Speaking of the new (current production) JBL L-100 reboot

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by mhardy6647, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    I am just now sitting here reading the latest edition marginally iconoclastic "Copper" newsletter from PS Audio/Bill Leebens (Ed.): https://www.psaudio.com/?issuem_pdf=true&issue_id=492

    -- and I happened to notice this picture and quip from an article on RMAF 2018:

    Now, I've seriously got no skin in this game; just thought it was an interesting comment/perspective.
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  2. Don C

    Don C Active Member

    Well, at least they're orange.
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  3. Thermionics

    Thermionics Post Whore In Training

    I wonder if someone found the original grille mold on a shelf and said, "Hey, you know what we should do?"
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  4. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    And loud.
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  5. Redboy

    Redboy Knobophobe

    Very loud.
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  6. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Rapidly followed by "Here. Hold my beer."

    Harman International is Pleased to Introduce the JBL Very Loudspeaker.

    OK, I'm finished now :)*

    * oops. (bet that's the first time an emoji's been subjected to a footnote)
  7. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Orange you glad they're not Brown?

  8. Redboy

    Redboy Knobophobe


    Sir, I refer you to Thread .4158, Post #48, Section *

    It's a wee bit frightening that they were so close together, though!
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  9. ronm

    ronm Junior Member

    Funny how a speaker that was so loved in the 70s is so reviled now.
  10. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator Staff Member

    I usually don't revile something until I'm made to revile it by folks who insist that I love it or else I'm an idiot. And that's basically been my history with this speaker. I owned a pair, was extremely underwhelmed by them, and was made to feel I couldn't even suggest that they weren't amazing by the wonderful open minds of vintage online audio.

    It's not that something can't have been great in its time. It's that it still has to be great and comparable to anything newer, regardless of 40 years of audio progress, or you're just some snob who thinks they're better because they spent more on something new. That attitude just tends to rub some people the wrong way. Or, at least, this person.
  11. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Lord knows that JBL sold a ton of L100s. And lots of folks love(d) their L100s. :)

    Back in the early 1970s, I used to think that the Marantz Imperial 7 and the JBL L100 were it. The speakers I lusted to own. Actually had four Marantz Imperial 7s in my (very short lived) Quadrophonic system.

    Then I listened to Altec A7s.

    A very dear friend still has a pair of L100s as his main speakers and he loves them.

    No longer my "cup of tea" but I am always happy to listen to music with my friend on his speakers.

    Would I buy a pair? Nope.

    Do I revile them? Nope.

    They will appeal to some and won't appeal to others.

    Nothing more than that.

    Just my opinion. :)
  12. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    I didn't love 'em then, either, FWIW.
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  13. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator Staff Member

    I'd like to squeeze in the difference between monitors used for reference and monitors used as controls..but I don't have the energy.
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  14. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Are there any placebo monitors?

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  15. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    Not having heard this new set, I can’t have an opinion about them. Now having heard the studio monitor versions of the original L 100, I say they sounded good but not great (underwhelmed, I no longer own them..).
  16. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    An example of "Audio Maturation"? ;)
  17. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    Growth is good. Some people get off early on the train ride and settle in on what’s good to their ears (be it L100’s), I am still looking for the set of speakers that does most things right with minimal trade offs.
  18. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    There's the rub - the "minimal trade offs". ;)

    I love big speakers but a lot of folks consider big speakers to be an unacceptable trade-off. Room, SAF, whatever the reason.
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  19. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    Some of us just don't have the space to consider them and have put thoughts of same out of our mind.
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  20. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator Staff Member

    Some of us choose not to use them for sonic reasons :)

    *runs, hides, snickers, regrets being a jerk, pokes head out, rethinks, snickers some more.
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