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New JBL SA750 Integrated Amplifier for US $3000.00

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https://news.harman.com/releases/releases-20210105

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Needs to be measured as soon as available.
 
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I wonder if it has a subsonic filter operating on that MC/MM input.
 

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From their press release: 'If the walls of JBL’s storied Northridge, CA design center could talk, they’d sing the accolades of 75 years of pioneering acoustic, transducer and electronic design'.

Nope, they'd be sobbing at the gutting of a once great manufacturing company who sold out, sold their 'storied' manufacturing buidings for strip mall development, and laid off or fired many dedicated workers.
 
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Initial thoughts:

- retro aesthetics are okay to my eyes and definitely better than the Marantz Model 30
- I have to read up on Class G
- Lexicon engineered electronics?
- awesome that Dirac is included.
- balance knob needs to be deleted
 
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It needs tone controls or EQ. :D Perhaps add a DSP processor if it has a loop at the back.
 

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Were those JBL amps from the 60s and 70s any good?

Since this new SA750 has physical toggle switches, does it mean no remote control? I guess retro means retro. :)
 
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Were those JBL amps from the 60s and 70s any good?

Since this new SA750 has physical toggle switches, does it mean no remote control? I guess retro means retro. :)
I've worked on a number of their electronics, and while they weren't horrible, they were not great either. I'd go for something from Yamaha for instance if I were wanting to buy a 'retro' inspired component.
 

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I have to read up on Class G
It's fancy class AB. IIRC Benchmark uses something similar in the AHB2 (that might be class H, though?).
 

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it sounds like a rebadged version of the Arcam SA30...

Good catch. You might be right. And it's not a bad thing isn't it? FWIW (very little), the Arcam got 5 stars at What Hi-Fi.
 

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From their press release: 'If the walls of JBL’s storied Northridge, CA design center could talk, they’d sing the accolades of 75 years of pioneering acoustic, transducer and electronic design'.

Nope, they'd be sobbing at the gutting of a once great manufacturing company who sold out, sold their 'storied' manufacturing buidings for strip mall development, and laid off or fired many dedicated workers.

Just out of curiosity, would you know if Chris Hagen is part of the original engineers i.e. contemporaries of Greg Timbers and Jerry Moro? Or is he already new blood?
 

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FWIW (very little), the Arcam got 5 stars at What Hi-Fi.
What Hi Fi is worthless. Almost everything gets a five star. Maybe everything deserves it. I checked out a 3 star review and they were complaining about an amplifier that:

...doesn’t quite make the Vienna Philharmonic sound like the Portsmouth Sinfonia, but it does raise the question of how erratic timing, along with a lack of dynamic expression, can destroy a performance over clarity or notation. It struggles to organise or cue instruments, lacking impetus on leading notes to leave rhythms all but reliant on the listener’s interpretation, and effectively depriving musicians of their emotion.

Completely idiotic statements. When you read something like that it makes you wonder if enough money didn't get handed out before the review? How can anyone take them seriously?
 

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She's a looker that's for sure.
They did styling very well, and their ads were extremely well done, with a very slick look. Now, they're just a division of a mobile phone company. Geesh. :(
 
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