Taking its cue from the JBL SA600 and SA660 amplifiers from the 60s and 70s, the new SA750 integrated amp adds a few modern twists to keep things interesting.
Founded in 1946, JBL is taking its 75th birthday celebrations seriously with an anniversary pairing that includes the L100 Classic 75 loudspeaker and a new take on classic amps with the JBL SA750 integrated amplifier.
Bring the legacy of craftsmanship, audio engineering and design to the new 75th Anniversary JBL SA750 has resulted in a retro-inspired milled aluminum face panel with classic teak-wood veneer side panels to match the limited edition L100 Classic 75 loudspeakers.
The front panel includes a 3.5mm Aux input and 3.5mm Headphones output, plus a 2-line orange display screen. There’re also deluxe volume, balance and input dials and hefty switches for power, mute, direct, MC/MM phono, and Dirac Live room calibration.
To balance out the vintage elements of the SA750, a number of state of the art touches have been included. These features are led by Class G amplification which delivers 120W of power per channel into 8Ω and 220W per channel into 4Ω. The amplification system operates as a Class A amplifier for low level signals and switches in an additional power supply for large transients and dynamic waveforms. This contributes to detail and accuracy at low levels with high-current capability for extreme power demands along with low crossover distortion.
Streaming options are provided by Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2. There're also two optical and two coaxial digital inputs plus a USB port all supported by a high-resolution DAC. The SA750 is also Roon Ready, has support for full MQA file decoding and includes six pairs of analogue RCA inputs - including a switchable MM/MC phono input - and a stereo RCA preamp output.
Further connectivity includes Ethernet and Wi-Fi with UPnP for connecting to a home network, there’s RS-232 serial control for third-party control systems and the SA720 comes with two pairs of binding-post speaker connectors. Meanwhile Dirac Live room calibration can optimize performance in any listening room.
Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy & Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio, said, “The SA750 combines the appeal of retro design with the most current room optimization and streaming technologies in the market.” He added, “It’s the best of both worlds - past and present - and is already generating considerable excitement among audiophiles and enthusiasts to whom we’ve previewed it.”
The new JBL SA750 is priced at $3,000 with availability beginning in May 2021.
Source: Harman Press Release
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