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Ultra-affordable JBLs now shipping

1 Series 104 monitors out now!

The new super-affordable 104 monitors from JBL.The new super-affordable 104 monitors from JBL.

Loudspeaker manufacturers JBL assured us at NAMM in January that their active 1 Series 104 monitors really would set a new standard in affordability, and so it has proved. Aimed at recording musicians, podcasters and music and video producers, the 104s feature 4.5-inch coaxial drivers driven by 60W, Class-D amplification. They seem well thought-out; output level can be adjusted from the simple rotary control set in the front grille, where there are also accessible eighth-inch line in and headphones jacks, and plugging into the latter automatically mutes the speakers. The rear-panel inputs are on quarter-inch jacks.

The 1 Series 104s are shipping now. And that affordable price? Just £149$149 a pair.

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