JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

The JBL On Air Control 2.4TG eliminates the need to run wires between the signal source and the speakers and has a transmission range of up to 70 feet. This model "are a sonic cut above other wireless models" and "sound as good as comparable wired models

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Wireless consumer electronic products are so prevalent these days that they’re at the point of being taken for granted. (How many of you remember the Paleolithic days when the remote control was actually wired to the TV?) So, it’s no surprise that wireless speakers have become increasingly popular in the last few years. The JBL On Air Control 2.4G (suggested retail price: $349) is JBL’s entry into the wireless speaker market.

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The On Air Control 2.4G comes with a pair of compact wall-mountable speakers (nine inches high by six-and-one-eighth inches wide by five-and-one-half inches deep); one of the speakers incorporates a transmitter/receiver and a 15-watts-per-channel stereo amplifier. The system also includes a small (one-and-one-eighth inch by four-and-seven-eighths inches by three-and-seven-eighths inches) transmitter/receiver unit that connects to a signal source, a remote control, wall-mounting brackets and an assortment of cables.

That’s right, cables. The system isn’t battery-powered – you need to plug one of the speakers into an AC outlet and run a wire from one speaker to the other. You also need to plug the transmitter/receiver unit into an AC outlet and connect a signal source to it. Still, the JBL On Air Control 2.4G eliminates what is typically the most difficult connection to deal with: the speaker wires that run from a receiver (or music source) to the speakers. This enables the speakers to act as the surround channels of a home theater system in situations where speaker wires can’t be installed. It also makes it easy to listen to music throughout the home.

The transmitter/receiver unit connects to an A/V receiver using standard RCA jacks, and a 3.5mm “Y” cord adapter is included for use with an iPod or other products with a mini-jack audio output. (The On Air Control 2.4G also comes with other cables and various 120 and 230-volt power cords and adapters.) The system uses the 2.4GHz frequency range and provides a choice of four operating channels. It has a claimed transmission range of up to 70 feet.

The speaker that contains the electronics also has a mini-jack input for connecting a second audio source and a subwoofer output that enables both speakers to be used in a 2.1-channel speakers-and-subwoofer audio system.

The On Air Control 2.4G’s magnetically shielded speakers feature a four-inch woofer and a half-inch titanium-laminate tweeter, a material that is used in a number of JBL speakers. With a frequency response of 50Hz – 20kHz, the speakers do not sound bass-shy, and the midrange is clear and neutral, as is characteristic of most JBL speakers. The high frequencies are a bit rolled off and, if you really crank the speakers, they’re going to get a little rough-sounding and lose dynamics, because of the modestly powered built-in amplifier.

Read about the high points and low points of the JBL On Air system on Page 2.

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High Points
• The JBL On Air Control 2.4G sounds as good as comparable wired speakers in its price and size range.
• The system eliminates the need to run speaker wires between the signal source and the speakers, providing more installation options than conventional wired speakers. 
• The speakers come with mounting brackets and can also be used with other manufacturers’ mounting brackets.
• The wireless system has a stated transmission range of up to 70 feet.

Low Points
• You still have to connect some wires, including from one speaker to another – the speakers aren’t battery-powered or standalone.
• Since it’s a device that sends and receives RF (radio frequency) signals, it’s possible that interference could occur in some situations (the unit provides four selectable channels to guard against this).
• The transmission range and signal performance can be affected by building materials used in the home.

Conclusion
The JBL On Air Control 2.4G wireless speaker system features a pair of speakers that are a sonic cut above other wireless models, disproving the common belief that wireless speakers equal lower-quality sound. In fact, the speakers sound as good as comparable wired models. On Air Control 2.4Gs are easy to install when being used the surround speakers in a home theater system and they are also useful as a high-quality second-room audio system. Keep in mind that the system is not completely wireless, but then, few “wireless” systems are.

Additional Resources
• Read more bookshelf speaker reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Find a receiver to connect these speakers to.

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