JBL 4305P Powered Prosumer Studio Monitors Pack Streaming Smarts
JBL unveils its 4305P, the first active speaker in the Studio Monitor range that also offers wired and wireless options. JBL has kept with the retro styling for its 4305P Studio Monitors, but the bookshelf-sized newcomers launched at CES 2022 are very much designed for the 21st century.
The JBL 4305P boasts Class D amplification, a 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution DAC, along with an Ethernet port while offering a more compact design than the 4309.
Naturally, you still have the option to cable-connect these compact studio monitors thanks to half-a-dozen inputs covering digital and analogue sources, including asynchronous USB, optical digital and 3.5mm inputs, as well as the standard speaker wiring posts.
Additionally, as a nod to the 4305P's prosumer capabilities, it also sports a combination XLR / 1⁄4-inch TRS phono connector and a selectable input sensitivity switch to handle balanced or unbalanced signals. Definitely a bonus for home studios and content creators such as podcasters/ live streamers.
The 4350P pairs a 2410H-2 1-inch compression driver with a High-Definition Imaging horn alongside a 5.25-inch, fibre-composite cone woofer teamed with dual front-firing bass ports within a 3⁄4-inch MDF cabinet with internal bracing. The onboard Class D amplifiers push out 25W to each compression driver and 125W to each woofer, adding up to 300Wrms total system power built-in, states JBL.
To ensure that the speakers remain true, no matter your room, the JBL 4305P includes a selectable bass contour control. Furthermore, there's also a line-level subwoofer output if you want to add some extra bass performance.
As well as Bluetooth (we're assuming 5.2), you get Google Chromecast Built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, Roon Ready certification, and MQA rendering. The wireless connection between the speakers can support hi-res up to 96kHz. However, connect the supplied Digital Link cable, and you can enjoy full-fat hi-res at 192kHz.
The JBL 4305P come with a free 90-day trial of Qobuz and are available in either natural walnut with a blue grille or black walnut with a black grille. They're slated to land in the first quarter of 2022 - Australian pricing has not yet been confirmed.
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