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PBN Audio & JBL?

mjgraves

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At least superficially, it appears that PBN Audio (https://pbnaudio.com/m-series-speakers/) makes significant use of JBL components. Their M series looks a lot like JBL M2 derivatives. Enough to get me wondering if the was some relationship between the companies. Anyone have any insight?
 
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I've wondered as much myself as to background relationship, modified JBLs is mostly how I thought of his stuff.
 
I've wondered as much myself as to background relationship, modified JBLs is mostly how I thought of his stuff.
Exactly! And a one-man company like this isn't able to do the hard core driver R&D on their own.
 
There’s no formal relationship, but I do believe that he was able to consult with former JBL Northridge people when modifying drivers. Some JBL official drivers like the 135hs in the old original 15” S2S subwoofer was a hybrid of some 15” parts and 18” woofer parts.

Then, I believe he focuses more on passive rather than active crossovers and works on better carpentry and finishes.
 
At least superficially, it appears that PBN Audio (https://pbnaudio.com/m-series-speakers/) makes significant use of JBL components. Their M series looks a lot like JBL M2 derivatives. Enough to get me wondering if the was some relationship between the companies. Anyone have any insight?

I am under the impression that Peter Noerbaek uses JBL components with JBL's permission, but that he is not allowed to use JBL's name for promotion.

Imo the M2!5 is a superb loudspeaker.
 
 
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