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    Best JBL EVER?

    Question for all memebers

    1. What was/is the best JBL ever...(PRICE NO OBJECT)?

    2. What was the best value JBL speaker given price and performance.

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    1. Everest II

    2. 4344/4345

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    4345 on Audiogon.............

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    I'm a L300 fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4313B View Post
    1. Everest II

    2. 4344/4345
    Man that speaks highly of the 4345. I can't wait to get mine up and running. Are they really that good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkalsi View Post
    Are they really that good?
    Reasonably priced they are a great bang for the buck. Very dynamic, clear and full. You need to spend alot of money to beat them today. For example, a pair of 1400 Arrays for starters...

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    Yeah, it's a nice thread topic, but probably not a long discussion.

    M9500's might be in the running, though, for runner-up. Two pair of 1400nd's are definitely a match for the 2245 in home. As for the original horn and driver--I haven't heard it, but I'd be willing to bet. With my upgrade, it's no contest. But like was said, spendy.

    The problem here, is most of us have not heard most of the candidates.

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    Unfortunately participating in these threads is not taking away the sadness.

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    Since i have not heard the Everst 2, i would have to say the S9800. But i recon the Everest 2 is a big step up.

    Bang for the buck category....I havent heard many vintage JBL's but for the insanly low price you can get them, i would have to put my money on the 4312 (if i remember correctly, maybe it was a 4311).


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    Well if you don't mind the inclusion of historical curiosities (from a historical curiosity), then I would have to vote for the Lansing Iconic for category #1. This circa 1937-1945 two way system does so many things well that the listener ends up not caring much about its few failings. Mostly its use of high sensitivity field coil drivers and horn loading from 800Hz. up lend the system a liveliness and jump factor that is thrilling and toe tapping in the extreme. As a noted Altec authority once mentioned while listening to a pair of Iconics, "I knew they would be good, but I had no idea they'd be THIS good."

    Not sure about #2, but I had a pair of Lancer 33s that were really satisfying for such small, simple systems.

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    Best JBLs I ever heard (IMO of course) are the CS 3115s. Vocal reproduction was uncanny, spooky.


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    1. Everest II DD66000

    2. L250 (new, at full retail)
    Out.

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    Hey Tom, that's my kind of home hi-fi rig!

    Love the Dynaco pre into the ART 310 or 311 xover, to the qsc amp.

    Oh yeah, Loud and Nasty!!!!! You got some serious party rig there!

    party on, garth!

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    Aloha

    Hi All,

    Thanks for all the responses. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all my JBL's. I am an avid audiophile for and own L300's, L200's L100 t3's, JBL Everest II's and waiting on the arrival of a pair of Century Gold's. I plan to add a pair of 4300 series as well as a Paragon before I am done.

    Aloha,

    Shane

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