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Matching Studio and Northridge Series

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by DorianBryant, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. DorianBryant

    DorianBryant Screenwriter

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    Some of this has been touched upon. Yet if you all could still give some input to this case in particular. My speaker set-up is this:
    Fronts-S38II
    Center-N Center II
    Surrounds-N26
    Surround back-N24
    Sub-inexpensive modified KLH

    So the question I have is related to timbre matching. I cannot tell a difference in transition between the center and the s38 but have yet to hear it with a S center. I have tried to find one but I know they were available for just over $100 just 2 months ago. Now with them being dc'd they are selling used ones for 250.

    Should i leave well enough alone? Would anyone suggest going to say an EC35 (E-Bay new $149) or even selling the s38 and get some N38's?

    Not sure of the best balance to be had and would like to know from those using similar set-ups. Thanks
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

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    I would definitely hold on to the S38s. An EC35 might be worth a try but I don't think it will make a huge difference. It's more similar to the S38s in that it's a 3way design, but still uses the same 3/4" titanium laminate tweeter from the N series.

    Another idea might be a single S38 or S26 as your center. You can get a pair of S38s directly from www.harmanaudio.com for $200 or a pair of S26s for only $136. You could even pick up 2 pairs of S38s for a perfectly identical 6 channel system (assuming your backs aren't wall mounted, which seeing your speaker choice makes me thing they may be). Either way you can get a pair of S38s for less than a single S-Center. Could probably even sell the extra S38 here on the HTF to someone in a similar predicament.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  3. Nathan Bjork

    Nathan Bjork Stunt Coordinator

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    I agree with Stephen, getting another pair would be the best. I have both the S38II's and E50's and I like the S38s alot more than the E50's, so just stick with the 38s.

    -Nate
     
  4. DorianBryant

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    Thanks. I wondered how the E series sounded in comparison. I had thought of going with a single S38 as a center. Although then space becomes an issue. I am happy with the sound quality from the N center but would like a center that can handle more power. Thanks
     
  5. John Tami

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    I run 3 S26II's as my front stage and love it. (2 S36IIPM's in the back) No problems with timbre matching either! [​IMG]

    3 S38II's would sound great!
     
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    I say get rid of the N Center, get an S-Center II as it is truly a very impressive center speaker. If you don't wanna dish out $250 for it (I dished out $270 for it 2.5 months ago because it was impossible to find), then do as others have suggested and get an S38II or S36II as a center speaker. I wouldn't put an S26II as a center with those S38IIs because of the 2-way and 3-way differences. I'd also suggest you replace your N series surrounds with S36IIs. You'll be very happy with the results of an entire JBL Studio Series set up, I guarantee it [​IMG]
     
  7. DorianBryant

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    I am thinking the refurb set of s38 from the HK web site is looking pretty good for $197. I am not sure how to fit in the custom entertainment center I made but that is a great deal. I would love the S center but if I bought the S38 then i could easily sell one and make it an even cheaper center.

    The tough part is convincing the wife. I am so hooked on this stuff but also need to put the finishing touches on the house we just built!
     

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