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Finished my modifications and review of the JBL LSR308's - http://noaudiophile.com/JBL_LSR308/It was a lot to cover, so let me know if you guys have any questions or if I missed anything.
Thanks for your efforts. I agree that the engineering aesthetics of a thin molded plastic baffle is not acceptable for anything reporting to be audio/studio grade. Seems like you preferred the 305 to the 308. And again I agree, any speaker with an 8 inch driver is too big for desktop use (yet 5 inch woofers seem a bit too small to provide convincing mid-bass "body").
You mention in the Micca Voltron project comparisons against studio monitors. What "pre-made" studio monitors do you favor? (Sorry for getting a bit off topic here.)
HI aevans, may I ask which model sounds better in the midrange -- LSR305 vs. (high-passed) LSR308?
Which is it?
There are problem situations where the speaker takes a shit on the sound. These are two situations where the speakers do what is asked of them. One stand up bass with one female vocalist works great for critical listening.EDM deep, loud, no vocal track, ignore the details and blast your face off works as well, for parties. If I was hunting for details on that EDM track I may have been disappointed, but without vocals it's not hard to make EDM sound good.
High passed anything is going to sound better than a driver trying to do both mids and bass at the same time. Outside of bass response the biggest difference between the speakers is the lower treble, the 308's will keep it off of the side walls, and as such sound darker. One thing that bothers me is that the stated goal for the JBL M2 waveguide which both of the 3 series speakers are based off is to make a compression driver have the dispersion characteristics of a dome tweeter. Given that the 3 series has a dome tweeter the waveguide design is obviously used for different purposes here. I'm not sure what the point is in using the design other than time alignment and marketing. If you want something that sounds more like a regular dome tweeter speaker the 305's are the way to go.
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