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I have both the JBL 305s and the Neumann KH120s. Recently swapped out the JBLs for the KH120s in my desktop environment and.....the KH120s are WAAAAAYYYY better. I still think the JBLs are a great deal at their price point, but the KH120s are superior in nearly every way....as they should be considering they are 5x (at least) the price of the JBLs.Your price point and room size will be determining factors here. I had been using the KH120s in an A/V rig playing in a much bigger room. For that, I think the bigger (and more expensive) KH310s would be a much better match. In a near field listening environment, the KH120s are sublime. They are $1.5k/pair, however. If your budget is between the JBLs and the KH120s, then there are a number of options. Likewise, there are a number of options if you can go above $1.5k. The other key is room size and how you plan to use them -- full range, augmented by a sub, near a back wall, out on stands in the room, etc. We'd need to know a little bit more about your planned usage to be able to recommend something more specific.Regards, -dGB
I think a good/fair comparison would be the JBL 705's which are about $2K/pair: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LSR705P
Some KH120 measurements on the Neumann site, click on "Measurements" over on the right http://www.neumann-kh-line.com/neumann-kh/home_en.nsf/root/prof-monitoring_studio-monitors_nearfield-monitors_KH120A#
A nice horizontal polar plot, me like! Gotta get my fix!
Ouch, a small near cubic room - this makes for a horrible echo chamber at 110 Hz, 220 Hz, 440 Hz etc., recommend headphones until you can find a better room (seriously). Can be somewhat mitigated by covering one wall in GIK 244 panels (or equivalent) and using a skewed (non-symmetrical) near-field setup (set up speakers/listening position in a 1 meter equilateral triangle about 0.5 meter from a wall/corner).
Gonna disagree strongly with this. My room is a perfect 12X12 square with a bump out in one corner for the entry door. It's also the best sounding room I've ever had my system in. My speakers are set up in a diagonal configuration which in itself was a revelation. With the addition of floor to ceiling GIK tri traps in the corner behind the listening seat and other bass traps in all four corners, bass seems smooth and tight. I guess the question is whether anyone with a square room has the freedom and will to make the room work.
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