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JBL Studio 1 Series Studio 130 Home Audio Speaker Pair
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs JBL Studio 130 - real monitors! 04/26/2013

This review is from: JBL Studio 1 Series Studio 130 Home Audio Speaker Pair

Pros: Flat frequency response.
Fantastic mid-range.
Excellent tweeters.
Tight bass.
Solid build.
Big sound-stage.

Cons: Imaging is not pin-point.

Other Thoughts: I’ve had the JBL Studio 130 speakers for just 3 days and I am very happy with them. I was hesitant to buy them for the low number of customer reviews. The two professional reviews were positive, so I waited until Newegg.com lowered the price to a point that I couldn’t resist buying them.
The first thing that impressed me is the coherent, integrated and balanced sound. No frequencies stand out over the others. They sound just right connected to a Marantz PM8003 integrated amplifier and Marantz CD5004 cd player in two channel stereo without a sub-woofer.
The second thing that put a smile on my face is the cleanliness of the tweeters. JBL’s ceramic-coated aluminum sounds better than any aluminum or fabric dome tweeter I’ve heard in this price range. Saxophones, trumpets, and high-register piano notes sound intact and resist break-up. There is no roll-off to hide distortion like some other manufacturers use in their designs.
Believe JBL’s website description because it is accurate. Whether at low volume levels or high, they sound fantastic in my small 9 by 10 ft. room. Details such as musicians moaning or singing as they play can be heard clearly. In live recordings, faint audience talking and shouting sounds realistic. With the volume down low, trumpets sound delicate. Articulations are distinct. With the volume turned up, instruments maintain their own space and the mix maintains a “studio monitor” quality. It reminds me of the sound I heard from JBL monitors when I recorded in the 1960s. The music sounds like it’s in the room. Also, like good monitors, they don’t lie. Bad recordings sound bad. Good recordings sound fantastic!
These little bookshelf speakers pass the tap test like a solid piece of wood. I hear no bass boom or annoying cabinet resonances in the music. Don’t let the small 4” woofer scare you away from buying them. They are enjoyable as-is. My experience has been very positive. I wish I could tell you how much I paid Newegg for them. You’d turn green with envy, but it’s against their review policy to quote prices. Watch the price daily until it drops to the level you’re willing to pay. The day I bought, the price was laughably low for only one afternoon.

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Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350 Bookshelf/Stand Mount Speaker (Black) Pair
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Natural bass. Beautiful mid-range. Excellent build quality. Captivating sound-stage and imaging.

Cons: Distorted high frequencies.

Other Thoughts: These speakers to me are like my favorite Olympic runner, who almost takes the gold and then stumbles and falls in the final sprint to the finish line. I really was rooting for them but they let me down in the treble. Upper piano notes sound like shattering glass. I'm a piano player and can't tolerate listening to jazz recordings if the instruments are distorted in the upper frequencies. Everything else from mid-range on down to the bass sounds fantastic. It's too bad, they could have been a champion, yet fell short.

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Pioneer SP-BS41-LR 2 CH Bookshelf Loudspeakers Pair
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Clean sound with smooth highs 11/09/2012

This review is from: Pioneer SP-BS41-LR 2 CH Bookshelf Loudspeakers Pair

Pros: The high frequencies are amazingly smooth and listenable for long periods. The bass is quite powerful for 5 1/2" woofers, with a powerful amplifier. Instrument separation and clarity is excellent.

Cons: The balance leans toward a thin sound, although the bass and upper bass are fine.

Other Thoughts: I've compared these to a British speakers retailing for $350.00 a pair. I prefer the Pioneers. They are just a clear and present a more musical alive sound. Many speakers I've heard in the $200.00 to $400.00 price range sound brittle, harsh and dirty in the mids and highs compared to the Pioneer SP-BS41-LR speakers. When on sale, these are a no-brainer, just buy them.

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Robert M.'s Profile

Display Name: Robert M.

Date Joined: 03/11/07

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  • First Review: 03/25/12
  • Last Review: 04/26/13
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