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JBL readies second-generation L100 Classic, L82 Classic

  • Murmuring “Evolution, not revolution” at the 2023 High-End Show in Munich, Harman International has pulled the covers off MKII Editions of its popular JBL L82 Classic 2-way and L100 Classic 3-way. These vintage revivalists have been upgraded with JBL’s “Performance Package”, originally introduced in 2022’s Black Editions. As we might reasonably expect, this hot-rodding reportedly improves each loudspeaker’s performance.

    The L82 Classic MkII and L100 Classic MkII now feature an enhanced woofer design: a 30cm bass driver in the L100 and a 20cm mid/bass in the L82. According to Harman, this has resulted in lower distortion due to improved linearity. The midrange and 25mm titanium dome tweeters have also undergone modifications to improve performance levels. The crossover design has been altered to provide dual inputs, allowing for bi-wiring applications. Additionally, the new input terminal cup includes dual sets of top-notch gold-plated binding post terminals, ensuring a secure connection to a variety of connector types and loudspeaker cables.

    The chunky-cubed Quadrex grilles (a choice of orange, blue or black), cabinet structure and walnut veneer that lend each speaker its vintage vibe remain the same as the MKI versions.

    Pricing? The L82 Classic MKII will sell for £1999, €2250 or US$2400 per pair. The L100 Classic MKII for £3998, €4500 or $4800 per pair. Shipping begins sometime in Q2.

    Further information: JBL

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