I'm not normally a fan of black audio equipment, but these are nice. They've also startled me with their sound quality. Specs say bass to 32 Hz. and specs usually are optimistic (sometimes HIGHLY so). But in my room, these DO sound like a honest 32 Hz. The bass tone and quickness is also startling. But as good as the bass is, the speakers' strength seems to be their treble! Not what I was expecting from a big horn at all. I've heard only one slight weakness, and that may be an "upstream equipment interaction." I'll hook up my Emotiva PA-1 amps tomorrow to test that theory. These speakers are an order of magnitude better than the older JBL "Studio Monitor" speakers. Really. I'd have NEVER thought that any 12-inch, two-way could sound like this.
Last Edit: Feb 9, 2021 20:26:13 GMT -5 by boomzilla
The JBLs aren't cheap. BUT... Like McIntosh, I expect these will meet their specs 50 years from now. Is that a priority for me? No, unless radical enhancements in aging abatement become technically feasible in the next decade. But for someone wanting a studio-monitor style speaker from a company with strong support and excellent reputation...
And what amazes me is that all three of these sets are very close in sound quality. No, they don't sound alike at all - but each has something that sets it apart in excellence.
The T2s offer the most limited bass but great overall balance; the Tektons offer the lowest bass and amazing midrange; the JBLs offer the tightest bass and extreme clarity. So which is the "best?" It depends on your own audio priorities! I could be happy with any of the three (the Emotiva speakers would perhaps need subs), but considering the fact that the JBLs are often highly discounted, the price range isn't as broad as it seems.
The time is drawing nigh... My smarter half and I are moving from our current abode to a location closer to our grandson. Target date for the actual move - December 2023. In preparation, I need to sell off my surplus audio gear. It seems an overwhelming task, and rather than pick out what to sell, it seems easier to pick out what to keep. As I see it now, my keepers include:
Black Ice tube integrated amp Audio-gd HE-1 solid state preamp (maybe) Emotiva PA-1 mono power amps AURALiC Aries Mini DAC Schiit Loki Equalizer Carnare 12' biwire speaker cables Unknown 8' speaker cables
The potential sells include (incomplete list off the top of my head):
Audio-gd HE-1 vacuum preamp Heathkit 12W tube monoblock power amps About 5 pairs of unfinished speaker wires About 3 pairs of finished speaker wires About 15 pairs of RCA interconnects About 10 pairs of XLR interconnects About 200 CDs About 100 Blu-Rays About 100 various computer cables About 2 or 3 Apple computers A shotgun & rifle A RAID & about 2 other HDDs About 100 books & decades of audio magazines 5 absorber panels & 2 diffusers (will keep these until just before the move) Bunches of speaker feet, equipment cones, & magic tweaks Tekton Double Impact speakers Emotiva T2 (original model) speakers A plethora of other items yet to be unearthed Various audio vacuum tubes, vintage and modern
I don't have time to go through everything yet, but will be posting actual lists as I find time.
Last Edit: Mar 15, 2021 9:49:48 GMT -5 by boomzilla