JBL L101 "Lancer" Vintage MCM Loudspeakers
JBL, or James B. Lansing Sound, Inc., is one of the most storied and prolific audio manufacturers in the world. Founded in 1946, JBL revolutionized how consumer audio products were designed, produced, and marketed. JBL was known for taking older driver designs and layouts from brands like General Electric and Western Electric, and modifying those designs to suit the needs of a rapidly growing post-WWII hifi market.
The sound produced by some of these early home systems is unlike anything else on the market today. JBL's drivers produce high-efficiency, impactful, and rich sound with a characteristic JBL signature. The compression drivers reproduce vocals and instruments with authority, but without harshness.
The JBL L101 "Lancer" home speaker system was available between 1964 and 1969. The "Lancer" monicker was attributed to the detailed midcentury design, with its low-slung cabinet design, walnut trim work, lattice grilles, and real Adriatic Marble top panel. L101 indicated the driver orientation and the exact driver compliment. Here we feature the following:
- LE14A AlNiCo 12" Coated Paper Pulp Cone Woofer
- LE175 AlNiCo 1.75" High Frequency Compression Driver
- 1217-1290 Acoustic "Potato Masher" Lens
- LX10 2-way crossover
These speakers are stunning examples from the time. The lattice grilles, slim footprint, and low body, make these the quintessential mid century design. The speakers are as much about the look as the sound, but the sound is extraordinary. We have enjoyed these speakers with many amp choices, from vintage McIntosh and Marantz, to modern tube offerings from Octave Audio.
These speakers are original, and fully-functioning with the original woofer foam and crossovers. No alterations have been made.
Demos are available in Lawrence, MA.
$1,399 (plus applicable sales tax)
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