s26 vs s36?

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  1. Todd Christ

    Todd Christ Stunt Coordinator

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    just researching tonight and came across this difference...

    can someone tell me why the s26 is rated @ 48Hz (low end) and the S36 is 60Hz?

    i know this is nitpicky - but usually when you spend more on the same mfg. it results in "more" frequency-wise?

    i can find the S26's for $169/pair while the s36's are $239/pair... i don't think that extra midrange in the s36 is really worth $70 more?!?!
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

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    The biggest difference in the S36 and S26 is that the S36 is a sealed enclosure, where the S26 (and the rest of the JBL Studio series) is a ported enclosure. This is the cause of the S26s deeper frequency response. The reason the S36 is a sealed enclosure is because there is an AW (all weather) outdoor version.

    In an HT environment the S26s will most likely perform as well or better than the S36s. The ported design allows for lower frequency response. The 3-way design of the S36 won't increase mid-range performance much, although it will lend it to be a better match to the S-Center (also 3-way).
     
  3. Phil Iturralde

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  4. Stephen Hopkins

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    Of course the entire S series is matched to the S-Center, but the S36 will offer a BETTER match than the S26, even if only slightly, because it is a 3-way design using the same 3 drivers, not a 2-way like the S26 which lacks the midrange driver of both the S36 and S Center.

    Like Phil said, I'm sure you'll be happy no matter which you choose, especially if you like the slightly bright sound of a titanium tweeter.
     
  5. Pablo Abularach

    Pablo Abularach Supporting Actor

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    A thing that you should consider is that the S26 are big bookshelfs, and very heavy also.

    When I bought my S26 I thought I got the best deal, but later on I had to figure a way to hang them on the wall, and end up buying bracelets at $75 a pair, which look incredible by the way.

    But my point is that you should consider

    1) The money as your No1 factor, your budget is the most important thing.
    2) Is the auditioning of the speakers, try to hear the S26 and the S36, and consider if you will going to use a sub or not, what will the receiver crossover be?.
    3) thing will be your enviorment, room dimensions, can you install easily either, do you have a wife (show the speakers to her before), etc.

    Hope this helps,
    Pablo
     
  6. TommyL

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    I went with Phil's way, and used the Home Depot 2.50 heavy picture wall hanger nail kit...works like a charm...doesn't move a bit even with my SVS right under it in the corner...just a suggestion[​IMG]
     

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