In addition to launching a series of wireless headphones, a virtual Dolby Atmos soundbar and a potentially top-notch Bluetooth speaker, JBL used its prolific CES 2021 event, HARMAN ExPLORE, to unveil a new hi-fi system. on the occasion of its 75th anniversary this year. .
There’s a limited-edition pair of L100 Classic for fans of JBL and retro-style speakers to feast their eyes (and soon their ears), for one. And here we have the all-new JBL SA750 integrated amplifier, inspired by (and a fitting tribute to) the company’s SA600 and SA660 models of the 1960s and 1970s.
The SA750 screams modern-retro with its milled aluminum front and teakwood veneer side panels – no doubt, JBL would call its partnership with a pair of L100 Classic 75s a made-in-heaven combination both aesthetically and acoustically. What’s inside only seems to add to its appeal: It combines 120 watts per channel of Class-G amplification with streaming intelligence thanks to Google Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2, and UPnP support.
There is MQA and Roon Ready support on that front, and on the physical side of connectivity is a range of analog and digital inputs – two optical and coaxial each, six pairs of analog RCAs, and single MC / MM phono jacks, 3.5mm and USB. The datasheet is supplemented by 3.5mm headphone and RCA preamp outputs, as well as the calibration of the Dirac Live part.
It’s certainly well-equipped, so we can only hope that its performance also justifies its $ 3,000 (AU $ 5,000) price tag. The JBL SA750 will be available from May.
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