can JBL x120's be substituted

can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby cincinnatiohio » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:17 am

Speaker question for all you fine folks out there-

could a JBL D123 substitute for a JBL D120?
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby Smolder » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:41 am

yes but with slightly different results. It's a 3" voice coil just like the d110. Also, it's a low wattage speaker (like 15-20) and it has a ribbed cone. All of that to say it won't handle nearly the same power and you'll hear it break up sooner. I have a pair in a twin I run at low power and they work pretty well. But it's not exactly the response you'd be getting from an x120.

Great speakers though... still have that dry crispness of a jbl.
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby cincinnatiohio » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:52 am

i have the chance to buy 2 D123's in a cabinet for around 250... maybe a little less. initially i would be running these from my fender deville 410 which has been modded down to around 27 watts. i would hope that with 27 watts, these would maybe be a good starter garcia speaker situation.

i would probably subvert the old factory jensens and just run from the amp to the cabinet of 212's. thoughts anyone?
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby Smolder » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:13 am

I think the price you quoted is a bit steep. I see them posted BIN on ebay for that and more, but have seen a handful of pairs go for $100-150 plus shipping in the last 6 months (the lower end is what I paid for mine). The obvious caveat being that you can't touch or smell them before you buy. Old speakers like that can have voice coil rub which is pretty easy to detect, but only if you in the same room with them.

edit - sorry, I missed the 'in a cabinet' part. Depending on the cab, could be a great deal.
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby cincinnatiohio » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:24 pm

found 2 k120's for $300. might just buy those. seems pretty reasonable. what do ya think...?
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby Smolder » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:48 pm

cincinnatiohio wrote:found 2 k120's for $300. might just buy those. seems pretty reasonable. what do ya think...?


thats a great price.
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby cincinnatiohio » Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:10 am

Ok so i have found 2 options for my first leap into real quality guitar speakers... Time to get rid of the 15 year original speakers in my 410 deville. Gonna try and put a 2x12 cabinet together to run off that as a start to a new rig. Everything ive read said JBL is the way to go. It's modded to 27 watts instead of 60.

here's the final play:

2 JBL E120's in a functional but old amped cabinet for $250

Or

2 JBL K120's redone by spiral, no cabinet for $335 including shipping.

I would be welcome to all feedback from people's experience.

Thanks!!!!
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby NSP » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:35 am

cincinnatiohio wrote:Ok so i have found 2 options for my first leap into real quality guitar speakers... Time to get rid of the 15 year original speakers in my 410 deville. Gonna try and put a 2x12 cabinet together to run off that as a start to a new rig. Everything ive read said JBL is the way to go. It's modded to 27 watts instead of 60.

here's the final play:

2 JBL E120's in a functional but old amped cabinet for $250

Or

2 JBL K120's redone by spiral, no cabinet for $335 including shipping.

I would be welcome to all feedback from people's experience.

Thanks!!!!


I have both E's and K's and I currently use the K's exclusively in my 2x12 cab, which is my main rig. I am partial to the tone of the K's which is good because just thinking about hauling around a 2x12 loaded with E120's makes my back hurt....those puppies are heavy.
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby mgbills » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:41 am

I have both. K's would be my choice as well. Wish I had a bigger stack of them.
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby Smolder » Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:08 am

My vote is for the K's as well. They are very close to the D's (the grail). My E's have been moved to wedge monitors at this point.
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby cincinnatiohio » Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:41 am

i am about to send out $335.00 including shipping for 2 JBL K120's redone by spiral to specs of D120's!

it's a huge leap for me as i've never gotten replacement speakers of any kind and i am not a technical electronics type. little nervous but from what everyone seems to say, it is THE speaker to get.

thanks to all for the recommendations. all help is good help!
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby JonnyBoy » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:32 am

I think you will like the K's done to a lower wattage handling of the D120's with a 27 watt amp. A whole new world of tone that opens up with JBL's for sure.

I love the k120's but I am partial to the E120's in my bigger Jerry rig, go figure. I put one K120 into my HRD and it sings like no one's business tho! Good Luck!
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Re: can JBL x120's be substituted

Postby barefootdave » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:11 pm

Also happy me to find this, share for me thanks too!
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