About Us

We're just two music lovers with a passion for great sound. After many years of trying to find the right speakers, the L100 Classic came along and just totally blew us away. So much so, that we've decided to start up a fan club and web-site to share our experiences, promote the fantastic design of the L100 Classic, and to curate all the reviews (which are overwhelmingly positive), and info into once source. So far, this has been so much more than just buying a pair of speakers. It allows us to focus on the music, leading to the discovery of albums we've never heard before. It's taken us to AXPONA, where we've met an incredible group of people from both Harman and Music Direct. And last but not least, it's created new friendships along the way. Hopefully this site can inspire more people to find the L100's into their listening room. 


-Frank and Angie  

About THE DESIGNER

Chris Hagen

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Chris Hagen is a Principle Engineer for the Harman International Luxury Audio Group, where he is primarily responsible for the development and design of Luxury Audio loudspeakers bearing the JBL brand, as well as serving as the group’s subwoofer expert.

He received a BA in Applied Math from the University of California, Berkeley.

Hired by Harman International in 1988, his first projects were the JBL L100T3 series, subject of the famous Stereo Review article. His work for Harman has included entry-level speakers such as the JBL series and G series; mid-level speakers such as the JBL LX and LXE series; and high-profile high-end models such as the original JBL Synthesis 3 models, the JBL L1 through L7 L series, and his second Stereophile-rated models – the Harman/Kardon Citation speakers from the mid-‘90’s. At the end of the ‘90’s, he left Harman to work at M&K Sound, creating models like the SW-150 and MP-150, and then at Velodyne Acoustics, where he designed many subwoofers that culminated in the DD+ line. After that Chris returned to Harman to design for JBL again.

Recently, Chris has been working on a variety of JBL consumer loudspeakers, as well as the patented JBL Synthesis Custom Loudspeaker range. He voiced the 70thAnniversary 4312SE studio monitor and the JBL L100 Classic.

Other than his career interest, Chris is a guitarist with a love for rock music, an amateur astronomer, and an avid gamer, making his home in Simi Valley, California.

  JBL L100T3 series, subject of the famous Stereo Review article 

Stereo Review June 1989 (pdf)

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THE SPEAKERS

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L100 Century

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L100 Classic

 PROMOTIONAL VIDEO -JBL HARMAN  

 A CLASSIC REBORN  - MUSIC DIRECT