JBL L100 Classic With Retro Safety Orange Foam Grill Included!!

Discerning college dorm rooms and recording studios rejoice! JBL's famed L100 speaker from the seventies has been rebooted as the L100 Classic (left, in the photo above), which, despite the familiar look, Harman's Todd Eichenbaum says is new from the ground up.

The tweeter is a titanium dome "which harkens back to some current and classic JBL designs," explains Eichenbaum. "The styling is very much reminiscent of the seventies classic." They will naturally include a sculpted foam grill (most excellent!) which will come in bright orange, blue, and the more discreet charcoal color seen in the photo below.


"What's new is that the sound is very much updated," he adds. "So it still has the dynamic JBL sound but I would say with a little more refinement than the old model." Retail will be $4,000 a pair and release date is several months away, so start saving now!

My favorite JBL L100 true story: a recording studio owner once told me he would only allow the L100s to be used when rock bands came into his studio (though he had better monitors available), since they could sustain a bass guitar being dropped on the ground with a fader wide open. Classic.

Anton's picture

Great to see the tradition live on!

The dorms at Sarah Lawrence, Williams, Middlebury, USC, Duke, and other schools for that fiscal demographic will be rocking!

I am picturing a set up up with a Technics 1200 (4K,) a Grado Statement 2 (3.5K,) these speakers at 4K, and Marantz PM 10-S1 (8K) making for a great retro dorm experience for 20K, with free zipcord speaker wires!

DH's picture

In the 70's, but they cost way more than I could afford back then. Memory tells me it was about $500, which would make the real price similar the new model.
But let's be honest: the original wouldn't be considered a good speaker today. I'm sure the new version is better many times over.

rbienstock's picture

The studio version of these, the 4310/4311 was an amazing near field monitor. They may not have been so great in your home stereo (I never heard then in that context) but mounted on a console about 4 feet from your head, they were a perfect window on what you had recorded and anything you mixed on them sounded great played on any other system from a car radio to a super high-end system. I have the current iteration of these, the 4312SE in my home studio and they are wonderful. They also cost $1,500 less than these at least at street prices.