Originally Posted by Jsin_N
It's not that they're just "difficult" to install and put together, to me it's that they're poorly designed for what they claim you should and could do.
For instance, they claim you should use at least 12 gauge wire for the 708/705's as a rule of thumb. But, the inlet holes for the speaker wire barely accept 12 gauge, often needing to strip these down to get them in without the wire sticking out, which is also a problem because they're so close. Nothing like the wires touching. They claim they'll accept 10 gauge wire, but I'm not sure what perfect CAD world that would be in.
It's like they have the greatest engineers for sound who don't understand ergonomics at all.
The one saving grace is the insert comes out, so you can screw the wire in and then insert the fitting. Unfortunately I didn't see a plus/minus on this insert, so if you forget, or have the speakers upside down, you go back and forth on having this correctly.
Yeah, yeah, it's supposed to be for "professionals," but I'm certain these so called professionals are having the same gripes.
That's not even getting into software intuitiveness.
I ran all 10 gauge. Tight, but doable no problem. Remember, this is your first rodeo with JBL Pro. IME, pretty much all pro gear is this way, next time it will be much easier.
I understand its not plug and play, but you pay less for more, in general, for the Pro gear and one reason is they don't need to treat you like a consumer and hold your hand.
Buy through Synthesis and they'll take care of you 100%, all for a premium that is to be expected for their time.
The Salon 2's retail for 20+k and you don't get rock concert output and a couple of kick ass I-tech 5000HD's thrown in.
Just my perspective, not trying to minimize your frustration.