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Pioneer's model was their response to the JBL model as far as I've read.
Who has heard both (or one of them)? Are they equally good and do they sound kind of similar or very different?
will sound like real music. boom/tish!
I have never heard the Pioneers, but I have two pair of L-100's that have been connected to a half dozen amps/receivers and have come to the conclusion that it takes a good 80 watt/channel amp to make them sound decent and having twice that is a lot better.
I know that many people have run them with much less power and will argue with that but I would suggest that they benefit greatly from a powerful amp. Especially in terms of the lower frequencies, which provide a more realistic feel to the music. Listening to a standup bass at lower levels will give a good idea of the effect of more power.
I recently was regretting having sold my JBL's. But amazingly enough found a pair at a yard sale a few weeks ago. Lo, I was not impressed. Which is why I probably got rid of them in the first place - the collector interest being higher than my listening pleasure.
Now, on to number 4: STACKED HPM 100'S! Not for critical listening mind you, more like a carnival ride on steroids. That Mickey Hart drum CD was very visceral. Very wide soundstage and TALL, (if not all that focused) images.
Bart Locanthe was the designer of the JBL L100. He was lured away from JBL by Pioneer, where he designed the HPM-100 as what was said to be a "super L100." Both exhibit the "West Coast" sound.
I have a pair of L100 and like them. I would choose the HPM-100, though, if I had the choice of only one or the other.
BTW, I also have the later HPM-900, and find it to be a much better balanced speaker system.
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