JBL Synthesis Announces HDMI 2.1/ 8K Processor, Receiver, Subwoofer Amp

Posted on 11th September, 2021

JBL Synthesis Announces HDMI 2.1/ 8K Processor, Receiver, Subwoofer Amp

JBL Synthesis introduces the SDP-58 processor and SDR-38 receiver, which come ready-loaded with the latest HDMI 2.1 board and the all-new SDA-1700 subwoofer amplifier.

Earlier this year, JBL Synthesis announced an HDMI 2.1 upgrade program for the existing SDP-55 surround processor and Applause Award-winning SDR-35 AV receiver. That upgrade will become available in December 2021, with pricing announced in November. The upgrade will replace the existing HDMI 2.0 video board with a new HDMI 2.1 video board that supports uncompressed 8K video on all inputs and outputs.

These components will stay in the range well into 2022 due to their lower price points and ability in systems that don't require 8K video chops just yet.

JBL Synthesis SDP-58

JBL Synthesis SDP-58 and SDR-38

However, the HDMI 2.1 upgrade program has birthed two new JBL models, the SDP-58 and SDR-38, due in early 2022. Naturally, they will both be kitted out with the latest HDMI 2.1 video board as standard. We are informed that all the features found on the SDP-55 and SDR-35 (including full 16-channel immersive audio support for Dolby ATMOS, DTS-X, and Auro 3D surround formats; Dirac Live room calibration, including multi-subwoofer Bass Control; DANTE connectivity; and IMAX Enhanced certification) will also move over to the SDP-58 and SDR-38. Pricing will be announced nearer their release.

JBL Synthesis SDR-38

JBL Synthesis SDA-1700 Subwoofer Amp

Finally, the new SDA-1700 subwoofer amplifier is designed to work with the SSW-4 passive in-wall subwoofer module. The two-space rack-mountable chassis unit sports front-panel level control, rear-panel crossover, phase, single-band PEQ, and module EQ controls.

The SDA-1700's Class D design promises 350W into a single SSW-4 subwoofer or 700W into a pair of SSW-4 subwoofers. Availability is pencilled in for the first quarter of 2022, with pricing to be announced nearer the time.

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