Harman has taken a page from history and will soon release the vintage-inspired JBL SA750, a new integrated amp that is too cool for words. Based on JBL SA models from the 60s and 70s, the faux wood grain and aluminum casing aren’t just reminiscent of yesteryear’s amp; it is identical to what you or your parents used “back then.” It is even complete with the wonderfully tactile chunky dials and toggle switches on the front panel. Throw in two big jacks for aux and headphones and what you have is an experience in retro heaven.
Of course, the JBL SA750 integrated amp isn’t just a facelift for an older model. It packs a real punch with 120 watts per channel for eight ohms or four ohms with 250 watts per channel. Naturally, there’s Wi-Fi support and sports streaming ability that integrates with Apple Airplay 2 and Chromecast. There is more than meets the eye inside, too. Users will appreciate the high-res digital to analog converter, plus a USB port for your thumb drive or ancillary devices. MQA decoding support enables what audiophiles might call high fidelity listening, but what we’ll call studio-quality audio with simultaneous streaming. An ethernet port and a collection of coaxial inputs and analog RCA inputs make this unit the perfect blend of old meets new.
So what inspired Harman to put this out? It’s their 75th anniversary and they’re also celebrating by launching a set of matching, limited edition speakers to go with the JBL SA750. Get your hands—and ears—on the vintage amp as early as April of 2021.
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