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Any thoughts on JM Lab speakers?

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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Blair Gifford

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Posted May 03 2002 - 05:34 AM

I looked at the chorus 715 yesterday but I don't know much about them. So I thought I would get a few oppinions. thanks, blair

#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Greg_R



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Posted May 03 2002 - 02:06 PM

JM Labs is a well respected speaker manufacturer. I know they are closely associated (not sure who owns who) with Focal (one of the top driver manufacturers).

#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Bhagi Katbamna

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Posted May 03 2002 - 03:35 PM

JM Lab are the makers of Focal drivers. They are reputed to be very good although I have never heard them.
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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   KeithR


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Posted May 03 2002 - 03:47 PM

The entry level stuff isn't that great. Look elsewhere. The Electra series is decent, but a lot out there in that price range. The Utopia series is exceptional, but pricy.

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Posted May 03 2002 - 11:45 PM

Blair, Is most of your listening music or HT? Are you set on having floor standing speakers (715)? I was auditioning JMLab 706's, Paradigm Ref 20's and Triangle Titus 202... I picked the Titus for $495/pair. Great sound stage, air and clarity superb. Still breaking them in...great on jazz, classical, vocals (what I mainly listen to) but is still bright on top40 and rock. Sam Telig of Stereophile has written great reviews for the floor standing models as well (Celius @1995/pair and Zerius @995/pair... Zerius looks similar to 715).

#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Scott Oliver

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Posted May 04 2002 - 09:41 AM

I agree with Keith, the Electra series is where their stuff starts to really shine. However the Electra series is fairly pricey. For the money Triangle speakers are really tought to beat. Another French speaker manufacturer that makes some really great bookshelf speakers is Jean-Marie Raynaud. Overall, French speakers seem to have been overlooked by the US market for many years, but their quality to price ratio is excellent even with all the taxes and dealer costs thrown in, and this being recognized is really gaining them a foothold here in the States.

#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Blair Gifford

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Posted May 04 2002 - 01:02 PM

I watch a lot of movies, although music is far more important to me. I'm not set on floorstanding but I do think they look cooler. They way a speaker looks is important to me because its always going be in my face. I did listen to the Paradigm monitor 7's (didn't really like) and the Paradigm Ref 20's but I don't like the look of stands. I've also never heard of any of those other names you guys mentioned. I'm also not sure what kind of selection I can find up here in Canada. Thanks for the help, Blair

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Posted August 12 2002 - 06:40 AM

I had a listen to these Saturday while searching for replacements due to a lightning strike. There is not much to choose from around here when it comes to speakers and these where by far the best I had heard. Others were Klipsch and Boston Acoustic. Looks like it will be the Chorus 710's, CC 700 and the 705's for me courtesy of a lightning bolt!Posted Image
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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   MikeH1



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Posted August 14 2002 - 12:40 PM

I see Blair you have been to Audio Ark as of late. I haven't heard much of the bottom line JM Labs but I have heard the Utopias and Grand Utopias hooked up to the Mark Levinson monoblocks and they sounded phenomenal. You say you were not keen on the Paradigms perhaps give Mirage a try. They have the OM-10s(discontinued) on for $899.00 and I must say thats an absolute steal, since the OM-9s that replaced them are nearly double the price. If your curious about the bipolar sound give them a try the price is definetly right. They are very musical speakers and look pretty cool too. Good Luck!!

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Posted August 14 2002 - 05:30 PM

I actually just purchased a set of 5 Chorus 706's for my apartment. They should be in sometime next week. I found them to be the best I auditioned in the price range. I picked them over the following: PSB Image 2B Energy C-3 Paradigm Mini-Monitor Paradigm Studio 20's B&W 601 and various Klipsch models. I would have liked to have heard the Axioms but never got a chance to. Im fairly happy with my choice. With a retail price of $450 a pair its pretty hard to beat the clarity of the Chorus line. Now I just need to pick a sub to match with these. Either SVS 25-31Pci or HSU VTF-2. Any opinions?

