California’s JBL has released not one but two modern classic products that bring a retro twist to modern music systems.
The L52 Classic is the smallest member of the JBL Classic loudspeaker series, following hot on the heels on the larger L100 and L82c models. Wrapped in a walnut wood veneer and sporting Quadrex foam grilles in a choice of black, blue, or orange these speakers are bound to stand out from the standmount crowd.
Being a two-way design, the L52 sports a 0.75-inch titanium dome tweeter mated to an acoustic waveguide and a 5.25-inch white cone, cast-frame woofer. Completing the vintage approach, the L52’s front panel also sports a high frequency level attenuator for tailoring the speaker’s sound to your environment. Low frequency extension is via a front-firing port and there’s also a pair of threaded inserts on the rear panel for wall mounting.
Dimensions come in at 330.2 x 196.6 x 216.2mm (HWD) and JBL claim 85dB sensitivity and 4ohm impedance. Price is £1000 per pair.
L75ms Music System
Described as a ‘modern re-imagining of the traditional HiFi system’, the L75ms also comes wrapped in a walnut wood veneer and with a black Quadrex foam grille. Underneath its retro inspired skin lies an all in one system that offers wired and wireless connectivity with Ethernet, HDMI ARC, Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth audio all on the menu, converted buy a 32-bit/192kHz DAC. There’s also 3.5mm analogue input and vinyl lovers haven’t been forgotten either, thanks to a moving magnet phono stage.
The L75ms’s air moving hardware consists of a pair of 1-inch titanium dome tweeters and two 5.25-inch white cone woofers with dual front-firing ports, either side of a central 4-inch midrange driver. Each driver boasts a dedicated amplification channel with DSP tuning.
Price is £1,500 and customers also get a free trial subscription to hi-res music streaming service Qobuz
Visit JBL’s website for more details.