JL Audio UK is to launch a new marine audio source unit at the Southampton Boat Show this coming September. The Florida-based JL Audio team has apparently developed the MediaMaster 100s on the basis of customer input in a bid to generate an integrated marine audio solution that is as suitable for the end user as it is for boat builders. And as with all JL Audio marine products, it has been created specifically for boaters, with marine-grade, weatherproof materials alongside some advanced audio features tailored to the rigours of maritime applications.
For instance, it comes with a wide range of connectivity options for external devices, including Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB 2.0 direct-digital connection (for a smartphone or USB storage device), an analogue auxiliary input (for connection to various other audio sources) and an NMEA 2K-compliant CAN (for connectivity to compatible marine electronics). The physical design has also been carefully engineered to deliver excellent ergonomics, with an intuitive interface, large text for easy legibility and large buttons and control knob for easy use. A bright, full-colour 3.5-inch LCD display offers day and night lighting modes with customisable display themes as well as adjustable button and remote brightness. And optional MMR-20 remote controls can also be installed throughout a vessel if extra control points are needed.
JL Audio UK MD, Paul Baker, said: “The MediaMaster is a milestone product for us as it creates the opportunity to build a full JL Audio marine sound system, from source unit to amplifiers, speakers and subwoofers. This is the high-end source unit our European customers have been waiting for and after months of rigorous testing, we are delighted to offer them a cohesive system that will be unrivalled for sound quality and longevity. Upgrading to a JL Audio Marine system will not only offer customers a far superior sound. Our products typically provide around eight years of premium audio listening compared with other marine audio products lasting only one to two years in a marine environment. This makes our marine audio systems a fantastic investment for any boat owner who appreciates music.”
The MediaMaster 100s will be launched with a retail price of £499.99.
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