Originally Posted by filecat13
Guys, about the Studio 500 Series:
I tend to judge speakers on sound rather than looks, though I know looks are very important. Things that look different than we expect or are too different than what we're used to can be easily ridiculed on looks alone, especially when we have no experience or knowledge of them other than a visual prejudice.
I don't find comments of LSD-inspired, butt-puckered design offensive since we're just talking about speakers, though their renowned designer might feel differently. In fact those humorous concepts take me back to... Oh never mind! No need for unnecessary disclosure here.
Truth is that that vertical horn and unconventional driver will take anything most of us have in our homes to school and then some in the reproduction of mid and high frequency sound. Before someone responds, "I find that hard to believe..." it's simple to write unfounded opinions, and it's another thing to have opinions borne of experience and an understanding of the advances such a design incorporates. So, go hear one if you can.
Then you might be inspired to write that the LSD trippy butt puckerers were an ear-opening experience.
I agree with everything you've said.
But, the fact remains that JBL in recent years seems more interested in freakish designs, than in making good marketing decisions to a wider audience.
I love the looks of their Studio L, ES & LS series (after all I own a bunch of those wonderful speakers myself!), but I'm just an old fuddy-duddy (just ask my kids,...no wait, don't!
And I'd be willing to bet that the new Studio 500 series speakers sound wonderful too, but I just DON'T like the way JBL designs the 'looks' of their speakers anymore.
Going for shock value maybe? Or only interested in the younger generation 'iPod & ear buds crowd?' (Who frankly, IMO couldn't care less about sound - as long as its convenient and portable...
A better approach would be better marketing of JBL to the audio and home theater markets - which we NEVER see anymore in the major sound magazines.
I blame Harmon International for that - but I blame JBL speaker designers for their over emphasis on weird looks...my 2 cents worth anyway...