JBL LSR305 Professional Studio Monitor (PACK OF 2)
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- Increased HF Detail - You'll experience greater depth and ambience in recordings. Subtle details can be heard
- even in a dense mix.^Room-Friendly
- Broad Sweet Spot -3-Series speakers deliver neutral sound across an unusually large working space regardless of room acoustics. This means you don't have to be right in front of the speakers to make accurate adjustments to your mix.^3 Series efficient Class D Amplifiers provide abundant power to deliver the output and dynamic headroom needed for the most demanding production styles^The impressive performance of the 3 Series Reference Monitors is the result of JBL's development of its flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor.
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|Item Dimensions||22.5 x 12.5 x 17.3 in||14 x 12.2 x 13.93 in||25 x 15 x 11 in||7.08 x 5.76 x 8.4 in||10 x 12.1 x 16.5 in||9 x 7 x 12 in|
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The LSR305, part of JBL's 3 Series studio monitor, is a 5\" powered studio monitor delivering professional performance at an affordable price points. 3 Series Powered Studio Monitor are first to incorporate JBL's exciting new technology, the Image Control Waveguide. In conjunction with 3 Series high-performance transducers and system components, the Image Control Waveguide lets you hear detail and depth in recordings as you've never heard before. The LSR305's 5\" long-throw woofer and its 1\" damped woven composite Neodymium tweeter are designed from the ground up to reproduce the powerful transients and micro dynamics of your mix. These drivers deliver impressive deep bass and smooth high frequency response beyond the range of human hearing.
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I recently quit coffee, quit alcohol, quit everything fun so needed something to take my mind off of them. After an OCD amount of research, I narrowed it down to two contenders. The JBL LSR305 and the Vanatoo Vanatoo Transparent One Powered Speakers (Black, Set of 2). I was torn, but I finally decided on the JBL LSR305. I will explain why in a bit, but first...
WOW. I have been missing out! It has breathed new life into old songs. Music never sounded better. If I had to explain the sound quality and my reaction in one word, it would be "CLARITY." Everything sounds so CLEAR. Also, the stereo imaging on these are insane. Position them correctly and sit at the right spot, and it is like the speakers disappear. And the sound seems to be coming from somewhere right in front of your forehead. Simply awesome. As for the bass, it is not bad. It is clean and tight. It will not bring your house down, you will not feel it too much (just some) on your chest, your neighbor's will not complain but it is still not too bad. For example, as I am writing this review I have music playing through these speakers and I can feel the vibrations on my desk. To my untrained ears, it is respectable.
WHY DID I BUY THE JBL LSR305 AND NOT THE VANATOO TRANSPARENT ONE
Like I said, I was torn. They both have glowing reviews. If you google "LSR305 vs Vanatoo" you will find a Reddit post from someone who has compared both speakers preferred the JBL LSR305 because it sounded "livelier, more 3D and a lot clearer." This review swayed me the most. The LSR305 does not have a USB port so I had to purchase a USB DAC for $100. But even with that added on, it was cheaper by $163. You can save more ($233) if you go with a cheaper $30 DAC. The cost breakdown is as follows:
LSR305: $230 (speakers) + $40 (Stand) + $100 (DAC) + ($7) cables = $377
Vanatoo: $500 (speakers) + $40 (Stand) = $540
Finally, the Vanatoo comes with a USB port so you would not need an external DAC for it. The only problem is that the volume knob is on the back of the speaker. I learned that for best audio quality, you want to keep the volume maxed out on the software and control it on the speakers, because the way volume is adjusted via software is that it lowers the bit depth of the audio, thus reducing quality. I positioned the speakers out of arms reach, and it would have been super annoying to have to walk over to the speakers to control the volume. LSR305 also has the volume knob on the back, but using an external DAC means that I can control the volume directly on the DAC that sits on top of my desk. You can also add an external DAC to the Vanatoo but it would be redundant and it would add more to the cost (plus a waste), not to mention that you would be negating one of the cooler features of the Vanatoo (that it does not need a DAC because it does not do the digital to analog conversion).
HOW TO SET THIS UP TO WORK WITH YOUR COMPUTER
As a newbie to stereo monitors that are not tailor made for your computer, it took me some effort to figure out what I would need to buy to get this to work with my computer. I hope I can help someone save time and effort by listing everything you need to get up and running.
