In another thread, 807recordings (Shamus) asked:
I posted this in another thread, but perhaps it is getting sort of lost.
I have a pair of JBL SVA 2100's. I really like the speakers and use them a lot in my music production. The reason for that being they seem to translate well what a PA will be playing back, but they are also very fine in Mastering Audio Quality. Perhaps a bit under-rated.
Anyways and more to the point:
I am trying to find a centre channel to work with these. I know JBL has a few newer models but they are all using a compression type driver instead of the softdome tweeter. Klipsch also comes to mind.
In the surround I have the possibility of B&O Beovox 5000 and would likely run them with Hypex amps, or again JBL newer models and or Klipsch.
SO in short anyone think this will be too out of balance?
Sorry to bring this up from the dead but I got a question I been trying to figure out:
1. SO I have JBL SVA 2100. Ya the old double 10s with a soft dome tweeter in a horn. Thing is they work really well for mastering, especially electronic music.
all are very close to how a PA would react, but with audiophile qualities.
IMHO these are under-rated, and I put this up against many things I have had from 800 D, Wilson, etc. Not saying I would turn down any of the others either though.
2. So here is the problem:
Matching these with a Centre, and surrounds. Klipsch comes to mind, the LS series from JBL? I would like to use them for some surround work so matching would be nice, but as this is also partially my living room, I have also considered others.
Opinions, suggestions are welcome
The SVA Center should be selected as "small" and crossed over to a sub somewhere between 80 and 100 Hz, while the SVA2100s would be selected as "large" or full range and if crossed over to a sub at all would be at 40 or 60 Hz.
You're right that the center cannot keep up with the 2100s, at least in the realm of the bass drivers. It's no contest. For a few years I had an SVA21000/SVA Center/SVA1800 surround set up. It was dynamic, clean, and powerful. As long as I crossed the center over to a sub at 100Hz, it was fine playing with the big boys. The soft dome in the Center is 1" while the 2100 has a 1.5" dome, so I swapped in an 1800 for the center, but it also has the smaller 1" dome, so there was no appreciable gain there except in the LF. The remnants of the SVA Series that can still be purchased in left over Synthesis HT1 systems all have Ti tweeters in them, and they're a poor match as a result.
If I were doing an audio-only SVA system, I'd opt for three SVA2100s across the front and keep the fourth as a parts mule to keep the other three running. I agree that the SVA Series is much under appreciated, and I made sure mine went to a good home when they left. Their owner loves them to this day.