Most of the range is IP44 out of the box and IP55 with the addition of Weather Max Grilles and PC2/3 cable glands, making them suitable for outdoor install, making the range even MORE flexible, you lucky ducks! Not only that, but there is a further range of, frankly, underutilised accessories that allow for mounting multiple units together in arrays, for ceiling-mounting, pole-mounting... you name it! In the event that what you need isn’t available from JBL, we can recommend several fabricators that we have worked with in the past for bespoke solutions.
In the interest of keeping this article to some kind of word count (sorry Marketing!) I’m going to be relatively brief in my overview of these speakers, focusing on the tech details for the Control 25-1 (did I mention it’s my favorite?) as much of this is transferable to other units in the range. Generally we would start at the Control 23-1 for BGM and paging applications, going up to the Control 25-1 when audio quality is particularly important, up further to the Control 28-1 when low frequency/SPL levels are required but the addition of a sub isn’t feasible.
An example I have done a lot of specifications for are bars/pubs where they might have a Control 25-1 BGM system and Control 28-1s in a corner for when the live soloist turns up to play. My general preference is to specify the Control 25-1s with the Control 50 S/T (Sub/Transformer) for background and even some foreground music applications (5.1 home cinema anyone??).
The Control 25-1 is a two-way 200w PGM speaker with 5-¼” woven fiberglass woofer and a ¾ fluid cooled PEI diaphragm tweeter. It has a rich ‘bright’ sonic character (frequency range 60Hz to 20kHz) and wide coverage (100 x 100). That along with the versatile mounting, and contemporary look means it fits unobtrusively into a wide range of decors. This makes Control 25-1 (and the other units of the range) an excellent choice for a wide variety of applications, including retail stores, restaurants, health clubs, theme parks, educational facilities, hospitality, music cafes, leisure venues, and anywhere where a top quality high-output indoor/outdoor foreground/background music (and/or paging) speaker is required.