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JBL is reissuing the classic L100 speakers

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Monsieur Gadbois, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. SunSon

    SunSon Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sea Of Holes
    I got an ETA later yesterday that they would be delivered today.
    They ship out of the Chicago area which is a 3.5 hour drive to me.
    I moved the other speakers and I am waiting for the FedEx truck. :cool:

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  2. SunSon

    SunSon Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sea Of Holes
    They work.
    Beautiful sound, I first played a few cuts from Lost In A Dream by The War On Drugs and yes there is more bass than the L100, no biggie I turned the treble up a couple of notches but I keep the STC on.
    Then played some ETC by Wayne Shorter and all the clarity is there and depth.
    I took the grills off and there is more of a difference with them off than the L100, and went back to The War On Drugs no covers for listening is the way I'm doing it.
    I put the tweeters on the outside for a fuller soundstage in this tight setting.
    These little guys kick azz, for the people that passed on the L100 these are for you.
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  3. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    What're those grills? They don't look like the waffle ones.
     
  4. DavidR

    DavidR Forum Resident

    Location:
    Europe
    Nice! They change a lot once you have some hours on them, the bass recedes a little and opens up, also the treble smooths out.

    I ended up with the tweeters on the outside also, treble is at about 10 past now.

    Also play with toe in, I have the tweeters pointing directly at my ears, makes a massive difference in my room.

    What's with those grills?

    Here are mine:-

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  5. SunSon

    SunSon Forum Resident

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    Sea Of Holes
    It's the lights and my lame camera
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  6. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    That's better!
     
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  7. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    When you say there is more bass than the L100 - have you owned those? I'm presuming the L100 does actually have significantly lower bass (I mean it should do with a 12 incher) but maybe it's just not boosted, which is the main complaint I've read about them.
     
  8. DavidR

    DavidR Forum Resident

    Location:
    Europe
    Good question, that could be why Fruff76 is using a sub with his L100's

    L82's do not need a sub.
     
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  9. SunSon

    SunSon Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sea Of Holes
    I have a pair of the L100, they are very neutral and I love them.
     
  10. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    Great, you're then man (I presume) to talk to. So at low to medium listening levels would you say the L82 has more prominent bass than the L100? In fact maybe you better wait a week or two to answer that as you only just got the L82s right? Are they new?
     
  11. Sbcrue

    Sbcrue Member

    Location:
    Dunedin FL
    That looks great! Man, enjoy your weekend with that new set-up. I can't wait to finally get a pair of these. I appreciate finding a place where there is some real-life feedback on the L82's.
     
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  12. Fruff76

    Fruff76 L100 Classic - Fan Club President

    The L100’s do not need a sub. I have it on hand for extreme low frequencies. With or without the sub, the L100 will blow you away with dynamic impact.
     
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  13. SunSon

    SunSon Forum Resident

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    Sea Of Holes
    Yes
    Right
    Yes
     
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  14. rill

    rill Well-Known Member

    Location:
    PA
    The L82 definitely has a pretty big bump ~ 100hz which is similar to most "Bookshelf speakers", which might be why it sounds like it has more bass.
     
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  15. SunSon

    SunSon Forum Resident

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    Sea Of Holes
    I gave the L82s the Saturday morning test yesterday and it passed above and beyond the call of duty.
    I get up hours before anyone else on Sat morns so I have to be quiet. Full dynamics and detail at low volumes.
    Very nice. Triple-A-plus.
     
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  16. Danonano

    Danonano Active Member

    Location:
    Kingston, Ontario
    I've decided to get a center speaker for my L100s, and I'm looking at options. I have a low table in-between them, so another L100 or L82 isn't an option. Also, the new HDI's have a compression tweeter so might not match the L100s very well. My only idea is to look at the Revel line.

    Any other ideas for a good center that would work well?
     
  17. SunSon

    SunSon Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sea Of Holes
    After I got my L82s I said that these would be great for people that thought the L100s were to lite in the bass area.
    What type of music do you isten to the majority of the time? If I can be so nosey:)
     
  18. DavidR

    DavidR Forum Resident

    Location:
    Europe
    That's difficult, maybe:-

    Studio 235C | Dual 2.5-way 6.5” Center Channel Loudspeaker

    Can you not use the L100's in a phantom centre configuration?
     
  19. Danonano

    Danonano Active Member

    Location:
    Kingston, Ontario
    The center would just be for movies, but to answer your question I listen to a variety of music: lots of acoustic stuff, techno/trance, worship, classic rock, classical etc.

    Thanks for the suggestion. Yes they work great as a phantom center when it's just one or two people, but when I have a group that is spread out it becomes a bit more difficult.
     
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  20. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    A center channel speaker does not have to be large or expensive. The Klipsch Heresy was invented as a center channel speaker as fill in for the large corner K-Horns.

    Neither does a center channel have to be full range, with a lot of bass. The mains are doing this already, all the center channel needs to do is to fill in the midrange.

    You might consider a center channel speaker from a home theater application.

    Polk makes a large center channel speaker for their RTi line, the CSiA6.

    They are not available on the Polk website but are available through Crutchfield for $199.99 each, available in real cherry wood or black wood veneer.

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    I used to have their RTiA9 as mains and later upgraded to the LSiM707's. I bought the large center channel speaker for the LSiM series, but it was too large to fit in the cabinet under the TV.

    So I kept the CSiA6 and used it with the LSiM707's. I power it with a 250-Watt mono amplifier to match the amplifiers that I use for the front mains.

    The CSiA6 is a very neutral sounding speaker, with clear midrange and a decent amount of bass.

    I doubt if you will find anything close to it in performance at this price range. It does not have any drawbacks in my HT / stereo system, which includes rear tower speakers and a commercial 1,600-Watt passive horn loaded subwoofer.

    Everything cuts through loud and clear, without any bit of audible distortion.

    (Note: I started typing this earlier).
     
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  21. DavidR

    DavidR Forum Resident

    Location:
    Europe
    Hey Fruff, is this you?

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  22. Fruff76

    Fruff76 L100 Classic - Fan Club President

    YES!
     
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  23. Monsieur Gadbois

    Monsieur Gadbois Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    West Coast
    Found this vintage photo on Instagram.

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  24. Fruff76

    Fruff76 L100 Classic - Fan Club President

    That’s great
     
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  25. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    Dave, I can't see your profile (limited) - what equipment do you have with the JBL L82s? What size room?
     

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