Originally Posted by InfinityG35
I have a question for all you JBL fans. Is it worth it to upgrade from a ES to a Studio L? My dream was always to get hold of a L890 for front, LC2 center and L820 rear, but im doubting more and more because of my experiences with my LC2.
Did some more elaborate testing this week, comparing the EC35 and LC2 back and forth and my opinion has changed a bit.
First, I felt the EC35 was superior to the LC2. This is no longer the case. Differences I can clearly spot now are the more detailed male voices compared to the EC35, that is the biggest improvement of the LC2. Male voices are better sounding, more extension on the low end and therefore clearer. The LC2 is somewhat more retreat than the EC35, therefore showing less details, but it has a wider soundstage and is less boxy sounding. The midrange driver is great, probably the best unit of the LC2. Only dissapointment still is the Titanium tweet, it sounds a bit harsh and not so airy; a shame the Mylar UHF is crossed over at 20khz, in the ES series it is used from 12khz onwards, which sounds really airy. Also the bass is a bit blobby (for music) and weak with my Aventage A1010, so probably need more power for that (and i probably need to wall mount).
Anyways, still looking for a L890. I am interested in the inside of the L890 before I buy. Im always curious to the quality of the parts used inside
I have found a french website showing the inside of the L890 with parts and all and i'm still a bit curious, as it looks not so impressive, especially the Crossover which looks a bit niffy compared to my ES80, drivers are great tho.
The older unit shown has no magnetic shielding it seems, I guess new units have this? My 2009 ES80 surely has, but i know older ES dont have this. Not a big deal but im curious. Also do the L890 still use the blue Hingtat caps? My 2009 LC2 has them. My ES80 uses Sounder Sound caps, which is more commonly used by other manufacturers it seems. The new studio 1xx and 5xx also use Sounder Sound, no more Hingtat.
Finally, how is the bracing of the inside of the L890? Because I heard some rumours that the L890 has a "lively" box?
Maybe someone here has opened up his L880/L890? Would be great so see them Edited by InfinityG35 - 6/16/13 at 1:29pm