Originally Posted by jlpowell84
So IMO your surrounds need to be highly sensitive like your mains to match well. Your JTR S8 is a great speaker and honestly probably has more money into the components than JBL does. But I have read numerous people happy with the JBL surrounds. Not sure anyone got the 8320, 8350 yes I know a few who had them. I also read one person who didn't really care for them. But they are not 1k like an S8, on sale for 900 right now. Another viable option is the DIY Sound Groups Volt 10 speaker. It is the exact same design as the S8 JTR but under $200 for the kit. Just need a Saturday and you have a pair for $420! I am awaiting quotes on all 6 JBL surround speakers in the Pro Cinema line. I will share with you once I hear, should be tomm or Thursday.
I have tried several surround speakers with my JTR mains (gone now and 4722's on their way!) and once I got the higher sensitive Volt 10's it was a whole different level of surround activity.
It seems the best surround in the Pro Cinema line up is the 9320. 12" woofer with a 120x60 dispersion pattern, 98db sensitive, 124 db rating. The S8 has the best stats but costs more.
I figured I could offer my 2 cents...if it's worth that much.
I agree with everything you've said. Including timber matching.. a brand label doesn't make it timber matched. It's not important IMO to worry about the surrounds being matched to the front 3. Although If you can fit 7 3677 all around the room then get after it.. Heck I almost did just that..with 5 though!
I've owned the 8340a and 8330a. Now keep in mind I demo mine as mains and test them for a while to makes sure they pass the mustard before they move on to surrounds. I've had my share of speakers and only the 3677 and QSC 2150 have quenched my thirst.
IMO.. the 8340a is downright nasty and not in a good way. In my treated room I found it harsh and just not acceptable, although it had great vocals and detail. The 8330a was smoother but still a tad offensive but just had a tiny sound.
And I also have a pair of Volt 10s, they are hands down superior to the JBL 8340a, 8330a. I also have 8 Volt 10lx speakers (surrounds,rear,atmos) I demoed them for a few months as mains and they are a steal at 3x the price and are better than most consumer mains I've owned especially for HT. For surrounds...they are fantastic.
NOw I have heard the JBLs used in the ATMO demo rooms (can't remember the model) are very nice. And I love the 3677, and overall I'm a huge JBL fan, I just wouldn't use the pro surrounds I've owned unless my boat needed an anchor...
Just being honest. I blanket the above with IMO!