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post #31 of 45 Old 11-16-2018, 01:14 PM
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Zero reviews on this model ...
Same tweeter though, just smaller woofers so a modest sub would be mandatory but might eliminate some of the bass issues that reviewer had with the dual 6 1/2" model.

A170s+Emotiva BasX S8 would be identical in current price to the A180s alone and hit lower to boot.

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@imagic Thanks to your review, I ordered a pair of A190s for my parents today and will set them up over Thanksgiving. I’m a Legacy Audio guy who spent well over $1k per speaker, but I’m super excited to hear what $1k/pair can get you these days. I’m only worried that I might feel like I overpaid for my Legacy’s

Would you say the Stage bookshelves should hold up to the towers as far as midrange and highs? Need new speakers for the living room myself...

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So do these replace the Arena series?
Obvious answer don't you think?
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Obvious answer don't you think?
Why would that be obvious to @gajCA ? Does he sit in the JBL speaker planning meetings?

If it was so obvious I doubt he would ask
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Obvious answer don't you think?
Not in the least; could be replacing the Studio series.

JBL's speaker hierarchy is as clear as mud to be honest, don't see why the company doesn't just spell it out.

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Why would that be obvious to @gajCA ? Does he sit in the JBL speaker planning meetings?

If it was so obvious I doubt he would ask
No kidding.

They have two Studio series; the 200s and 500s.

Why no 300 or 400?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Have no idea if the 200 Studio series is above the Arenas.

For all I know the Stage series replaces the 200 Studio series AND the Arena series.

And nobody knows why the Studio 500 series only offers one small center channel option.

But I'm sure it's "clear" to the brain trust at JBL!

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Have no idea if the 200 Studio series is above the Arenas.
The Arena series are entry level -- even the HTD Level Three is better and Q A 3 series is better -- my hope is that the Stage series (seems to link with Arena) is better than the Arena. The Studio Two does have better drivers than the Arena. .... but yes, JBL can be somewhat confusing about their line up
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This thread finally got me over to JBL.com to see what they offer. Certainly a confusing model lineup! And I thought Klipsch was bad...

Wow, those Stuido 5's are.. interestingly designed! I suppose it's a love it or hate it kind of thing. Very 90's/2000's tech-nerdy. Reminds me of "The Matrix" lol.

I guess those (Studio 5's) are the JBL to get, though? Are the Studio 5's better than these new Stage series?

From what I'm seeing (guessing), the model hierarchy is something like this...

Studio 5 -> Stage A -> Studio 2 -> Arena

Personally (not that anyone cares), the Studio 2 are the only ones that interest me, but I really dislike the half-grille, and it's not like any of these JBL's will win a beauty contest without the grilles attached. Form follows function, though, I suppose.

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From what I'm seeing (guessing), the model hierarchy is something like this...

Studio 5 -> Stage A -> Studio 2 -> Arena

Personally (not that anyone cares), the Studio 2 are the only ones that interest me, but I really dislike the half-grille, and it's not like any of these JBL's will win a beauty contest without the grilles attached. Form follows function, though, I suppose.
I would aim for the Studio 2 --- notice these names as they flow for entry level > Venue, Arena, Stage -- I look at the Stage as entry level and their pricing is around that area. I hope that JBL has stepped up the overall quality in the Stage from the Arena .... and the Arena current prices seem to suggest close-out.

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$900/pr seems a little steep when JBL routinely puts their 5-series towers on sale at half-price. The monstrous 590 towers are usually $1000/pr, and their little brother 580s are about $750/pr.
I didn't want to be the first one to say this. IMO, $400 per pair sounds more like speakers not "breaking the bank"
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IMO, these stand toe-to-toe with Klipsch RP-280F in terms of performance and might have a more pleasing tonal balance pre-EQ/room correction. Once you apply Audyssey or Dirac or similar, they perform close to identically.
That is a pretty good looking curve right out of the box, with the exception of that big high frequency spike. Could that be a tweeter resonance? I'm also a bit skeptical of the 40khz spec unless we're talking about several db down.

The last couple pairs of 2.5 way speakers I've heard were the Sonus Faber lower end towers (the nomenclature escapes me) and a pair of Ryan towers (the 620 maybe?). Didn't like the Fabers, REALLY liked the Ryans.

Pretty curious to hear the JBL's. I think 2.5 way done right can sound really fantastic. Thanks for the review!

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This thread finally got me over to JBL.com to see what they offer. Certainly a confusing model lineup! And I thought Klipsch was bad...
Klipsch is pretty confusing. From what I can gather, the reference premier is better than the reference, with the exception of the biggest most costly speaker in either line, which is a reference?...and then there's the heritage or vintage or whatever they call the line which are older but even more expensive (who knows why) and the now discontinued palladium models which were on top of everything, unless you want the vintage heritage....but if you cant afford the vintage heritage there's the reference premier unless you want the reference which is sometimes cheaper.

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I am fortunate to have bought some JBL speakers before Harman bought them.
I would stay away from anything owned by Harman.
Might look and sound good, but the longevity just isn't there, cheap Chinese parts, no thanks.

OLED is a game changer.
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I am fortunate to have bought some JBL speakers before Harman bought them.
I would stay away from anything owned by Harman.
Might look and sound good, but the longevity just isn't there, cheap Chinese parts, no thanks.
I don't know if your opinion of post-Harman JBL is based on actual experience, or just on some dreck you read on an internet forum.

I've owned the complete Studio L Series (L890, L820, L830, L8400P, LC1 and LC2) for a decade, and they have been in daily use since purchased. One of the L8400P's amps failed, but was fixed inexpensively. Aside from that, no issues whatsoever. They sound amazing, and the build quality is top notch. I have never regretted their purchase, and their performance is very competitive with earlier JBL product, like my L100, L100T, or even the Synthesis-Line PT800/PS1400 stacks that I listen to daily.

If you are basing your opinion on the stuff sold at Best Buy, you are ignoring the vast bulk of JBL's lineup, which is incredibly broad, and ranges from the most inexpensive to their Everest and K2 models, which rival any loudspeakers sold in the world, regardless of price.

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Anybody bought that A190 speakers yet? Curious to here somebody thoughts who owned them

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