Harman introduced the JBL L82 Classic, a modern bookshelf version of the JBL L100 loudspeaker at CES.
Based on the JBL L100 Classic loudspeaker introduced in 2018, the new L82 Classic’s 8-inch, two-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,” says 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 is optimised to deliver a full, natural sound with bass-reflex tuning via a front-firing Slipstream port.
The L82 Classic loudspeakers feature a retro design with vintage JBL styling including an iconic Quadrex foam grille in a choice of three colors – 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.
The L82 Classic is scheduled to hit UK stores around April 2020, priced at £2,000 / €2,200 per pair.
The accompanying speaker stands are priced at £175 / €200 per pair.