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JBL J216A Speakers

Discussion in 'The Lansing Legacy' started by Airjmax, Oct 14, 2018.

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  1. Airjmax

    Airjmax Member

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    169A0700-8657-4340-99AF-08AE5B264466.jpeg 7BDA74C7-7672-47F8-A577-867624820E4C.jpeg 9BF06C70-9DC3-48C1-B36A-19D1A2F87BD2.jpeg A recent acquisition, along with a Sansui 5000x that has the instruction manual, service manual, 1971 Sansui catalog, schematic, and quick-reference card. The looks are growing on me quickly. These are the first JBL speakers I have owned, and I know they are very entry-level, but the looks are good, the condition is good, and so is the sound. I can think of many uses for these little guys.
     
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  2. Marine0811

    Marine0811 I love it loud! Subscriber

    Those appear to be in perfect condition
     
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  3. Zonker92

    Zonker92 All shiny and chrome Subscriber

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    Nice! Congratulations. They’re probably decent speakers.
     
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    Thanks, they were very dusty and covered with cat hair, but they cleaned up nicely. I think they sound similar to a pair of Bose 201 series II that I have. Not the greatest ever, but surprising bass, and nice highs from the TLX tweeter. I'd love to hear from other people that have the J216A's.
     
  5. Chris Brown

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    In my opinion, I think those TLX tweeters are very good and don't really give up much compared to more popular and well known JBL dome tweeters. Really it's rare to see them in such good condition, as the plastic on the TLX tweeter (especially being brittle with age) is VERY fragile and is more often than not broken by now. The woofer is nothing special, but not completely terrible, and there is potential there if you run the speakers with a subwoofer (using the subwoofer crossover with the speakers). It helps the clarity of the woofer a lot once it's not burdened with the low bass anymore, and the mid-range and mid-bass should clear-up and tighten-up a bit. Would make for a nice little 2.1 system.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I am happy that the condition is good, you’re the second one to mention it. I wasn’t aware that this speaker is not commonly in nice shape. They were really a throw-in with a Sansui 5000x receiver, but I have a thing for small speakers, so it was a bonus to get them. I’ve had mixed results with subwoofers, but I appreciate the suggestion. They will probably be paired with a low-watt receiver in a small space.
     

     

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  7. cflannery

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    I have a special place in my heart for those speakers. When I was 17 my first hi-fi store purchase was a pair of JBL-J216a speakers. I was bussing tables at Village Inn on weekends so I had saved a little cash. My parents had given me a mass market Pioneer receiver for Christmas and I was using it with the speakers that came with my Emerson stereo I got in 7th grade. I wanted speakers that would do bass and my older brothers friend agreed to help me buy speakers after I had saved a little money. Took me took to a local shop that had many brands I had never heard of. Auditioned these playing Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. Yeah. I think I paid $240 for them. Best money I had ever spent at that point in my life. Kicked ass on all the rack system speakers my friends had at the time (1984). Still have them to this day. They are responsible for all the audio gear I have in the house today. They are not being used at this time but they made me appreciate how important the speaker is in a system.
     
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