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    Question pardon the dumb question , but ....

    what is the difference between "studio monitors" and "control monitors" ??

    is 1 better than the other ?
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    No such thing

    No such thing as a dumb question.

    I believe they are one in the same.

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    grain of salt...

    Might find that the usage for "control monitors" is often a bit more specific in that
    they are often smaller and intended more for verifying signal as opposed to
    critical listening, given the environments for which they are typically intended.
    Even the response can be tailored for where they're expected to be placed...
    (think boundary reinforcement).

    There are both excellent sounding control monitors as well as crappy sounding
    "studio monitors", so YMMV.

    Cheers,

    -grumpy

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    Hello Seawolf97

    That's not a dumb question at all. As defined by JBL the diference is Control Monitors have a tailored frequency response like the 4311 and the Studio Monitors 4412 have flat response. Take a look at this Tech Note from JBL.


    http://www.audioheritage.org/vbullet...ead.php?t=4408

    Rob

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    Cool History repeats

    As in a number of other cases, JBL did a good job of differentiating products, and imitators took the nomenclature and commoditized it to the point that the average consumer will never figure it out.

    Thank goodness for a site like Lansing Heritage to help keep it straight.
    Out.

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    More Confusion

    Maybe JBL Pro is confused too. Notice here:
    http://www.jblpro.com/pub/technote/jblpro_alpha.pdf

    On pages six and seven, look at the heading titles for 4200, 4300 and 4400 series speakers. Apparently 4345's, 4355's, 4343B's and 4344's are not good enough to be called studio monitors. We can put all this junk on ebay and buy 4401's!

    I have a pair of Control 10's already. What was I thinking, hooking up those silly 4345's...

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    it's the bandwidth dude.....

    A control room monitor is/was designed for the FM radio market ( and TV uses the same FM bandwidth! ) since the FCC dictates the bandwidth to be no better than 50hz-15Khz for standard broadcast to maintain the required dial spacing and minimize adjacent station "splatter".

    A studio monitor is designed for a recording studio where bat lovemaking chirps and blue whale farts need to be heard and interpreted just as another engineer needs to hear the *tonal* differences of the bottom 2 keys of a concert grand 88 key piano.....

    The larger the monitor, the higher the SPL ( 4315 / 4343 / 4345 for example in the 4 ways ) that can be obtained.

    The smaller "control monitors" are widely used as "console" or "nearfield" speakers in a recording studio to appox what the average consumer ( read: best buy crap ) speaker was capable of reproducing.

    But with the bandwidth of CD's / DVD's and car systems ( no more crappy 6X9's ) not to mention some newer home speakers, the whole bandwidth structure is a little moot today.

    but nothing beats a 600 watt 18 in the living room...unless you have 4.



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    yes,,,,,BUT

    from the JBL pdf, it says" see pic "
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