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JBL Everest DD66000

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by Danny Kaey on September 10 '06

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JBL of Japan is celebrating their 60th anniversary with a new statement speaker, the $30k Everest DD66000. The Everest moniker has always signified JBL’s best of their audiophile speaker line. Sadly, the JBL Everest series hasn’t had much impact of late in the US, though Europe seems to be willing to embrace JBL's high end. Utilizing dual 15” JBL bass drivers, a horn-loaded Beryllium mid range and tweeter, these new flagships will certainly turn many heads. My only question: why stop at DD66000? I mean they could very well have called them the GG134000?! I am sure that someone somewhere made a lot of money coming up with the product name (it wasn’t me).

The Everest series is, no doubt, an homage to the famous JBL Paragon model of the 1950’s which I had the pleasure of hearing at a distributor's finely tuned audio salon. The sound of the JBL Paragon was to die for, with liquid highs, excellent midrange and bass that was very well integrated given the monstrosity of what was the Paragon loudspeaker. No doubt the Paragon was the loudspeaker to own in the 50’s and 60’s as nothing would even come close to it – rumor has it that Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin both had 3 (!) sets of Paragons, left, center and right, configured to run their 3 track master tapes for unrivaled sonic accuracy and evaluation. That, my friends, must have been an experience onto itself perhaps only equaled by the equally stunning Mark Levinson QED system of the late 70’s.

As production for the Paragon ceased in 1983, the Everest line was launched shortly thereafter in the hopes of firmly establishing themselves as a premier high-end loudspeaker manufacturer, which they no doubt succeeded with in Japan. JBL always seemed to suffer from a sort of mid-fi association, perhaps because most of their speaker line was heavily discounted in the US and elsewhere – no doubt similarities could be drawn between JBL and Pioneer’s new line of loudspeakers they are trying to launch. Hopefully they will make a showing at CES next January for a closer follow-up.

Frequency range is 30Hz-50kHz. More pics next page and check out the Japanese news coverage.

Josh adds: Unbeknownst to most, JBL and Pioneer/TAD have always been top suppliers of stock drivers to the pro audio arena. Both JBL and Pioneer/TAD champion Beryllium compression drivers in horn-loaded configurations. But where Pioneer/TAD came out in the last few years with their "traditional" super speakers with beryllium concentric drivers and lower efficiencies, JBL seems to be sticking to their pro roots with compression horns and high efficiencies. Of course, whenever anyone mentions JBL or Pioneer here in the states, visions of iPod speakers come to mind. But in Japan where a $100,000 Honda is cool, there's surely a lot of "best of the best of the best" talk swirling around JBL's new giant.

