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

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Technical Details

Color: Aluminum
  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model: DUETAL
  • Color Name: Aluminum
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Active
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 12 Watts
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Product Details

Color: Aluminum
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.9 x 5.6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007XU370
  • Item model number: DUETAL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Color: Aluminum

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 Description

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.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Best present an x girlfriend ever bought me. The sound is great. After using mine for six months, I bought a pair for a friend. Read more ›
Physically, the build quality is great. There is one chrome volume knob that is also clicks them on and off like an old radio. Read more ›
I bought these for my Mac Book Pro and they sound just fine for a small area. They sound good, are clear, and have decent bass. The only thing I don't like is they go to… Read more ›
I had jbl's before and they lasted since 1996 until the end of 2012. I had to buy the same brand and the sound is still great Read more ›
These speakers are great for the computer. The sound quality is wonderful. I bought an older pair of white ones a few years ago that only stop working because of the cord… Read more ›
The speakers look good. I have a hearing loss, and the sound is good and clear. The price was also right. Read more ›
Period. The sound quality to price ratio is incredible. The sound is very clear - and despite the lack of subwoofer, the bass is respectable. Read more ›
The only reason i don't give these 5 stars is because they are computer speakers. But the sound you get for the price is truly amazing. These are a good deal, I may be… Read more ›
I have not had any distortion. Since the price was so low, I thought the sound might reflect that; I was pleasantly surprised. They are easy to use. Read more ›
I…The price was excellent, I paid more for other brands that sounded bad and didn't have the clarity of these the volume knob's stiff but Im sure it will lossen up with use. Read more ›
thee speakers say it all when it…I started to buy the BOSE (for the name mainly) but do to being a college student and single mom I got these because the price was great. Read more ›
They also work great with my Zune - another huge plus. The price is great too - plus I received a $5 credit on music downloads. Would definetly recommend these speakers. Read more ›
If you don't mind wires, they are worth the hassle. The sound is so clear and even the bass is pretty decent. The price is great. Read more ›
Did not expect the big warm sound from these little guys. Bass is full and woody. Piano is crisp and clear, though, i can't distinquist a Yamaha from a Steinway. Read more ›
You can be 10-15 ft away and still get a decent sound. Bass is good enough. It does seem to need a little break-in. Read more ›
I'm using a SB Audigy and the sound is superb. The bass is awesome for a set of computer speakers. The bass isn't going to shake the walls or rattle the windows, if you… Read more ›
The white ones match my ipad keyboard dock really well. The bass is surprisingly good for a 2.0 speaker system. I have two complaints that would keep these from being perfect. Read more ›
Though convoluted and frustrating to turn on/off the…The sound is clear and vibrant and even the bass is well defined, which is a nice touch on a two speaker arrangement. Read more ›
then about a few months ago, I noticed one speaker (one with the volume control) has diminished greatly…only the speaker without the volume control is working perfectly. Read more ›
Amazing sound quality and bass from such little speakers. The volume is excellent as well. Unfortunately, I think I pushed them a little too far recently and blew out the… Read more ›
The adjustable volume knob is a nice feature, although I wish it wasn't as slippery. I have to hold onto the speaker to get a good grip. Read more ›
Not what you'd expect from JBL - quite limited in sounds, range, and well volume. I'd go with the Bose laptop speakers if I had a second chance. Read more ›
These speakers exceeded my expectations. I hook the up to my phone and they put out a full loud sound. It's as if you were listening to Bookshelf speakers. Read more ›
I would replace these speakers for another pair but even if they worked they just aren't good enough as they only sound good at low volumes and it's hard to get them to let… Read more ›
These have a nice, crisp, full sound for the size and are not intrusive in my workspace. They were easy to setup - just plug in and they're ready to go. I wish they were… Read more ›
These speakers arrived today and were so simple to hook up and I don;'t understand why people are complaining about the on/off button. Yes, it is slippery but why are they… Read more ›
These speakers are pretty nice for the price. Easy to set up, somewhat large but not too bad on a cluttered desk. Sound quality is pretty good for such small speakers and a… Read more ›
