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    4344, 4345 or 4348?

    Hi folks, I'm new here & recently got the JBL bug. Love the looks & as for sound, I've only heard the 4348. Any comments about 4344 or 4345? Thanks a lot! Cheers

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    Whoa - big topic. Literally!

    I've heard the 4343's (John Nebel's) a number of times and they are wonderful the way he has them set-up. I've never heard the 4344's, although I bid on a pair long ago - they struck me as the perfect fit for most homes.

    I own the 4345's - they are my favorite of the "older" 43-series. Much of that love relates to the 2245H woofer - it is wonderful in that cabinet.

    I've never heard the 4348, but a few here have and they get great reviews - seems an upgrade from the older iterations in the 43-series.

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    Hi, thanks for the reply. Wow! You must be lucky to own & hear them! Will probably try to find some kind soul to invite me. Will salivate for now.....

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    The only thing is the 4345 are quite a large enclosure compared to the 4344.

    The 4348 is a more contemporary JBL design voiced for the Japanese audiophile market........fast articuate bass and a newer horn and super tweeter.

    You owe it to yourself to hop on a plane to Tokyo and hear the full range including the newer 4600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Mackenzie View Post
    You owe it to yourself to hop on a plane to Tokyo and hear ... the newer 4600.


    Do tell! What you know, Aussieman....?

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    Saw the 4600, looks similar to the K2 but smaller. I still prefer the classic 43xx look. : ) Thanks for the suggestions. Besides the size, any difference in sound amongst the 3 models? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankaz97 View Post
    Besides the size, any difference in sound amongst the 3 models? Thanks!
    This ought to be interesting!

    ". . . as you have no doubt noticed, no one told the 4345 that it can't work correctly so it does anyway."—Greg Timbers

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    Oops! Did I open an old can of worms or this was never discussed?? Anyway, tks all for the inputs. Have anyone chk out www.jbl43.com? They're based in Japan & restore JBLs. Wondering if the price is reasonable? I'll try to get one locally before looking at overseas, shipping charges can be a killer

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankaz97 View Post
    Oops! Did I open an old can of worms or this was never discussed?? Anyway, tks all for the inputs. Have anyone chk out www.jbl43.com? They're based in Japan & restore JBLs.
    I was only commenting (emoticon-ing?) because two of the contributors to your thread are two of the top 4345 aficionados here at LH. It was their effusive discussion about the 4345 which got me to pop for the pair I own. I always enjoy hearing about them from other more-knowledgeable members here! Even if that sends every 4345 owner back to the workbench on a regular basis.

    My 4345s are clones with cabinets from LH member Saeman who is the "Rick" in "Kenrick" in your link. The provenance of my pair is well-recorded in several threads on this site so no need to rehash it here. Suffice it to say many here are, and continue to be, impressed by the 4345 and many have done DIY versions on their own. I'm a mere user so I'll let them speak to what it is about them that impresses them, and how they compare. And listen, and smile a lot.

    ". . . as you have no doubt noticed, no one told the 4345 that it can't work correctly so it does anyway."—Greg Timbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by boputnam View Post


    Do tell! What you know, Aussieman....?
    >hear the full range including the newer 4600>

    Bo,

    What I was suggesting is that you need to compare and hear them all in this instance before you can be persuaded by other opinions.

    This is best done in at least two different room settings.

    This is what Steve K and l did in Tokyo.

    The 4600 has useful coverage in other threads.

    Its just seems to work remarkably well for what it is.

    I will say that for smaller rooms with limited placement options the 4600 will win hands down because the way its designed. It will also perform well in large rooms as well, ie less room placement critical.

    For example where the above situation may apply the 4600 sounds better than the 4338. But if you have the space and options to screw around with stands and fine tuning for room placement the 4338 can sound great too.

    If anyone takes the time to listen to them the above is quite obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Mackenzie View Post
    If anyone takes the time to listen to them the above is quite obvious.
    Time is not the problem for some of us. The required trip to Japan could be. Of course that may be easier for dankaz in Singapore than it is for us isolated Americans.

    Good luck.
    ". . . as you have no doubt noticed, no one told the 4345 that it can't work correctly so it does anyway."—Greg Timbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCCA View Post
    The required trip to Japan could be.
    I personally would not trade a 4345 for a 4348.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4313B View Post
    I personally would not trade a 4345 for a 4348.
    Any particular reasons? 4348 different from 4345 or 4344?
    I may be able to purchase a pair of 4343B but as I'm currently overseas, so unable to view or audition, any advise?
    Thanks in advance. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankaz97 View Post
    Any particular reasons?
    I think the 4345 is the best bang for the buck.

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