When is the last time you heard a pair of bookshelf loudspeakers that possessed the ability to disappear into the background, play with an authoritative low end, retain control over complex passages, and transmit details with exceptional quickness all the while harboring hallmark attributes such as accuracy, imaging, and clarity? We’re guessing it’s been a while – and even if not – we’re betting that the models you have in mind cost far more than the JBL HDI-1600. Establishing sound staging and imaging precedents at its price point, and instilled with cutting-edge technology and build features taken from JBL’s reference lines, these stand mounts excel in both stereo and home-theater applications.
Weighing 22 pounds, measuring 14.57 x 9.06 x 14.57 inches (HWD), and engineered in JBL’s revered California-based acoustic testing facility, HDI-1600 has unique attributes that start with patented High-Definition Imaging waveguide technology – responsible not just for the series’ name, but for the take-notice speed, uniform directivity, smooth responsiveness, and strapping dynamics you’ll hear every time you use your system. Equally impactful, each patented one-inch Teonex 2410H-2 compression-driver tweeter arrives with elements gleaned from JBL Professional’s D2 transducers and sports a lightweight, polymer, annular diaphragm that improves high-frequency extension by reducing diaphragm mass. In addition, the V-shaped geometry of the annular diaphragm reduces breakup modes, eliminating time smear and reducing distortion.
Going beyond the size and ability of those found in most bookshelf speakers, a 6.5-inch woofer throws down with serious power and precision. In conjunction with the symmetrical field motor design, flux stabilization ring, and copper shorting ring, its long-throw voice coil ensures maximum output without harshness or noise. Advanced Aluminum Matrix cones provide a lightweight, rigid diaphragm and eliminate breakup modes, allowing for proper pistonic motion throughout the operating band.