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JBL Duet Speaker System for Portable Music and PC - White (Pair)

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  • 2-channel speaker system for use with portable audio devices
  • Generates smooth and accurate sound for handheld MP3 players and CD players
  • Patent-pending TSR technology improves bass and lowers distortion
  • 60 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response; >70 dB signal-to-noise ratio
  • 12 watts total power (6 watts x 2)
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Technical Details

Color: White
  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model Number: 4951-DUET
  • Color: White
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 12 Watts
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Product Description

Color: White

Product Description

The JBL Duet Multimedia system provides smooth and accurate sound for any portable music player or computer. With its incredibly easy set-up and use, Duet is a sophisticated approach to achieving great two-channel sound.

From the Manufacturer

The JBL Duet multimedia speaker system provides smooth and accurate sound for any portable music player or computer. With its incredibly easy setup and use, Duet is a sophisticated approach to achieving great two-channel sound.

Duet uses patent-pending Tangential Strain Relief (TSR) technology that was designed specifically to deliver extra bass and lower distortion in small enclosures as a result of controlled linear excursion of the speaker. It also provides superior midrange- and high-frequency reproduction.

The neodymium magnet creates more power and sensitivity. Duet also uses a proprietary Adverse Pressure Gradient (APG) port design, which greatly enhances the bass performance.

Features

  • Drivers: Phoenix SE Tangential Strain Relief (TSR)
  • Power Output: 6 Watts per speaker (1% THD)
  • Power Consumption: 20 Watts maximum
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 9" x 6" x 6"
  • Weight Per Speaker: 3.5 lb (1.6kg)
  • Input Impedance: Less than 5K Ohms
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Less than 70dB
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz-20kHz
  • Input Sensitivity: 400mV for rated power
  • Finish: Silver
  • Self-powered satellite speakers
  • Volume controls on satellites
Technical Specifications
  • Manufacturer: Harman Multimedia
  • Model Name: JBL Duet
  • Available Colors: Silver, White and Aluminum
  • Drivers: Phoenix TSR
  • Power: 12 watts total (10% THD+N)
  • Input Impedance: less than 5k ohms
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >80dB
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz -- 20kHz
  • Input Sensitivity: 400mV RMS for rated power
  • Input Voltage: 120V AC US

Product Information

Color:White
Product Dimensions 4.9 x 3.9 x 7.3 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.2 pounds
ASIN B0000C3GWU
Item model number 4951-DUET
Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 stars 541 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #808 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Speakers
#7,986 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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By Christine Holzmann on June 20, 2005
Color: White Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying I am REALLY REALLY REALLY picky about the quality of sound. I needed a pair of speakers for my office (I have an older pair of speakers that I hook my iPod up to that I wanted to replace.) Well, I came across these and then searched for as many reviews as I could about them...most of the reviews turned out to be very good as a matter of fact! After doing a search for them, I saw they were available at Office Depot so decided to purchase them in-store...however, when I went there I did not see them and was told by a sales associate they were only available at their online store. The (very nice) gentleman then convinced me to rather go for some Logitech x-230 speakers with a sub-woofer. Very hesitantly, I decided to take a chance. Well, after plugging them in and listening to a sample of music, I unplugged them 1/2 a minute later and returned them the next day. I then decided to go ahead an purchase these JBL Duet speakers. They have just arrived, I just plugged them in...am listening to them right this very moment after sampling a variety of music (classical, heavy rock, etc.) and I must say...***WOW***...they are EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!!!! Super crisp high notes & midtones with all the background instruments clearly coming through...listening to classical music is simply a pleasure!! On the other end of the scale, the rich, deep, full-bodied bass & undertones effortlessly carry the heavy rock & deep classical sounds giving the sound the true depth it needs to really appreciate the music for what it is. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend these!!!
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I'm an audio engineer, and I'm NOT easily impressed, but these little speakers are the best-sounding personal speakers I've ever heard. In fact, they're better than many larger, pricier systems.

The bass response is the biggest surprise. It's natural-sounding and open, not stuffy or forced, yet it has a surprising amount of punch for such small speakers, without being the slightest bit "boomy". To my ears in my listening environment, they have an amazingly smooth frequency response across the entire audible range.

In case you think I'm kidding, I usually mix on a pair of Genelec tri-amped studio monitors whose price tag was more than 100 times that of the JBL Duet speakers. On several occasions, I've opened GarageBand or Logic Pro 7 to record a musical idea and ended up doing a rough mix, forgetting that I was listening to the Duet speakers rather than the big monitors. At low levels in a near-field application (...sorry, that's audio geekspeak -- for all you normal humanoids who don't have the audiogeek mutant gene, that means the speakers are close to you...like on your desktop), these little speakers are surprisingly accurate.

I've owned my Duets for almost one year. I loved them so much that I immediately bought extra sets for my kids to use with their iPods. For the money, I've never heard anything better. My thanks to the folks at JBL for creating such a terrific speaker at such a reasonable price.
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Color: White
Let me preface by saying I consider myself an audiophile but not an annoying music snob or superior techie geek. I am into technology just enough to get the sound quality I want and I'm willing to pay handsomely for it. I previously had Klipsch 2.1 for my computer until my speakers blew out and have Grado SR80s and Sennheiser SR100s for listening to music in my room and a pair of closed Sennheisers for travel.

Having said all that, now that I'm a student and spend most of my time in front of a laptop or else studying, my main criteria for speakers became PORTABILITY, portability, and more portability.

I wanted something light, easy to set up, easy to throw in a bag and travel with, and not nearly as expensive as my Klipsch 2.1's but with a comparable sound value for the price.

I was going to go with 'the other' pair of portable speakers that is popular on Amazon but picked the JBL's for their bass and the fact they were specifically designed to reproduce a 'bigger' sound for their size.

I am REALLY IMPRESSED and VERY HAPPY with my purchase!

Cons:
These aren't as sleek or portable as 'the other' pair. These will NOT fit comfortably into most laptop bags and while they are small and light, with their shape they will fit awkwardly in an overnight bag.

Also these are NOT usb powered so require more cords, which I hate. However, this means you don't need a computer to listesn to your MP3 player and makes these speakers truly portable speakers for any source with the typical mini plug. And they are portable sized.

Pros:
But the sound? The sound is GREAT! I listen to a lot of bass heavy electronica and these are PERFECT.
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Color: Aluminum
If you have to run the power cable next to other power cables, which you likely will, you may find that you get a loud buzz when there is no music playing. I believe this is due to improper or inadequate shielding of the power cable.

When the speakers are playing audio, the sound is great, but when they're not, the buzz is fairly nerve-wracking.

So, if your speakers can be wired away from other computer cables, these are good speakers. But if you need to run the power cable near the other cables, you may get a buzzing sound.
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