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JBL L110
11 Reviews
rating  4.91 of 5
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Description: Design spinoff of the l212


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sharpeman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Listening to them hooked to a rejuvenated Sansui AU-9500. Handles alll types of music. Base so smooth and tight. Imaging soooo good,. These will be mine for a long time . Acquired these from a great guy. He was selling them for a descent price and had them in storage in original box's . I was goimg to buy them when he found the surrounds disolved . Said take them give them a new life. Had them redone and everything checked out by a highly regarded speaker GuRoo. As stated Will not let these go

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by baaddwrench a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2009

Bottom Line:   
A co-worker found this pair of L110 in the garbage on the way to work.
I already have a nice pair of c-38 so they sat until 07 when I started restoring them.
The 10's needed refoaming badly so I also added the alum center caps as my d130's also have.
Mids paper too badly damaged so a pair purchased from ebay.
The 033 tweeters come apart relatively easily and I was able to "pop" the dome back into position & resolder the connections.
Crossovers failed so I replaced the caps & chokes; put'em back same as they were.
Cabinets, sanded the scratches best I could, stained'em and put a coat of poly on them as a permanent protection they look great!!
Grills - they suck; maybe a master of fabric could fix this?

Overall they have better low note bass than my c-38's!
Very nice well balanced & neutral CLEAN sounding speakers.

I do like the titanium clarity in the 075 vs the "plastic" sound produced by the 033;
however thats probably just personal preference.
They are quite resilliant considering I have them in use with a yamaha r-1000 which definitely pushes these speakers to their limit. There is the sound of too much power vs clipping :-)
Sampled several other amps, this is nice clean combo.
Wish I had a setup like this when I was a kid, however around $500 each in 1978 money was quite a chunk to cough up!!!
I's post a pic; if I could?

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CHRIS GRAY a

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I HAVE HAD MY JBLs FOR YEARS AND USED THEM WITH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT AMPLIFIERS IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AND THEY ALWAYS SOUNDED GREAT.THEY ARE IDEAL ON THE END OF VALVE AMPLFICATION,I AM USING A BEARD BB 100 AT THE PRESENT,AND THEY SOUND AWESOME

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Product model year:   1985

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   OFF FRIEND



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by maganday a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the 110s a couple of years ago after seeing a pristine pair listed on ebay. I remembered when I was a teenager and was just becoming interested in audio I had heard a pair of these at Tech Hifi and was immediatly impressed with their accuracy. Unfortunatly at the time I couldn't purchase them due to the fact that I had recently spent 500 bucks on a pair of Infinity Quantum Juniors. When purchasing the Infinitys a friend told me to listen to the JBLs, specifically the L 100s to make a comparison. Well I did and I initially believed that the Infinitys were better speakers in that they sounded a bit warmer than the JBLs. I later learned that I just liked the way the Infinitys COLORED the sound. This became evident when a friend purchased a pair of JBL L-50s at a similar price and every time I heard them they outperformed the Infinitys in that they were neutral sounding, and just sounded great no matter what style of music was being played.
A couple of years later I sold the Infinitys and purchased a pair of JBL 4311Bs after seeing them as the monitors of choise in a number of recording studios. I loved those 4311s and still own them but I could never forget the way I remembered those JBL 110s sounding, so it was natural for me to jump on the pair being sold on ebay. Well that will always be one of the BEST purchases that I've ever made.
When these things arrived fortunatly they were just as described by the seller on ebay (something that doesn't always happen ). I wanted to use them as a second pair in my living room. In the years past I've accquired a pair of 4312Cs sporting the titanium tweeter that I believed were not going to be unseated by the 110s. The first order of business was obviously to compare them to the 4312Cs, a monitor that even by my professional musician friend's standard sounded excellent. The 110s were then connected to my main music system which consists of an Adcom GFP 565 preamp and an Adcom GFA 5500 200 watt/chan mosfet power amp. The following result was amazing!
I started off by playing some well engineered jazz ( Mike Stern ) to check out the imaging, tonal balance and just to hear if the instruments sounded true. WOW! These speakers manufactured more than a decade prior to the 4312Cs sounded almost like dead ringers. The 110s were ruler flat imposing absolutly no coloration of their own, and the imaging was superb. I moved on to different music styles, from classical to rock and the 110s maintained their musicality. I thought for sure that my memory of the Tech Hifi audition of 1978 were clouded and that my fond memories had run rampant with the passage of time, but this was just not so, these babies were OUTSTANDING!
I kept the 110s downstairs, connected to my main system for a week before moving them upstairs to their intended location. Every day after work I'd listen to them for hours and the 110s would continue to impress. Finally they were moved upstairs into the living room, which is not as good a sounding room as my den, where the main system resides. The 110s were then connected to the seconday system consisting of an Adcom GFP 555 mark 2 preamp and a Carver 200 watt/ chan power amp. I fully expected the bass to take on some boomy qualities since the room has a hardwood floor, sparse furnishings and a big glass bow window. Suprisingly enough the bass was very tight and articulated and these guys actually souded better in a bad room than the 4312Cs (go figure). The only explanation that I could reach was that the woofs were extreemly well dampened ( due in part to the 3 inch voice coil, a huge alnico magnet and a special dampining coating applied the back side of the 10" woofer ).
In short the JBL L-110s are an excellent loudspeaker system that has stood the test of time. Recent advances in speaker technology have not given any advantages to newer models over these older JBLs. Actually the newer consumer offerings from JBL are pale in comparison with these older models. One would have to accuire the professioal version of JBL speakers ( LSR series ) to rival the accuracy of the 110s, and those models run in the thousands of dollars. If you can find a pair in good condition and you are a Music lover, grab them, you'll be glad you did.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lbl l110 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
What can I say, these have been with me since high school. I sold them out of neccessity, only to have them given back to me "cause they were dead". After a 75$ re-surroud job, they've been with me since. NO they don't compare to these 80,000$ pairs that are available today. I still remember when I saw the photo in the catalog, "perfect alignment"

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   tech-hi-fi




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