In 1970 JBL released the legendary L100 3-way bookshelf loudspeakers unaware of the success they would enjoy over the next decade becoming JBL’s best-selling speaker of all time.
They were not only JBL’s all-time best-selling loudspeakers, but many still say they were the best-sounding loudspeaker system of the decade before production ceased in 1978.
It’s no wonder someone talented in the product planning department at HARMAN has thought to reintroduce a modern take of the classic.
Today’s L100 Classic features the same 1970’s-style retro design, complete with vintage JBL styling including a walnut wood frame grille with the iconic Quadrex foam insert in a choice of black, orange, or blue all with a black and bronze JBL logo.
Under the watchful eye of Chris Hagen, the same acoustic system engineer that created the L100T3 in 1988, the fundamental compact 12-inch 3-way design is maintained in the L100 Classic.
According to Hagen, further improvements have been made to the transducers, enclosure tuning, and crossover network design. Nothing less than you would expect from the brand that has access to HARMAN’s design centre and the world’s most advanced acoustic engineering resources in Northridge, California.
The L100 Classic uses an all-new JT025Ti1 25mm Titanium dome tweeter mated to a waveguide with an acoustic lens “for optimal integration to the JM125PC 5-inch (125mm) cast-frame, pure-pulp cone midrange driver located directly below.”
The vertical HF and MF transducer arrangement is slightly offset to the right of the woofer below, with HF and MF attenuators located on the upper left of the front baffle.
Low frequencies are delivered by the 1200FE 12-inch cast-frame, white pure-pulp cone woofer operating in a bass-reflex enclosure system that is tuned via a single, front-firing port tube with flared exit.
Measuring 637mm H x 390mm W x 372mm D, the L100 Classic can be oriented either vertically or horizontally, and matching optional black metal floor stands are also available ($649/pr).
Australia’s JBL distributor, Convoy International, exhibited the JBL L100 Classic speakers to its specialist dealers at the 2018 Convoy Conference in Bowral, NSW in early August.
StereoNET was on hand for a listen, and we can report that dealers that appreciated the significance of this release and took the time to listen, agreed that the L100 Classic is everything you would expect from the legendary JBL brand. We predict the L100 Classic will be remembered once more as one of JBL’s success stories, nearly fifty years on from the original release.