#11 of 18 OFFLINE   Matt Jesty

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Posted August 14 2002 - 06:45 PM

give Mirage a try. They have the OM-10s(discontinued) on for $899.00 and I must say thats an absolute steal, since the OM-9s that replaced them are nearly double the price. ================================================== == FRIEND WORKS AT Tweeter in Fredericksburg Va. (maybe where you heard the Klipsch and BOSTONS?) , they have new OM10's for $699 (special deal from Mirage)....I love mine....
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#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Brian Burgoyne

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Posted August 14 2002 - 06:45 PM

Well Chase, I see your search has finally ended.Posted Image

Where did you find the Chorus 706's to audition?

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Posted August 14 2002 - 06:57 PM

Yep, its about time actually. Posted Image I was in Austin over the weekend and auditioned them with Brian Kurtz at Sound Mind Audio. Brian was extremely helpful. A wonderful person to deal with. I must have spent close to 5 hours auditioning with him. I highly recommend checking him out if you are in the Austin area.

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To my ears, the JMLab Chorus 706's had more clarity than the other models I auditioned. I finally auditioned the PSB Image series and although very nice I found them to be a little more neutral than the JM. The Energy line was also nice but lacked the bottom end.

#14 of 18 OFFLINE   MikeH1



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Posted August 15 2002 - 06:34 PM

Matt, $899.00 is in Canadian dollars

#15 of 18 OFFLINE   Andre Perusse

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Posted August 16 2002 - 12:19 PM

I recently auditioned several speakers to replace my Klipsch KSB2.1 mains and KSC-C1 (the older model) center channel. Initially, I was sold on the Klipsch RF-3's and RC-3. I have become very attached to the extremely detailed sound of Klipsch, and this seemed to be the natural upgrade path.

However, I thought it would be foolish to blindly buy more Klipsch without testing out the competition. The first contenders were the Energy Connoisseur C-9. These are very stylish speakers with an innovative "magnetic" speaker grill - no pegs or tabs to break. The dealer (whom I trust and have a good relationship with) indicated they were very dynamic and excellent for home theater. However, upon auditioning them in my own home theater, I found they had a very loose bass and compared to my Klipsch, the top frequencies were veiled and muted.

The second contenders were the JM Lab Cobalt 816s. To my extreme surprise, the Cobalts had a very detailed and forward top end (like the Klipsch), but in a more refined and less "shrill" way than the RF-3's. I had never thought Klipsch were "shrill" until I heard these Cobalts side by side with the RF-3s. Quite a surprise.

However, the Cobalts are bit beyond my current budget, so I also tried the Paradigm Studio 100s. But, compared to the Cobalts (which I listened to side by side), the Paradigms just didn't have the same resolution.

In the end, I decided to wait until I can afford the Cobalt 826s (which have an extra driver than the 816s). Everything else I tried just didn't measure up to these excellent JM Lab speakers. Now I just have to get a second job so that I can afford to buy them. Posted Image

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Posted August 16 2002 - 01:09 PM

Andre, There is a pair of 6mo old 816s that claim to have low use.(surround) The ebay auction is a BIN for $999us. Also 826s from the same guy for a couple hundred more. Thought you might be interested. -rob

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Posted August 16 2002 - 07:39 PM

i got a chance to hear the Cobalt 816's this past week, in the company of Revel, Thiel, Magneplanars, PSB, etc. next to the maggies (which are really in another category compared to all box speakers, as far as i can tell) i think the Cobalts were my favorites. The Thiels were more impressive sounding at first, with pyrotechnic soundstaging and imaging, but the JM Labs struck me as very clean sounding. this was coming right after the maggies, which were as 'pure sounding' as i've ever heard. at the time i was surprised how clean and open the Cobalts came across. i'd like to say 'airy'. it seemed like there was space between the sounds rather than insturments being piled one on top of another. the only thing i didn't like about them was the center channel in a movie demo. it was just piercingly bright to me. and i wasn't crazy about the styling. yes, the sound is the most important attribute, but when i'm spending a couple thousands $, i want to enjoy them as physical objects also. almost like functional sculptures. having had rockets in the house for a couple weeks now, there was just no contest in this regard. if i do finally decide to go with box speakers, i think it will come down to these two, and i'll need to hear the rockets on the same caliber of electronics before i know for sure.

#18 of 18 OFFLINE   Michael Roderiques

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Posted August 16 2002 - 08:20 PM

In this price range I would not rule out the Vienna acoustics line. Very nice sound. Good looking too!
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