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post #16921 of 16930 Old 09-24-2016, 03:39 AM
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Guys, JBL LSR305/308 vs Studio 230s?
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Guys, JBL LSR305/308 vs Studio 230s?
I'd do the Studio 230s if you have an amp solution already. I had Studio 230s as PC speakers for a while. The LSRs are powered monitors, so that would rule them out for me since I like the flexibility of a separate amp.

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I'd do the Studio 230s if you have an amp solution already. I had Studio 230s as PC speakers for a while. The LSRs are powered monitors, so that would rule them out for me since I like the flexibility of a separate amp.
I don't have an amp yet, I plan to buy a used receiver. I was just wondering if the Studio 230s are inferior or anything, other than the bass extension which I know is not as good as the LSR305/8, but I'm OK with that as I have a subwoofer. Also, I do want to finally go surround.
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I don't have an amp yet, I plan to buy a used receiver. I was just wondering if the Studio 230s are inferior or anything, other than the bass extension which I know is not as good as the LSR305/8, but I'm OK with that as I have a subwoofer. Also, I do want to finally go surround.
Ah, got you. Yeah, if you're going surround, I see the 230 being a good idea. I agree with you on the bass thing; bass management with a dedicated sub makes a surround setup much better.

Not to mention, if you got a receiver, you would have to ensure it had enough preout connections to run to the LSRs since speakers are typically connected to a receiver via speaker wire.
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Ah, got you. Yeah, if you're going surround, I see the 230 being a good idea. I agree with you on the bass thing; bass management with a dedicated sub makes a surround setup much better.

Not to mention, if you got a receiver, you would have to ensure it had enough preout connections to run to the LSRs since speakers are typically connected to a receiver via speaker wire.
Yeah, receivers with pre-outs are more expensive as well. Passive is the way to go for me.
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In my room I'm currently running Studio 590's for the LCR's,and HT5's for side and back surrounds,and also HT5'S for the front Heights. I was thinking about changing to 8320's for the surrounds,but keeping the front Heights as they are,would this be an upgrade or more of a lateral move,any info is appreciated as I've never heard the 8320's in person.


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I ordered a pair of 8340A's since they have the compression driver like the Studio 590's do. Should be a big step up!


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Let us know how that goes. Aren't HT5s fairly small satellites?

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Let us know how that goes. Aren't HT5s fairly small satellites?


Yes it's a horn loaded tweeter with a 5.25" woofer. looking forward to hearing the 8340A's in my room. Got them for a really good price,people are switching to the SCS8'S but they more than I wanted to spend.


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Dude, I'm fighting between being happy for you and being jealous. Terrific deal, man. I used to have L890s, so I don't think the 820s are going to outshine the 880s for you. The ONLY thing I can think as a possible caveat is that, being a former owner of E50s (those mirror image monitors from the Northridge line), I really liked how the E50s and L820s can spread out your front sound stage's width with the tweeters situated on the outside. That's how I had my E50s, so when I first ran the L890s, I felt it was a tad more contained. But as time went by, I just spread them a bit more and lost that reference point as I got adjusted to them.
I have been testing the L880 vs the L820 these past couple of days and... You know what? You were absolutely spot-on about that.

There is no comparison how much better spatiality and location are with the L820. The difference is so obvious that I double checked to see if I was doing something wrong or maybe I had inverted the phase when hooking up the speakers' wires. But not, they simply are that much better. It's amazing how they widen the sound stage without sacrificing any of their location accuracy.

To my ears, the L880 are somewhat overpowering, with bass not very well controlled and somehow getting "in the way", muddling the overall enveloping sound. On the L820 bass is much tighter and less boomy. I even tried setting the sub crossover from my usual 80 to 100 and 120Hz to moderate the bass output from the L880, but that didn't make much of a difference other than "weakening" sound.

I don't know, maybe it's got to do with the physics of my room and the position of the L880 (they are somewhat "encased" by the furniture and not as free-standing as I would like), but the smaller L820 give me a much more satisfying home theater experience.

I'm kind of sad, because I really wanted to keep the L880 and I love how they look (and it was much more convenient to place those on the floor rather than having to drill the wall for hanging the L820), but I can't deny my ears.

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That's interesting that you prefer for l820s over the l880s for home theater. Perhaps I'm a victim of always thinking more is better.

I've been trying to find some l890s for front towers as I wanted the fuller sound over the l880s (which I only assumed would work better and sound more dynamic than the l820s)

It would all be solved if I could actually demo the stuff.
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