Style and substance
I got to hear the JBL Stage A190 tower speakers when Harman visited Crutchfield HQ, and I was impressed. I’ll admit, part of that was an appreciation of their striking look — I just love those white woofers. But theydelivered the audio goods, too, with detailed sound throughout their wide frequency range.
The A190 features two of these attractive 8″ woofers for clear mids and punchy bass.
Expertly built drivers
The A190 draws from JBL’s long and rich history of making speakers. The tweeter is mounted in an HDI (High Definition Imaging) waveguide that was designed for the JBL Professional M2 Master Reference Monitor. This flared shape helps smooth the transition from woofer to tweeter for a broad sweet spot and exceptional high frequency detail.
The stiff polycellulose cone woofers dispense clear midrange and deep, powerful bass. This speaker uses a “2.5-way” crossover design, which means both woofers cover the lower frequencies, but one goes higher into the midrange, for a smoother transition between drivers.