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JBL Loft 40 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)

4.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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  • Low Frequency Transducers: Two 100mm (4") PolyPlas cones, magnetically shielded
  • High Frequency Transducer: 25mm (1" ) soft dome on EOS waveguide, magnetically shielded
  • Power Handling: 10 - 150 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: (2.83V/1m) 90 dB
  • Frequency Response: 55Hz-20kHz
  • Power Handling (Recommended): 10-125 watts
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model Number: LOFT40-AM-Z
  • Speaker Type: Bookshelf

Product Description

For those audiophiles who yearn for speakers with great looks as well as great sound, we’ve designed the JBL Loft Series. These speakers are slim, elegant audio components that range from compact bookshelf to robust tower speakers. One remarkably versatile set in the line is the Loft40. It’s a pair of thin bookshelf speakers that offer listeners a great option for setting up a two-channel stereo or multichannel surround-sound system. Each speaker in the set features a 5-1/4-inch (133-millimeter) PolyBass woofer with FreeFlow port technology for big, clear and extended bass, and a 1-inch (25-millimeter) soft dome tweeter that can reach frequencies as high as 20kHz. Each speaker’s tweeter features our proprietary Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS) waveguide, which evenly distributes sound throughout your listening space and makes every seat the best seat in the house. The Loft40 speakers handle up to 125 watts and use a Straight-Line Signal Path (SSP) design to help ensure that a strong, precise signal arrives at each driver with little alteration from its original source. And the speakers are beautiful to see, too. All in all, the Loft40s’ breathtaking sound will impress you as much as their stunning looks.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
Item Weight 13.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 13.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00DKPJSIM
Item model number LOFT40-AM-Z
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4.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,944 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#37 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers > Bookshelf Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com June 4, 2013

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By M. Tayon on November 1, 2014
I bought a pair of these speakers for less than $65 with shipping, and am EXTREMELY pleased with the sound! I have them hooked up to a Pyle 200 Watt Receiver (PT-380AU), and they handle it! I did not expect DJ quality sound or booming Bass but am surprised that in one room, it comes close! For the record, I am no expert, and not an "audiophile", I am just a truck driver consumer! ;)
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They are good for the price I paid. I bought a pair of these for $79.95. First I hooked them up to an older Yamaha Natural Sound receiver for stereo and they sounded Ok, nothing special somewhat boomy. Next I hooked them up to Pioneer SC-65 as front L-R. After I ran MCACC speakers came to life. You need a decent receiver with these speakers, 80 Watts per channel or more with auto calibration MCACC or Audyssey.

My home theater setup has JBL Loft 40 for front L-R, Loft 20 for center and 4 Loft 30 for surrounds and a Supercube 2000 subwoofer. If you want L-R speakers for stereo setup, you can find better speakers for $100-150 more. For a budget home theater, they are pretty good.
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Picked these up on sale for $49.99. First off, these are truly budget speakers. You won't confuse these with higher end JBL speakers. Fit and finish are acceptable and the speakers themselves are rather light weight. I compared these head to head against another pair of similar budget speakers, the Polk T15. I also got those for $49.99 a pair on sale and they are a little heavier, a little taller, but the Loft 40 cabinet is deeper. Both the Polk and JBL bookshelf speakers have a laid back sounding tweeter, so if you like your sound brighter you'll have to boost the treble. Bass capabilities were similar, with neither being overly impressive. The T15 did play a bit louder at the same volume level, which makes me question the 90dB sensitivity JBL claims on the Loft 40. The Loft40 seemed a little bit boxier/hollow sounding, like you were listening to a smaller speaker, despite both being very close in size. I wouldn't call either of these "great" speakers, but at $50/pair I paid they are more than acceptable if you were just wanting a simple 2.0/2.1 set up on the cheap, or for something like surround duties in a 5.1/7.1 home theater.
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I don't often write reviews, but I took way too long considering whether or not to buys these speakers based on other reviews. I picked these beauties up at Fry's for $49 for the pair. I can't believe I almost spent $200 for the Klipsch!

Note****these speakers are rated 5 stars because of their unbeatable VALUE! Yes, there are better speakers out there, but NOT at this price!

I purchased for my bedroom- and yes, I know my speakers. I have a $1500 system in my listening room. But as a second set, or as the name implies- for the loft, I really can't imagine there is a better bang for the buck.

Don't think about it-just get them. They rock!
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I am very judgmental of speakers and am an audiophile. I did not think these speakers would sound all that great and bought them for my garage. I couldn't have been more wrong!!!!! These speakers sound GREAT. I do wish they had a little more bass so I am going to pair them with a sub. the highs are crystal clear and the mids sound very natural. The bass is punchy and tight but not very deep. I am powering them with a cheap Dayton amp and they sound great with it. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a nice pair of small speakers for a great price
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Nice and decent speakers for near field listening. After a week or so, I like the Loft 40 for the little $$$ I spent but I still does not sound quite the way I wanted it to be. Being a rear port speakers, I use the piece of an extra acoustic foam from my DIY room treatment to fill in the rear port. What a different does it make! Tight mid bass and cleaner mid range an the treble is airy and fast. I have then about 2 feet from the wall. I am going to get a couple more as Fry's has it on sale for $59.99 while JBL direct jacks the price back up to $299.99.
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Got these at clearance from Frys for 49.99, the loft 30 was 39.99, but these went lower. Had an extra Denon receiver and a Hsu vtf2 left over after my upgrade. What the heck, I'll use it for my garage and use it with a cheap cd and turntable. They blended well with my hsu and Denon. Bass was surprisingly robust even without the sub active. Highs were a bit muddy compared to my nht and hsu vt15 system. Highs were not as crisp and detailed. However if you're not expecting audiophile quality but just listening to non fatiguing almost full range sound you could spend a lot more for a lot less.
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After some listening I can say I am pretty satisfied with JBL Loft 40 as "computer speakers", i.e. speakers I use to listen to (mostly) music while working in my home office. I am pretty picky when it comes for sound, so a pair of plastic speakers from Genius wouldn't do.

I needed a pair bookshelf (i.e. desktop) speakers. I tried using floor standing speakers and found it's not very practical for my particular setup -- they stand behind the table and tweeters are masked by two 24" monitors which definitely affects sound in a bad way. These bookshelves are standing at the edges of the table, next to the monitors, with a clear line of sight (or is it sound?) between the tweeters and my ears.

I was also worried that with such a wide speaker placement the stereo effect will be compromised, but I immediately heard it. In other words, I hear sounds like they come from the center. I don't think all speakers have the ability to create a wide stereo sweet spot, and I am glad JBLs can do it.

Overall, the sound is good. It's not pale but not much colored either. I am not a bass junkie but these gives enough bass to enjoy low notes from a contrabass. I could add a subwoofer, but I don't believe there is a need considering the purpose -- background music for work. I listen to a variety of music, from pop to jazz to classics. With these speakers I tend to like jazz.

Oh, and one final thing -- I got the speakers for $45 directly from JBL, and I am using Topping TP30 USB DAC/amplifier (around $100), connected to a laptop via USB. I think it's important to use an external DAC as otherwise it's noisy. I would buy Topping VX1 for now -- it's essentially a newer version of TP30.
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