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JBLs mighty little tower speaker is a keeper

first_img 2 Comments Share your voice JBL’s Stage A 170 tower speakers JBL In late 2018 I spent some quality time with a couple of high-end JBL horn speakers, the 4429 and S3900. Nice, but the 4429 sells for $5,000 a pair and the S3900 for $10,000 a pair! High-end to be sure, so I also wanted to spend some ears-on time with JBL’s considerably more affordable speakers and see how much of the magic trickled down. A few emails were exchanged and the company sent the Stage A170 tower speakers to my home. They sell for just $200 each on Amazon, how would they fare?The A170s cost as much as a decent set of stand mount speakers, but they take up the same amount of space and you don’t need to buy stands.It’s a “two and a half way” design with a pair of 5.25-inch polycellulose woofers, and a 1-inch aluminum tweeter set into a waveguide that focuses the A170’s high-frequency dispersion. The two and a half part means the two woofers are assigned slightly different tasks. The lower woofer works only as a woofer; the upper woofer goes just as low, but also reaches higher to blend with the tweeter. The A170’s impedance is rated at 6 ohms.The black vinyl wrap finish isn’t fancy, but the overall build quality is good. Black cloth grilles are included, and the rear baffle hosts two bass ports and sturdy bi-wire speaker cable connectors. The A170 is 37 inches tall, but just 7.5 inches wide and therefore might be accidentally tipped over, so JBL includes outrigger feet that can be fitted with either carpet piercing spikes or rubber feet to enhance stability.The Stage lineup features two more larger towers, the A180 ($280 each) and A190 ($360 each), and two bookshelves, the A120 ($160 a pair) and A130 ($250 a pair). If you’re interested in a home theater multichannel setup add one of the Stage center channel speakers, the A135C ($250 each) or A125C ($200 each), and a powered sub, either the A120P ($450) or A100P ($350). Coming up in a few weeks I’ll review the A130 bookshelf speaker.jbl-stage-series-productsThe complete JBL Stage lineup JBL The sound of JBLI auditioned the A170 with a NAD C 316BEE integrated amp and an Oppo UDP-203 Blu-ray player for most of my listening tests. Late in the review I moved up to a Schiit Aegir power amp running directly off the ‘203’s analog outputs, and my respect for the skinny A170s sound only grew stronger. The A170 made very ample bass, and it wasn’t just the quantity of the bass, but also the quality of it. The sound took me back to the heady days of the 1970s when JBL was nearly every rock music fan’s dream speaker. Those roots run deep.The heritage shone through: This speaker made a joyful sound; even when played pretty loud it didn’t overtly strain or turn harsh. Bass definition was good, but it’s the midbass texture/definition that grabbed and held my attention. When the need arose the A170 could deliver the warm growl of a baritone sax or the woody resonance of an acoustic bass. The midrange was nicely handled as well, there was a good sense of body and warmth on vocals. The tweeter could sound a tiny bit aggressive when the speakers were angled in, firing directly at the listening position. The fix was easy enough: Just reduce the toe-in; the treble smoothed out, and the sound was sweeter that way. The A170 wasn’t as vivid as the Klipsch RP 600M bookshelf speaker ($550 a pair), and that one’s dynamics kicked harder overall. Then again, the ‘600M didn’t have close to the bass oomph of the A170. Both were terrific, but most A170 owners wouldn’t need to add a subwoofer for music, the ‘600M would benefit with some low bass assistance. Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 2010 album Mojo had plenty of get up and go. I like that the sound of this album is straight ahead, without flashy studio tricks, just a well honed band laying down terrific tracks. Especially Steve Ferrone’s drumming, he’s driving the tunes, and the A170s really delivered the goods. German prog-rock pioneers Can’s Future Days album positively lit up the A170s! The fierce polyrhythms were played with gusto, and the sheer beauty of the melodic lines of this 1972 album could still floor me. Future Days’ stereo mix is expansive, and the A170s did a good job presenting the soundstage depth that makes this music so special.The JBL Stage A170 is a slam-dunk winner, and positive proof that “large” speakers have it all over similarly priced bookshelf, aka stand mount, speakers! If you’re just now starting to get serious about the sound of your music, the A170 deserves your full attention. Tags The Audiophiliac Speakers Home Entertainmentlast_img read more


KMC gives plot of land to Netaji Eye Hospital group for another

first_imgKolkata: Ramchandrapur, a village in Purulia has become a well known name in Bengal because of Netaji Eye Hospital, a non-profit super specialty hospital set up by one of the close associates of Subhas Chandra Bose has served thousands of poor and tribal people.The hospital is being run by Sri Sri Bijoykrishna Ashram Relief Society, a charitable organization. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has given a plot of land to them to set up an eye hospital for people coming from economically challenged background at Sarsuna Satellite township. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA five-storeyed (G+4) building is coming up at the site to house a 100 bed super specialty eye hospital. The Society is already running a 25 bed mini eye hospital next to the proposed super specialty hospital.The high quality of treatment has attracted patients from the neighbouring states of Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. At a time when the cost of eye treatment is going up and is beyond the reach of a common man, the Netaji Eye Hospital stands out like an oasis for those coming from economically challenged background. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSwami Asimananda Saraswati , one of the close associates of Netaji founded the hospital in Purulia in 1953 and named it after his mentor Netaji. In one of the trips to Purulia in the early 1940s, Subhas Chandra had told Swami Asimananda to do something for the blind as blindness was a major disease in Purulia because of poverty.The 250 bed rural based hospital has attracted patients from all over Bengal and some neighbouring states because of the dedication and state of the art method of treatment. Daily 400/500 patients, on an average, are visiting the out patient department (OPD) which is absolutely free. However, during the peak season , the number of patients crosses 700 per day. In the in-patient department of the hospital, 75% of the beds are meant for free patients. The hospital has an Eye bank cum Cornea Keratoplasty unit. There are seven operation theatres and dedicated speciality clinics, Cornea and vitro retinal services along with low vision aids, contact lens and other support services.There are outreach camps and screening camps held throughout the year. In the past 5 years, a total of 4,56, 269 patients were treated in the OPD while total surgeries performed 40,961 during this period. The hospital has its branches in Durgapur, Bankura and a project is coming up at Asansol. All these centres are meant for poor people who cannot afford costly treatment.last_img read more


A500 Northbound reopens 12 hours after lorry driver killed in accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA lorry driver has died following an accident on the A500 this morning. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the Northbound carriageway of the D-road at around 5.10am. The road was closed for almost 12 hours but has now reopened. The accident occurred when a HGV collided with the back of another lorry which had broken down between the A53 roundabout in Etruria and Wolstanton Island. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The driver of the lorry which collided with the broken down vehicle has sadly died at the scene. “Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended and the A500 remains closed. “If you witnessed the collision or have any information that could help with our investigation, please call us on 101 quoting incident 59 of November 24.” ” (Image: Sentinel) The Northbound D-Road has reopened just after 5pm – almost 12 hours after the collision – with surrounding roads also busier than usual following the accident. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A500 Queensway is now open northbound between the A53 and the A527 near Etruria following the earlier collision. “Earlier delays have now cleared, many thanks for your patience.” The lorry driver from the second vehicle was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital with minor injuries. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man who was still in his cab following the collision. “The man, who was in cardiac arrest, was freed from his vehicle by ambulance staff before they began administering CPR and advanced life support. “However, despite their best efforts it unfortunately became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene. “A man from the second lorry, believed to be in his 40s, was treated for minor injuries and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.” For live updates on the incident, visit our dedicated live feed here.last_img read more