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.