Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Irwin, Pa USA 15642 (near Pittsburgh)
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Have you ever heard JBL L-300's (4333 pro model number)? The only speakers I ever heard that blew them away for me, primarily with imaging, was a 6 ft pair of Apogee ribbons running on a fortune of electronics at a dealers. You could actually walk around them on the stage that held them and point to positions of instruments from the record. I am sure their locations were a large part of the sound though. I am anxious to hear if the 3677's can compete with my L-300's for front positions. If they blow away the 300's that would mean I need 5 more of them and a new room for my stereo! With 3 of the L-300s in the front positions and my unmovable 4343's at the rear as my music speakers those 5 match each other pretty well. All use the same compression driver and horn lens combination and 136A woofer but the 4343's have a 10 inch cone lower midrange between the LE85 compression driver and the 136A 15 inch bass. These were all JBL 1970-1990 vintage speakers and have similar sound characteristics. None however would fit well at the sides of the room. If I do fall in love with the 3677s though I could do three of them for the front and the two I am buying for the sides and give my daughter the L-300s. I am pretty sure she will have them and the house in 5 to 15 years anyway.
My ears are not good at 9000 or above so I need great dialogue for a front center and the speaker I have there really provides that. Maybe the 3677 will also (I hope). Even if I put 3 of them in front, they would still be in front of the screen. The screen drops just in front of the led tv. I have the subs behind the screen in parallel with the tv stand (and the center L-300 under it). The left and right front speakers are in front of the screen, slightly toed in. The front left and right are on an older Audire amplifier and the center is on the AVR with the other speakers. I may wire the 4343's as rear surrounds and just tie that set of AVR preamp outs to the stereo there. For other than movies, it is not really worth using the rears since they are biamped on an Amber and a 250 w/ch Heathkit and would just give me more things to turn on to use them. (preamp, crossover and two amplifiers.) I would probably need to wire to the preamp not to the active crossover. I am still a little leery of establishing some unwanted ground loops with the two systems tied together. I had tried to use another big Heathkit amp there as a subwoofer amp before I bought subs for the theater audio and until I jumped out the round safety pin grounding on the ac plug on the big amp I had the humm from hell. Once I get the 3677s week after next I will have a lot of toys to experiment with.