The JBL Stage is an advanced, home-stereo/home-theater speaker system that offers you the thrill of a live-concert experience, all in your living room. Featuring 1” aluminum dome tweeters with high-definition waveguide sound design and 8” woofers that register deep, signature JBL bass, the JBL Stage captures every note of the audio spectrum from high to low – and combines them into pure listening pleasure. Available in pantone black or two-tone wood, JBL Stage is a stylish addition to any theater system. Whether it’s for movies or music, the sound of your home will never be the same.
The Stage A170 is what’s known as a 2.5-way speaker. With this configuration, two identical woofers are used to deliver deep bass frequencies, but only the upper woofer extends into the midrange so it can interface properly with the tweeter. A 2.5-way speaker provides the bass power and extension advantages of multiple woofers, but also retains the wide midrange dispersion of a three-way speaker. The A170 uses white woofer cones with ribbed surfaces reminiscent of the famous PolyPlas woofers used on many of JBL’s classic models from the past, although JBL uses the word Polycellulose to describe the current drivers rather than PolyPlas. The tweeter is a one-inch aluminum dome mounted in a shallow waveguide to control dispersion.
JBL’s new Stage series replaces the company’s well-established Studio series from a few years back, and also overlaps somewhat with the still-current Arena series. With three floor standing towers, two bookshelf models, two center channels, and two subwoofers, it’s a pretty comprehensive lineup. There are no dedicated surround speakers—a trend I have noticed recently with several different manufacturers. To build a complete surround package, you simply use bookshelf models from the line to fill in the surround speaker positions.