Originally Posted by Rex Anderson
I'm thinking of using a JBL LSR 705P (small but mighty) as a center channel between my Revel F208's.
Since we have some questions happening now about centers and surrounds, maybe @JohnSchuermann
could comment on mixing and matching the two brands.
Perhaps it's not aesthetically ideal, but the LSR 7 P series looks like a good way to handle center and surround duties without having to get more amp channels.
A JBL 705P could substitute for a Revel C208 and an amp to drive it and have a much smaller footprint, plus vertical vs horizontal.
And JBL LSR 708P's could replace Revel Gem2's and the amp necessary to drive them too.
Obviously, if the Revels and JBL's don't integrate well, it's a bad idea.
If I wasn't so lazy, I'd go back through the Synthesis thread and find where we did some listening sessions between the LSR708s and the F208s
. I'll try to summarize.
It probably should not come as a huge surprise, but the overall balance of both speakers was about the same. That should be expected when both designs have high accuracy as their goal. However, there were differences.
The Revels have a silkier, smoother high end, vs. the "analytical" high end of the 708s. With the 708s looped dialogue became more obvious, harshness on the top end of poor recordings was more exposed. Exactly what you want for a critical mastering speaker, but not always the type of sound that invites you to relax into the music. For movies, though, the 708 has dynamics to spare, while the Revel was a bit more laid back. However, all of us in the listening session noticed that the F208 more detail / articulation in the bass (not a night and day difference, but noticeable).
My concern would be that the center channel has far and away more information in it than even the left and right channels, so in many ways it's the most important speaker in a surround setup. Many think it's just for dialogue, but most Foley and FX go into it as well. If there's an explosion happening in the middle of the frame, the sound of the explosion will primarily come from the middle speaker.
That said, Revel and JBL do integrate well. Just take a look at my current system (Jim Garrett at Harman calls it a "mutt"):
JBL LSR708is LCR (to be replaced by M2s today
- the LSR708s will be moved to side and rear surrounds when I'm done with this theater remodel)
Revel F208s side surrounds (which I move to the front when a customer wants to demo them)
Revel F36s as rear surrounds (" ")
Revel C763L as heights (as I've mentioned before, the same height speaker used for final QC of 90% of Blu-rays, where they are paired with a JBL Synthesis system)
JBL S2S-EX subs
All of this is remarkably coherent. I'll have more impressions on using the LSR708is for surrounds when this overhaul is done. I should also have the Salon2s in next week, which will make for more fun comparisons