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Style JBL kicks off 75th anniversary celebrations with limited-edition L100 Classic speakers

19:05  07 january  2021
19:05  07 january  2021 Source:   whathifi.com

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2021 marks JBL ’s 75 th birthday year, but instead of (or perhaps as well as) kicking back with a vintage wine and penning a memoir, the US audio brand is celebrating the anniversary by launching a limited - edition version of its legendary L 100 Classic speakers . The new L 100 Classic 75 are based

The L 100 Classic offers midrange and treble adjustments via controls that sit above the front port Barry White’s lush thick baritone rounded the tour off , epitomising the L 100 Classic sound They are different speakers though, the JBL ploughing through music with swagger and a grin on its face, the

2021 marks JBL’s 75th birthday year, but instead of (or perhaps as well as) kicking back with a vintage wine and penning a memoir, the US audio brand is celebrating the anniversary by launching a limited-edition version of its legendary L100 Classic speakers.

a speaker on a wooden table: JBL L100 Classic 75 © Provided by What Hi-Fi? JBL L100 Classic 75

The new L100 Classic 75 are based on the 2018-released L100 Classic (which in turn were updates on the original 1970 L100 model). In our five-star review last spring, we called the retro-designed floorstanders a “viable alternative to the very best of their modern rivals”.

Each of the 75 pairs of the new limited-edition L100 Classic lean heavily on the iconic 1970s-style design of the lineage, but acoustic and aesthetic tweaks have been made to highlight the occasion and move the speakers' performance along.

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Review of JBL L 100 Century – vintage bookshelf speakers from 1970s. History of the speakers , look and feel of the drivers and enclosures, technical They are much better lifted off the floor at least 50cm, so the bass driver is closer to the height of your ears. If I was to criticise JBLs for anything, it

The JBL L 100 Classic speakers shown with and without grilles. While it's classified as a "bookshelf" speaker the L 100 Classic has the power of a mid-size tower speaker . The Isle of Dogs film soundtrack's pounding bass drums and chorus had power a plenty, anf the L 100 Classic plays loud

While the driver cones themselves remain the same, there’s now an improved woofer suspension design and a revised network to include bi-wire capabilities, with dual sets of gold-plated binding posts.

The teak wood veneer gracing all sides of the cabinet is paired with a black Quadrex foam grille that’s now complete with a gold and black JBL logo. Special edition badges are found on the front and rear, too, including a commemorative plaque that includes the signature of the principal system engineer, Chris Hagen, and the individual pair number of the production run. Even the wooden crate that the L100 Classic 75 and matching JS-120 floor stands are supplied in is decorated with limited-edition artwork.

Announced as one of several new JBL products at the company's CES 2021 event today, the L100 Classic 75 will be available from May and costs $5500 a pair. Fancy going all out on JBL's 75th anniversary range? There's a new SA750 integrated streaming amplifier, too.

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