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NickC

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I am looking into buying some speakers from the JBL Studio Series for my new system, I have a Yamaha HTR 5490 receiver, and I need all of the speakers. I was thinking of going with either:

Center- S-CENTERII
Front- S38II
Rear- S38II
Rear Center- ?????

or
Center- S-CENTERII
Front- S38II
Rear- S26II
Rear Center- ?????

Does anyone know what the best combination of these speakers would be and what woult be a good choice for the rear center? I would like to stay with the 26II's or 38II's.

nick
 

Phil Iturralde

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90%-95% = Two Larger Fronts said:
Mark Knight (HTF member also recently contributing to the Receivers/Separates/Amps - "*** Official *** Outlaw 950 questions thread") bought 3 - JBL S36 sets for his 7.1 setup (w/S-Center / Dual SVS subs) and never look back (replaces his Atlantic 270TX setup), ... He finally reached his sonic Nirvana (also previously owned & reviewed Energy Take 5; Klipsch Quintets).
Email Mark Knight (tell him I sent you ;) ) and ask him questions about his JBL S36 HT setup, ... I convinced him to purchase them even though he couldn't audition them personally! He's glad he listened to me!!!:D
Food for thought,
Phil
 

NickC

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thanks, so would you suggest going with this?

Center- S-CENTERII
Front- S38II
Rear- S36II
Rear Center- S-CENTERII

I am going to listen to JBL speakers shortly, would these speakers also be a good choice for my receiver, yamaha htr 5490?

nick
 

ChrisMatson

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I am happy with my my JBL Studio Series speakers and Yamaha HTR5250 receiver. I think you will be very pleased!
 

Phil Iturralde

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Yes to both questions! My present Main AV Receiver is the Yamaha RX-V995, powering my JBL S26s & S-Center / SVS 25-31PCi.
FYI: Mark Knight asked the same question (limited side and rear space) but I recommended All S36's since he had Dual-SVS subs. My recommendation was based on the following Dolby Labs 5.1-Channel Production Guidelines:
The 5.1-Channel Production Guidelines was the main reason why I recommended to Mark Knight to get ALL JBL S36's (which he did) and I bought four JBL S26s, to anchor the Front & Surround corners. I choose JBL S26's because I had no room for the JBL S36 in my Right Surround Side Location.
When and 'If', ... I upgrade to 6.1, I will probably add another JBL S-Center (II) for the Rear Channel duties. If Yamaha has a 7.1 setup, I'll get another set of S26's since I do have the rear wall room in my HT/family room.
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Have fun auditioning,
Phil
 

NickC

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I went to a best buy today and looked at the studio series...I really liked the S38II's but I wasnt really impressed with anything else, I listened to the s26II's and S36II's and just didnt find them as clear. I don't know what receiver they had running or whatever, does anyone know if there would be a better place to listen to these speakers besides best buy?

nick
 

David King

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and S36II's and just didnt find them as clear
Sadly, as the owner of 2 Pair of this set, I feel the same way. I assumed because of the price compaired to the S38s that they would sound similar and be almost as good, but is not the case. To be honest, I highly prefer the sound of the N24s over the S36 line as far as cost to performance goes.

Current setups:

Theater:
S-center
S38-mains
S36-surrounds
S36-rear surrounds

Bedroom
N-Center
N38-mains
N24-Surrounds
N24-(Extra set in the closet for future rear surrounds)


If I had the room, those S36s would be out the door and replaced by S38s. But Sadly, I need wall mounted. The S36s are certainly good enough, just not for the price.
 

NickC

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How does the S-Center II sound, it wasnt connected when i went to listen?
 

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