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Published on August 3rd, 2021 | by The GC Team

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JBL announces two new models

JBL has announced two new models available in Q4 2021 – the L52 Classic stereo loudspeaker, and the L75sms all-in-one system (pictured).

The L75sms Music System has been “developed to appeal to modern music enthusiasts,” and is, says JBL, “certain to be an ‘instant classic’.  The system’s design is inspired by the JBL Classic Series, with which it shares its walnut wood veneer cabinet finish and black Quadrex foam grille. Inside, modern acoustic technology includes high-res audio capability and a range of wired and wireless connectivity.

The integrated streaming engine offers both wired and wireless network audio capabilities via Ethernet, Google Chromecast Built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth audio. A 32-bit/192kHz high-resolution DAC ensures high fidelity, and in addition to premium wireless audio, the L75ms provides several connections for physical sources, including a 3.5mm analogue input. There is a moving magnet (MM) phono stage for vinyl lovers for connecting a turntable and an HDMI ARC input for movie and gaming sound when connected to a television. There is a dedicated signal sensing subwoofer output for connecting to an external powered subwoofer for even more acoustic impact. JBL provides everything necessary to create a truly excellent sound system without taking up a lot of space. The system was designed and engineered at the Harman Center of Acoustics Excellence in Northridge, California.

“The L75ms Music System will attract new customers who want incredible sound but without all the complexity and clutter of a component system”, said Jim Garrett Sr. Director of Product Strategy and Planning for Harman’s Luxury Audio business unit. “With its extensive connectivity and attractive Classic Series appearance, there is simply nothing like it on the market today!”

The JBL L75ms Music System will be available in Q4 of 2021 with a retail price of £1,500.

The new L52 Classic bookshelf loudspeaker follows the larger L100 Classic and L82 Classic models, and its more compact size allows it to work in a variety of applications from stand-mount, to bookshelf, to tabletop, to wall-mount. The appearance of the L52 Classic echoes that of its larger siblings with a walnut wood veneer enclosure and a Quadrex foam grille available in a choice of black, blue, or orange.

It utilises a 0.75-inch titanium dome tweeter mated to an acoustic lens waveguide and a 5.25-inch white cone, cast-frame woofer. A premium crossover network design ensures optimum system performance, while a front panel HF level attenuator allows the sound to be tailored to its environment. Enclosure tuning is bass-reflex via a front-firing tuned port, and a set of binding post speaker terminals provide a secure connection to speaker cables. The enclosure is finished in walnut wood veneer and includes a pair of threaded inserts on the rear panel for use with third-party wall mount brackets.

“The L52 Classic is such a compelling proposition with its big sound, small size, and attractive pricing”, said Jim Garrett. “For the music lover, you get a phenomenal sounding loudspeaker with a premium design and the legacy of 75 years of JBL as the guarantee of high-performance and quality for years of listening pleasure.”

The JBL L52 Classic is packed and sold in mirror-imaged pairs and will be available in Q4 of 2021 with a retail price of £1,000 per pair.

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