JBL Speaker package- What should I get?

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  1. Neil Middlemiss

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    Ok, I will be honest, I can't wrap my brain around why someone can have 80 watts per channel and be better than someone with 110 watts per channel. All I know is that I have 2 front speakers right now that are 100watts (aiwa) and sound great, but the rear speakers are only 80watts and have to be right by the couch to get the effect. I am upgrading my receiver and want to do the same for my speakers but want really good surround for a really good price. JBL is on the list (based on price and generally high opinions). CAN YOU HELP ME [​IMG]
     
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    The wattage rating on the speaker itself has little to do with anything at all. It is nothing more than a guideline for maximum continuous rating for power input before the crossover frys.

    You didn't mention which speakers you actually have or are interested in, nor a budget, so it is not so simple to assist you. Also significant will be whether you listen to more music or movies, sub or no sub, size of room?

    If you haven't properly calibrated your speakers using test tones and an SPL meter, you may not need to upgrade your speakers at all.
     
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    To repeat the HTF recommended credo',
    1) Establish a budget
    2) Audition the speakers within or around that budget
    .... a) Recommendation / opinions are subjective
    .... b) although objective results by S&V by Tom Nousaine Speaker Graphs SPL are comparable
    3) REFERENCE Calibrate the whole HT Setup using Radio Shack SPL Meter and ...
    .... a) Sound & Vision HT Tune DVD @ 85 dB, or ...
    .... b) Video Essentials DVD @ 75 dB, (my favorite of all 3 owned) or ...
    ........ 1. Video Essentials includes a dedicated LFE test tone
    .... c) AVIA DVD @ 85 dB
     
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    The budget I have to work within is less than $600. I have a 12" 150 watt JBL powered sub, the speakers are all Aiwa but I do not know the name of them specifically. I would use it for 90% movies!

    Thanks for the info so far!
     
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    If it's good enough for the DD/DTS 5.1 Mixing Sound Engineer, then it's good enough for me! [​IMG]
    FYI: Audio journalists choose the JBL S26 as the best speaker on most clips (Blind-Test - Computer Controlled Audio & Video clips) vs. a Boston Acoustics CR8 & a B&W DM601! Jul 1, 2001 - Scott Wilkinson - "OBJECTIVE SUBJECTIVITY" - Electronic Musician.
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    Neil, what receiver are you using?
     
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    I have an Aiwa receiver right now. I will have to post the model info when I get home, but it is appx 2 years old!
     

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