the size. They are super easy to set up and the sound quality will surprise you. Clear high end with a pretty sturdy bass quality. Read more ›
Adjusting the volume…This is the only complaint I have, they sound great, the setup was easy, but adjusting the sound is a little more difficult then I thought it would be. Read more ›
Attractive and easy to install. I expected at least some base from the speakers. Read more ›
This thing is an awful design. It is a rocket cone design that is difficult to turn and your fingers slip. Read more ›
Got these for my nephew for Christmas. He loves them - sound great hooked up to his computer - great price, design, color options, brand and size. Read more ›
These are great speakers, just what I wanted. The one thing I don't like is the poorly designed on/off knob. While it works fine for volume control, you need two hands to… Read more ›
I have them turned up to almost max volume…I believe that some products on the market are so well designed that they become classics, and these deserve that sort of status. Read more ›
Except for the weird design and the hard to use ON/OFF switch these speakers are very good for the price. Read more ›
You can't turn it off without using both hands, and even turning it up and down isn't as simple as it should be. Very poor design on JBL's part. - I was not familiar with… Read more ›
they look great (silver & white) matches the mac mini. size is perfect for smaller desks. (p.s. Read more ›
Very fast shipping, the speakers sound very good for thier size, will work very good on my tool box at work. Read more ›
The volume control/power know is terribly designed, the styling is…The amount of sound output for the size is good and the fidelity at high volumes is even alright. Ove… Read more ›
great set of speakers, listening to music from the computer was never so much fun. great product that also comes in a great price and nice compact size. Read more ›
I was looking for a set of speakers to have at my desk at work…These speakers sound amazing, and not only are they the perfect size but they're very attractive as well. I… Read more ›
The high end sounded very good, as well. In short, these speakers sound surprisingly great for their size, their weight, and their low price. I highly recommend this product. Read more ›
Let me start with the treble. The treble is clear but could be higher quality. The mids are barely there. Read more ›
Trebles are really well-reproduced. Midtones are fair, but bass is virtually nonexistent. Read more ›
I am honestly amazed by the sound these things produce. Showed signs of greatness out of the box but slight tweaking to the lows and highs makes them perfect. I have them… Read more ›
These speakers were purchased for use in my office. They look stylish, but most importantly they have great sound, great bass and treble and no feed back. I listen to a… Read more ›
They sound like a high end audio system. Crisp highs. Deep and smooth base. Read more ›
I am very happy with these speakers which I purchased to…They produce crisp highs, solid lows and a quality midrange on all types of programming both of music and of voice. Read more ›
Although the speakers get deep for how small they are) Mids are solid. Highs are a bit hushed, but definitely legible. Read more ›
For under 50 bucks these are simply fantastic sounding speakers. The highs and mids are crystal clear, and even the bass that comes out of these tiny things will astound you. Read more ›
I'm really enjoying them. The sound is warm and the mids are crisp. They have a surprisingly good lower end considering how small and light the speakers are - I was… Read more ›
Sound quality of pretty decent. I find they produce some decent mids and highs. Read more ›
Very good sound, nice mids, highs and plenty of volume. I have not experienced the auto power shut off, either my laptop keeps these from going to sleep, or the newest… Read more ›
These shut off while I'm playing a computer game that has constant sounds so they are useless. Also, the volume control knob is cheap and difficult to adjust the volume. A… Read more ›
Well, the bass isn't as great as some reviewers on the site I purchased it from had said. Also, the on/off/volume control knob isn't as easy to turn as one would think. I… Read more ›
The JBL Duet is an accurate sounding speaker set. Base sounds are well controlled, without the loose thumping that plagues the cheap speakers. For PC speakers, I believe it… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

357 of 363 people found the following review helpful By Christine Holzmann on June 20, 2005
Color Name: 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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176 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Peter V. Giansante on November 28, 2006
Color Name: White Verified Purchase
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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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By TV Junkie on October 15, 2007
Color Name: 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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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By mmcwatters on January 15, 2007
Color Name: 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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