JBL is an American company that manufactures loudspeakers. There are two independent divisions within the company – JBL Consumer and JBL Professional. The former produces audio equipment for the consumer home market while the latter produces professional equipment for the studio, installed sound, tour sound, portable sound (production and DJ), and cinema markets. Harman International Industries, a subsidiary of South Korean company Samsung Electronics, owns JBL.
James Bullough Lansing (1902–1949) founded the company. James was a pioneering American audio engineer and loudspeaker designer. He established two audio companies that bear his name, Altec Lansing and JBL, the latter taken from his initials.