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JBL 4344 Speaker Review, Specs and Price

JBL 4344 Speaker Review SpecsThe JBL 4344, a professional speaker developed during JBL´s shift from its 4-way to an “augmented 2-way concept” age. The speaker was on the market for a fairly short time (being part of the older 4-way concept), starting in 1982 and ending in 1983. Detailed reviews of this speaker are rare, as they it was typically not sold to consumers, but for professional settings. It is very similar to the 4345 series, except that the grave is a 38cm, not a 46 cm. The speaker is a 4-way bass-reflex speaker with 8 Ohm Impedance. It has a weight of 96 kg (some sources state 104 kg) and a respectable size of 63,5cm x 105,1 cm x 43,5 cm.
The very popular JBL 4344 MKII, introduced in 1996, became the updated version of the 4344. Interest in the original 4344 was highest in Japan and still is. You can find many articles on this speaker in Japanese and if you are not fluent in Japanese, Google translate is luckily able to translate well enough to understand much of the content. Interestingly, the speaker was mostly used in the household market in Japan and failed to achieve a mainstream positioning in the intended professional market. Accurate information on this speaker is difficult to find, but the links below provide a selection of usable information

You found this speaker? Clean it!

We frequently receive images of old, dusty speakers that some lucky owner found in his or her garage after decades of storage. Others purchased an old set of speakers for little money at a garage sale. Our advice: Don´t let them deteriorate, but also don´t scratch them with the wrong tools. 
Instead: Clean them carefully. Get a set of soft brushes and other cleaning utensils. If the wooden speaker cabinets look dull or out of color (e.g. due to sunlight), give the wood some new life: 
1. wipe off the dust . 
2. take a very fine sandpaper (1000 Grit and finer) and to sand down the wood. 
3. Use an oil finish, ideally "natural" to maintain the original wood color, such as Tried and True danish Oil

JBL 4344 Specs

Scheme: 4 ways, 4 loudspeaker bass-reflex scheme
Unit For low-pass: 2235H For inside low-pass: 2122H For mid-high ranges: Horn type (2421B+2308) For high regions: Horn type (2405)
Play frequency band: 35Hz-20kHz±3dB
Cross over frequency: 320Hz, 1.3kHz, 10kHz
Directivity: 60 degrees x 30 degrees (16kHz)
Impedance: 8ohms
Output sound pressure level: 93dB/W/m
Allowable input: 120W (At the time of a network )
Enclosure dimension: 156L (Woofer), 14L (mid Woofer)
Dimensions: Width 635x height 1051x depth of 435mm
Weight: 104kg

    JBL 4344 Price: $6500
    (price can differ substantially!)

     Information provided by Additional information about the JBL 4344
     History of JBL and its speakers Interesting background information about JBL
     Test at audioheritage Additional information about the JBL 4344

    1 comment:

    1. I would like, if possible, cabinet dimensions and interior information for the JBL 4344 with baffle and bracing info. I have (2) LE10A, (2) LE15A and (2)Altec 806/811B Horns that I would like to build new enclosures for. Currently the LE10A's are not being used.
      Your kind assistance would be greatly appreciated,
      Dennis Barton


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