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Articles in Category: HiFi Stereo System

See a Classic, Redefined: the JBL L100

Prepare to be Blown Away with JBL Synthesis’ Legendary Loudspeaker

See a Classic, Redefined: the JBL L100

Note: We originally wrote this blog in 2018, almost 50 years after the JBL L100 loudspeaker was released. However, this technology disappeared for a while, to the dismay of audiophiles everywhere. 2018 marked the year that JBL, more specifically JBL Synthesis, announced that it was bringing the L100 back.

Two years later, even when looking at the wider selection of speaker options, does this one still hold up? We’ll discuss the nostalgic qualities that the JBL L100 imparts and how it still attracts modern buyers. Then, we’ll highlight some of the state-of-the-art engineering features that reinvented the speaker (Hint: You still get analog control features!) and ensures that it delights even the most selective audiophiles.

What Makes the Klipschorn Stand the Test of Time?

Get to Know Klipsch’s Klipschorn Speaker: An Audio Classic Made for You

What Makes the Klipschorn Stand the Test of Time?

Every year and decade bring new smart home trends into the mix. In the 2010s, we saw voice control rise from a new concept to a prominent technology. Fast forward to the 2020s, and it’s hard to find a smart home without Amazon Alexa or Google Home as part of the setup. We’ve reached new heights now.

Some pieces of HiFi gear are simply classics that stand the test of time. And when it comes to speakers, one of the great things about them is that while speaker technology has advanced, it also hasn’t. What do we mean by that?

 

While digital technology has revolutionized audio electronics, including components that were once purely analog like amplifiers, its effect on traditional speakers is less so. DSP (digital signal processing) has made small speakers sound like big ones, but when it comes to traditional hi-fi speakers, the technology behind the woofers, tweeters, crossovers, and cabinet design hasn't changed as much. Of course, there have been advances, but a great speaker from 20 or even 30 years ago is still a great speaker – it is not obsolete, unlike other audio components.

 

When it comes to classic speaker designs, Klipsch is a company true to its heritage. Their horn designs have been around since Paul Klipsch designed all the speakers himself. GHT Group recently partnered with Klipsch, which is also one of the world’s largest speaker manufacturers, to bring their classic Heritage Series to the Atlanta area.

 

In this blog, we’d like to introduce you to the most classic of Klipsch speakers – the Klipschorn. This is the only speaker in continuous production for over 70 years, which says volumes about the durability of its design.

 

What makes the Klipschorn a fantastic centerpiece for your classic Atlanta HiFi stereo system? Read on to learn more.

 

SEE ALSO: GHT Group Now Offers Klipsch Heritage Speakers

The World’s Only Fully Horn-Loaded Speaker

The Klipschorn is the only consumer loudspeaker that is fully horn loaded. What does that mean? The Klipschorn is a three-way design where each driver is coupled to a horn. Many horn speakers designs exist, including at the very high-end, but this is the only one where all the drivers – woofer, midrange, and tweeter – are coupled to horns.

 

The main benefit is the incredible efficiency of the speaker, up to 20 times more efficient than conventional designs! Simply put, it means that much less amplifier power is required to generate concert-level dynamic range and sound pressure from the Klipschorn. Make no mistake; this is no lightweight speaker. It weighs 220 pounds, yet it's incredibly high sensitivity only requires 100 watts of clean amplification to operate.

 

Classic Yet Updated Design

While the Klipschorn has been in production for 70 years, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t benefited from improvements in speaker design and construction. The cabinet is now fully enclosed. While it is still intended for placement in corners, the new design is more forgiving of placement and only needs to be in proximity of a corner to maximize the low-frequency horn's bass performance. The neodymium tweeter can reproduce highs to 20khz, allowing the subtlest of high-frequency details to be heard.

