JBL is one of those brands that needs zero introduction, for it seems that since there have been loudspeakers, there's been JBL. The JBL L890, reviewed here, is just another chapter in the brand's already storied history. The L890 is the largest floor-standing speaker in the L Series line of loudspeakers and retails for roughly $500 each.
The L890 is a four-way, full-range loudspeaker, featuring two eight-inch low-frequency transducers, mated to a four-inch midrange transducer, a one-inch high-frequency transducer and a three-quarter-inch ultra-high-frequency driver. The bass and midrange drivers are both PolyPlas cones, while the L890's tweeter has a pure titanium dome and a high-frequency driver made of Mylar. The L890 has a nominal impedance of eight ohms, with a 91dB sensitivity. The L890 has a reported frequency response of 28Hz-40kHz via its front-ported design and is crossed over at 700Hz, 5kHz and 20kHz between its various drivers.
Beyond the L890's performance figures and composition, it is one of the more attractive speakers JBL has made in a long while. It is tall and slender, which minimizes its visual footprint, yet is rather deep and very solidly built. A rap on the side of the cabinet reveals a surprisingly "dead" thud for such an affordable loudspeaker. The L890 is bi-wireable and features very robust and rather upscale five-way binding posts. The L890 is available in black ash, beach or cherry wood finish, all of which look spectacular and, along with the cast aluminum feet, really class up the L890.
Competition and Comparison
To compare the JBL Studio L Series L890 against the competition, read our reviews of Revel's Concerta F12 loudspeakers and the Paradigm Monitor 7 loudspeakers. You can also find more information by viewing our Floorstanding Speakers section and our JBL brand page.