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JBL preps SA750 super integrated w/ Dirac Live

  • Would Sir care for a teak veneer-cheeked integrated amplifier to go with his JBL L100 Classic 75 loudspeakers? Also announced today by JBL is the SA750 super-integrated whose aluminium faceplate and chunky control set look as retro as its iconic loudspeaker.

    The SA750 takes a nod from (the also Harman-owned) Arcam to lay down a base of Class G amplification for 120wpc into 8 Ohms and 220wpc into 4 Ohms. Class G means that the amplifier handles low-level signals in Class A but calls on an additional power supply when the music becomes more rambunctious.

    On top of the amplifier section sit a MM/MC phono stage and a hi-res/MQA-capable DAC, the latter feedable by 2 x TOSLINK, 2 x coaxial, USB for removable media or internal Ethernet/Wifi network streamer that supports UPnP and Roon. USB for third party streamers? Spotify Connect? Tidal Connect? JBL doesn’t say.

    Taking a second nod from Arcam playbook is the presence of Dirac Live room calibration that allows users to tailor the loudspeaker output to better suit their room’s acoustics.

    The SA750’s feature set is rounded out by a 2-line ‘orange’ front panel display, 3.5mm auxiliary input and 3.5mm headphone output.

    Oh — analogue outputs reportedly number 6 x single-ended RCA pairs but the single render image (above) that only shows the front panel suggests that the SA750 has yet to be finalised and that more information on the specifics of its feature set will arrive closer to the projected May 2021 shipping date. Price? US$3000.

    Further information: JBL

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