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    Just got my lsr32's

    I just got my lsr32's from the tent sale 2 days ago and though I'd post my impressions.

    First I am not sure what qualifies them as B stock. On one speaker I can find no cosmetic issues, and on the other all I could find is a small drip of clue in the port.

    Upon arrival one of the port tubes was separated from the cast aluminum part that holds the mid and tweeter. I fixed that easily with a careful application of JB weld. I suspect this happened in shipping. Thirty minutes later I was ready to go.

    After listing to the speakers for 2 days I am nothing short of amazed. The clarity and over all balance is incredible. I usually listen at low levels, but I cranked them up a few times and at high levels the lack of power compression and distortion is something that I am not used to hearing. The sound is great.

    If anyone is thinking about getting them from the tent sale I would not hesitate to get them. It best decision I have made in a while.

    Allen

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    Glad it worked out so well. It would be helpful to know what you are used to listening to as far as speakers go.

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    What are you powering them with?

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    Before these I had a pair of 4311b's for sever years. I am powereing them with a crown ps400 hooked to a urei 1620 as a pre amp.

    Allen

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen mueller View Post
    . . . . I am nothing short of amazed. The clarity and over all balance is incredible. I usually listen at low levels, but I cranked them up a few times and at high levels the lack of power compression and distortion is something that I am not used to hearing. The sound is great. . . .
    Yes, indeed. $700/pair new is a real bagain. I payed $1100 used for mine a few years ago, and they were worth that.

    David

    Edit: By the way, when I got mine the gasket was missing from one of the midrange cans. I don't know if that was a factory quality control problem or if it happened afterword, but it might be worth checking.

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    Thanks for that heads up. I'll double check.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikebake View Post
    What are you powering them with?
    Important consideration. These speakers will definitely tell you things about your source material and electronics which other speakers will not have revealed to you. They add very little distortion of their own, and their frequency response is extraordinarily flat.

    Also, I believe that buying a pair of these speakers is the cheapest way to starting listening to a pair of JBL neodymium, dual-voice-coil-plus-braking-coil woofers. That is to say, a modern woofer. And no foam surround! Read up on them.

    And I think the LSR32 is identical to current product except for the shielded tweeter in the LSR6332. The neodymium magnet structures on the woofer and midrange are self-shielding. I used my LSR32's about a foot away from my CRT TV with no problem.

    The C500G midrange operates from 250 to 2.2K Hz, so the presentation of the core frequencies for music is entirely seamless.

    If you, like Allen, are listening to vintage JBL small format monitors, you might consider upgrading at this time. I know in the past that people seem to have been put off by the bass f3 spec., but I believe that is anechoic and as GT says concerning the new Everest, it is unpredictable how much deeper bass support there will be from room rise in a given environment, but there will be some. (This might be a good time to reread the apologia that has been put forward for the bass design of the new Everest.) Besides, subwoofers are not uncommon.

    There is no tiring 50-70 Hz bass hump with these speakers.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by speakerdave View Post
    If you, like Allen, are listening to vintage JBL small format monitors, you might consider upgrading at this time.
    I'm not; I'm listening to PT800's, which aren't shabby. I ordered a pair of the LSR32's about a week ago and am pondering how best to implement them. A new amp seems in order.

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    Actually, I meant it in a general sense. I'm not familiar with the PT800's. I'm pretty sure you'll like those LSR's.

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    Sounds like it.
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    I am glad some members have taken this opportunity there are good speakersmikebake please tell us your experience comparing these too the pt800i own the lsr6332 got them new so your getting a real good pricei find theme a little bass shy(with no punch) but i think it is my room even when paired with one lsr6312 sub i am thinking of one more subwell hope to read your experiences

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valentin View Post
    mikebake please tell us your experience comparing these too the pt800 well hope to read your experiences
    I'm not likely to give much of an A/B review, at least for awhile, as these will reside in a different environment and with different front end than the PT800's, which are in HT duty. The more I consider the LSR32's, the more I think I'll aim for placing them in a studio type setting, for my own personal 2 channel listening. I was going to use them for general listening in a living room area, firing out of a loft into the living room space, but that seems it might be a bit of a waste for these.
    I'll try them without subs initially, and play with boundary reinforcement. They seem like they will be easier to get proper studio monitor performance with less effort than many of the previous monitors. Good thing. No soffit mounting for best performance, no excessive/obsessive dial-in, a bit more place/plug/play. Right now I need the right amp for them.

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    Mike

    thanks for your comments i think you will not be disappointed
    please let us know when you hear them even if it is not a proper ab comparison

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    First quick listen; these are quite the tool/instrument. Definitely built with a purpose. The linearity stood out first; volume up, volume down, same sound. Faithful to the source; analytical. The linearity of response initially masks the dynamic abilities. Quite a piece of work. Getting the mid from 250 to 2200 with low distortion and holding together is interesting.
    Sounds good in the first space I tried them in, which is the most difficult space I have. Good sign. Time to drag out a few more discs; back to the workshop.
    Does like power.
    Doesn't sound congested, ever. Sounds like a modern monitor. Imagine that.
    Has the room integrating/taming effect/aspects (power response efforts) of, say, the 4430, but done better, cleaner, tighter. Sit down and enjoy your selection.

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    I too just picked up a pair of LSR32's at the tent sale and when turning the tweeter/mid/port assembly from the shipped horizontal position to the vertical position, I found on one of the ports, the back half port section part has come off from the aluminum front/plate port section just like with Allen (shipping?). I think I'll call JBL to see what they use for glue though since JB Weld is grey and the ports are black, any squeeze out would show up visually in the port. Does anyone here know what JBL uses for glue? I also want to know how much break in time would be reasonable before the speakers settle into what they are allways going to sound like? Is any volume better for break in (loud/normal/soft)? I had one box with a scratch on the metal woofer ring which was match painted and hard to spot but no cosmetic flaws on the other box that I can see. I'm going to be using these in a studio (their intended purpose) as midfields in a 12 x 21 control room. I read reviews that they perform well close to the wall which because of needing the space I'll have to do (the damn mixer alone is 8 feet wide x 3 1/2 feet deep without patchbay(s) lol). I'll need to have the boxes in a vertical position but is there any concensus on the tweeter/mid/port panel position that works best with a vertical box? Just from my quick listening it sounds a bit better with the tweeter/mid on the inside and ports on the outside which I think is backwards.

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