A Journey of Engineering Excellence

At JBL, audio technology is at the core of everything we do. For over 65 years we have employed the best methodology and tools, and, as established at the very beginning by our founder, James B. Lansing, we develop everything from the ground up. This not only ensures success in the marketplace, it guarantees our efforts exceed the needs and expectations of audio professionals throughout the world. Never straying from this exacting formula, our journey has produced a prolific list of audio achievements, groundbreaking technologies, revolutionary advances in the art and science of professional audio, many patents, and many awards. It’s a journey that is legendary worldwide and has positioned JBL as the world leader in professional audio. Not just as a brand, but as a company known for consistently blending creativity and science as a manifestation of our passion for sound and our commitment to those who create it. Purposeful invention is no accident. It requires leadership, persistence and an unfaltering commitment to JBL’s ultimate design goal: create the best tools for better, more accurate sound. The technologies highlighted in these pages are not only part of a lasting legacy, they are at work every day at the core of all JBL products used by audio professionals worldwide.

  • 1902

    Birth of James B. Lansing in Illinois, U.S.
  • 1927

    Lansing Manufacturing Company founded in Los Angeles
  • 1934

    Douglas Shearer of MGM heads team which designs the first practical loudspeaker for motion picture use. Lansing builds components for the Shearer horn system which becomes industry standard.
  • 1936

    Shearer-Lansing system awarded citation by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • 1937

    Lansing creates the “Iconic” two-way compact design – the first studio monitor
  • 1941

    Lansing Manufacturing Company acquired by Altec Service Company
  • 1943

    Lansing develops the Model 604 Duplex 15” (38cm) co-axial loudspeaker
  • 1944

    Lansing and Hilliard redefine the reference theater speaker with the “Voice of the Theatre”
  • 1946

    Lansing leaves Altec and founds a new company, James B. Lansing Sound Incorporated
  • 1947

    JBL develops D130 15” (38cm) speaker with the first commercial use of 4″ (100mm) voice coil
  • 1949

    James B. Lansing dies; William Thomas becomes company president
  • 1953

    Commercialization of Acoustic Lenses developed by Bart Locanthi
  • 1954

    Model 375 compression driver, first 4” (100mm) diaphragm commercially available
  • 1955

    Model 075, the first ultra-high-frequency ring-radiator transducer
  • 1957

    Introduction of JBL Paragon stereo console speaker system
  • 1959

    Leo Fender integrates the Model D130 into his guitar amplifiers
  • 1962

    JBL creates the first 2-way studio monitor to utilize a high-frequency acoustic lens
  • 1968

    JBL launches the Model 4310 three-way bookshelf studio monitor speaker, later the 4311
  • 1969

    Sidney Harman acquires JBL, ushering in a period of accelerated international growth
  • 1969

    L-100 consumer version of the 4311 is launched, which sells over 125,000 pairs in the 1970s
  • 1969

    JBL speaker components deliver the sound at Woodstock and many other rock festivals
  • 1973

    4300 Series studio monitors launched, including the industry’s first four-way designs
  • 1975

    Model 4682 thermoplastic ” Strongbox ” Line Array
  • 1979

    Diamond surround technology for control of high-frequency resonances in diaphragms
  • 1979

    Development of the Symmetrical Field Geometry (SFG) magnet structure
  • 1979

    Cabaret® Series portable systems for musicians debuts
  • 1980

    Bi-Radial® Constant-Coverage horns
  • 1981

    The first Bi-Radial® studio monitor, the 4435, for the recording studio/div>
  • 1982

    Titanium is first developed as a material for high-frequency diaphragms
  • 1982

    Model 4675 power-flat cinema system introduced, first system to be approved by THX®
  • 1986

    The first models of Control® Series unveiled
  • 1990

    Vented Gap Cooling technology reduces low-frequency transducer temperature
  • 1991

    The first pro-audio speaker using a neodymium magnet in Array Series
  • 1995

    Birth of the EON molded-enclosure integrated, powered portable loudspeakers
  • 1995

    First neodymium Differential Drive® Dual-voice-coil/Dual-magnetic-gap cone transducers
  • 2000

    Creation of VerTec® Line Array system with RBI – Radiation Boundary Integrator
  • 2000

    ScreenArray® three-way cinema systems with Screen Spreading Compensation
  • 2002

    JBL Engineers receive Scientific and Technical Awards from the Motion Picture Academy
  • 2005

    JBL awarded a Technical Grammy® by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • 2006

    VRX Constant-Curvature Line Array introduced
  • 2008

    CBT Series Constant Beamwidth Technology column line arrays developed
  • 2011

    D2 Dual-Diaphragm Compression Driver developed, first used in VTX Line Array
  • 2012

    M2 Studio Monitor with Image Control Waveguide, D2 driver and low-TCR voice-coil woofer