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CES 2020: JBL launches L82 Classic loudspeaker

  • Teased at Tokyo’s TIAS event last November (and mentioned in a Darko.Audio recent podcast), HARMAN subsidiary JBL has formally launched their L82 Classic loudspeaker at CES 2020.

    The new model is a 2-way reduction on the 3-way L100 Classic (review here). One that maintains its bigger brother 70s styling – Quadrex foam grilles (available in three colours) and a satin walnut veneered cabinet – but reduces the loudspeaker’s overall dimensions to a more manageable size (472.8mm x 281mm x 296mm) and drops the L100 Classic’s middle driver.

    The L82 Classic also sees its cast-framed ‘pure pulp’ mid/bass driver’s diameter lowered to eight inches (from the L100 Classic’s twelve). Bass reflexing outputs via a front-mounted tuned Slipstream port. Handling the uppermost frequencies, we note the same arrangement in the L82 Classic as its forerunner: a wave-guided 1″ titanium tweeter with L-pad attenuator.

    Efficiency on the L82 Classic clocks in at 88db via a nominal 6 Ohm impedance. Despite these looking like 1970s loudspeakers, they contain modern-day crossover technology.

    Perhaps the biggest change is to price: the L82 Classic will sell for US$2500 per mirrored pair, a full US$1500 lower than the L100 Classic. However, potential buyers should also factor in the cost of the matching JS80 stands that will sell for US$250/pair.

    Shipping begins in April 2020.

    Further information: JBL Synthesis

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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