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    JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Has JBL every reissued this masterpiece of mid-century modern design, and if not, can we petition them to do so?

    How I would love a pair of these!

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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    What do you know about them?
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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    What do you know about them?
    That they are beautiful, and they would go well with our mid-century modern decor and the design of our house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo Beater View Post
    That they are beautiful, and they would go well with our mid-century modern decor and the design of our house!
    Got it. I was wondering if you just saw pictures of them or you had heard them.
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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Got it. I was wondering if you just saw pictures of them or you had heard them.
    I would expect that they sound good, based on my experience with JBL and the era during which they were made.

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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Two versions of them. One with a single 8” woofer and the second version which adds a tweeter. This was JBL’s first attempt at making a small compact speaker.
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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    JBL is coming out with a 6" 2-way monitor, I get the models mixed up, so many, but I think the 4329. To my knowledge no reissue of the model you mentioned but they are revamping several olde models. L100's, 4312g, 4349 etc. Check and keep an eye on the Synthesis lines.

    The newish HDI series sounds really good. Th 1600 is a small monitor and is getting good reviews.
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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    JBL is coming out with a 6" 2-way monitor, I get the models mixed up, so many, but I think the 4329. To my knowledge no reissue of the model you mentioned but they are revamping several olde models. L100's, 4312g, 4349 etc. Check and keep an eye on the Synthesis lines.

    The newish HDI series sounds really good. Th 1600 is a small monitor and is getting good reviews.
    Do these feature mid-century modern design like the Bel Aires?

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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo Beater View Post
    Do these feature mid-century modern design like the Bel Aires?
    No. If you want a pair of Bell Aires, you will have to search them out on Ebay. You could contact Kenrick in Japan. Kenrick is famous for rebuilding classic JBL speakers for their customers and building clones of the some of the classic JBL speakers where demands outstrips supply of the original speakers.
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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    My favorite JBL speaker...The L300 Summit.
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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    My favorite JBL speaker...The L300 Summit.
    Do they look as cool as the Bel Aires? The images I saw made them look fairly generic.

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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    If you want a pair of Bel Aires, you need to find them and buy them. They aren’t coming back.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 air bearing table, SME 312s arm, SME 3012R arn, Dynavector XV-1s cartridge, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 2 track R2R, Ampex 350 tape repros, Roon Nucleus Plus music server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6, ARC Ref 75 with KT-150s, JBL 4345 speakers, Viero Equilibro Level 3 speaker cables, and Definitive Technology Ref subs.

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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    If you want a pair of Bel Aires, you need to find them and buy them. They aren’t coming back.
    If you are correct, then JBL's decision makers are out of touch with contemporary tastes.

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    Re: JBL Bel Aire Speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo Beater View Post
    Do they look as cool as the Bel Aires? The images I saw made them look fairly generic.
    You're right about the images of the L300. The pics are kind of dark and don't show the beauty of the Summits at all. I remember they looked and sounded wonderful. They were pretty pricey at the time.
    Amplifier: Pass Labs INT 250 integrated.

    DAC/Streamer: MSB Discrete Dual Power Supply.

    Server: Roon Nucleus with lifetime subscription.

    Speakers: Harbeth Super HL 5+ 40th Anniversary
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    Cables: AudioQuest Rocket 88 speaker cables,
    Mackenzie interconnects.

    Speaker Stands: HiFi Man.

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