Thanks to its compact size, the new L52 Classic aims to offer suitability for numerous different placement options, from on a shelf to a stand, as well as – thanks to threaded inserts on the back – directly on your wall. The design of the new speaker is strongly based on that of the larger models in the Classic series, the L100 Classic (reviewed by us here) and L82 Classic (reviewed by us here). Just like those, it comes in a cabinet made of walnut wood veneer, as well as equipped with a Quadrex foam grille in the colors black, blue or orange.
According to the manufacturer, the JBL L52 is supposed to be a scaled version of the bigger L82. The two-way speaker features a 0.75-inch titanium dome tweeter with acoustic waveguide and a 5.25-inch pure pulp cone woofer in a cast frame, which is supported by a front-firing bass reflex port. In addition, RF attenuators on the front baffle are said to aid in matching the sound to the environment. In Germany, the new JBL L52 Classic is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2021 at a price of €1000 per pair.
All-In-One System JBL L75ms
The next addition to the Classic series is the JBL L75ms, which is said to be a modern reinterpretation of the traditional hi-fi system, coming in the design of the JBL Classic. It also comes in a walnut wood veneer cabinet as well as with black Quadrex foam grille.
The active music system features both wired and wireless network audio capabilities via Ethernet, Google Chromecast Built-in, Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth thanks to its integrated streaming engine. Digital music is processed by a high-resolution 32-bit/192-kHz DAC. For physical sources, a 3.5mm analog input, MM phono stage, and HDMI ARC input are available. A signal-controlled subwoofer output has also been placed on the back of the L75ms for connecting an external active subwoofer.
The L75ms sports a total of five drivers on its front panel: a pair of 1-inch titanium dome tweeters with waveguides, a pair of 5.25-inch pure pulp cone woofers with two front-facing ports, and a central 4-inch midrange driver, all of which feature their own amplifier channel and DSP tuning. The L75ms can be controlled directly via the aluminum control panel on the top of the device, the included remote, or a device with Google Chromecast, Apple AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth.
To highlight the capabilities of the L75ms music system, JBL is offering a free trial subscription to high-resolution music streaming service Qobuz for customers. In addition, JBL is working with Qobuz to compile a playlist of songs used by the engineers and product team during the development of the L75ms.
In Germany, the new JBL L75ms music system is also expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2021 at a price of €1500.