Originally Posted by TropMonk
Same here! I'm in love with my L820's.. With full 7.1 surround, all my speakers but the sub and center are L820's. Everything is balanced, and I'm amazed at what they put out. With regards to getting towers, I don't buy that. I just flip my receiver in full surround stereo and with ALL 6 of them plus my center LC2 are WAYY loud enough for music... Even if this was a 5.1 setup if you have the ability to change how the speakers get used when playing music (i.e. all speakers same level) then you really don't need big towers with these L820's. Not unless you're in a 40foot by 40foot room or something crazy like that ..
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When I first auditioned the Studio L series back in July '06 at a Frys, mainly the L890s, I thought the L820 just might be the best small
speaker JBL ever made. And I have suggested many times using identical speakers all around.
First I had five L212s, then seven, although the LCRs were custom upgrades. Then I got five PT800s. And either series paired with a couple of subs are sweet setups.
But there is certainly something to be said about how good the L890s are, somedays I really preferred their sound over the PT800s, when I had both. And for music the L890s don't really need a sub. I was using them as mains in a 3200~6400^3ft room w/o a sub while I was veneering/staining the L/R L212/subs. The L890s only lacked the lowest octave below 28 htz. But with those dual 8" drivers you do get more authoritative mid-bass than from the L820.
Originally Posted by howzz1854
it's an audiophile thing. when it comes to pure stereo listening, die hard audiophiles will always go with two full range towers and output it in pure direct; unlike movie and home theater, no help of calibration, no eq, no surround, no nothing, just you and the music and purely what those cones and domes can produce. this is why people spend tens and thousands of dollars on simple two channel stereo towers that can output every note at reference level directly from the source without anything between you and the music.
I never use EQ for music, either stereo or MC. Especially with the Parasound P7 pre, which is pure analogue.
And for years I had the L212/PT800 mounted to the subs for a full range setup. Until I moved in this place, lowering them 9" improved the sound, cos of 7' tall brick archways directly behind, and lower ceiling then I had back then.