JBL L890 sound charateristics. - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 08:21 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
durell81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I have just picked up a set of JBL L890 floorstanding speakers for a great deal. I was hoping to have them replace my Polk TSI 400's. But after hooking them up and listening to them side by side the vocals from the JBL L890 sound low and the vocals from the TSI 400's sound very pronounced or louder. The bass from the JBL L890's is more pronounced than the bass from the TSI 400's. My question is the common for JBL speakers? I currently have them connected to a Pioneer Elite SC61. I really like the JBL's and would like to know if running the Pioneer Advanced MCACC would help fix the issue with the vocals?
durell81 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 08:46 AM
Member
 
tanveers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 29
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 14
Hey Durell81,

The JBL L890 set of speakers you have should be a nice replacement for you Polk Audio System. The Advanced MCACC will probably help some, JBL speakers tend to be a little more "Bassy" then some of their other competitors. I would suggest possibly looking into a multi-band EQ box. I think it'll help you manipulate your speakers to the sound you want. You can cut some of your lows and boost your vocals around the 3-4kHz range to give them a little more pronunciation in the mix. Let me know how it goes with your setup. I'm interested to hear back from you.
If you want to test out how an EQ might help your setup you can rent a box before you purchase one. http://aarental.com/product/equalizer-rental/

Ben
Lead Tech, AA Rental
tanveers is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 10:52 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
durell81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Thanks Tanveers for the speedy reply. I will look into an EQ. I don't mind the bass from the JBL L890's. Actually I really like the bass. I just would really like to boost the vocals to complement the bass. Once again Thanks!
durell81 is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 11:18 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Transmaniacon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,435
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 408 Post(s)
Liked: 419
Quote:
Originally Posted by durell81 View Post

I have just picked up a set of JBL L890 floorstanding speakers for a great deal. I was hoping to have them replace my Polk TSI 400's. But after hooking them up and listening to them side by side the vocals from the JBL L890 sound low and the vocals from the TSI 400's sound very pronounced or louder. The bass from the JBL L890's is more pronounced than the bass from the TSI 400's. My question is the common for JBL speakers? I currently have them connected to a Pioneer Elite SC61. I really like the JBL's and would like to know if running the Pioneer Advanced MCACC would help fix the issue with the vocals?

There will be a break in period so I would give them a good 20-30 hours. MCACC will help account for room characteristics and should help things, but it may also be that you are used to your TSi's. The Polks are known for being bright, meaning the high frequencies are more pronounced. I haven't heard those JBLs, but I haven't read about them being bright, so it may just take some time to adjust. The L890 is a better speaker and you made a good choice, just give them a little time.

Living Room
Samsung PN60F5300 | Denon DBP-1611 | Roku 3
Denon AVR-1713 | EMP E55Ti | EMP E56Ci | EMP E5Bi | BIC F-12

Computer
Topping TP23 | NHT SuperZero 2.0 | Velodyne DEQ-8R
Transmaniacon is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 01:03 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Kini62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 2,994
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 148 Post(s)
Liked: 340
IME if you don't like the sound at first (especially if it's that far off from what you want) 20, 30 or 1000 hours isn't going to change things. Nor is resorting to using an EQ. If the speakers don't sound good to you send them back and move on to something else. Don't waste your time trying to like them just because they are supposed to be better than what you have now.

Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
Def Tech SC8000
Harman Kardon AVR 1600
PS3, Apple TV, Sharp 70" Qattron
Kini62 is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 09-05-2013, 11:29 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Bob7145's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dollars, Taxes
Posts: 2,102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 30
Ya, if you've been eating food that's too salty all your life everything else will seam bland.
Bob7145 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 09-13-2013, 02:54 PM
Senior Member
 
jacbri's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
I have my l890s amped, world of difference IMO.
jacbri is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 09-13-2013, 08:36 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
rdgrimes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Nuevo Mexico
Posts: 16,272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 256 Post(s)
Liked: 226
^^^
The L890 has a pronounced impedance dip to around 3u in the mid-bass band. Meaning it's a power hog, and the more you feed them the better they sound. The Pio AVR in question claims 125 WPC but no mention of how that's rated. As long as it's only driving 2 speakers it should be adequate, but any more load than that and it wants help.

The L890 likes a big room as well, and careful placement.
rdgrimes is offline  
Reply Speakers

Tags
Jbl L890ch 4 Way High Performance 8 Inch Dual Floorstanding Loudspeaker Cherry , Polk Audio Tsi400 Floorstanding Speaker Single Black , Pioneer Elite Sc 61 7 2 Channel Network Ready Av Receiver , Pioneer Vsx 919ah K 120 Watts A V Receiver With Full Color Gui Osd Advanced Mcacc And Analog To Hdmi
Gear in this thread - Tsi400 by PriceGrabber.com

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off