 

On the aesthetic front, if you like the look of classic speakers, you will love the look of the Klipschorn in your listening room. The speakers are only sold in pairs, with book-matched, beautiful wood veneers, so that each speaker looks like a mirror image of the other. They are still meticulously crafted by hand in Hope, Arkansas, just as they have always been. Each one is built with its pair, and the serial numbers are sequential. Using only the highest grade of adhesive and fasteners, the cabinets are made to last a lifetime of use. This is a speaker you can pass on to the next generation - like your Rolex.

 

Classic design never fails us. Though seven decades have passed since the Klipschorn’s release, multiple generations can see this masterpiece with fresh eyes, even in 2020. We could go on about the Klipschorn, but the best way to evaluate any speaker is to hear it in action. Visit our Marietta showroom, reach out to schedule a complimentary consultation, or click the chat button below to immediately connect with us.

 

We would love to help you experience the best that Klipsch has to offer!

Similarly, we’ve seen speaker trends come and go, or build upon previously successful trends. These days, with 4K Ultra HD content and receivers that can support up to 21.1.10 channels with Dolby Atmos, the state of the art is constantly being pushed forward into new territory. However, the same speakers that might have powered single-channel audio seven decades ago might now bring your ambitious home theater and listening room projects to life. How so? Let’s explore one such example from Klipsch’s Heritage Series, the Klipschorn, below.

An Overview of Klipsch RP-600M Speakers

Who Says A Hi-Fi Stereo System Has To Be Cost Prohibitive?

An Overview of Klipsch RP-600M Speakers

Even in 2020, decades after high-end names like Klipsch started producing speakers, we’ve associated the best audio with the most exorbitant price tags. While there is some truth to the statement, “You get what you pay for,” that doesn’t mean that spending more is always the way to go. Klipsch’s new RP-600M bookshelf speakers deliver without breaking the bank.

In fact, RP-600M costs about 10% of what the mid-level Heritage Cornwall model sells for. Klipsch wants every owner of their speakers to be proud of their purchase, which shows in the way these bookshelf speakers look and sound.

Experience the Legendary JBL L100 Classic at GHT Group

Prepare to be Blown Away with JBL Synthesis’ Legendary Loudspeaker

Experience the Legendary JBL L100 Classic at GHT Group

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If you were of age in the 1980s, you might remember some of the advertising of the era. It was the last decade before the Internet age; a time where the primary media was print and TV, and a time that Facebook, YouTube, and online banner ads that tracked your every online move didn’t exist. Who could forget the famous Orwellian TV spot in the 1984 Super Bowl that introduced the Apple Macintosh?

There was another memorable ad that captured the imagination then. It was an ad for Maxell cassette tapes. Maxell made some of the highest quality tape at the time, and it was prized by audio enthusiasts as a quality way to make the vinyl music of the day portable. The ad captured the excitement of music listening, with a period-hip fellow getting “blown away” by the high-fidelity sound of Maxell tape.

If you’ve read this far, you may be wondering why we are talking about cassette tape; something replaced long ago by everything digital. You see, the speaker pictured in that ad was the JBL L100. A hugely popular speaker in the 1970s and 1980s, to this day it remains the best-selling speaker in JBL’s long history. Its unique foam square design grill made it instantly recognizable, and it was known as a great speaker for rocking out. Maybe one of your friends had a pair, and if that was the case, it likely evokes fond musical memories of your youth.

But you don’t have to live on memories, and if you are too young to remember the original L100, you’re still in luck.

JBL has decided to bring the L100 back, aptly naming it the L100 Classic. The new model hews true to the original iconic design both in form and function, but it has been resurrected as a product of JBL Synthesis, which is the high end of JBL and part of parent company’s Harman Luxury Audio group. That means it’s not just the great party and rock and roll speaker which may have blown you away in the 1980s – it is a serious speaker worthy of the HiFi stereo system in your favorite Alpharetta or Metro Atlanta listening room.

Best of all, GHT Group’s Marietta experience center is currently the only showroom in the Atlanta area where you can see and hear the new JBL L100 Classic. Do you need any more reasons to visit us? Learn more about the JBL L100 Classic below.