Originally Posted by Ingeborgdot
What do you like about the L590 that makes it better? Thanks.
The L590 benefits from a number of updated approaches to loudspeaker design.
- The cabinet design is more advanced, both in construction and layout.
- The single 1" compression driver is more robust and linear than the combination of a Polyplas® midrange, Ti dome and Mylar ribbon.
- The Array-style horn is vastly superior to the EOS Waveguide for reducing unwanted reflections, and it provides superior imaging and depth.
- The overall theory introduces some of JBL's most current thinking in pro designs into the consumer space at an affordable level.
Did I mention I've heard both (in the same room), and the L590 sounds better? Of course, that's just one mans' opinion. Well, make it two men's opinions, since the designer of both the L590 and L890 told me he really liked the L5xx Series. In fact he has some in his home, not as his main system (Everest II DD67000s), but as a member of the "fun to listen to because they sound so great" category.
Sadly, two L590s likely would be more than $1500, while you can probably get the very good LC2 and a pair of L890s for less.
Originally Posted by 4DHD
Well, the 590 are horn loaded HF. So more output. But the design is only a 2 1/2 way. Whereas the 890 is a 4 way, or a 3 way, if you do not count the ultra tweeter. There is something to be said for a true midrange driver.
I have not heard the 590, but I would have a hard time believing I would like them better than the 890.
John, you just like the traditional approach which is fine. Nonetheless, whether you'd have a hard time believing it or not, until you do hear an L590 you're only expressing an unfounded bias.