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    JBL by HARMAN Introduces Updated, Iconic JBL L100 Loudspeaker at CES 2018

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    The L100 Classic will be available in Spring 2018 at an MSRP of $4,000 per pair.
    it's easier to try,
    than to prove it can't be done

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    Maybe this will increase the availability of the 1200FE.

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    I wonder if their grill foam would fit the original frames...

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    Maybe this will increase the availability of the 1200FE.
    That's been the only positive thing I could think of. "L100"... $4K ... Samsung... Crumbling foam grilles...
    Seems I'm not the intended demographic... though you'd think I would be. Must be getting grumpier.

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    Price is up there but I think this to be a very interesting speaker. Love to hear it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    ......Seems I'm not the intended demographic... though you'd think I would be. Must be getting grumpier.
    I think our age group is the intended demographic, but maybe a couple of income brackets higher.....

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    Chris Hagen

    This L100 remake was done by Chris Hagen, the guy behind the L Series (1990s): L-1, L-3, L-5, L-7. He's done a lot of designs for JBL and others, including the JBL L100t3. He's a member here--or was back in 2007 when the L Series thread was running hot.

    Naturally, all of us old farts will balk at the $4k price tag since we remember the 1970 price tag of $273 each. No doubt this new model will eat the original's lunch. It's decades ahead in components, has a real crossover, an honest-to-goodness tuned port, much improved connectors, and (hopefully) a grille that will last much longer than the original. Congrats to Chris!

    Full Disclosure: My original L100s aren't going anywhere.
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    In that rough price range, and still being a JBL fan of sorts, I’d be seriously comparing the 4429. I could see folks going either way in that runoff. Admittedly, I’d have a bias going in, but it would make for a fun listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    This L100 remake was done by Chris Hagen, the guy behind the L Series (1990s): L-1, L-3, L-5, L-7. He's done a lot of designs for JBL and others, including the JBL L100t3. He's a member here--or was back in 2007 when the L Series thread was running hot.
    Congratulations to Chris who was always very congenial and forthcoming in his participation on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    That's been the only positive thing I could think of. "L100"... $4K ... Samsung... Crumbling foam grilles...
    Seems I'm not the intended demographic... though you'd think I would be. Must be getting grumpier.
    You read me right brother.

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    $273 1970 dollars is $1735 today.

    Buy two, add a $30 million per annum CEO--the math works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speakerdave View Post
    $273 1970 dollars is $1735 today.

    Buy two, add a $30 million per annum CEO--the math works.
    I was going to balk too, but I also went to the CPI calculator before seeing your post and got the same answer. So.....$4,000 per pair isn't all that crazy. It's only $530 off per pair from 1970 prices; assuming the calculator is accurate.

    They sure look sexy!

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    I was thinking these were maybe the most expensive 3 way, 12 incher JBL bookshelves,
    but no, the Century Golds retailed at $5000 , dont know the year ,
    but trace that year down and plug into your inflation calculators.

    Oh wait, found it online. 1996

    $7,863
    it's easier to try,
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    "The original L100 production run included the L100, along with the subsequent L100A and L100 Century evolutions that quickly followed and ran thru the end of production in 1978. That fundamental compact 12-inch 3-way design is maintained in the L100 Classic with improvements made to the transducers, enclosure tuning, and crossover network design. Designed by Chris Hagen, the same acoustic system engineer that created the L100T3 in 1988, the L100 Classic benefits from decades of JBL engineering prowess along with the world’s most advanced acoustic engineering resources available in HARMAN’s Northridge, California design center."
    Optional black metal floor stands are available with included adjustable carpet spikes. The walnut wood frame grille is available with the iconic Quadrex foam insert in a choice of black, orange, or blue. The L100 Classic will be available in Spring 2018 at an MSRP of $4,000 per pair.

    Holy moly - the L100-Century speakers were $600 a pair from Sound Gallery in Wheaton Plaza back in 1976 -
    beyond my budget, so I bought some L36 Decades for $400!


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