JBL L60T Loudspeakers.
I made a few good decisions early on with my purchases of audio equipment. These handsome loudspeakers are definitely one of those. In the early 80’s, JBL was fond of repackaging their series of true studio monitors for the listener at home.
This series included the L20T, L80T and L100T. All excellent choices. They all included JBL’s infamous 035Ti tweeter. This titanium tweeter went on to be a staple for many of their speakers, and for good reason….
The 035Ti tweeter is bulletproof and has a very wide frequency curve which enabled it to be used in many speaker configurations. The cabinets are real wood veneer and have stood up very well over thirty years of use. The downside? The foam surrounds on the woofer. JBL used the foam to allow high compliance and maximum excursion. This allows the relatively small woofer to manufacture and deliver some amazing bass frequencies. The 116H 8″ woofer foam surrounds rotted after a dozen years of use and needed to be repaired. Kits are widely available to do this and many pro repair centers can still re-foam for reasonable prices.
Its propensity for strong bass is also helped by its rear bass port. The downside is it needs to be placed away from any back walls to keep the low bass from being overwheming . Although designed to be floor standing, placing the L60T on stands off the flood make for a much cleaner, better-defined, bass response.
I will admit, I have always been fascinated by loudspeakers and have listened to my fair share, including some very esoteric brands. Great loudspeakers can deliver the emotional impact of a live performance. I must say the L60T has done this for me many times, for many years.