Originally Posted by rdgrimes
The S38 is extremely hard to match or beat for value and sound. They are available on eBay regularly. There are a couple pair available now, although they can usually be had at lower prices.
An alternative is the E50 which is also not hard to find.
The most common reason for a fried speaker is that it's being under-powered at high levels, and/or the source content is poor quality, distorted, etc. Sounds to me like your S38s withstood many years of abuse.
Would the E50 have a better chance of holding up under high SPL vs the S38?
Thanks for the info. I might just grab a spare pair of 38s off ebay at some point and prolong this upgrade for a while. Funny thing is I did not even notice anything was wrong subjectively sound wise with all the movies, SACDs, etc....lately, so putting this blown mid range 38 in the rear of the room where it gets used even less while at the same time putting the rear 38 up front to get my front stage to 100% again should be plenty good enough.
The crazy thing is I have played all sorts of demanding music through these speakers at volumes just as high and never had an issue like this. I just recently watched Dream Theater Live at the Budukan which was nearly 3 hours straight of hard progressive heavy metal type music in 5.1 DTS-MA with no issues, but this PCM 2 channel stereo Phish show any longer than ~30-45 minutes fries the 38s?
Granted the Phish show is not near the clarity/quality of the DT or some of my SACDs/blu ray concerts so maybe that has something to do with it? I would think the Sherbourn 7/2100 has enough power for these speakers, but maybe not somehow?
Any way this turns out, I have gotten MORE than my moneys worth out of these 6 S38s along with the s-center and up until now, they were the one area of my HT I have never felt the need to upgrade. The bang/buck has been huge and I have zero complaints.
I am honestly surprised (and impressed) they have made it this long considering how hard I have pushed them at times!
Originally Posted by wwinkler
JBL 820s are still highly recommended among JBL folks. I liked them better than my JBL S312s in terms of sound quality. My L820s are paired with two large, ported 15" subwoofers in a small HT room. The center channel should be the LC2.
If you are into relatively straightforward kits, you should look into the SEOS designs from diysoundgroup.com. With the demise of eD and (possibly) Chase Home Theater for their high quality horn-loaded speakers, another choice is JTR (but price jumps considerably).
Thanks for the suggestion. I will check these out as well and maybe the DIY if I feel adventurous.
I doubt the 820 would take any more abuse vs my S38s though? I really need something that can handle HIGH SPL for long durations which is what these Phish shows are all about and I have a ton of them I would like to listen to.