OK. Just finished assembling the HF and LF sections one hour ago. I now remember why I hate using bare speaker wire.I had a hell of a time getting 12 gauge speaker wire to fit into the phoenix connectors on the HF sections and the tiny bare wire connectors on the Yamaha p7000s.
Also,my wire stripper broke so I had to finish the job with my knife. Once connected I played a sample of old school R & B songs from my personal playlist. I chose tracks from the Isley brothers, Earth Wind & Fire, etc. Songs with smooth vocals and strong instrument sections in the background full of detail.
After over an hour of listening here are my initial thoughts.These speakers passed my test for music with flying colors. Very good high frequency extension and strong clarity in the high frequencies even at extremely low volume levels.
Midbass is to die for. MK stated the woofers will need time to break in before their low end potential is realized. But man oh man this is not my experience. Their low end is UBER strong straight out of the box. I've never purchased a speaker with bass this strong right out the box. Even my Cerwin Vega ClS-215 had wimpy low end out of the box and took time to break in.
These speaker's bass is smooth and deep. I tried various crossovers from 40hz to 80hz but these speakers sound right at home in full range mode without a crossover. Definitely don't need a sub with music with these.
Their sweetspot is pretty much my entire room! They sound excellent both on and off axis. Their clarity in the high frequencies is superior to the Yorkville U215s. However the gap is not night and day. Though I am hearing more detail in various instrument sections that I flat out was not hearing at all with the Yorkville U215s.
The HF section of the JBLs have a very open sound to them. I can hear each word with clarity at a few clicks of the remote. I can clearly hear dialogue at extremely low volume levels two rooms away. When I lay on the volume a bit it sounds like I am in a auditorium. Highs envelope the entire room.
Background details are concise and easily discernable between instrument sections. I'm, even picking up background noise from the studio from the time the tracks were recorded. The York's HF just seemed to taper off a bit too early. I had to boost the treble by +4db on my tone controls to get them to where all dialogue was intelligible.
Their midbass performance is very dynamic. The Yorks are super close in this category however the JBLs win due to their deeper extension.
Where these speakers run away from the Yorks is room coverage. The Yorks have a fairly narrow sweet spot and suffered from poor off axis performance in my opinion. The JBL speakers have an ultra wide soundstage. Music sounds great no matter where I am positioned in the main room or in the entire condo for that matter. Off axis sounds every bit as great as when sitting in the middle of the JBLs.
These speakers are definitely more sensitive than the Yorks and sound great at all volume levels. I'm very happy with this purchase and I consider it a worthwhile upgrade from the Yorkville U215s.
Though I still consider the Yorkville U215s very good speakers which are solid performers in both HT and music realms.
I also had one last shock of the night. While moving around the furniture in my living room, I decided to go ahead and try my Yorkville U15 as a center with the two JBL 4722n as mains.
I must admit the three sound great together. Which is a testament to the Yorkville horn which can still hang with these speakers.
The other guests in my condo also commented on how good the trio sounded together. So that takes care of my center issue.
Thank you to AVS because I never would have thought to try this type of speaker in my home if not for the informative members here who think outside of the box and are not afraid to try something different.
Back to critical listening now. I am thoroughly enjoying these speaker's accuracy with music in Onkyo pure audio mode. Best purchase in years!