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Pros: Price, easy of installation and speed of device. Internet speed on all office computers increased after upgrading to this one from an older (7 yrs) Linksys 10/100 16 port switch.
I'm no IT guy, know just enough to hurt myself, but our peer to peer star topology network was bogging down with some computers getting REAL slow over the internet the last few months. Couldn't figure out why after many tries, but did notice the older switch was hotter than normal so I just decided to upgrade. Easy cheap change for a noticeable difference in speed.
Cons: None so far.
Only small complaint is shipping package where the switch box was just sitting on the bottom of their box with big bubble padding on top. No cushion to the box underneath. I just believe a device such as this should be shielded a bit from the shipping box walls, not right up against them to help cushion jolts and hard bumps.
This review is from: JBL Studio 180 6.5" 3-Way Floorstanding Speaker
Good high end
Not harsh or bright
Heard some things in songs not heard before which is nice
Cons: Bass while solid can be slightly muddy with certain songs
Speakers sound a bit restrained as though they would like to open up but can't.
Crossover frequencies quoted here on Newegg and on JBL spec sheet does not match what actual owners manuals shows.
The price is $20 less now than I paid two weeks ago. :)
Other Thoughts: At the current sale price of $220 shipped for a pair it's hard to knock them. They have good bass imo unless you prefer seriously boomy bass like a 8-10" woofer would provide. I'm actually glad I bought the 180's as I would have purchased the 190's were they available. The bass is not tight like the Martin Logan Motion 12's I bought two weeks before these, but it's not bad either.
I bought these for my basement setup. They are very good for home theater and solid for stereo music listening. The only reason I can't give a 5 rating is because the sound just doesn't wow me overall. I think the ML Motion 12's spoiled me for smooth detailed sound but you can't expect speakers half the price to provide the same performance.
They may open up after break in and if they do I will update my review. If I was on a budget and looking for very good speakers at a great price I would buy them again.
This review is from: MartinLogan Motion 12 Home Theater Front/Surround Speaker Each
Pros: Not bright or harsh
Detailed high end
Very smooth sound
Build Quality and design
Cons: Length of break in? Manual says approx 72 hours at 90db before critical listening.
As others have stated they are tippy (like they will fall forward easily) out of the box on carpet. But that is because the feet they arrive with are for non-carpeted floors. Switching the front feet with the spikes provided and adjusting the height a bit they become just as solid as other speakers.
Just good but not great with hard rock.
Other Thoughts: I had older Def Tech DR7 towers as my fronts but they were too bright so I've been looking for new speakers. After research I decided to give these a try. I have Mirage M490's as well and like their warmer non bright sound so I was hoping these would be a better version of the Mirage sound. The Motion 12's have exactly the sound I was looking for. Very smooth, detailed and accurate with great mids and a very nice sound stage. The first time I played them the wife was sitting next to me and asked if the center channel was on. It wasn't. The room is open with a slanted vaulted ceiling and these still fill the area just fine. Great speakers, the thought they are only going to get better as they break in is very exciting as I really like them already. I won't be looking for new speakers for years to come. If I could afford it right now I'd buy another pair for my basement setup. If you are looking for new speakers and have been considering these but afraid to pull the trigger, just do it, you won't be sorry.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Shawn B.
Date Joined: 09/26/12
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