Norh 4.0 vs JBL S-38

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  1. David_Merrow

    David_Merrow Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello,

    What do you guys think is a better speaker the norh 4.0 or the jbl s-38? I bought the s-38 about a month ago and got a great deal, $240. But I seen the norh's are on sale for $300. So should I sell the s-38 and get the 4.0? Also, I will be building a tempest subwoofer, so bass will not be a problem.

    thanks

    David
     
  2. Brian Corr

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    To say one is better than the other is all personal preference.

    IMHO the Norh's are nothing special. The sound they put out is about what you should expect for what they cost.

    I think the JBL is a better buy.
     
  3. ScottH

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  4. David_Merrow

    David_Merrow Stunt Coordinator

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    Thank you for the replies so far. I wanted to add that I have a Kenwood VR509 and a 12'x14'x7.5' room. Would this be able to power the 4.0 or maybe the 5.1.

    thanks again
     
  5. BryanZ

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    David,
    The Kenwood will be enough for the 4.0s or 5.1s. If you are looking to buy a package, go for the ceramic 4.0 package ($850) as it will be better than the wood 4.0 one ($775). You should be able to substitute wood 5.1 mains in the ceramic 4.0 package without a price increase until December 26.
    With the bass covered by the Tempest sub, IMO there is no contest between the JBL and the nOrh. The nOrh is better, playing cleaner and giving a much wider sweetspot. The off axis response of the nOrhs has no equal.
    Lastly, if you are considering getting a pair of nOrhs only and can afford the wood 5.1 I wouldn't hesistate and would get it over the wood 4.0, especially considering the 5.1 goes deeper than the 4.0 does. All the 4.0s and 5.1s use identical tweeters, woofers, and crossovers so the sound will be the same. The main difference is the wood will be warmer whereas the ceramic/marble/synthetic marble will be more revealing and more detailed. When you upgrade your source equipment they will continue to improve whereas the wood will be maxed out beforehand. (Upgrading from the Kenwood to the Outlaw 1050, for example, will bring a noticeable improvement, easily perceived in the wood 5.1s.)
    Overall, get the nOrhs over the JBLs. That's my opinion. [​IMG]
     
  6. Ryan Schnacke

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    I believe that the norh speakers win in terms of quality of sound, imaging, soundstage and quality of components. And some of those are good sized margins. No doubt there's a higher percentage markup on the JBLs.

    All IMO. I respect Brian's opinion - he seemed to be a great guy when we met.
     

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