Difference between Series I and II Northridge JBLs

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  1. JeffTodd

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    I just picked up a pair of JBL N26II. I really am diggin them....especially compared to the Aiwas that they are replacing. What I am wondering about is this, how much difference is there between the series I and II. I am thinking about returning the N26II and popping for some N28 series I on Ebay. I have noticed them at a fairly good value.

    So, the two questions here are:
    1) Is there any significant difference in series 1 and 2
    2) Is it worth the hassle to step up to the 8" woofer? (I think that this question is obvious, I am just looking for others' opinions on these speakers.)

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Pablo Abularach

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    Jeff,

    1) I heard both series the I and II, with the same reciever, and I didn't heard any difference at all, both were great. I read somewhere in HTF, that the difference, beside the color, is that JBL had a problem with bose about the design of the tweeter, so they change it in II series, but the sound is still the same,

    2) I think the 28 are better, but it will depend on area of your room.

    Well, I'm buying my NPS1 next week, I think is the best for the price.

    Hope this helps,
    Pablo Abularch
     
  3. Jason Wilcox

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    The best way to go in my opinion is with JBL s26's. They regularly go on ebay from Harman Kardon themselves for $80-$110. They have a pure titanium tweeter as opposed to the northridge series' titanium laminate tweeter. They also are built with a better cabinet and use brass 5 way binding posts. The woofer on them is only 6" but if you use a sub with them you won't notice a difference between the s26 and the n28 in low frequency response.
     
  4. JeffTodd

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    Thanks for the input guys. I am gonna have to go to BB and AB the S26, N26, and N28 to see what differences I can hear.

    In my setup I do not currently have a sub. I plan on building a ported Shiva in the near future (as funds allow). But from what I have heard so far from the N26 they have awesome base for a bookshelf speaker.
     
  5. JeffTodd

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    I think I am going to try and pick up a pair of JBL S26 off Ebay for a fair price. Otherwise its off to J&R.

    I really like the sound of the N26II, but if the S26 are not that much more then I think its a good move.
     
  6. Earl Simpson

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    Check out the 28's at UBID=$29/NEW[​IMG]
     
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    Phil,

    The S26's I ordered from Harman Audio via Ebay should be here tomorrow. I have been checking out the S Center II and can't wait to get it. But of course I have to wait for the funds to become available. Thanks for the recommendation.
     
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    "Check out the 28's at UBID=$29/NEW"

    Jesus, I was just about to order some when I looked at the fine print. Ubid charges $5.99 + $.99 per POUND. If you look at the very last line, each speaker weighs 24 pounds. So tack on another $100 for a set of four sent via UPS freakin' ground.

    Damn Ubid scammers...
     
  10. Earl Simpson

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    Down to $19 plus $24 for freight. These are $100 speakers. So at $53 or $43 they are still a steal. Try to find them anywhere for less that $170 a pair.[​IMG]
     
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    Phil,

    how difficult is it to wall mount S26's. you use a 5.1 set do you not. if so, where in your room are the surrounds placed
    thanks
     
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