Of those who have sought perfection in sound reproduction and design excellence, only a few have actually come close. It is rare indeed when an individual or group is able to triumph over the constraints of economic and technological realities even once. Begun in 2002, completed for the company’s 60th anniversary in 2006 and retailing for $65,000, Project Everest is quite simply the most exquisite musical instrument JBL has ever constructed, delivering the highest level of musical fidelity. Once again fulfilling founder James B. Lansing’s vision of creating beautiful, high-performance home loudspeakers.
The provocative shape integrates the large midrange horn into the front of the veneered bass enclosure to form a continuous curve around the sides and back. The result is very elegant and not unlike a large and beautifully made item of furniture. Over 9 cubic feet of volume were masked in the shape to obtain as small a visual footprint as possible. The wood cabinet is constructed through a proprietary technique by a Danish furniture manufacturer.