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jbl or bose?

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I'm looking to get a pair of floor standing speakers to go with the Denon 2311 for the living room.
My brother swear on the bose 901. I like the JBL L890.
I currently have the JBL L880 hooked up to a Denon 2308ci in my bedroom.
Which of the 2 would you buy? Are there better speakers in term of look and performance in the same price range?

Thanks,
Tin
post #2 of 41
And what is that final price range?
post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 
$1200-1400
post #4 of 41
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Originally Posted by tinng321 View Post

$1200-1400

I do not favor the JBL or Bose
Look at Focal
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-4917-fo...eakers-pr.aspx

PSB GT1
http://www.ebay.com/itm/PSB-G-Design...item439d80ccb5
post #5 of 41
Psb, nht, paradigm. Martin Logan motion 12s are going for a song.

Any of these are far better than what you're looking at currently
post #6 of 41
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Originally Posted by camflan View Post

Psb, nht, paradigm. Martin Logan motion 12s are going for a song.

Any of these are far better than what you're looking at currently

can you provide specific models so I can compare.
thank you.
post #7 of 41
Sticking to your original query, I'd steer you toward the JBL L890. Nothing others have suggested will beat them.

Within the JBL family, there seems to be a lot of positive feedback by recent purchasers of the JBL Studio line, including the 190 and 180 models, which have been available for quite a bit under your budget.

Check the Official JBL Thread for first-person testimonials.

you can start here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post21564433

It goes on for a few pages, but if you persevere, you'll find a number of ecstatic owners.
post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by tinng321 View Post


can you provide specific models so I can compare.
thank you.


Psb image t6
Nht classic absolute
Paradigm studio bookshelfs
Martin Logan motion 12 towers
post #9 of 41
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Psb image t6
Nht classic absolute
Paradigm studio bookshelfs
Martin Logan motion 12 towers

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_760IMGT...arch=PSB+IMAGE

http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NHTAT

http://www.amazon.com/MartinLogan-Mo...9024708&sr=1-4
post #10 of 41
A lot of the advice you've gotten is pretty good. Dump the thought of getting Bose. They are overpriced junk.
post #11 of 41
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Originally Posted by filecat13 View Post

Sticking to your original query, I'd steer you toward the JBL L890. Nothing others have suggested will beat them.

Why, you sir, are always correct
To OP, you're the one who have access to both the Bose and the JBL, no? If so then just bring them together, see which one you like more. But general consensus I've heard around here is that they are two different classes. Actually, only one class - only the JBL has class
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by tinng321 View Post

Hi,
I'm looking to get a pair of floor standing speakers to go with the Denon 2311 for the living room.
My brother swear on the bose 901. I like the JBL L890.

Tin

How do you figure the Bose 901 is a FLOOR STANDING speaker? It's very form factor does not meet your needs-And I won't go into the rest---------
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by Ivan Beaver View Post

How do you figure the Bose 901 is a FLOOR STANDING speaker? It's very form factor does not meet your needs-And I won't go into the rest---------

Because it has a stand that sits on the floor?
post #14 of 41
Thread Starter 
I guess I will have to do some more research.
Does anyone know where I can go to listen to some speakers in NJ?
post #15 of 41
There are a whole lot of places up near you to listen. Just do a google search.

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=...20new%20jersey
post #16 of 41
JBL: Probably some of the best manufacturing/testing of any loudspeaker company. Not to mention Floyd Toole & the rest of Harmon's R&D power.

Bose: Better sound through "marketing" in my opinion. I like the sound of Bose in a car. My old Maxima sounded pretty good but i would never ever have a Bose speaker in my house. There are many good explanations of why Bose is not good available online. With the stroke of a pen they could probably build the worlds best system but why would they? As long as people keep lining up to see a losing team why would owners/management spend more on better players?
post #17 of 41
Thread Starter 
Alrght. I've decided to reduce my speaker budget to $500/pair because I've already spent $479 on a karaoke mixer, $249 on a wireless microphone system and $650 on a karaoke player. Right now, newegg has the Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II for $400/pair and Amazon has the JBL Studio 180 for about the same price. Has anyone have any experience with these two models? I wish I could have a listen to them before the purchase. What do you guys think?
Thanks,
Tin
post #18 of 41
These are on sale for $397.50/pr. And the people who had Monitor 70's say the EMP Tek's blow them away. And they look way better too, especially the red burl color.
http://www.emptek.com/e55ti_clearance.php



