I'd listened to the L100s at the store as well as a few friends' houses and always enjoyed them but we never thought to try and bring mine over for a comparison. I was considering ARs (fuzzy on model number but believe they were slightly more expensive) as well as the Advents and was able to compare those and preferred the Advents. I was 16 at the time and did what magazine and sales floor research I could before I just had to buy something, too :) My car at the time was my biggest expense and where most of my hard-earned money went....for what the JBLs were over the Advents I believe was a set of nice tires....\n\nThe Advents were a far more accurate and wider range speaker than the JBL's. The Advents certainly weren't perfect, but at least they didn't have a hyped up bass, Rocky Mountain-Rough mids, and a screaming peak at 6500 Hz. You can see the response cure of the original L100 here:\nhttps:\/\/forums.audioholics.com\/forums\/threads\/the-vintage-jbl-west-coast-sound-becomes-the….25014\/\n\nOoops I guess I can't give you a link that just shows the measured response. It's toward the bottom of page 2 of Richard's post.