- Dec 19, 2001
Ive been hearing a lot about these speakers for a while and finally decided to give them a listen, just out of curiosity mostly. First gotta say im not pro or against JBL. To me they are just a large speaker manufacturer that ive not listened to much over the years. Now heres where the problem starts. I listened to them over regular priced components (these arent high end speakers by any means) with a mixture of music styles. I though they were clear and could play decently loud with fairly good bass. Now the more I listened I quickly began to realize these speakers dont sound all that good really....PLEASE DONT BE OFFENDED GUYS. Im not sure why but they struck me as not all that great,but just okay. I know everyone is gonna say its the electronics, the placement, the room etc. Yeah all that plays into it to a point, but you know when you first listen to a speaker if it sounds "good" or just "mediocre". Well the JBLs sounded not so good to me. Now heres what baffles me. You guys have been comparing them to POLKS, AXIOMS and PARADIGM etc.....I truly dont think they are in the same class. Dont get me wrong they sound okay just not an audiophile grade speaker by any means. Now what sounded bad to me: THE MIDRANGE...it had that weird peaky sound you would associate with a poorly made horn speaker...you know that "it just sounds weird" type of mids?? not natural at all. everything else seemed okay about it but the mids is where its at as far as sound goes. HOW CAN YOU GUYS COMPARE THESE TO PARADIGMS AND AXIOMS?????? The best way I can describe what im hearing with them is similar to some CERWIN VEGA speakers I auditoined once.....They seem loud and can handle a lotta power but arent detailed and smooth. More of a musical instrument speaker or sound reinforcement type sound. Not sure if this makes sense......was acutally hoping to like them, just for an afternoon listen, but......