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30Hz from twin 15" drivers? It's got to be a bad figure ... something lost in the translation. Also - I'm not sure if it is so much reminiscent of the Paragon (which was a stereo speaker in a single cabinet) as it is the continuation of their Everest projects of the past - DD55000 from '85 being the operative go-to.
30hz is probably correct. What they mean by the reference the Paragon is simply that The Paragon was JBL's all out excercise to come out with the best they could do at the time. No doubt this is a 2006 excercise with the same goal. Would love to buy a pair... Regards, Andre
They're fairly similar to the Hartsfields as well, though with a simpler cabinet. The early Hartsfields (pre 1959) are truly awesome speakers.
Small item from the Fact-Check Dept.: I'm pretty sure the Levinson speaker system was QHD (not QED). It stood for stacked Quads as the mid-range, 15-inch Hartley woofers and a Decca ribbon tweeter. I'm just anal enough to point that out.
Small item from the Fact-Check Dept.: I'm pretty sure the Levinson speaker system was QHD (not QED). It stood for stacked Quads as the mid-range, 15-inch Hartley woofers and a Decca ribbon tweeter. I'm just anal enough to point that out.
Sorry about the double-post. The first one came back as an error.
It is the Mark Levinson HQD Loudspeaker system. See link here: http://www.marklev.com/systems/index.html Regards, DSA
Story of my life: I had the right elements, but the wrong order.
According JBL Japan's site, Everest DD66000's frequency range is 45Hz-50kHz(-6dB). More details available at http://www.jbl60th.jp/
Those bums over a the Lansing Heratige Site are a buch of ass cracks. They will never be able to afford a pair of these new DDs and should stay out on the river in the jon-boats they floated in on... Im wiping up the shit round here! Mr Toilet Paper
The Lansing Heritage site does not suck, only their administration and a few misguided members. There is a really great bunch of people there but they need to learn following an ass crack makes you smelly. Thanks for the laugh!
The DD66000 is wonderful! You can see the effort and care that went into it's design and execution. It looks to be naturally time aligned too. I'll never be able to afford a pair, but it's nice to know that JBL valued it's heritage enough to incorporate cues from their past statement speakers. You won't mistake this for anything but a JBL. Just like a Corvette, a side by side comparison of a 53' and an 06'. Two completely different cars, yet you know that they both Corvettes instinctively. I found this review site via the Lansing Heritage Forum. While I understand the frustration and anger, it is not the whole of that group that is to blame. Lots of great people there. There is also a hidden agenda that makes for tough going if you happen to be singled out because you won't bow down and accept the Administrator's double standard of letting Dale Gernert a.k.a. Giskard (Sybil) harass whomever he pleases, while at the same time, giving administrative power to Dale's "friends." They will ban you if you don't ultimately conform to his wishes in hopes that they will be able to appease their god. I couldn't, in good conscience, do that. Unfortunately, those that have the ability to decide your fate, have no integrity. Fortunately, the vast majority of members there do have integrity, and I miss the ability to share with them daily. To the handful of "Giskard worshiper's," I don't think you would be so inclined to feel that way if you were treated with the same contempt he treated me with for two years for no good reason. Don, Widget, Bo P and yes, even Robh3606 are your leaders, I hope you all know better in your lives to NOT follow their shameful example of "fairness". "Occam's razor (also spelled Ockham's razor)". It is very easy to hide your tracks when you have all the administrative abilities. Those members that know me aside from my troubles with that "nutjob and his cohorts" will recognize that there has got to be truth in what I'm writing. I have no motivation to accuse otherwise. As for the DD66000, well done JBL!!
Gary L, read this: This is merely a sample taken from the indiscriminate archives: http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=11307 From the "The let's beat each other up thread..." which was illicitly started by a site administrator in another members name. Of course the following posts were recently removed in keeping with the Lansing Heritage Site administrations tradition of hiding evidence regarding their sick god giskard. --------------- 07-03-2006, 02:23 PM #32 scott fitlin Moderator Join Date: Apr 2003 Location: Brooklyn NY Posts: 2,154 ------------------------- Quote: Originally Posted by Giskard The start acting like a goddamn moderator and shut the dipstick up before I force a powerplay where everyone comes out a loser. *********************************************** I dont have moderator status in this particular section. Look at you! Look at what you say. Now your threatening and baiting me. So what? If everyone loses, everyone loses, including you. After all, this is your place to be seen and heard too, and revel in your position of supposed omnipotence. __________________ scottyj I can`t be bothered anymore!
Gary L, read this: This is merely a sample taken from the indiscriminate archives: http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=11307 From the "The let's beat each other up thread..." which was illicitly started by a site administrator in another members name. Of course the following posts were recently removed in keeping with the Lansing Heritage Site administrations tradition of hiding evidence regarding their sick god giskard. --------------- 07-03-2006, 02:23 PM #32 scott fitlin Moderator Join Date: Apr 2003 Location: Brooklyn NY Posts: 2,154 ------------------------- Quote: Originally Posted by Giskard The start acting like a goddamn moderator and shut the dipstick up before I force a powerplay where everyone comes out a loser. *********************************************** I dont have moderator status in this particular section. Look at you! Look at what you say. Now your threatening and baiting me. So what? If everyone loses, everyone loses, including you. After all, this is your place to be seen and heard too, and revel in your position of supposed omnipotence. __________________ scottyj I can`t be bothered anymore!
"Those bums over a the Lansing Heratige Site are a buch of ass cracks. They will never be able to afford a pair of these new DDs and should stay out on the river in the jon-boats they floated in on... Im wiping up the shit round here! Mr Toilet Paper" Yeah, lets see your new DDs! BTW, what is a buch? Ya bunk ass bitch!
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FYI...these were designed by the same engineer who designed the L100 back in the 1969 and still works for JBL in California. And they are built in Cali too.
GFYBO - With you 100%. It also turns my stomach to think of returning to the Heritage site. Too many know-it-alls there. I foind many interesting and giving people but the old saying is that ten bad apples spoils the whole bunch applies in this case. I am not sure if those apples have dead ended professions which they are jaded about, or what, but the "leaders of the pack" have some huge "chunks" on their shoulders. I stay clear and leave them to their pity party together. I have seen that Giskard name around on the LH site...usually in the middle of dead end conversations mostly. When he showed up, things began to go downhill fast and that is when his cronies jumped in it seemed and try and justify his overbearing prose. What a shame. Anyway...hope to one day be able to afford an Everest pair for my double-wide and Denon receiver.
it's simly brillant!