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JBL LSR308 8" 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor
- See the next-generation JBL 308P MkII studio monitor for the latest in top-quality sound
- Increased HF Detail: You'll experience greater depth and ambience in recordings. Subtle details can be heard, even in a dense mix.
- Room-Friendly: This means you don't have to be right in front of the speakers to make accurate adjustments to your mix.
- Broad Sweet Spot: 3-Series speakers deliver neutral sound across an unusually large working space regardless of room acoustics.
- 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||12.1 x 10 x 16.5 in||12.2 x 14 x 13.93 in||5.6 x 6.4 x 8.3 in||13 x 40 x 15 in||18.3 x 14.4 x 21.6 in||15 x 25 x 11 in|
|Item Weight||18.9 lbs||10.12 lbs||—||44.2 lbs||36.05 lbs||—|
Image Control Waveguide
Delivering professional performance at most affordable price points, 3 Series Powered Studio Monitors 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.
JBL LSR Design - Your Music Needs a Point of Reference
While most manufacturers take only a single on axis measurement of the speaker’s performance, this doesn’t tell how it will sound in your room. JBL’s LSR Linear Spatial Reference design criteria requires seventy-two measurements yielding more than 1,200 times more data, enabling JBL to engineer a speaker that “sounds right” in any working space. With LSR design, 3 Series Studio Monitors deliver superior accuracy regardless of the size and shape of your room, so your mixes “hit their mark” when heard on any playback system.
JBL’S Revolutionary Image Control is the magic responsible for 3 Series Incredible Imaging. What you’ll hear is Increased HF detail, and you'll experience greater depth and ambience in recordings. Subtle details can be heard, even in a dense mix. An Expansive Soundstage - Wide stereo panorama and a rock-solid phantom-center image. 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.
Selectable Input Sensitivity
The -10 dB/+4 dB sensitivity switch ensures compatibility with a broad range of signal sources, allowing you to connect the 3 Series to high output professional gear without any danger of input overload.
JBL’s Patented Slip Stream
JBL’s Patented Slip Stream low frequency port design works in concert with the woofer to produce deep bass response at all playback levels. The double-flared shape of the port is precisely engineered for greater low-frequency extension and reduced turbulence.
Big Power, Big Sound
3 Series efficient Class D Amplifiers provide abundant power to deliver the output and dynamic headroom needed for the most demanding production styles
- Frequency Range : 37Hz - 24khz
- Max Peak SPL : 112 dB SPL C-Weighted
- Max Peak Input : +23 dBu
- LF Driver Size : 203 mm (8")
- HF Driver Size : 25 mm (1")
- LF Driver Power Amp : 56 W Class D
- HF Driver Power Amp : 56 W Class D
- LF Trim Control : +2 dB, 0, -2 dB
- HF Trim Control : +2 dB, 0, -2 dB
- Input Types : 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS Balanced
- AC Input Voltage : 100-240 VAC +/- 10% 50/60 Hz
- Dimensions (H x W x D) : 419 mm x 254 mm x 308 mm (16.5 in x 10 in x 12.1 in)
- Weight : 8.6 kg (18.9 lbs)
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Now let me start off by admitting that by all accounts the Yamaha HS8s are "more accurate" studio monitors, and most direct comparisons between the JBL LSR308 and the Yamaha HS8s favor the Yamaha that I've seen. However, I don't think that's a fair comparison any more because these speakers regularly go on sale now.
On sale you can get these JBLs for about 1/3 the price of the Yamahas (since the newer model has been released). These went on sale twice after Black Friday, but I've yet to see the Yamahas go on sale. With that significant a price difference I don't think you can compare the 2 sets of monitors fairly.
If your budget allows for $700+ or you need monitors for professional work get the Yamaha. Many professional musicians use the Yamaha series in their smaller personal studios. However, if you're looking for something more budget friendly these are an absolutely amazing value.
Personal note, it took a few days for my ears to "adjust" to the sound, but once they did they impressed me even more. These have great imaging and reveal a lot of detail. Much more so than any other speaker I've heard in this price range.
2 MONTH UPDATE:
Stand by what I said earlier about being a great value. However, I will emphasize these aren't the most neutral speakers. They're actually probably the best "listening" speakers in this price range just all around.
That said...if you're getting these for musical production/mastering...again, I'd encourage you to save up and buy the Yahamas. The problem is that while you'll definitely hear details you probably couldn't hear before, these probably sound "too good" and not analytical enough for studio work.
I am in the process of ripping a lot of old vinyl to FLAC, and I was able to compare some RIPs (that I'd only re-listened to recently on the JBLs while recording) on a Bang & Olufsen system and that system sounds a LOT more neutral than the JBLs (keep in mind a lot more expensive). Honestly was quite surprised as the B & O being hifi...I thought it would "color" the sound to a more pleasing spectrum, but they actually seem more neutral as I said.
The B & O system revealed a lot of flaws in the mid/high ranges that I wasn't hearing in the JBLs, and revealed that my RIPs sound a bit more "thin" than I would have thought...revealing what I think is an issue with going too low capacitance (did do a custom RCA replacement for my turntable).
They were purchased for my wife and I to listen to music together on our love seat. I'm apparently going to get closer to my dog as well.
They won't -quite- go down as far as I'd like for some of my organ recordings, but I didn't expect them to. I'm very glad we got the 8" versus 5". At the price they're currently selling, they're quite a bargain for what you're getting. They really don't need the subwoofer. If the price drops on it, however, I might get it just for those organ recordings, though that seems like kind of a silly, indulgent thing to do.
The sound doesn't require equalization to seem just right for almost all music. I've tried everything from Harp, Classical Guitar, Piano, Jazz, Opera, Symphonic Telarcs, up through Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, and they've come through beautifully. (A well-recorded piano sounds fantastic on them.) They won't shake your bones, but you'd need a subwoofer for that.
Look at the dimensions before you buy. They're definitely medium sized and not small. They are not bookshelf speakers. Also think of the amount of room space you're trying to fill. They would definitely be overkill for some things. If I were to buy speaker stands, they would have to be quite substantial and probably braced to something very solid for me to feel comfortable using them. I think one would be better off buying a piece(s) of suitable furniture.
They're smooth, even, and certainly loud enough. I expect them to last many years. And for five bucks each, we bought the Fair Trade warranty for three years. JBL gives them a good test run before releasing them as well, which is certainly a great way to avoid dead on arrival. There were absolutely no rattles, and they didn't have any annoying resonance frequencies that I could detect.
They arrived on time in good condition.
We're very happy with our purchase.
I'm not an audiophile or recording engineer but I'm extremely picky. These speakers sound amazing with a huge range of music and they never draw attention to themselves. They just melt away into the incredible soundstage. Most people will probably notice previously unheard things in material they've listed to for decades.
I do use the low frequency boost switch because they are mostly used for movies and TV. It's very likely that most people won't want or need a subwoofer with this duo. They won't shake the house like an earthquake but they produce very satisfying lows. They also play louder than most people will be able to tolerate for extended periods.
My only real gripe is that they are ported to the rear which makes it impossible to place them up against a wall if absolutely necessary. The power LED on the front can be distracting in a darkened room. The LED is easily covered with a small square of black electrical tape which matches the cabinet color and texture almost exactly.
These speakers should be on your shortest of short lists regardless of intended use or budget. They are almost a steal when they are on sale (less than $200 each).
NOTE: Be sure to check the dimensions because these speakers are probably bigger than you think they are. They aren't huge but they are deeper and heavier than passive bookshelf speakers.
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