1. These speakers of course.
2. An external DAC with a USB connection. A DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) converts the digital signal coming out of your computer to an analog one for the speakers. Your computer already has one (in the sound card), but it is probably not as good as the external ones. It is also very convenient to be able to control the volume using a physical knob on an external DAC. I purchased the Scarlett Solo (Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface), and it is great. It looks awesome, and the feel of turning the volume knob oozes quality. It also as an input for a microphone if you are into recording, a port for instruments like the guitar, and a headphone port. This is the best DAC at around $100 that I could find. There are cheaper options like the $30 Behringer UCA202 (Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface) with glowing reviews. Audio quality wise, you should see similar results with both. I just went with the more expensive Focusrite because of its looks and the nicer volume knob. You connect this to your computer using the provided USB cable, then go into the audio settings in the operating system and select the audio output device to the external DAC.
3. Buy this 1/4" to RCA cable (Hosa Cable CPR202 Dual 1/4 Inch To RCA Cable - 6.5 Foot). I bought the 6.5 foot one. You just need to buy ONE. It comes with 2 cables that are attached, but you can split them apart easily. You hear a lot about balanced and unbalanced cables, but you do not need balanced cables because 1) the DACs listed here do not support it and 2) unless you are running cables that are like 25 foot long, you will not get the benefits of it.
4. You will want speaker stands (VideoSecu 2 Heavy duty PA DJ Club Adjustable Satellite Speaker Stand MS07B M99) because you want these speakers at ear level for best results. You can also place them on your desk and prop them up under something if your desk is big enough. These stands are affordable, height adjustable, tilts and rotates, and simply works. One caveat is that it's not super stable. It works fine for me on hardwood floors and on carpet if I place weights on the base. But if you have small kids prone to knocking things over, then I would look for something else.
After everything is set up, try searching for a song called "Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake Featuring M0" and play them on these speakers. You WILL be WOWed if your previous experience with speakers is like mine :)
I've been using this in a room that measures 13 feet x 13 feet x 8 feet high. I've since moved this to my living room (I live in a 2,000 square feet townhouse so my living room's not huge, but it's definitely bigger than 13'x13'x8'), and I think it actually sounds better in a larger room. So much so that my wife wanted me to leave it in the living room, which meant that I was in the market for new speakers. The Vanatoo Transparent One Powered Speakers (Black, Set of 2) was the other speaker I was considering when I originally purchased the JBL, so it was a good opportunity to try it out. I have A/B tested the two speakers, so if you're debating between the JBL LSR305 and the Vanatoo T1, then see my Vanatoo T1 review at the link below where I compare it against the JBL LSR305.
My Vanatoo T1 review:
Before purchasing these pair of JBL LSR305s, I took a trip to guitar Center to give them a listen and compare them.
*Disclaimer I'm not true "audiophile", but I appreciate great sound. Consider me your average customer who Dj's on the side and has an ear for music*
The competitors were:
KRK Rokit 5 G3, JBL LSR305, Yamaha HS5, M-Audio BX5 as well as an Adam Audio A5X powered monitor.
I listened to the JBL's first because that's what I came for. I was immediately impressed with how loud, clear and clean bassy they got. Not bad I like so far.
The KRK Rockit 5s are apparently very popular, so I gave them a go. I immediately gave these speakers and internet audiophiles everywhere the serious side-eye. These things were low, muddy, and just a resounding meh! Sure I could blame the source, but everything was on equal footing so we're working with what is provided (my iPhone connected to their DAC). So those were completely overrated in my opinion.
The Yamaha HS5s: This baby gets LOUD. Certain songs can come across slightly too sharp, and the low end is definitely lacking. More catered to the higher end of the audio spectrum.
M-Audio BX5: Not bad. Not great, but not bad. A lower price point would have made this speaker the best "bang for your buck." Mids were the strong point here.
The Adam: Seriously for the price I expected a LOT more. I'm putting it in the same boat as the KRKs...MEH. Now I'm sure if they were fed more power, etc etc yada yada, but like the KRKs, they didn't sound good to me with what they were given.
Back to the JBLs I mean it IS what I'm suppose to be reviewing right?
I listened, and listened, and went back and forth, and honestly, these were the most balanced of the bunch. Sure they don't get as high as the Yamahas, but it's also not as harsh. These JBL LSR305s are probably the best all-around monitors you'll find at this price point. Even better is that you can get a PAIR for less than $300.
When they got to me, I almost forgot how big they were. They have a good amount of quality heft. I'm actually glad I didn't go for the 308s (8 inch version) as I'd have no room to place them. Also, 305's get louder, though not as low in the bass. Long story short, Grab these if you're looking for some pro level monitors for a great price. I'll update after a few weeks.