JBL’s New Stereo Amplifier Combines Retro Looks With Modern Connectivity


The JBL SA750 is a new stereo amplifier that combines modern streaming technologies like Airplay 2 and Google Chromecast with a design that wouldn’t look out of place in a 60s or 70s hi-fi rack. It features a reassuring-looking set of dials and switches as physical controls, a sober display and its sides covered with wood veneers. The amplifier, whose release coincides with JBL’s 75th anniversary, will retail for $ 3,000 when it goes on sale from May.

Along with its wireless connectivity, which includes UPnP support alongside Apple and Google protocols, the JBL SA750 has all the wired inputs you would expect. There are six pairs of analog RCA inputs, one 3.5mm auxiliary input and two optical digital inputs and two coaxial digital inputs alongside USB and Ethernet.

The JBL L100 Classic 75 speakers have a similar retro design.
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As a stand-alone stereo amplifier, you will need to plug in a separate set of speakers to listen to the JBL SA750. For this purpose, it has two pairs of link terminal speaker connectors and can output up to 220W of power per channel. We’re sure JBL would love to sell you a pair of their new L100 Classic 75 speakers to use alongside them, but at $ 5,500 a pair they’re far from a budget choice.

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