JBL is celebrating the 75th anniversary with the launch of its limited edition JBL L100 Classic 75; an exclusive take on the legendary best-selling JBL L100 loudspeaker, itself celebrating more than 50 years of success. The speakers look beautiful to me and I have coveted a pair of L100s with their iconic black Quadrex foam grille and teak wood veneer cabinet ever since Pete Murphy took a seat in a Maxell advert way back in the 1980s!
Acoustically, the L100 Classic 75 features an improved woofer suspension design and a revised network to include bi-wire capabilities via dual sets of gold-plated binding posts. The limited edition run of only 750 pairs features a unique signed rear-badge and certificate of authenticity. The JBL L100 Classic 75 is sold as a matched pair system and includes a set of JS-120 stands. The entire system ships inside a specially-crafted wooden crate with limited edition artwork on the side panels. The L100 Classic 75 is expected to become available in May and looks set to cost $5,500 a pair. UK pricing is yet to be announced.
At the Harman Explore virtual launch event held on 7th January at CES, Harman and JBL enlisted the multi Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer Keith Urban to entertain us. He was totally on message and played several of his best known tracks (well I recognised at least one of them) and in between tunes, Urban was lamenting our collective 2020 experience. Keith Urban concluded that he was very much looking forward to touring this year and wished JBL continued success.
The launch event also included news of a new 75th anniversary JBL SA750 integrated amplifier. Again, this is an absolutely gorgeous retro design that claims 200W (into 4ohms) of Class G amplification and streaming protocols including Google Chromecast and AirPlay 2. The SA750 also includes a high-resolution DAC, support for UPnP wireless, full MQA file decoding and is Roon Ready. There’s a switchable MM/MC phono stage input to accommodate vinyl fans and Dirac Live room calibration is also onboard. It will be priced at around $3,000 when it goes on sale in May. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Also introduced at the event was news of several other new products, including a JBL Bar 5.0 soundbar with virtual Dolby Atmos, a portable Charge 5 speaker upgrade and a range of new LIVE headphones, plus noise-cancelling buds called LIVE PRO+.
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JBL creates the amazing sound that shapes life’s most epic moments. From iconic events like Woodstock and concerts at Madison Square Garden, to games at Yankee Stadium and weekend road trips, JBL elevates listeners’ experiences with award-winning audio that lets them make the most of every moment. With 75 years of unmatched professional credentials and industry leading innovation, JBL has expertly blended a bold vision of the future with the passion and talent of engineers and designers around the globe. JBL’s Signature Professional Sound is the leading technology that powers major pop culture events, and the brand has partnered with the world’s top talent across music, sports and esports.