This new 200W wireless speaker with hi-res streaming is a luxury music system I’d buy

Along with the launch of its Authentics speaker series at IFA 2023, JBL appears to be on a roll with wireless speakers launches right now, and the high-end JBL L42ms integrated music system will be its next addition. Set to arrive by the end of March 2024, the L42ms comes from JBL’s high-end Harman Luxury Audio Group speaker line and joins the larger L75ms ($1,500) as a compact and more affordable option.

I recently reviewed the JBL Authentics 300 portable wireless speaker that can be carried from room-to-room around the home, but the JBL L42ms is designed to rival static music systems from audiophile brands such as the KEF LSX Lite, Sonus faber Omnia, or even Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8, for example. Like JBL’s Authentics series, it carries the company’s distinctive Quadrex speaker grille, and has all the right smarts to connect to your favorite wireless audio sources as well as adding more wired connectivity options.  

The L42ms has the same great styling as its larger sibling, with a curved front baffle that’s fitted with that speaker grille. The elegant cabinet is available in walnut or black wood options, and I’d say that the styling and connectivity options make it a strong contender for one of my best music systems for style.  

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The L42ms integrated music system measures 6.4 x 24.3 x 9.2 inches (162 x 617 x 234mm HxWxD), and its proportions and styling make it look more like a dedicated center speaker for a home theater setup rather than a rival to Naim’s similarly priced and specified Mu-so 2 speaker system. 

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