View Full Version : JBL L 50 ' s any good?


anderslober
04-06-2011, 11:18 PM
I have tried to search the forum for info on these speakers......keeps coming up with 'no matches'.

Are they any good? I know they are 'lifestyle' JBL's..........but they should be decent enough.......................?

Any info and a few pic's would be great...................thanks.

Cactus Bob
04-07-2011, 07:07 AM
They are a very well built & nice sounding speaker. 10" 3 way. Most say they sound better than L100's.

Here's mine before refoam

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn205/1902783das/JBL%20L50/IMG_0903.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn205/1902783das/JBL%20L50/IMG_0921.jpg

Fred Sanford
04-07-2011, 07:08 AM
10" woofs, typical-of-the-period 5" cone mid (like L100s, etc.), cone tweet that's an improvement from the L100s. Decent crossover. Cabs similar in size & quality to an L100.

I liked them in many ways, but didn't like the grilles because they really blocked a lot of high frequency.

There's also an L50A model, I believe those have the ferrite magnet woof & handle more power.

More pics & info here:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=287793

je

audiojones
04-07-2011, 08:13 AM
The L 50's are one of the few JBL speakers I've had a chance to listen to for any length of time and I thought they sounded very good. The bass is quite abundant (thanks to the nicely built and robust 127A 10" woofer that they share with the L 40). The midrange was very clear and treble response was quite adequate even though it uses a cone type tweeter (not that there's anything wrong with cone tweeters, but JBL makes some very nice domes). The midrange and tweeter are adjustable from the front which is very handy. I was really impressed with them and also surprised that there's very little mentioned about them for whatever reason. Oh, and I think the original grills look kind of dated with their diagonal stripes, but then again it may be the look that works for you (classic late 70's early 80's JBL).

anderslober
04-07-2011, 10:06 AM
Cactus B, Fred, AJ.......wow....that is a lot of good information and fantastic pic's.


Better than L100's........that's good enough for me.

By the way Cactus B.......your stands ...are they DIY or original...they look great.

When you refoam...please post about your progress.....that would be great.

Regarding information on the L50...I found a bit on the 'net......but no where near as much as on the L100/4312.............here on the forum..there is very little.
I think I may pull the trigger on the deal.........................

Thanks.

EPI-Center
04-07-2011, 10:12 AM
I just sold some L50's and I would say they are quite similar to Ohm C2's which I liked very much. I had them in a room with some large advents and thought they competed very well, just a slight difference in sound...

the build quality of these is phenomenal, just well thought out and designed.

anderslober
04-07-2011, 10:22 AM
Fred.......in your test thread.......you mention that you swapped the 125A out with a 127h woofer....is that a straight swap? No mod'ing....? Is there any performance benefit?

EPI-center..........you are convincing more and more..........we shall see.............

Cactus Bob
04-07-2011, 10:40 AM
By the way Cactus B.......your stands ...are they DIY or original...they look great.

When you refoam...please post about your progress.....that would be great.


Those are original stands and came with the speakers. I refoamed them over a year or so ago and never took any pictures.

I like these speakers a lot & these guys can rock too. Here's my score link.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=251338

You will be very pleased, good luck :thmbsp: Post them when you pick them up. :yes:

EPI-Center
04-07-2011, 01:28 PM
I put new grill cloth on and it was definitely a challenge...I put on black but wish I would have thought to source some orange cloth or blue

when I bought mine they had radio shack woofers in them and I had to grab some off of ebay..they can be pricey but are great quality woofers.

Fred Sanford
04-07-2011, 03:03 PM
Cactus B, Fred, AJ.......wow....that is a lot of good information and fantastic pic's.


Better than L100's........that's good enough for me.


Thanks.

Well, some folks prefer the L100s instead, too. I'd say that L50s are more accurate, and more balanced, and less fatiguing. L100s are smile-inducing, but I didn't enjoy listening to them for very long.

By the way, I sold all 4 of my L100s PLUS my L50s to an AK member here, so...:dunno:

je

Fred Sanford
04-07-2011, 03:08 PM
Fred.......in your test thread.......you mention that you swapped the 125A out with a 127h woofer....is that a straight swap? No mod'ing....? Is there any performance benefit?
.

I got the L50s with Radio Shack woofers in them. I then purchased what I was TOLD were the OEM 125A, but when I got them they turned out to be 127Hs instead. Some specs were slightly different, but it's the exact model that JBL recommended for replacement, so I went with it. I believe that one plus would be higher power handling, but I don't think it's enough reason to pursue 127Hs as if they're an "upgrade". They do fit with no mod, though, and I believe the x-over stays the same.

By the way, you can't use 127H-1s, they don't fit.

je

audiojones
04-07-2011, 04:52 PM
Perhaps I was mistaken, but I was led to believe that the original L50 had the same 127A woofer as the L40. Is that incorrect? Wonder what the difference is...

Here is one of the 127A woofers from my newly acquired JBL L40 speakers. I just got done re-foaming them and I'm really anxious to hear how they sound. The L40 is a 2 way with JBL's 033 dome tweeter and the 127A woofer.

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Fred Sanford
04-07-2011, 07:36 PM
Perhaps I was mistaken, but I was led to believe that the original L50 had the same 127A woofer as the L40. Is that incorrect? Wonder what the difference is...

Here is one of the 127A woofers from my newly acquired JBL L40 speakers. I just got done re-foaming them and I'm really anxious to hear how they sound. The L40 is a 2 way with JBL's 033 dome tweeter and the 127A woofer.


Looks like you're correct, not sure where along the line I made that mistake- sorry.

I'm curious how you'll like the L40s- I do love the 033s, but that crossover has them playing lower frequencies than my L110s.

je

crunkarelli
04-07-2011, 09:12 PM
I love my L50s. The grills must be removed for any serious listening though since they significantly cut back on detail. I believe they are supposed to have a similar sound to their more expensive L110 siblings but don't have quite as gusty a woofer nor as detailed a tweeter. In my opionion, they don't have as commanding a sound as the L112s but are also a bit less bright and easier to listen to over time.

They have a lively kick to them without being harsh. For jazz, pop, country and light rock they are one of my favorites. For classical they aren't as detailed as some and for loud rock & big orchestral, they get a bit noisy even with the tweeter backed off. All in all a great speaker and compared to the typical JBL bookshelf favorites (L96/110/112 etc) can often be found for a bargain.

Taylor Player
04-08-2011, 09:04 PM
I love my L50s. The grills must be removed for any serious listening though since they significantly cut back on detail.

+1

I just picked up a pair and definitely noticed the same thing.

Fred Sanford
04-09-2011, 08:00 AM
I like these speakers a lot & these guys can rock too.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5731545/409.gif

:D

je

parman
04-09-2011, 08:08 AM
I'm sold, I'll start looking for a set! :yes:

Fred Sanford
04-09-2011, 12:57 PM
I'm sold, I'll start looking for a set! :yes:

Not trying to talk you out of L50s, but most of these reviews include a "for the money" clause. Just sticking to 10" 3-ways, the L110s, L96s, 4313Bs, 4410As, L80T3s, and other JBLs in the same size range are better speakers in many ways, but usually cost more money.

je