Comments/Advice on the following JBL speakers which i am ready to order

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  1. Sanjay H

    Sanjay H Agent

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    I am getting ready to order the following JBL speakers for my home theater:
    Mains - JBL N38
    Center - JBL S center
    Surround - JBL N24
    Subwoofer - PB10
    First of all does anyone have the above package as their home theater. Secondly is it a problem if my center channel is "S" series and the rest of the speakers are "N"
    series?? I have heard the "N" & the "S" center and i like the sound of the "S" center better. [​IMG]
     
  2. LowellG

    LowellG Stunt Coordinator

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    I don't have these speakers, but I have been reading allot about them and have listened to some of them at Circuit City.

    The reason you like the S-Center better over the N is it's a 3-way and not a 2-way speaker. Go to JBL.com and read the specs. The S series is a higher end package over the N series. The only thing I don't like about either one is there size, but with that size come good sound.

    The N38's you picked as mains are 3-way's as well. From what I have read, your front 3 speakers should match as much as possible. N38 and S-Center, both JBL 3-way's, it sounds to me like they should work.

    Audiorewiew.com has serveral user reviews on all the JBL speakers. They all seem to do well. Many people there list their setup, you might trying reading some of the reveiws.
     
  3. MichaelJ

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    Sanjay, I can only add that from my personal listening of these speakers in the store.I would choose the S-38 as to my ears they sounded the best and it is important that your speakers be timber matched across the front.I am not sure if it is that critical across the back. Good Listening Michael
     
  4. Phil Iturralde

    Phil Iturralde Screenwriter

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    Each JBL Series, N & S respectably, is 'timbre matched' via the High Frequency Driver within each Series line & across the Entire Series line (from the lowest priced offering, to their top line model). So, to maintain the designed intent of 100% 'timbre matched' surround sound, JBL recommends that you mix and match speakers within the chosen Series.
    If you like the sound of the S-Center, then choose the Fronts and Surrounds from JBL S-Series offering.
    FYI: Northridge Series - High-Frequency Driver: 3/4" Titanium-laminate dome with EOS™ waveguide. (quotes from dba newsline)
     
  5. James Bergeron

    James Bergeron Supporting Actor

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    I agree with Phil, you should go all N or S. I have the ND310's front and N-Center and N24's rear, it sounds great! Although I am selling them to change (just because I want to) they still sound excellent.

    I'm upgrading to B&W all around, starting with 3 303's to start.
     
  6. Mike Strassburg

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    I use the S center with a pair of G500's up front and love it. See if you can audition the S center with the other N speakers to see if timbre matching is really an issue.

    Good luck...Mike
     
  7. John Fishburn

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    my setup is similar to what you are ordering.

    2 N38's

    2 N26's

    1 n center

    and 1 pb12

    Bottom line: I love em! I think you should go with the n center and put the money twards the n26's
     
  8. Hank_P

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    Go with the S center! I have the S center matched with some S312's. The three way center is much much better than the N center and you will NOT have a problem with the timbre matching. I auditioned both a long time and felt much better putting my money on what I thought sounded better.
    Sanjay.. go with what you were going to order [​IMG] , that is a good package and you will thoroghly enjoy it. I have listened to the JBL's a long time and really enjoy the sound from them and I hope you do too. [​IMG]
     
  9. Marvin Richardson

    Marvin Richardson Supporting Actor

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    Definitely go all N's or all S's. I have:

    Mains - ND310's

    Center - N-Center

    Surround - N26's

    Subwoofer - PB12

    I love the sound of these speakers and have ZERO complaints about them. That sub really makes a huge difference. I heard the S-Center too, but somehow it didn't sound right when I listened to all N's except the center. Later I found out JBL's intended for them to match each other.

    I had heard mixed reviews about the JBL line, but I'm glad I listened to them all together and made my own decision, as I am very happy with them. Certainly not the best speakers, but not bad for $1350.
     
  10. Jon_R

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    Ahhh.. I scrolled down and I thought, what? where is it?
    where is it at??? [​IMG]
    but then, I saw it.
    Phil's post, they keep me going in these uncertain times.
    [​IMG]
    Jon
     

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