HARMAN Luxury Audio to Showcase Classic Series Black Edition Loudspeakers at CEDIA Expo 2022

By Carol Campbell
Published on: September 16, 2022

Limited-Run Passive Hi-Fi and Powered Streaming Loudspeakers Feature a Sophisticated New Look, With Performance Improvements for the Larger L100 and L82 Models

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Sept. 22, 2022 — HARMAN Luxury Audio Group today announced that it will be featuring a special Black Edition of its iconic JBL Classic Series passive hi-fi and powered streaming loudspeakers in booth 16035 at CEDIA Expo 2022 — taking place September 29 to October 1 in Dallas. Available on four models — the passive hi-fi L100, L82, and L52, and the powered streaming L75ms music system — the special production versions all include the Black Edition Appearance package for a stylish and sophisticated new look, while the L100 and L82 also feature the Black Edition Performance Package for improvements over the standard Classic models.

With the Black Edition Appearance package, the enclosures of the L100, L82, L52, and L75ms are treated to a multi-step, labor-intensive painting process that starts with a black base coat and ends with a luxurious high-gloss finish, resulting in a mirror-like exterior that reflects its surroundings. The high-gloss process also provides a subtle radius to the edges of the cabinet, giving it a softer look overall. To compliment the black cabinets, the passive hi-fi models feature special gold labels on the front around the attenuator level controls and on the rear above the input terminal cup. Black Quadrex foam grilles are accented with unique gold JBL badges to visually identify these models as special-edition products. 

For the larger L100 and L82 passive hi-fi models, the Black Edition Performance Package includes an upgraded woofer design that benefits from improvements to its linearity, which helps to reduce distortion. The tweeter and midrange drivers have also been treated to refinements that deliver higher levels of performance. Additional upgrades include a change to the crossover design to provide dual inputs for use in bi-wiring applications, while a new input terminal cup includes dual sets of premium gold-plated binding post terminals for a secure connection to a variety of loudspeaker cable and connector types.

“While the acoustic performance of our popular Classic Series loudspeakers is the stuff of legend, their retro design — with a walnut wood veneer and brightly colored grilles — may not be a good fit every décor,” said Jim Garrett, senior director, product strategy and planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio. “The Black Edition Appearance package for these models transforms their look with a modern feel that’s at home in any space, while the Black Edition Performance Package of the L100 and L82 take sound to an entirely new level. These unique versions will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to stop by our booth at CEDIA and check them out.”

More information on JBL’s Classic Series is available at https://www.jbl.com/classic-series/ or from a local JBL sales representative.

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell is the Managing Director of the Technology Insider Group, Publisher of Technology Designer Magazine, and Executive Director of the Women in Consumer Technology association. She is a publishing, marketing and women’s thought leadership executive with a history of offering outstanding presentation, communication and cross-cultural team management skills.

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