Originally Posted by jdhelaman
I am an old geezer (70) and I bought two JBL L-110 speakers back in 1980. I have had them repaired/serviced about 5 years ago and they still sound great. I'm not sure exactly where they fall as far as the type of sound systems that are available. When I bought them, Stereo was in. I had a JVC Integrated Amplifier with 40 WPC. They are very efficient and they sound wonderful. My problem is, what is the best way to use them. I now have a 7.2.4 AV Receiver and I have some older Klipsch Forte II speakers that too, sound great. Right now I am using the Klipsch speakers for the front and the JBL speakers for the surround. I don't know that a recommendation can be made with the little bit of information I have given. I have a JBL Northridge E Series E250P Subwoofer, Polk Audio In-Wall speakers for the Front and Rear Presence Speakers or ATMOS for some, and some Polk Audio speakers for the Rear Surround. With that, can you make any recommendations? Thanks. I like to read this site.
Originally Posted by Fitero
With the mish-mash of speakers that you have you will never get a seamless soundfield. However, I believe that any modern, mid-level, Surround-sound Receiver would be able to smooth out their disparities and make the group sound impressive in your home.
This appears to me to be the most effective, cost-efficient solution for you.
jdhelaman, you are, remarkably, an older geezer than I am, but not by much! My first "real" speakers were JBL L100s, and I still have them to this day, set up as a stereo pair. There are some recordings from the 60s and 70s that only sound right when I hear them through the L100s, as I did repetitiously in high school and college. Like my L100s, your L110s were built to last, and your L110s are arguably an improvement over them.
In my first forays into a surround system, the L100s were the front mains as I added JBL (and other) speakers to them to get that neat-o Dolby surround sound. My first attempts were mongrel-like mixed breeds, and like a good mongrel dog, I loved them because they were mine.
Once higher quality surround receivers and better surround codecs came along, I cobbled together an all-JBL speaker collection of used L7, L5, and L3 speakers. I found having all the speakers from the same brand and family within that brand really upped the quality of the experience! It was a surprising and satisfying improvement.
A few years later, I lucked into an amazing deal on a JBL Performance Series 5.1 system, which really upped the surround experience to have all the speakers intended and designed
to be matched to each other in a surround system. Any surround set up I've had since always consisted of JBLs that were meant to be together. It's hard to imagine going back to a mixed bag of speakers.
Nonetheless, Fitero makes a really good point. Today's surround receivers are much improved and have far greater capabilities than the previous generations. A good one can do a reasonable job of integrating what you have into a more coherent package, and it will definitely be your most cost-effective approach.
Without knowing the acuity of your hearing, it could be a fool's errand to spend time and money trying to get all timbre-matched speakers if you can't really distinguish between them. Your current set might be all you need. I decided that my current JBL system will be my last as my hearing slowly declines, and I need to keep my spending under control in retirement.