JBL drops L42ms integrated music system

JBL L42ms

The JBL L42ms music system in the UK

Harman Luxury Audio Group announces the UK launch of the JBL L42ms integrated music system. Adding to JBL’s Classic Series and combining a timeless design with a host of JBL acoustic technologies and a variety of wired and wireless connectivity options in a single-cabinet system, the L42ms delivers the style, performance, and convenience to fit today’s entertainment lifestyle.

The JBL L42ms showcases the signature sound of a pair of JBL loudspeakers in a sleek, compact cabinet featuring an iconic JBL Quadrex curved grille, tapered side edges, and a black or natural walnut real-wood veneer finish. Inside the cabinet are a pair of dual 4-inch woofers and dual 0.75-inch aluminium dome tweeters with waveguides positioned to the left and right to create a wide and even sound field. The L42ms features 200Wrms total system power built-in and a 24-bit/96-kHz DAC.

JBL L42ms

The integrated music system offers two sets of analogue stereo inputs (RCA and 3.5mm) and HDMI-ARC for easy television connection. For streaming audio, the L42ms provides wired or wireless network connection via Ethernet, Apple Airplay2, and Google Chromecast Built-in, or users can connect directly to their devices with Bluetooth. The L42ms routes all audio signals through its advanced DSP engine, where content is carefully contoured and output to the speakers via an integrated four-channel amplifier.

A bass contour switch on the rear panel allows listeners to tailor the bass response of the L42ms to account for placement and personal preference. In addition, a Sound-Field Expansion (SFX) mode can be accessed from the remote control to add a sense of increased spaciousness and a wider soundstage, especially useful when using the system with movies and games when connected to a television via the HDMI-ARC input. While the L42ms is quite capable of powerful dynamic bass on its own, it also includes a signal-sensing subwoofer output that implements an internal 80Hz high-pass filter, making for a perfect connection with the JBL L10cs Classic Series powered subwoofer. This option makes the L42ms and L10cs combination an ideal upgrade for listeners stepping up from a traditional soundbar.

JBL L42ms

In addition to its outstanding acoustic performance, the L42ms integrates seamlessly into the home with advanced technologies, including Roon Ready and Works with Smart Things certifications. Roon compatibility allows users to access their entire music library at the highest possible resolutions supported by the L42ms. Works with Smart Things integrates the L42ms into the Smart Things ecosystem, which includes over a billion Galaxy devices and Samsung televisions and appliances for one-touch operation and functionality. (Additional Smart Things hardware is required.)

The L42ms features built-in access to Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect streaming audio services, and the free JBL Premium Audio setup app provides a fast and easy first-time connection of the L42ms to a Wi-Fi network. The app makes additional streaming audio services available, including Amazon Music and Qobuz, plus it provides access to internet radio and podcasts. Users can save favourites as presets for instant recall. They can also access music on compatible UPnP network storage devices on local networks or a USB drive connected via the USB-A input on the L42ms’s rear. In addition to the free downloadable JBL Premium Audio app, the maker includes a Bluetooth hand-held remote control with the L42ms, along with input selection and volume controls on the top panel of the wood veneer cabinet.

Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, Harman Luxury Audio, said: “Following on the heels and success of the award-winning JBL L75ms, the new L42ms offers music lovers a choice of a more compact solution and a black wood finish option while retaining most of the same features and signature JBL sound found in the larger L75ms.” The JBL L42ms will be available in the UK during the first quarter of 2024, priced at ¬£999.

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