JBL L20T Loudspeakers


JBL L20T loudspeakers. A consumer version of their 4406 studio monitor.

Another classic loudspeaker by JBL that has stood the test of time.  Having some great nearfield speakers in the studio are a must but I find myself going to these wonderful speakers to evaluate their opinion of my mix, time after time. Why?


Well, there is something special about them, and it seems I am not the only engineer with that impression.


JBL 4406 Studio Monitors

After putting  together initial mixes on nearfields, I always listened to the mix through several loudspeaker systems.   These monitors seem to have a very clear, precise and uncolored presentation. The tweeter (JBL’s infamous O35Ti), could be considered a bit bright but I have never been fatigued by them as I have by others.  The low end of these little guys are fantastic and with a front facing port they are not that fussy about wall placement. They just sound great.

The other thing about these classics are their esthetic.  Real wood veneer with seamless edges including the backs! The 15H-1 woofers have rubber surrounds and have out lasted other speakers in this series which have foam surrounds.

backsThey are still around and show up on Ebay fairly often but  a recent search came up with only a few. I have seen prices as low as 120.00 a pair, which is an incredible bargain, if in good condition.  So, want an small, attractive and great sounding monitor for your studio?  Get a pair before they become rare and collectable.  It may already be too late!


4 thoughts on “JBL L20T Loudspeakers”

    1. Glad the post was helpful! They are great loudspeakers and I hope they go to someone who can appreciate there great performance. Good luck with the auction!

  1. Thanks for the write up! I recently found three pair at a local Salvation Army…2 pair of L20 t3 (rear bass port) And one L 20T…All perfect working condition. Around 25 bucks a pair. These little things are amazing! I could not be happier with them.

    1. Glad the post was helpful. Sounds like you made a great find on the JBL’s. It is nice that they can still be found as bargains considering how well they can still reproduce audio! Keep checking that Salvation Army store!!

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