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HARMAN Expands Control Contractor Series

JBL-LCT 81C/TM metric lay-in ceiling tile speaker
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The What: HARMAN Professional Solutions is expanding the JBL Professional Control Contractor Series with the introduction of the JBL-LCT 81C/TM metric lay-in ceiling tile speaker and the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 retrofit safety tether for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling speakers with press-in grilles. 

The What Else: The LCT 81C/TM delivers high output and exceptional intelligibility for classrooms, offices, paging systems, airports, retail stores and other locations where speech and music clarity are critical. This discreet, low-profile speaker features an efficient 200mm (8-inch) dual-cone driver with 1-inch voice coil and high-performance transformer. Its 100° conical dispersion pattern translates to broader coverage with fewer speakers, and its 96 dB sensitivity means loud and clear sound even at low tap settings.

Installation is quick and easy: Simply remove a standard 600mm x 600mm ceiling tile and lay the speaker in its place. With a depth of 103 mm (4.1 inches), the JBL-LCT 81C/TM can be installed where deeper loudspeakers can't fit—even in ceiling spaces with HVAC ducts, plumbing and other obstructions. Because the speaker looks like a ceiling vent, it's ideal for venues where the architect or visual designer doesn't want the appearance of a ceiling speaker.

The JBL-LCT 81C/TM is UL1480 and UL2043 certified, allowing use in ceiling plenum spaces where certifications are required. Two safety seismic attachment tabs are provided for securing to a ceiling deck.

JBL Professional also is introducing the JBL-MTC-CSTeth1 retrofit safety tether for JBL Control 10, 20 and 40 Series ceiling speakers with press-in grilles. This durable, reliable safety tether is constructed from strong, highly flame-resistant aramid fiber cord and is virtually invisible and acoustically transparent.

The Bottom Line: Most in-ceiling speakers require a highly skilled installer to measure and cut precise speaker holes into ceiling tiles. The JBL-LCT 81C/TM drops right into standard metric ceiling grids, for fast, neat installation that doesn't require cuts or modifications to the ceiling and doesn't contaminate the client's space.

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