I would love to hear this speaker. A BIG step up from the 1400 Array? I , for one, am curious.
after all, it is almost double list price.
My personal opinion is that the best way to view this is for people who just can't live with the looks of a 1400 Array.
"You don't like the 1400 Array? Then we'll sell you something a little more conventional looking and charge you double for it."
Don't get me wrong though. I do like the looks of this system and it probably sounds quite good. I could see paying around five or six grand for a pair. I just have a problem with sinking tons of money into second and third tier components.
Yep, those SAM1HF's sporting 1400 Array networks and a bass driver of choice look better and better by the day...
I wasn't in love with the materials though. I don't think the finish on the horn is as nice looking as the soft touch on the Array Series, or as nice as the paint on the K2 or Everest II and the wood is the same processed Italian "Zebra Wood" as used on the K2 with the same satin finish that makes it look like formica. Obviously many folks don't seem to be sensitive to the look of the this "wood"... as a woodworker I dislike it. They use a similar wood on the Array, but with the high gloss finish, even though it is a processed "wood" a certain amount of depth still shows through. The Everest II has the same satin finish, but since they are using natural wood veneers, it looks very nice. Obviously this is all subjective and only my opinion, but I wish JBL offered the same finishes as the new Revel Performa line that starts at $1700 and goes up to $6500 and has a truly magnificent walnut or cherry option.
The long and the short of it is this. The S4700 is a product that was born and raised for the Japanese market. For the first time JBL is offering US Synthesis dealers one of these Japan oriented speakers. I guess there is a real cultural divide here. The 1400 Array does not sell in Japan, being an American, I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this S4700. For years we have been crying for the Japan oriented JBLs... well here you go. Personally I'd rather have a pair of 1400 Arrays and the new $8K Mark Levinson CD/SACD/DAC... that piece is on my short list of soon to be coveted gear.
The 1400 Array is very likely the best loudspeaker out there that is sub $15K and better than many that are significantly more expensive... but it's looks scare away most potential buyers. I am shocked JBL is still offering it, but I guess they can't make bad decisions 100% of the time.
did you hear the new Revels
so the finish on them is first class did you take any photos
the new M106 with its new price point seems to be a great great value
i will be in northrige on tuesday hope to see the new performa line in acction
The M106 is the M22 replacement. It was playing in the next room and the walls were shaking. I spent the time talking with Kevin Voecks instead of a less than ideal listening experience. I loved the M22, we have sold quite a few of them, based on my conversation with Kevin, the M106 will be much more of a good thing and at a lower price point. I am sure we'll sell a pile of them and I'll get to evaluate them in a number of rooms.
As for what you'll hear at Northridge... not sure. They really only have a pair of M106s and a pair of F208s operational so far. These speakers won't be available until the beginning of summer.
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