JBL N series owners please help

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  1. AaronArmstrong

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    I'm considering getting JBL series
    speakers for my Home Theatre upgrade.

    Here's the deal...

    Online I have these options.

    the NSP1II set with 4 n24II's and the ncenterII
    for $295

    However I would like to go bigger on the fronts.

    So if I go 2 n26's
    2 n24's
    1 Ncenter
    for $365

    or 2 n28's
    2 n24's
    1 center
    for $418

    I guess my question is...
    is worth the jump in prices between levels.

    keep in mind I plan on spending 200 on a sub
    and 400 on a receiver. My total budget is $1,000.

    Thanks for any info,
    Aaron Armstrong
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

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    My suggestion is pick up the NSP1 package, but don't use the N24s as mains. Add a pair of N28s for the mains. Use all 4 N24s as surrounds and back surrounds in a 7.1 speaker setup. For the sub, go with a sony sa-wm40. For the receiver, a pioneer vsx-d811s (i have one for sale if you're interested and would like to save some money) or a denon 1803.
    One other note, the only difference in the original N series and the II series is cosmetic. The reason they released the II series was part of a patent infringement lawsuit JBL lost to bose. This means you can usually pick the originals up significantly cheaper than the II series. The original NSP1 goes as low as $235 shipped online, and the N28s go for $130 w/ free shipping at J&R.
    I'm currently using the NSP1/N28/D811S 7.1 combination and love it. I am, however, selling my receiver, if you're interested. It's 3 months old and in perfect condition. I have all of the original packaging. Email me at [email protected] if you have any questions or want pictures.
    Hope this helps.
     
  3. AaronArmstrong

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    Stehpen,

    Check your email.

    Here's another question.
    Let's say I wanted to upgrade to
    the s series of JBL's.
    I don't see a small size s speaker I could
    use for surrounds, the s26's are too big for me.
    What if I used n24s for surrounds? would it mess
    up the whole sound package?

    Aaron
     
  4. Valerie Brown

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    You can buy the original N28s for $150 (+ $2.95 shipping)
    @ overstock.com and the NSP-1 @ etronics.com for $210 (+
    shipping ???). Total $400+.
    Or, 4 N28s from overstock.com $310(+ $2.95 shipping) and
    an N-Center for $95 from bestpriceaudiovideo.com or
    consumer-direct.com . Total $410+.
    The pricing for overstock includes a $10 off coupon:
    http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/...type=3&subid=0
    My husband and I have the N38s and the N28s and find them
    to be great speakers for the money.
    I have used all of the above etailers and have had no
    problems. Overstock can be slow to process orders, though.
    Hope this helps!
    Valerie
     
  5. AaronArmstrong

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    Well,

    Seeing as I need my bookshelf
    speakers immediately as I rearrange my
    living room I ordered the n28's from
    JandR for $130 shipped.

    Now I gotta plan my next purchases.

    Here's my thinking...

    Sony sawm40 12" Sub
    Pioneer 811 Receiver
    And the JBL nsp1 speaker set
    to hopefully set up a 7.1 surround setup.

    Keep up good advice
    as I have only ordered the one pair so far.

    Aaron
     
  6. Stephen Hopkins

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    Sounds like a good setup, since other than the sub, it's exactly what i'm using [​IMG] . If you want an 811S, you know where to get one [​IMG] .
    Good luck with your setup and everything else.
     
  7. AaronArmstrong

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    I thought you were using the
    Sony sub, which sub are you using?
    I thought I was gonna end up with
    the same setup as you were using.

    Anyhows, I can get all the rest of the equipment
    from Etronics for $658.98 +$70 shipping.

    I'll go to Best Buy today and see if they can come close
    to matching that price.

    Aaron
     
  8. Frank Carter

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    If you don't mind a larger sub, I would go with Audiosource SW-15 instead. IMO it will out do the sony and is still under $200. Both subs sound a bit tubby w/music so most people add polyfill to help tighten the sound of the bass. You can find them at www.ubid.com for under $200 shipped.
    If you get the Sony you can get it for $150 + 2000 points shipped at my.sony.com. Just register(free) and click on the links to get points(they give you 500 for joining). After being a member for two days I have over 1000 points. All I've been doing is clicking and closing the windows.
     
  9. Stephen Hopkins

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    I'm not using the Sony sub. I made a bad decision picking an RCA sub from Radio Shack over the Sony just because of power. If i had it to do over again, i would defiantly go with the Sony. A friend i know has it and it's a great sub, especially for the price.

    Most people add polyfil to the Sony to tighten up the bass a bit, and they say it sounds even better after you do that.

    Just based on specs, that Audiosource 15 that Frank recommended looks like a great sub too, maybe even a little better than the Sony. I haven't heard it though, so i can't really comment on it.

    I'm hoping to build a sub in the next couple of weeks that will most likely sound better than anything that can be had for under $500.
     
  10. AaronArmstrong

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    Adding Polyfil?
    Is that a tough thing to do?
    Keep in mind I have a hard time
    changing a light bulb...

    Aaron
     
  11. AaronArmstrong

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    Just for laughs, here's what I am upgrading from

    Receiver : Aiwa AV D30
    Fronts: Technics 15"
    Center: KLH Platinum Series
    Surrounds: Unknowns that were thrown in with
    my receiver from Best Buy.
    Subwoofer: None

    So,
    I'm sure that what I'm getting will be
    a little bit better.
     
  12. AaronArmstrong

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    Wish me luck people,

    I'm heading to Best Buy now with my price quotes.
    I have to go straight to work from there but
    I will update you tomorrow with how it went.

    Aaron
     
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    www.JandR.com has the N28s for $130 shipped. Get them and the NSP1 and you'll be all set for 7.1. I'm thinking of getting the n28s and moving a n24 to the center rear for 6.1.
     
  14. Stephen Hopkins

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    Adding Polyfil is pretty much the same as changing a light bulb... maybe a little harder. You're gonna unscrew the subwoofer (the actual speaker part), stuff some polyfill in the box (making sure not to obstruct the port) and then screw the sub back on.

    Done.
     
  15. AaronArmstrong

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    Well,

    My trip to Best Buy was an overall success.
    Bad news first. They were out of the NSP1 and
    it is listed as a clearance item so they will not
    be getting any more. Oh well.

    As for the Pioneer 811 and the sony sub.
    They matched the etronics quote exactly.
    They added in the shipping charge (I knew that
    before going there). Plus being the sucker I am
    I bought the 4 year plan for the receiver for 35 bucks.
    With state tax I walked out the door for around $565.
    (I left receipt in my car).

    I could have avoided the sales tax online, but I feel
    better buying it locally.

    So overall I was pleased. now I gotta order the NSP set online.

    Aaron
     
  16. Phil Iturralde

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    Here's the link I use to find online deals ... CNET Price comparison
    I bought my NSP1's online (April 2000), REF Calibrated via Video Essentials and easily reached Cinema Theater SPL’s (109 dB while watching “Tomorrow Never Dies - SE” / sub = AudioSource SW15 200w 15") dynamically and clearly without any problems! [​IMG]
    Happy hunting,
    Phil
     
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    Does the NSP1 or NSP1II package have included mounting brackets?
     
  18. Stephen Hopkins

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    They both include wall mounting brackets for the 4 N24s, but not for the N Center.
     
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    Seems like it could be a good bedroom / office setup. I wonder what the Best Buy stores that still have them are clearancing them out at? I may snag a set from etronics.com.
     
  20. AaronArmstrong

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    The clearance price was listed at $299 for the NSP1.

    I was hoping for a price match.
    Anyhow I ordered them from Etronics this morning.

    Aaron
     

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