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I Love my E90 mains. I went with JBL Northridge series for my first HT and still enjoy the hell out of 'em for both movies and music. I had a set of E50's for my L & R surrounds but went with the Infinitys due to the fact that I wanted 180 degree on my side surrounds and the Infinity series is close to the JBLs as they are from the same manufacturer. I started all of this in September 06 and have learned alot since then from all of the online forums.


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If you're getting a sub and don't want a 2.0 music setup, E50s will be great.
 

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Thanks Eugovector,

Don't listen to a lot of music, unless it's a concert on my 61" Samsung. The speakers will be for mainly HD TV and Blu-ray movies.
 

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Sam,


Get the floorstanders (E90's or E100's) and E30's for surrounds. It'll be a killer HT system. And yes, that EC35 is a really nice center channel.
 

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Here is the review of the EC35 from CNET:


CNET editors' review

Reviewed by: Steve Guttenberg

Reviewed on 2/12/04 Release date: 9/15/03


JBL's Northridge E Series EC35 three-way center-channel speaker ($299) aces the most crucial test for center speakers: reproducing the human voice. The EC35's muted-gray front baffle is dominated by four drivers: dual 5.25-inch woofers flank a 3-inch midrange and a 0.75-inch titanium dome tweeter. The speaker feels like it's crafted from a solid block of wood, and it demonstrated the acoustic muscle to keep pace with JBL's mighty Northridge tower speakers. Timbre matching with the Northridge E90s was perfect--pans across all three front speakers were remarkably smooth. Speaking of timbre, er, timber, the EC35 is offered in Black Ash, Beech (EC35BE), or Cherry (EC35CH) vinyl finishes.


The speaker's handsome good looks and first-class build quality are all the more remarkable when you consider its price. As far as we know, the EC35 is the least expensive three-way center speaker on the market. In contrast, once you get past Infinity's $399 Alpha 37c, prices of three-ways go through the roof. We couldn't detect any signs of cost-cutting on the EC35; in fact, the JBL's twin sets of all-metal binding posts exhibit the kind of quality we expect on higher-end models. The arrangement allows you to biwire the EC35 with two sets of speaker cables, a technique that slightly improves sound quality. The connectors accept banana jacks, U-shaped spades, or bare wire ends.


We noted one minor downside: the EC35's rear-mounted port limits placement options. For example, if you place this speaker inside a TV stand, the sound may suffer. You're better off sticking with the TV-top scenario--many smaller TVs won't comfortably support this 22-pound, 22-inch-wide beast. JBL's two-way Northridge center speaker, the EC25, is smaller and will lighten your wallet to the tune of $199.


For all of our listening tests, we mated the EC35 with an all-Northridge package: E90 tower speakers ($399 each), E20 ($199 per pair) bookshelf speakers in the rear, and the E250P ($449) 12-inch powered subwoofer.


A center speaker's prime focus is movie dialogue, but only the better three-way models, such as the EC35, ever get it totally right. Not only did male and female voices sound natural, they had a three-dimensional presence we associate with much more expensive designs. The EC35 is really special, breathing life into the sound of DVDs, and it's well suited to revealing the high-resolution sound of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD music.
 

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Sam,


Get the floorstanders (E90's or E100's) and E30's for surrounds. It'll be a killer HT system. And yes, that EC35 is a really nice center channel.

Just picked up an almost new pair of E100's off ebay. I've read too much good stuff about them to pass them up. Now that I have base (100's & EC35) taken care of, on to the surrounds. Several have said get the E30's. Anyone have any thought on the E10's? I can pick them up pretty cheap. The thing is placement. I really need to hang in the back corner of room. Room is 20x20.
 

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Just picked up an almost new pair of E100's off ebay. I've read too much good stuff about them to pass them up. Now that I have base (100's & EC35) taken care of, on to the surrounds. Several have said get the E30's. Anyone have any thought on the E10's? I can pick them up pretty cheap. The thing is placement. I really need to hang in the back corner of room. Room is 20x20.

Certainly if you have space/placement issues that preclude the speaker size, then it's a no-brainer. But if you have some flexibility in size, the E30's are the ones you want...more air moved, fuller sound...the FR extends down to 50 Hz vs. 75 Hz of the E10's.


Now...just do not get a JBL subwoofer. Go with Hsu or maybe SVS (if you have the space). JBL subs do NOT measure up. Their speakers are fantastic values. Not so the subs.


Either way you go with the surrounds, you should really enjoy your new system!
Have fun with it.
 

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Mudslide,

Can you elaborate on the placement of the E30's? Can they be placed in a corner, or do they need to be on a flat wall, and do they need space behind the speaker or flat against the wall? Thanks, Robert
 

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...just do not get a JBL subwoofer. Go with Hsu or maybe SVS (if you have the space). JBL subs do NOT measure up. Their speakers are fantastic values. Not so the subs...

Words of wisdom Mudslide



Sam,


as for the surrounds, the E-30 would be the best bet indeed; specially now that you have the big towers upfront. BTW, congrats on your purchase!!
 

