Originally Posted by Zorba922
Interesting. So it's definitely a step up from the Arena series, but it's not clear if this is supposed to be on par with the Studio series, or just sits in-between the Studio and Arena series?
I notice that the JBL website still has all the Studio series models, and have even brought back the Studio 530 which I had assumed was discontinued because it had disappeared over a year or two ago.
I gave up trying to understand JBLs marketing "strategy" as it is often a bit bizarre.
The 500 series, for example, should have had a dual 5.25" center but curiously never did.
But Martin Logan is a bit the same with the "discontinued" LX16 which is identical to the more expensive Motion 15 with the only difference being that with the latter's sloping top you couldn't place an art object on top of it!
Just set up my friend's system who lost his house two years ago.
My ancient Sansui 881 stereo receiver that I had refurbished for them, LX16s in Cherrywood, (much nice than my gloss black), and a Sony Core sub I picked up at Best Buy for $99 as it has speaker level inputs and the little system sounds great despite their lofted ceiling space being very "live" as not much furniture in there yet.
63 watts, puny dual 5.25" speakers and a budget 10" 115watt sub and a space that is about 800 sq/ft and it will play louder than anybody could possibly want to listen.
The wife is amazed at the clarity and detail compared to the ancient Boston Acoustics, (or were they KLH or Advent), large bookshelves powered by a NAD setup that burned when they barely escaped with their lives in the middle of the night two years ago.
So much fun to make them happy again.
The Sony Core sub for $98 is an absolute steal.
It's actually very well made, quite heavy, and musical though doesn't dig super deep.
I'll check it out with some test tones and my SPL meter at some point.