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JBL L52 Classic Bookshelf speakers (Black grilles)

Item # 109L52BLK

This pair of speakers pays homage to the iconic look — and dynamite sound — of JBL's 1970s offerings.

This pair of speakers pays homage to the iconic look — and dynamite sound — of JBL's 1970s offerings.

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Item # 109L52BLK

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$1,000.00 -$50.00 Outlet savings
$950.00 pair

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About the JBL L52 Classic

Eric A.

Retro design for a compact speaker

JBL recently revisited their designs of the 1970s with the L100 Classic, an updated version of their best-selling speaker of all time. I love the larger speaker's retro look, so I was happy to see this more compact, wall-mountable version. The L52 Classic offers the same cool styling in a form factor that suits my smaller living space. 
JBL L52 Classic speaker with grille removed

Under the colorful grilles are well-made drivers, a front-facing port, and a high-frequency level control.

Retro design for a compact speaker

JBL recently revisited their designs of the 1970s with the L100 Classic, an updated version of their best-selling speaker of all time. I love the larger speaker's retro look, so I was happy to see this more compact, wall-mountable version. The L52 Classic offers the same cool styling in a form factor that suits my smaller living space. 

This pair of speakers features the elegant walnut cabinet and colorful Quadrex foam grilles that make the Classic line so visually distinct.

What's under the grilles

The L52's grilles give them a cool look, but it's what's underneath that makes them sound so good. A white, 5-1/4" pure pulp woofer provides clear mids and punchy bass, with the help of a front-firing port. And a front-mounted high-frequency level control lets you fine-tune the performance of the 3/4" titanium dome tweeter.

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Product highlights:

  • 2-way design
    • 5-1/4" pure pulp cone woofer
    • 3/4" titanium dome tweeter with waveguide
  • high-frequency level control on front baffle
  • walnut veneer enclosure with famous Quadrex foam grille
  • bass-reflex enclosure with front-firing port
  • frequency response: 47-24,000 Hz (-6 dB)
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • power handling: 10-75 watts RMS
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • gold-plated binding posts
  • threaded inserts for wall mounting (brackets not included)
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 7-13/16"W x 13-1/16"H x 8-11/16"D
  • weight: 11 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 5 years
  • MFR # JBLL52CLASSICBLK

High-performance amplifier recommended. See receivers & amps for this speaker

What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Owner's Manual

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More details on the JBL L52 Classic

Stacey B.

Features & specs

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF/Wood veneer
Color Walnut
Tweeter Type Hard-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Pulp
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 10-75
Sensitivity 85 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 47-24k Hz
Connector Type 5-Way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 13-1/16
Width (inches) 7-13/16
Depth (inches) 8-11/16
Weight (pounds) 11
Wall-mountable With optional bracket
Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 22-26
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

2-Way Driver Design: The JBL L52 Classic loudspeaker utilizes a 2-way driver configuration with a 0.75" titanium dome tweeter and an 5.25" pure-pulp cone bass woofer. The L52 Classic Loudspeaker delivers room-filling, full-range sound with exceptional dynamic range and detail, clean and effortless high output, and precise deep bass with low distortion.

High Frequency Level Control: The L52 Classic has a front-panel adjustment that lets you balance the levels of the tweeter (HF) relative to the woofer. You can use these controls to adjust the speaker's sound according to your room's acoustics, or your personal taste. The "0dB" default position is a good place to start. Whatever sounds best to you in your room is the right setting. As with most speakers, after you start playing the L52 Classic it will take the drivers' suspensions several weeks to "break in" and achieve optimum performance. During this period, the balance between the woofer and tweeter may change, so JBL recommends that you adjust the high frequency level control again after the break-in period.

Note: The front-panel control adjustment is located behind the Quadrex foam grille. There is also a protective plastic film on the front control panel label that needs to be removed.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The JBL L52 Classic loudspeaker employs a bass reflex enclosure with a front-firing port for higher efficiency and bigger bass response. The enclosure is finished in walnut veneer and is available with a black, blue, or orange Quadrex foam grille.

Binding Post Terminals: The L52 Classic loudspeaker features gold-plated, 5-way binding-post speaker terminals that will accept a variety of connector types - including bare wire (up to 10AWG) spade-connectors, pin-connectors, and banana connectors (single or dual). Plastic inserts inside the binding-posts will need to be removed in order to use banana connectors.

Mounting & Placement Options: The L52 Classic speaker can be positioned on a floor stand (sold separately) or placed on a bookshelf. It can also be wall-mounted via two M6 threaded inserts on the rear-panel and using an optional mounting bracket (sold separately ).

  • JBL recommends that you position each speaker so that its tweeter is approximately at ear level. The recommended stand height is 24".
  • For best results, place the speakers 6' to 8' apart. If you set the speakers farther apart than this, angle them toward the listening position.
  • The speakers will produce the most accurate stereo soundstage when the angle between the listener and the speakers is between 40 and 60 degrees.
  • Generally, bass output will increase as the speaker is moved closer to a wall or corner. For best performance, JBL recommends that you place the speakers at least 20" away from the sidewalls.

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Q
Are there stands available for the jbl l52 speakers?
annemarie  Feb 06, 2022
2 answers
A
there's no stands. u have to hold them while u listen
daniel  Feb 23, 2022
A
When you add the speakers to your cart, in check out, you'll see a 'accessories' tab that you can expand; the stands that are compatible are listed there.
sidney  Feb 09, 2022
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Whats a good receiver to pair with the JBL L52s?
howie  Jul 30, 2022
1 answer
A
A solid amp with up to 75 watts RMS is a great move on these fantastic 4 ohm JBL's, Howie. Depending on your inputs needed, you could consider three of my personal favorites. The LEAK Stereo 130 in Walnut in the first link would be a great choice, putting out around 65 watts to the JBL's. The second link is the Technics SU-G7000M2 Grand Class, a true stunner! The Technics puts out some real power into a 4 ohm speaker, so you would have to listen at high levels cautiously. If you need to have Wi-Fi and streaming built in, you could consider the HiFi Rose RS201E in the third link. The Hi-fi Rose is a revolutionary integrated amp, and would make a great vintage/modern hybrid setup that would sound amazing with the JBL's too! https://www.crutchfield.com/p_326ST130WL/LEAK-Stereo-130-Walnut.html https://www.crutchfield.com/p_133G700M2B/Technics-SU-G700M2-Grand-Class-Black.html https://www.crutchfield.com/p_358RS201E/HiFi-Rose-RS201E.html
bo  Jul 30, 2022 (Staff)
Q
are there replacement grilles available to purchase or will there be in the future?
melinda  Feb 27, 2022
1 answer
A
JBL does not currently offer the grilles separately for this speaker model.
jenny  Mar 08, 2022 (Staff)
Q
Will the JBL L52's pair well with a Denon PMA-600NE?
ramiro  Dec 24, 2023
1 answer
A
I see no reason why not, Ramiro. The Denon PMA-600NE delivers high-current power and would provide 70-watts into a 4-ohm speaker like the JBL L52's. This would provide the perfect match of wattage for max performance!
bo  Dec 26, 2023 (Staff)
Q
Can anyone recommend any good wall mounting options?
garrett  Sep 22, 2022
1 answer
A
Greetings Garrett, and thank you for your question. We have one that would work on the L52 Classic. Our part number is 120SPKR26.
hogan  Sep 22, 2022 (Staff)
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