HARMAN Professional Solutions has announced two new additions to the JBL Professional Control Contractor Series, including the JBL-LCT 81C/TM metric lay-in ceiling tile loudspeaker and the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 retrofit safety tether for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling loudspeakers with press-in grilles.
The JBL-LCT 81C/TM is designed to provide high output and intelligibility in applications such as classrooms, offices, paging systems, airports, retail stores and more. Offering discreet, low-profile design, it incorporates an efficient 200-mm (8-inch) dual-cone driver with 1-inch voice coil and high-performance transformer. It supplies a 100-degree conical dispersion pattern intended to provide broader coverage with fewer loudspeakers, and stated 96 dB sensitivity supports louder and clearer sound, even at low tap settings.
For installation, integratoves remove a standard 600 mm x 600 mm ceiling tile and lay the loudspeaker in its place. With a shallow depth of 103 mm (4.1 inches), the JBL-LCT 81C/TM can be installed where deeper loudspeakers can’t fit, such as ceiling spaces with HVAC ducts, plumbing and other obstructions. Because the loudspeaker is designed to look like a ceiling vent, it’s well suited for venues where the architect or visual designer doesn’t want the appearance of a ceiling loudspeaker. It can be utilized on either a 70- or 100-volt distributed line or at low impedance.
“Most in-ceiling speakers require a highly skilled installer to measure and cut precise speaker holes into ceiling tiles, which is a messy, expensive, time-consuming process,” says Rick Kamlet, HARMAN/JBL Senior Manager, Installed Loudspeakers. “The JBL-LCT 81C/TM drops right into standard metric ceiling grids, for fast, neat installation that doesn’t require cuts or modifications to the ceiling and doesn’t contaminate the client’s space.
“These speakers really check all the boxes: They’re efficient and affordable, sound great, and can be installed in minutes,” he continues. “And now, with a metric version, anyone in the world can take advantage of their clarity and versatility.”
The JBL-LCT 81C/TM is UL1480 and UL2043 certified, allowing use in ceiling plenum spaces where certifications are required. Two safety seismic attachment tabs are provided for securing to a ceiling deck.
Meanwhile, the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling loudspeakers with press-in grilles is designed as a durable, reliable safety tether, constructed from highly flame-resistant aramid fiber cord that is virtually invisible and acoustically transparent. It’s sold in packs of 10 units.