeps the music playing at home or on the go.
Millions of venues and performers worldwide rely on jbl to provide high quality audio to their audiences