new L100?


Anyone get a chance to take a listen to the (new) JBL L100 speakers?  If so, what are your thoughts?
rpeluso
I gave not heard the new ones, but the originals were wonderfully open and spacious.

The only issue I found with the originals was a mildly raucous treble. It would be interesting to know if the new ones have fixed that and retained the rest.

I can't imagine that the new ones could be much better in any other way.

Hi Fidelity online review site gave them a product of the year mention.
http://www.highfidelity.pl/@main-3389&lang=
Just scroll down and on the right hand side they are mentioned with a link to the review. I would love to hear how they compare to my 4319, which go for the same price.

All the best,
Nonoise
I have a pair that I just got before Christmas, that was basically an impulse purchase. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised.
Extremely coherent.
(They got the crossover right on these guys) as I am somewhat susceptible to crossover anomalies (phase issues) where I can perceive image shifts in the soundstage.
They have a real clear 3 D soundstage. Distinct Images are on top, and others below at the same time. (Nice job JBL). 
It’s like looking at a huge movie screen. (I also got the dedicated stands from deer creek audio).
They have volume pots which you can adjust too. I felt the midrange needed a bit of reduction and have the treble set a bit higher (mid at 11 o’clock and tweeter at 2 o’clock)
Great dynamic swings and punch on these speakers.
The bass in my room doesn’t go “that deep” (concrete floor) I would say it cuts off at around 40/50 hz. But what is there is richly presented.
I just got two Martin logan subs (1100X) also to assist with the deep bass.
I mostly listen to classic rock type music and these really fit the bill.
I’ve had many speakers in my room over the years and these are up there in musical satisfaction with the best of the.
Songs that sounded shrill on other speakers were able to come out of these without any fatigue.
In fact, I know it’s a cliche, but I’ve heard things come out of these speakers that I’ve never heard before.
Not so much that I didn’t hear them before, but it’s just that they were not presented like this before - (coherent and easy to follow)...
I’m a bit reluctant gushing about a speaker, as I’ve done it before, only to have something come up and rear it’s ugly head down the road. But so far very good ! 
Why didn't JBL make them mirror-imaged? The sonic image will tend to be shifted to the side where the mid-treble drivers are positioned on the baffle. In this case, towards the right. This, to me, detracts from a realistic stereo image.
I've never heard them. I doubt I ever will. I think $4000 is a ridiculous price for rehashed nostalgia. I run across these and the 431X models a few times a year around town at record stores. They never made much impression on me. 
No image shift at all for me. And I was concerned about that too. The price isn’t that out outrageous for the dolllar per sound ratio I’m getting.
I’ve spent much more and gotten less. But YMMV 
I had the original L110s in college.  Dumped after them after 6 months for Large Adents.
For those who've come across the originals or recount their experiences with them, they are not the same speaker as the ones introduced late last year. You'd be silly to think they were without giving them a listen.

All the best,
Nonoise
What electronics are you using with the new L100s?  I am considering a pair for a system, so have an interest in knowing.  I listened to them yesterday, was pleasantly surprised by what I heard.  
I am running them with a Hegel H360 integrated amp, and they really match up well !.
I have a music reference RM 200 that I have haven’t had a chance to pair them up with yet.
For those who are comparing these to the older model, these are a total re-do and are a totally modern design.
They are fun to listen to, I was up one night past 3 am just putting on song after song.
The soundscape was mesmerizing.  Very musical and non-fatiguing listening session. 
They are fun to listen to, I was up one night past 3 am just putting on song after song. 
The soundscape was mesmerizing.  Very musical and non-fatiguing listening session.
What more could someone ask in speaker? 

 @mike_f  Please send me the RM-200 !!!!
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LOL ! It’s a great amp !
A few years ago I had it updated to MK II status - (Had to keep the original chassis though) . I had a pair of Magnepan 3.6, and the RM 200 drove them very well. It’s a serious 100 watt tube amp with balls !! Can’t wait to see how the sound on the JBL’s ! 
kosst_amojan wrote
I’ve never heard them. I doubt I ever will. I think $4000 is a ridiculous price for rehashed nostalgia. I run across these and the 431X models a few times a year around town at record stores. They never made much impression on me.

Running $4000 through my favorite inflation calculator, you will find that $4,000 in 2019 is equivalent to $615.72 in 1970, the original year of release. The new L100 Classic features "improvements made to the transducers, enclosure tuning, and crossover network design."

So you could say they spent more money on design development and materials this time around, which could easily account for the small adjusted increase ($55) in the 2018 price over the original 1970 edition.