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Old 9th October 2007, 09:27 AM   #1
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Default Jbl L100 Century Speakers

Hi there all vintage hi fi gurus, thinking of upgrading my speakers (currently own a set of nice modern JAMO's) and thinking of purchasing the JBL L100 century speakers....there are heaps of vintage hi fi buffs that LOVE these speakers, would appreciate anyones feedback if they are worth getting - i use vintage amps only and have a diverse taste in music - how do they sound generally? is it a flat sound or more bright? Hope someone out there can shed some light! Cheers, Andy
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Definitely bright, the archetype of the so-called "West Coast Sound." If you're a rock fan, you'll be very happy.

Check driver condition carefully!
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cheers! they seem original and surrounds look ok, unfortunately cabinets arent in the best order - can they be revaneered? whats a good price??? Cheers! Andy
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Is the foam "chunky" grille still intact? That was the key visual design feature.

Have no idea of the price these days, sorry.
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If the woofers have foam beware. They are not the originals. The L100 used a D123A woofer which had a pleated and treated cloth surround. You need to pull one of those woofers to see it is indeed a JBL woofer. Could have been replaced with a 128H woofer. If this is true it's not an L100 but a hybrid and the low end may not have the rise at 60Hz that the normal driver has in that cabinet size.

L100 are a home version of the 4311 control monitor. They are voiced to have a specific contour and are not true syudio monitors as they are not flat. That said they can be a real blast and can sound good if set up properly.

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www.audioheritage.org and look for the Product Profile on the L100

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If you are interested in the JBL Centurys, then this should be considered to get the most from them, useful info too:

http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/JBL_L100.htm
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I have fond memories of L100's as when I was in my year working in industry at uni, they had them in the R&D lab. They definitely opened my eyes to a less boomy sound.
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Default The L100

Check out

http://www.troelsgravesen.dk/JBL_L100.htm

I bought a couple pairs of 123a-1 woofers based on Troels' writeups and they are awesome.

He also manages to take the boom tizz out of the L100.

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The L100's and the Doobie Brothers.

Match made in heaven.
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