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CES 2020 News: JBL unveils L82 Classic speaker

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by Andy Bassett
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CES 2020 News: JBL unveils L82 Classic speaker

JBL debuts its L82 Classic speaker, a more compact version of 2018’s L100 Classic model which was itself a modern version of the legendary and best selling L100, released back in 1970.

The L82 Classic is a compact 8-inch (200mm) 2-way bookshelf speaker, so if you aren’t able to accommodate the larger L100 Classic upon which it is based but still want the associated retro-inspired stylings and advanced acoustic technologies, then perhaps the L82 Classic will be right up your street.

The overall vintage design is enhanced by a genuine walnut satinwood veneer cabinet with black front and rear panels and a striking Quadrex foam grille available in a choice of black, orange or blue, though if you want the option to swap between them, the additional grilles are extra.

The L82 Classic features the same a 1-inch (25mm) titanium dome tweeter and mated waveguide to aid the dispersion of high frequencies as found in the L100 Classic, and a high frequency L-pad attenuator allows the user to tailor the sounds as required.

As a classic two way design, the speaker features a white pure pulp cone woofer operating in a bass-reflex design with a front-firing tuned port and the woofer's sturdy 8-inch cast-frame enables dynamic and authoritative sound even in larger spaces.
The L82 Classic can be mounted on the optional JS-80 floor stands which are designed to gently angle the speakers to focus the sound to the listening position.

Harman International’s press release is quoted below:



Las Vegas, Nev. — HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is introducing the JBL L82 Classic, a modern bookshelf version of the all-time best-selling JBL L100 loudspeaker. As with the legendary L100 3-way bookshelf loudspeaker released in 1970, itself a consumer version of the popular JBL 4310 Pro Studio Monitor, the new L82 Classic follows on the heels of a long line of industry-leading success.

Based on the JBL L100 Classic loudspeaker introduced in 2018, the new L82 Classic's 8-inch, 2-way system design is more compact, but still delivers a premium hi-fi sound experience and an attractive aesthetic that appeals to both retro and modern sensibilities.

The L100 Classic has been a tremendous success for us delivering on the promise of JBL sound and the romance of the vintage aesthetic,” said Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, Luxury Audio. “With the L82 Classic, we have a product that evokes the same instantly recognizable design and revered sound quality, and yet it does so with a considerably smaller physical footprint. We expect these to be a hit with music lovers who desire the attributes of the L100 Classic in a more compact size.

Packaged and sold as mirror-image pairs, the L82 Classic loudspeakers feature a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter with acoustic lens waveguide and front-panel HF Level attenuator. The tweeter is the same as used in the larger L100 Classic. The system's 8-inch cast frame white poly cone woofer delivers a full, natural sound with bass-reflex tuning via a front-firing Slipstream™ port.

The L82 Classic loudspeakers feature an attractive, retro design with vintage JBL styling including an iconic Quadrex foam grille in a choice of three colours — black, orange, or blue -- all with a black and bronze JBL logo. The enclosures are finished in a genuine, satin walnut wood veneer and can be positioned vertically or horizontally.

Accessories for the JBL L82 Classic loudspeakers include the JS-80 floor stands (sold as a pair), to elevate and angle the enclosures to a correct tweeter height and to direct high frequencies to ear level. Additional retro Quadrex foam grille packs (black, orange, or blue) are also available to easily fit the speakers into any decor.


Speaker Specifications:

Speaker Type: 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker
Low Frequency Driver Size and Material: 8" (200mm) Pure Pulp cone woofer (JW200PW-6)
High Frequency Driver Size and Material: 1" (25mm) Titanium dome tweeter (JT025TI1-4)
Recommended Amplifier Power: 25 - 150 WRMS
Impedance: 6 Ohm
Loudspeaker Sensitivity: 88 dB (2.83V/1m)
Frequency Response: 44 Hz-40 kHz (-6 dB)
Crossover Frequency: 2.5 kHz
Enclosure Type: Front-ported bookshelf
Enclosure Finish: Genuine walnut veneer
Dimensions with grille (H x W x D): 18.61" x 11.06" x 11.65" (472.8mm x 281mm x 296mm)
Controls: HF level control
Input Type: Dual gold-plated binding posts
Product Weight: 27.9 lb (12.7 kg)


The L82 Classic is scheduled to hit UK and US stores around April 2020, priced at £2,000 / €2,200 / $2,500 per pair.
The accompanying JS-80 speaker stands are priced at £175 / €200 /$250 per pair.

Are there any JBL speaker fans who are tempted by what the L82 Classic has on offer. Let us know what you think in the discussion thread.

Source: Press release
Image Source: JBL
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