Thread on EMP Tek E55Ti
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1388934
post #19 of 41
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

These are on sale for $375/pr. And the people who had Monitor 70's say the EMP Tek's blow them away. And they look way better too, especially the red burl color.
http://www.emptek.com/e55ti_clearance.php



Thread on EMP Tek E55Ti
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1388934

wow!!! they sure look beautiful. how do they sound?
I have to take a look at the dimensions to make sure they will fit.
$375? or $395?
post #20 of 41
Sorry, $397.50/pr for the E55Ti.

The smaller E5Ti towers are $275/pr. Maybe they'll fit if the big towers dont.
http://www.emptek.com/e5ti_clearance.php

post #21 of 41
As far as sound, I've never heard them. You'll have read the thread I linked earlier. But one comment I saw said they were better than Monitor 70's.
post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

As far as sound, I've never heard them. You'll have read the thread I linked earlier. But one comment I saw said they were better than Monitor 70's.

I don't know... Polk has been around forever and this company was founded in 2007... I'm not too sure....
They do look nice though. COuldn't find any video on youtube that I can listen to.
post #23 of 41
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Originally Posted by tinng321 View Post

I don't know... Polk has been around forever and this company was founded in 2007... I'm not too sure....
They do look nice though. COuldn't find any video on youtube that I can listen to.


DO NOT LISTEN TO SPEAKERS THROUGH YOUTUBE!!!!!!

When you do that you are listening to the mic they used on the camera to record the video and then that audio is further compressed and degraded by youtube putting it on the web

If you want to listen to speakers listen to them in person and if possible listen to them in your room.

If you like the JBL's why don't you just stay with them
post #24 of 41
I was just going to say ...what the heck does listening to a video on YouTube do for you?

You're listening on your computer speakers so how will that tell you anything?

I'm not really a fan of the Polk Monitor series. Too bright sounding for me. But I do recommend them to others because people want a decent setup for cheap. And if home theater is your main purpose they'll be fine.

But I wouldn't use the Monitor series for music. I'm more partial to Energy RC and Jamo speakers. I do like the Polk Rti and LSi speakers though but they cost quite a bit more than the Monitor series.

Just my opinion.
post #25 of 41
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Originally Posted by tinng321 View Post

I don't know... Polk has been around forever and this company was founded in 2007... I'm not too sure....
They do look nice though.

They have some experienced people working for them. There must be
a reason why they are still here today.

Engineered Music Products (EMP) was founded in 2007 by industry professionals with over thirty years experience in designing, engineering and manufacturing high-performance loudspeakers for companies such as ParaSound, McIntosh, JBL, RBH Sound, Destination Audio and Fosgate. The high-performance loudspeakers designed by EMP differ greatly from the products sold in mass retail and big box stores.
post #26 of 41
EMPtek is a sister company to RBH Sound which has been around since 1976 and is pretty well known in the audio industry. They share the same facilities and even have the same address.

RBH Sound
MAILING ADDRESS
382 Marshall Way
Layton, Utah 84041

GENERAL PHONE AND FAX
Toll-free: (800) 543-2205
Local: (801) 543-2200
Fax: (801) 543-3300


EMP Tek
CONTACT EMP TEK
382 Marshall Way, Layton, Utah 84041
Tel: 801.991.1308 Fax: 801.543.3300

I'm pretty sure some of the RBH technology has spilled over into EMP TEK.
post #27 of 41
Here is a nice review comparing the EmpTek's with JBL, Klipsch and Axiom towers.
http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...010-1k-faceoff
post #28 of 41
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your input. I've made up my mind and will place an order on the emp tomorrow. I just have to make sure the height will work.
post #29 of 41
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Originally Posted by tinng321 View Post

can you provide specific models so I can compare.
thank you.

PSB Image T6 or Monitor Audio M6.
post #30 of 41
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

PSB Image T6 or Monitor Audio M6.

Thanks for the suggestion but I am low on cash after all the purchases.
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