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JBL Control NOW speakers for sound in the round

Steven Kim

Corner placement of your speakers can bring some serious challenges, which makes the design of JBL's new Control NOW speakers all the more interesting. The quarter-torus shape is designed to fit right into the nook between two perpendicular walls -- perfect for those rear surround channels. The speakers feature JBL's Bi-Radial 0.75-inch horn tweeter flanked by two 4-inch drivers, and deliver a respectable 80Hz - 30kHz response. What could be better than a pair of these speakers? Multiple units that can are merged into half, three-quarter or even full rounds, that's what! Available, um, now at $249 each, with a ready-for-outdoors NOW AW model arriving next month for $30 more.

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