Muscular Power, Stellar Build Quality, and Freewheeling Fun: The L52 Classic Bookshelf Speakers Are Always Ready To Rock
The JBL L52 Classic Bookshelf Speakers are full-range beauties that build on the company’s award-winning legacy of class-leading performance and lively, dynamic sound. Designed in JBL’s world-famous facility in Northridge, California, and offering the type of build quality that has made the brand legendary, the L52 features JBL’s advanced acoustic technologies and signature retro-inspired style.
To let you not just hear—but also feel—the potent midrange and bass, a 5.25-inch Pure Pulp cone woofer delivers low-frequency specs down to 47 hertz. To handle music’s vivid, subtle details, JBL engineers mated a ¾-inch, titanium dome tweeter to an acoustic lens waveguide. A front port and adjustable high-frequency control round out the L52’s outstanding internal features.
Whether used as a standmount or a bookshelf speaker, the L52 Classic delivers a remarkably wide, room-filling soundstage. Bass notes are tight, responsive, and charged with a grab-you-by-the-collar energy that would be impressive for speakers twice this size.
After you have dialed in your preferences with the HF control, musical details sound authoritative, authentic, and tailored to your space. And thanks to the L52’s crossover arrays, vocals and complex instrumental passages feel measured and complete.
The two-way L52s deliver performance similar to that of their acclaimed “big brother,” the L82 Classic, but they offer a slightly smaller footprint, making them easy to position. Plus, a genuine walnut wood veneer and your choice of three colors for the Quadrex foam grilles mean that these gorgeous speakers will enhance any listening space.
Like all Music Direct products, the L52 speakers come with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
"JBL's L52 Classic Bookshelf Speaker creates an ideal balance between clear neutral sound and iconic styling that never goes out of fashion. Its compact form factor belies sound quality that rivals the best studio monitors and stand-mount speakers.... It achieves big speaker status to a greater degree than pretty much any bookshelf/stand-mount speaker I've listened to. It produces a clean and clear sound that is balanced across the frequency range. It delivers strong but controlled bass that reaches lower than you'd expect.... The JBL L52 Classic Bookshelf Speaker is one of the very best small speakers I've reviewed. It receives my highest recommendation."
—Chris Eberle, Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity
"The forward-sounding nature of these bookshelves makes for a great time and I found myself not wanting to turn them off. They're just a fun, punchy, and lively sound. For that reason, it's easy to name these as an AVS Top Choice for 2022!"
—Erik Wesley, AVS Forum, 2022 AVS Forum Top Choice
"JBL's smallest may be small, but it knows how to make music come alive.... The JBL L52 Classic is the perfect speaker for anyone who is short on space but wants a really tough speaker that plays most music with commitment and empathy.... It's particularly well-suited to small rooms, on a shelf, but will do just as well in a large living room."
—Lasse Svendsen, L&B Tech Reviews, Highly Recommended Award
"We listen to Nirvana's Nevermind and the L52 Classic [speakers] sound right at home. They're happy to charge along full-throttle, delivering 'Come As You Are' with real verve. There's a good amount of attack and enough ability to organize the song's various musical elements into a cohesive and musical whole. The sound is fun, and can even be thrilling when the music demands. Even the bass performance is pleasing, sounding more powerful and punchy than the speaker's compact dimensions suggest.... While the appeal for many will be the retro vibe, there's more than enough ability in the L52 Classic to still satisfy in the long term."
- Satin walnut furniture-grade wood veneer
- High-frequency level attenuator
- Mirror-imaged stereo pairs
- Wall-mount capable
- 100% Sustainably packaged
Type: 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker
Low Frequency Driver: 5.25" (133mm) Pure Pulp cone woofer (JW135PW-4)
High Frequency Driver: 0.75" (20mm) Titanium dome tweeter (JT020TI1-4) with waveguide
Recommended Amplifier Power: 10 - 75 WRMS
Impedance: 4 Ohm
Loudspeaker Sensitivity: 85 dB/2.83Vm
Frequency Response: 47 Hz - 24 kHz (-6 dB)
Crossover Frequency: 2.8 kHz
Enclosure: Front-ported bookshelf in satin walnut furniture-grade wood veneer
Grille: Foam Quadrex
Controls: HF level control
Input Type: Gold-plated binding posts
Recommended stand height: 24" (609 mm)
Wall bracket insert/spacing: M6 x 1.0 thread, 12mm max screw length / spaced 2.64" (67mm) center-to-center
Dimensions (HWD): 13" x 7.74" x 8.51"
Weight: 11 lbs.
Warranty: 5 Years