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Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Cal Central Coast
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LSR308 owner here
I've had a pair of LSR308s for at least three years. In LA, I used them as speaker monitors for my 27" iMac. They sounded very, very nice, and I did not have the onerous hum that some folks experience.
When we escaped from LA to the Central California Coast, the people who bought our house did not want to pay for the JBL Synthesis theatre on the lowest level, so I had to dismantle it and bring it with us. Most of it is still boxed up in one stall in our garage.
But we had to have a movie room, so we "temporarily" set up shop in the second largest bedroom, and I put up our Stewart Filmscreen StudioTek microperf screen, Mitsubishi projector, and Oppo UDP-203 universal disk player. After I put some sound absorbers behind the screen and speakers, there was room for four chairs, and that was it, so what about the speakers?
We went with the LSR308 pair and a JBL HTPS400 sub. There's no pre; the 308s and subs are connected direct to the Oppo, and the setup is 2.1 with a phantom center. The Oppo provides the crossover point between the sub and the 308s, and I hooked up an AppleTV through the Oppo as well.
It's a lot smaller, more awkward room than our old HT, but it does sound very good with the 308s. Dialog is clear, highs and lows are impressive, and not needing to have a pre-pro and a mountain of amps is a nice bonus. In fact, my SO would be pleased to just keep that setup, but...
...yes, I would like 7.1.2 (or more) and I do have a mountain of amps boxed in the garage, but these relatively inexpensive LSR308s made it possible to genuinely enjoy $15-16,000 worth of AV equipment without feeling, "Oh, this sucks!" or "Man, this is weak!" or "I'm not watching another #$%&! movie until I can get my whole system set up somewhere!"
As for musical usage. They were fine playing music when I used them for that in LA, but I don't use them for that here. There are some bigger JBLs in the main room that sound significantly better with music. Of course, the LSR308s are 0.68% of the big speaker's retail price.
What I can afford, when I can afford it...