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Mudslide,

Can you elaborate on the placement of the E30's? Can they be placed in a corner, or do they need to be on a flat wall, and do they need space behind the speaker or flat against the wall? Thanks, Robert

They work best if they're out just a bit from the corner. But they're front ported so they can go next to a wall, or even mount on it. It's not a problem. They are your servant and will play well wherever you put 'em.
Those E10's should go on a wall.


Happy Independence Day fellow JBL peeps!
 

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Mudslide,

Can you elaborate on the placement of the E30's? Can they be placed in a corner, or do they need to be on a flat wall, and do they need space behind the speaker or flat against the wall? Thanks, Robert

I just looked.....


There is a pair of E30's on ebay...about to expire with no bids (but expensive shipping).

There is a pair of E20's on audiogon...$90 obo.


I have no relation to either, but you might want to give them a look-see.
 

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One of the bass issues with the E90 & E100 is if you have a quality sub like the SVS or HSU, you need to have your mains set to small and not large. Running them large for movies gives you too much bass and it sounds "muddy". This is the recommendation from SVS & HSU and you get good clean bass. However, this is just my opinion having tried all the various bass settings that I could get from my E90 and HSU 3.3 Turbo. Dr. Hsu makes the same recommendation for his subwoofers.


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One of the bass issues with the E90 & E100 is if you have a quality sub like the SVS or HSU, you need to have your mains set to small and not large. Running them large for movies gives you too much bass and it sounds "muddy". This is the recommendation from SVS & HSU and you get good clean bass. However, this is just my opinion having tried all the various bass settings that I could get from my E90 and HSU 3.3 Turbo. Dr. Hsu makes the same recommendation for his subwoofers.


Bill

Yup. Run all the speakers as small and set the crossover (the fronts if you can separate them from the surrounds on your AVR) at 60 Hz (surrounds at 80 Hz). Those E90's and E100's will sound cleaner when sloped off at 60 or 80 while having the Hsu eatin' the deep stuff. I set my system crossover at 80 and the big S312's as 'small'. You'll not miss a thing from the JBL's, and you're not 'wasting' anything. If you don't believe me, try it both ways and see which you prefer. But if you're sending a full-range signal to the mains (set to 'large') they're going to struggle at 30-50 Hz. It's also a burden on your amp/avr...unless of course you have watts to burn.


But play with it. Just don't go nuts on the bass side. Let the sub do the work.
 

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I got my first 5.1 set this summer off of craigslist.


Mains: HLS820

Center: HLSCENTER

Surrounds: HLS410

Sub: PSW-D112


all for 150. Still looking for a receiver. Any suggestions?
 

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I got my first 5.1 set this summer off of craigslist.


Mains: HLS820

Center: HLSCENTER

Surrounds: HLS410

Sub: PSW-D112


all for 150. Still looking for a receiver. Any suggestions?

I like the HLS series.

I got a pair of HLS 620s for $20.

Best $20 spent on speakers haha.



I would get something from the usual companies, Onkyo, Pioneer, HK, Denon, etc.
 

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Just picked up an almost new pair of E100's off ebay. I've read too much good stuff about them to pass them up. Now that I have base (100's & EC35) taken care of, on to the surrounds. Several have said get the E30's. Anyone have any thought on the E10's? I can pick them up pretty cheap. The thing is placement. I really need to hang in the back corner of room. Room is 20x20.

I have a similiar setup. I have E100's with the EC35. I opted for the E20's for surrounds. A major difference between the the E20 or 30 (besides size) is that the E20's are rear ported so you would not be able to have them flush against a wall. Just something to consider.
 

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I have a similiar setup. I have E100's with the EC35. I opted for the E20's for surrounds. A major difference between the the E20 or 30 (besides size) is that the E20's are rear ported so you would not be able to have them flush against a wall. Just something to consider.

I would be interested to know your placement in your room. I have a 20x20 room. I did some measuring and believe I will have to go with the E20's as well due to size of the E30's. Will the 20s' sound ok with the rear port firing in a corner, assuming I leave 6"-8" behind them?
 

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Using large speakers like the E50s for surround means they have to sit on something or be attached to the wall. What I did so that I could hang and support my E50 rears, I used those small monitor wall hanging support trays and they can be rotated for the desired angle. Got them through Amazon at around $23 each and they support up to 60 lbs. They don't look too bad once you get used to them and my room is 20x28 with sloping ceilings and at 6000 cubic feet.
 

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I would be interested to know your placement in your room. I have a 20x20 room. I did some measuring and believe I will have to go with the E20's as well due to size of the E30's. Will the 20s' sound ok with the rear port firing in a corner, assuming I leave 6"-8" behind them?

Your room is a bit larger than mine (2100 ft^3). I think you should be fine with the speaker in a corner with that distance. Since they are small bookshelf speakers they are not going to produce a significant amount of bass (compared to a floor spk.) so I think it should be OK. They are small but I was a bit suprised (pleasantly) how dense they are. Definitely robust build quality. They get plenty loud for movies, but I haven't really tried them for music. I usually stick to 2.1 when listening to music. Maybe I'll try to temporarily replace the E100's with the E20's to see how they will work as fronts to get an better indication of their performance (I'm actually kinda curious now). I'll keep you posted.
 
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