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JBL L100T

I was wondering if anyone on the forum has any input on the sound quality of these speakers from the mid 80s. They are classic JBL with 12 inch woofers, 5 inch mid, and titanium dome tweeter in a walnut veneer cabinet. In their day they were considered a top quality speaker. Any thoughts?? What would they compare with now?

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Re: JBL L100T

There are a lot of JBL heads over at audiokarma.org that would be more than happy to enlighten you.

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The L-100T's are FANTASTIC! just as the L-80T's are as well. Same drivers except for the size of the low frequency driver 12" versus 10".

L-100T's have great authoritative Bass. Not boomy at all. Plus the walnut cabinets are oil rubbed. Mine look beautiful to this day. Tung oil is the secret, But stay away from the L-100T3's that took the place of the L-100T's. The veneers are laminated walnut and look cheap IMHO.

By the way, I have a pair of L-250Ti's(JBL's only trapezoidal designed cabinet) for sale if interested. Teak oil rubbed cabinets, 4 way design with 14in. woofers.Rare and in excellent condition.

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Mark, thanks for your reply. Back in the day I owned a pair of JBL L150A speakers. Bought them around 1980 new and had them for about 22 years. I thought they were great. At the time I powered them with the Yamaha R2000 receiver (150 watts/channel). I believe that receiver had a Carver design amp in it. I still have that receiver even though I am not using it now. It still works. For some reason you get alot of people poo pooing JBL as not "audiophile" speakers, but I know from experience that my L150As were built like a tank and I loved their sound. Eventually, I replaced them about 2001 with my current Paradigm Studio 100 speakers. I remember when I bought my L150As seeing the L250 ad (just before the Ti series) and remembering how beautiful they looked. But they can get rather large in a living room. Since you own the L100T, what do you think of their sound compared to todays typical speakers that cost $2k - $4k/pair? I believe they were ahead of their time with the Titanium tweeters. Don

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On this forum, I have a friend who has asked for my help. He has a set of L-100T's that needs new woofers, not just reconing. I have exhausted all of my ideas? Any help from the forum?

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On this forum, I have a friend who has asked for my help. He has a set of L-100T's that needs new woofers, not just reconing. I have exhausted all of my ideas? Any help from the forum?

The research I did indicates these used the 2214H series 12" woofer. Orange County Speaker Repair repairs this unit with aftermarket parts built to original JBL specs, as original replacements are no longer available. If you scroll down the linked page you'll see they charge $145.00 ea. (incl. labor)- shipping extra. They are very good people to deal with and handle lots of JBL stuff. If a complete reconing won't do, I think they do crossovers, etc. also.

They also have a lot of replacement speakers and may have a suitable substitute.

Good luck!

http://www.speakerrepair.com/ocsrepairprice.html

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Mark, thanks for your reply. Back in the day I owned a pair of JBL L150A speakers. Bought them around 1980 new and had them for about 22 years. I thought they were great. At the time I powered them with the Yamaha R2000 receiver (150 watts/channel). I believe that receiver had a Carver design amp in it. I still have that receiver even though I am not using it now. It still works. For some reason you get alot of people poo pooing JBL as not "audiophile" speakers, but I know from experience that my L150As were built like a tank and I loved their sound. Eventually, I replaced them about 2001 with my current Paradigm Studio 100 speakers. I remember when I bought my L150As seeing the L250 ad (just before the Ti series) and remembering how beautiful they looked. But they can get rather large in a living room. Since you own the L100T, what do you think of their sound compared to todays typical speakers that cost $2k - $4k/pair? I believe they were ahead of their time with the Titanium tweeters. Don

I agree with you Don on JBL being ahead of thier time with the Titanium tweets. Although JBL does not have the intricate crossover networks and or extensive cabinetry build, I believe JBL loudspeakers come awfully close to speakers in the 2k-4k price range. Also, JBL has stood the test of time. I see alot of speaker companies that hit the ground running with a particular design (and huge price tag as well) only to find them out of business in a matter of years.

JBL was also one of the pioneers into the horn. Especially unique horns type loudspeakers. You will not be disappointed in the JBL line that utilizes them.

The max wattage on the L-80T's are 150w. With that said, I have driven them with an Adcom GFA-555 (200w/ch), Levinson No.27 (100w/ch) and 23.5(200w/ch), Classe CA-400(400w/ch) all with beautiful results.

The great thing about JBL's is that they are meant to be driven hard and can really come alive when mated with a great amplifier. I will never part with them.

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On this forum, I have a friend who has asked for my help. He has a set of L-100T's that needs new woofers, not just reconing. I have exhausted all of my ideas? Any help from the forum?

Contact Orange County Speaker repair:

http://www.speakerrepair.com/

Good luck!
Mark Evans

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Re: JBL L100T

I remember when they were introduced. I could have easily bought a pair then. I didn't like them then and my opinion hasn't changed. They and all their ilk are screechy and way too "in your face" for me.

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They and all their ilk are screechy and way too "in your face" for me.

As are some of the comments on this forum...

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That doesn't change the over the top highs and forward midrange.

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That doesn't change the over the top highs and forward midrange.

Even though I own a pair of L-80T's and have owned the L-250Ti's in the past, I have to agree... they can be a bit "shouty" at times. Especially with a bad recording such as the early AAD CD formats.

Digital re-masters sound much, much better.

Mark

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JBL L100T

I have a pair of L100T's and I still love them to this day. They have provided a great musical experience, and still do. I bought these in 1987 as my dream speakers. However, I have to part with them because we are trying to create more space in our house and I need to convert to a satellite speaker system. What would a pair of these sell for these days? I have taken VERY good care of these speakers, and until I moved to this house 5 years ago, I still had the original boxes. But, with five total moves, they had seen better days, but any time the speakers were moved, they were moved while inside their original boxes. Thanks for your reply.

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