Harman’s Luxury Audio Group has released two new JBL Synthesis components – the SDP-25 Surround Processor and the SDA-7200 Seven-Channel Amplifier. These are custom-installation home entertainment components that are said to make true high-end JBL Synthesis performance available to a wider audience.
The SDP-25 feature set includes six HDMI 1.4 inputs (one on the front panel) and two HDMI outputs with 4K Ultra HD and 3D video compatibility, 7.1-channel surround-sound audio capability with dual-subwoofer output, and many additional enhancements. The SDP-25 also offers two component and two composite video connections and multiple analog, coaxial, and optical audio inputs and outputs, including a convenient front-panel 3.5mm aux input. The preamp/processor provides RS-232 ports, IR inputs and outputs, and trigger inputs and outputs to enable interfacing with other JBL Synthesis components and automation and control systems.
The SDP-25 is compatible with all high-resolution surround sound formats, including Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and other Dolby Digital and DTS surround modes. Its USB input enables connection to the output from a streaming audio device or computer, and the SDP-25’s 7.1 Direct and Stereo Direct modes provide a signal path with minimal audio circuitry for listening to high-resolution digital and analog music sources.
The SDP-25 provides comprehensive setup and adjustment options for optimum performance in any system and room, including bass management for all program sources and types of speaker setups, individual level and delay adjustment for each channel, a selection of 7.1-channel and two-channel and DSP surround-enhancement modes, a front-panel Picture Adjustment control, and many additional features. Its black brushed-aluminum front panel complements any custom home entertainment installation.
The JBL Synthesis SDA-7200 seven-channel amplifier delivers 200 watts per channel into eight ohms with all channels driven. It is the same size as the SDP-25, thanks to its Class D operation that enables smaller size and lighter weight and yields more energy-efficient operation with less heat generated than with traditional designs. Thanks to these advantages, the rack-mountable SDA-7200 is ideal for use in a rack installation or equipment cabinet.
The S7200 includes RCA inputs and high-quality binding post outputs and has a 12V trigger input and signal-sensing auto-power on. Like the SDP-25, the SDA-7200 has an elegant, understated appearance with a black brushed-aluminum front panel accented by rounded corners and blue LED status indicators. The JBL Synthesis SDP-25 Surround Processor/System Controller and SDA-7200 Seven-Channel Amplifier are available to order now, and retail pricing is $5000 for each unit.