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JBL LSR4328P Powered 8” Two-Way Speaker System (Pair) Reviews
I think these are amazing. I do a lot of recording on location and at home, and while the rest of my gear does everything I need, I had inferior monitors and began to have serious concerns about inconsistent sound.
Being careful with money, it seemed a bit difficult to justify spending money on something which is not actually part of the recorded signal path, but the choice of monitor deeply affects the finished product, and I realised I needed a set of monitors I could absolutely trust.
I bought these after reading many reviews, and having now used them over a couple of very different projects, what I love is that these monitors make it so easy to produce mixes which work over a range of audio devices from small computer speakers, car audio and portable CDs to big home hi-fis. Their audio quality is superb. I did consider buying the sub-woofer and going for the smaller LSR4326â€™s, but I didnâ€™t want yet another thing to have to take on location, and to be honest it was the right decision: as a stand-alone pair for the audio work I do (stereo acoustic musical instruments with some sampled instruments) the bass is wonderful â€“ itâ€™s â€œthereâ€ and seems totally part of the sound you hear.
There are some practical things Iâ€™ve discovered on using these, which it might be useful to know about:
1) It is important to treat your room (even just a bit!) to make good use of any speaker. However, the LSR function really helps clean up and focus the sound in any situation. The speakers worked well in one location with curtains (temporarily) covering the walls, and our second location was a church in a room full of old junk â€“ boxes, candles, books etc â€“ which actually was great as it broke up the room reflections. Obviously in a perfect world youâ€™d have a perfect acoustic environment for your speakers â€“ and if you do, Iâ€™d still recommend these ones!
2) Coming from an era where speakers just had one input, be aware that there are lots of bits and bobs to plug in. Thereâ€™s the spdif in / out, the network cables, the mains and the usb (if you use the control panel on your pc â€“ it is useful, so worth the extra lead). Thatâ€™s quite a lot of â€œstuffâ€ connected to each one and while this isnâ€™t normally a problem in a fixed installation, you need to allow time for this if working on location. The LSR mic plugs in temporarily to do four quick \"sweeps\" and then you unplug that and your\'re good to go. Only one niggle â€“ not a significant one really: when I dismantled the system at the end of my sessions, I found the network leads / terminations quite difficult to remove.
4) Good speaker stands are very useful in uncontrolled environments. Bear in mind that the LSR4328Ps are bigger and heavier than you might think, and you don\'t want to break them! After buying these speakers, I did a bit of research and bought a pair of QuikLok BS-300 adjustable speaker stands - they are very stable (locking to 5 different heights) and have a 9 inch square plate at the top, with triangular adjustable plate at the bottom, so work on any surface, however uneven. The speakers fit on the stands perfectly â€“ I secured them with four small bits of sticky Velcro on the base of the speaker â€“ just to stop them being knocked off the stand. Itâ€™s worth having some temporary cable management (for example, I use a loop of double-sided Velcro to secure all the leads to the speaker stands to keep them tidier).
5) The isolation pads which you can also buy from Dolphin are really good if you are using these speakers on a table â€“ they isolate the speakers from any contact and the speakers will still sound great!
While on one level, monitor speakers are just tools to do a job, these are outstanding tools which let you do a really professional job! I love these things and have absolutely no regrets about purchasing them.
1st part having them about 1 week in my possession.
1st part, because I have the feeling that it is too early to give a final opinion about them.
They do not sound harsh in the high frequency, which is certainly nice. But, for some reason I have the impression that they there is some kind of boxiness. You get a clear and well positioned reproduction for instruments and vocals which are mixed to the centre. But signals which are panned to the left or right have the tendency to 'stick' to the speakers... They do not become totally part of a 'detached' sound field. I added spikes underneath them and put them on massive concrete stands because I know, out of earlier experiences, that this improves definition. But not now... It might be that both the drivers, electronics and the amplifiers need some time before they show their full potential. I tend to believe that this the case for these JBL's (although I did not read this in reviews). To be seen...
RMC is a nice feature which indeed improves the reproduction in the low frequency areas.
Overall first impression is positive but I'm not totally convinced... yet.
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