JBL Array 800

Outwardly, only the high mid-range Horn array series reveals his affinity with the ancients from the 50’s and 60’s. 2006, JBL tried to combine the best of the worlds of high-end, movies and sound.

  1. JBL array 800
  2. Data sheet

800 is the array to the size of the bass (eight instead of 10 inches) and the housing height almost identical to the State box array 1000 AUDIO in issue asked 11/06 in the listening room. The smaller model was the editorial staff before a veritable decision not: it’s a compact or status box? After all, the array 800 together with high-quality Horn unit builds whopping 74 cm in the height.

Since them but hardly makes sense can be operated without stand, which should be only 30 to 40 centimeters in the ideal case, we classify it as a compact box. In the large volume casing, a bass reflex-supported works up to about 1000 Hertz; He acts so even a mid-range unit. It uses the vertically standing horn that large compression driver supplied with sound waves from a 1.75 inches (4.5 centimeters). Resonances in the Bell, which cause ugly discoloration of Horn, want to prevent the JBL engineers with special shape: the Horn opens first significantly in height and remains horizontal narrow, then go to after a few centimetres to a rather wide dispersion. Because this technique provides enough efficiency only up to 8000 Hertz, still a Superhochtoner dock. Both emerged from the know-how by JBL PA and would theoretically have impressive levels of efficiency. You are however down braked filter network by up to 15 dB, because in a compact box anyway the small bass in the lowest octave limits the efficiency. Horn element and the top of the box are covered with non-slip coating, front and side panels in grey real wood veneer with piano lacquer kept – a need of getting used to, but fine sculpture.

“The array of 800 sounds like the great” Horn fan realized Bernhard Rietschel after a few seconds of Stravinsky’s “Sacre you Printemps” (Janssons, RCO live) and thus drew the comparison to the array 1000. The “small” offered a somewhat massive Central and fundamental Foundation, coupled with an ultra precise widths scale and dynamics, which itself hardly likely to exploit according to listeners with freestanding cottage.

The baritone Klaus Mertens in Mahler’s “I’m lost the world” (Rückert Lieder) could the Stewart & _W 805_S (AUDIO 4/05) but even some voice more beautiful, the Chamber Orchestra space depict: the JBL is composed of all precision always a strong pronunciation of consonants singers and focused more on the most accurate placement of all the musicians on the acoustic ambience of a concert hall. While it sounded but enjoyable and identical precision suitable for the long term as the somewhat overly analytical Sonics Arkadia (AUDIO 5/06). She was the only compact speaker into the AUDIO store in the other, that technical level and also only halfway with the JBL bass could, but not compete with their More monitorable, however natural and unobtrusive precision.

Their inaugural fast was exactly the right recipe for bombastic rock sounds: Queens “what it all worth it?” (The miracle of the EMI) much stronger than on the overly energetic and brilliant-weighted Sonics thundered. With the JBL always maintained the right balance: punchy, without yelling, voluminous without spongy or slowly. A box for real men who want to swing the air guitar once in between to enjoy but also audiophile sounds of unprecedented precision.

JBL array 800

Manufacturer JBL
Price €2400.00
Rating 92.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 27.5 x 74.5 x 36.0 cm
Weight 18.0
Color Zebrawood black
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 3
Working principle of full Active
Connections single wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value 107 dB
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 43 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 33 Hz
Nominal impedance (audio) 4 ohm
Balanced, fine and clear and punchy bass strong as a booth box
Not quite so freely agree depth, not completely homogeneous
Bass quality 80
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 85
Attention to detail (precision) 105
Dynamic 90
Maximum level (vitality) 85
Neutrality 95
Imaging 100
Spatial (airiness) 80
Processing Very good
Sound judgment outstanding 92
tested in issue: 2 / 09