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Customer Reviews

Discontinued item

JBL L82 Classic

Bookshelf speakers (Orange grilles)

MFR # JBLL82CLASSICORGAM

JBL L82 Classic

JBL L82 Classic

Bookshelf speakers (Orange grilles)

MFR # JBLL82CLASSICORGAM

3 reviews
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Looking for a Classic? Try the JBL L82's

Crutchfield customer from Largo, FL on 10/11/2020

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I own a pair of JBL 82 since 1987 and I downsized when I moved. So the room is smaller and when I saw that JBL came out with the L82 classic, A smaller version of the L 100 and smaller than my old JBL 82s. I couldn't wait to try them out. I've had them for two weeks now and I'm pleasantly surprised how a smaller cabinet puts out more base and a cleaner mid range than the ones I've had since 1987. I've grown up with friends that had the original JBL1 00 monitors, so I knew what to expect. In fact I couldn't find any in the mid 70s and I bought a set of Pioneer HPM 100s in 1976 so I'm familiar with the rock 'n' roll sound. In case you didn't know Pioneer had hired a JBL engineer to design the HPM series of speakers in the 70s they sold almost as well as the JBL's did. I was very surprise that I was able to find something close to that sound. I sold my Pioneer HPM 100s and my SX-1250 receiver 10 years ago, so I've been looking for a good so called rock 'n' roll speaker in a smaller venue. Definitely would recommend these to anybody who is looking for the old rock 'n' roll sound in a smaller space. If the price bothers you I found an old ad online for JBL 100 Century monitors back in 1970 and they sold for $273 each, add for inflation and that puts you right in the ballpark for today's price of these new JBL classics.

Pros: Familiar rock 'n' roll sound. Surprisingly more bass out of a small cabinet. Clean high tones and mid range for a 2 way speaker.

Cons: The only downside is the walnut veneer looks too-vinyl like. If you remember these from the 70s like I did the cabinets looked more like real wood back then they do today but that won't affect the sound it's just a comment that I thought for the price they could have used a better quality veneer.

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Looking for a Classic? Try the JBL L82's

Crutchfield customer from Largo, FL on 10/11/2020

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I own a pair of JBL 82 since 1987 and I downsized when I moved. So the room is smaller and when I saw that JBL came out with the L82 classic, A smaller version of the L 100 and smaller than my old JBL 82s. I couldn't wait to try them out. I've had them for two weeks now and I'm pleasantly surprised how a smaller cabinet puts out more base and a cleaner mid range than the ones I've had since 1987. I've grown up with friends that had the original JBL1 00 monitors, so I knew what to expect. In fact I couldn't find any in the mid 70s and I bought a set of Pioneer HPM 100s in 1976 so I'm familiar with the rock 'n' roll sound. In case you didn't know Pioneer had hired a JBL engineer to design the HPM series of speakers in the 70s they sold almost as well as the JBL's did. I was very surprise that I was able to find something close to that sound. I sold my Pioneer HPM 100s and my SX-1250 receiver 10 years ago, so I've been looking for a good so called rock 'n' roll speaker in a smaller venue. Definitely would recommend these to anybody who is looking for the old rock 'n' roll sound in a smaller space. If the price bothers you I found an old ad online for JBL 100 Century monitors back in 1970 and they sold for $273 each, add for inflation and that puts you right in the ballpark for today's price of these new JBL classics.

Pros: Familiar rock 'n' roll sound. Surprisingly more bass out of a small cabinet. Clean high tones and mid range for a 2 way speaker.

Cons: The only downside is the walnut veneer looks too-vinyl like. If you remember these from the 70s like I did the cabinets looked more like real wood back then they do today but that won't affect the sound it's just a comment that I thought for the price they could have used a better quality veneer.

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Punching above their Weight Class

Crutchfield customer from Locust, NC on 9/21/2020

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These little guys sound amazing. Still breaking them in but they are warm and smooth at low volumes. The larger woofer than other bookshelves in range allow for better low end and effortless lower mids. Listen to a solo acoustic track, close your eyes and you have sense of a guy sitting on a stool in front of you, the resonance of the guitar body is uncanny. I can see why several reviews have named them speaker of the year 2020. Looking forward to many years with these.

Pros: Size Solid Build Awesome Retro Grilles

Cons: Grilles not Magnetic

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Blown away by my L82s!

Jon from Atlanta on 8/12/2020

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These speakers sound amazing. JBL really nailed it. They have true audiophile qualities - like excellent staging and imaging - but what makes them stand out is the meaty bass, which is also tight, controlled and balanced. Moreover, the speakers put out a well-defined mid-range that complements a terrific tweeter (the speakers render singers' voices really well). Most importantly, the speakers are musical and lively. In other words: fun. The sound is on the warm side, which is great for bright rooms like mine . and makes for hours of fatigue-free listening. And, true to JBL's legacy, you can adjust the tweeter tone to get things just right. You'll want an amp with some power to bring out the best in them. My 100W integrated makes them sing so I'd think anything in that wattage range would get the job done. These blow my previous speakers out of the water - and the older speakers were considerably more expensive! Plus, they look sharp and the Quadrex foam grilles never get old; my spouse even approves. Crutchfield delivered them quickly and was great to deal with, as always.

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Blown away by my L82s!

Jon from Atlanta on 8/12/2020

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These speakers sound amazing. JBL really nailed it. They have true audiophile qualities - like excellent staging and imaging - but what makes them stand out is the meaty bass, which is also tight, controlled and balanced. Moreover, the speakers put out a well-defined mid-range that complements a terrific tweeter (the speakers render singers' voices really well). Most importantly, the speakers are musical and lively. In other words: fun. The sound is on the warm side, which is great for bright rooms like mine . and makes for hours of fatigue-free listening. And, true to JBL's legacy, you can adjust the tweeter tone to get things just right. You'll want an amp with some power to bring out the best in them. My 100W integrated makes them sing so I'd think anything in that wattage range would get the job done. These blow my previous speakers out of the water - and the older speakers were considerably more expensive! Plus, they look sharp and the Quadrex foam grilles never get old; my spouse even approves. Crutchfield delivered them quickly and was great to deal with, as always.

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