JBL creates high-quality audio products such as home theatre equipment, portable speakers and iPod docks.
Although JBL was officially founded in the 1950s, its history dates back to the mid–1920s and the work of the enigmatic yet brilliant inventor James Bullough Lansing, whose initials form the company’s name. Lansing rose to prominence with the dawn of sound in cinema. Frustrated with the technology available, the then Chief Sound Engineer at MGM studios consulted Lansing about developing a new system. Their creation was so successful that it received an Oscar for technical excellence in 1936.
Since that time, and in spite of numerous financial setbacks, changes of ownership and bereavements (including the passing of Lansing himself), JBL continued to create revolutionary products such as the A–4 speakers, which become the cinematic standard; one of the earliest and most popular HiFis, the Hartsfield; and Symmetrical Field Geometry technology in the 1970s, which greatly reduced sonic distortion in speakers.