The JBL L 82 are a smaller 2 way rather than 3 way like the L 100s but some people prefer them to the larger ones. Other speakers to look out for on similar lines are the KLH 5s, similar to to the L 100s and again some prefer them at half the price, also the Wharfedale Linton heritage these are cheaper still.
I have seen a pair of the L100 for sale ex dem online by an audio dealer chain with several shops, about £1000 off new price. The dealers branch with them for sale does stock Naim so they would know if it a good match. Not sure if I am allowed to mention the name, so haven’t as I don’t want get told off again.
Lovely story Richard. Owning a pair of speakers that are not only good, but also in a historical context is rare and really cool I think, congratulations!
Thanks, is this a UK dealer chain?
My local Naim dealer has a pair of L100 ex demos for sale, I was having a look at them today. They are a great looking speaker and certainly stand out with the retro orange grill.
Yes, it is a UK chain. They have a branch in my hometown of Brighton.
Here is a picture of my JBL Apollo’s. The centre speaker is also JBL but I don’t remember the model.
Although common wisdom is that vintage JBL’s sound best with tube amps and are usually seen on YouTube powered by monster amps, I have found the XS2 to be a good fit as the speakers are very efficient. I believe the efficiency is about 100db @ 1 metre or more.
In my opinion, JBL’s, especially those with alnico magnets, has the most satisfying bass: sumptuous, soft, more felt than heard. Most other brands can’t seem to get it right. They are either sclerotic, too hard or too lumpy.
I’m still on the run …
Yes it (hopefully) never stops.
That sounds good. Where is your local dealer?
Hi Bjorn, Hampton Wick - UK, hope that helps.
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