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    JBL 4430 vs JBL L300 summit

    HI
    Could someone describe me the sound difference ?
    i have a pair of 4430 . I love the sound.I tried them with a Mcintosh 2255 and a Crown STUDIO REFERENCE 1.
    The crown won. tighter bass.

    The 4430 doesn't go very very high and i "feel" i wouldn't mind a tweeter.
    Does the L300 has the same type of "sound " (specially the bass)

    thanks for your info !!!

    phil

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    I find that the L300 does go higher and is more "effortless" in that range. The 4430 has more bass (and sounds "tubbier" in my room) but presents a better "sound stage" with better imaging than my quasi-L300s that have been enlarged by about 3/4 cubic foot with one port blocked for better bass.


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    Can you describe it more "hifi" sounding (l300)?
    What amp did you try or do you use currently with them ?
    Any recommendation ?
    thanks !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pw8888 View Post
    Can you describe it more "hifi" sounding (l300)?
    What amp did you try or do you use currently with them ?
    Any recommendation ?
    thanks !!

    No, just a little different. And I can't see that the 4430s are too low to the ground as some may suggest seeing as how they are exactly where the factory placed them.

    I run mine with a Yamaha RX-Z9 receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4313B View Post


    I deleted my previous post because there is no point in being involved in any thread you show up in.

    So, why did you post in the first place? Must have been a USER ERROR on your part.

    And when was the last time that you had a set of L300s and 4430s set up in the same place, at the same time, run by the same equipment so you could do instantaneous A/B comparisons? Ooops, better not answer as you may get involved.

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    ok.go back on track please....

    thanks toddalin for your advice.


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    try a supertweeter? It worked well with my JBL S/2600 speakers.
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    This thread covers some parallel ground, it may shed some more light on the subject for you:

    http://www.audioheritage.org/vbullet...ht=#post280074

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    I would love to try a supertweeter ....
    any advice ?
    what model ?
    crossover frequency ?

    any advice welcome....

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    Hi. The one have tried ( & is still connected ) is a Tannoy ST-50. I think this is the lowest on the "totem pole" yet cost a bit. Results were great-to me. Combined with the S/2600 were great. Upgrade fever hit and the 1400 Arrays are in use now.

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    No, just a little different. And I can't see that the 4430s are too low to the ground as some may suggest seeing as how they are exactly where the factory placed them.
    Thats not how they were intended to be mounted. Almost all of the large format monitors were soffit mounted or raised so the HF drivers were are at or above ear level. None of those systems should be set up with woofers on the floor. They all benefit from having the woofers raised up a bit. Even a foot helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddalin View Post
    So, why did you post in the first place? Must have been a USER ERROR on your part.

    And when was the last time that you had a set of L300s and 4430s set up in the same place, at the same time, run by the same equipment so you could do instantaneous A/B comparisons? Ooops, better not answer as you may get involved.
    Because I am thoroughly familiar with both products in a variety of venues. And yes, I've also had them side by side in several venues. But none of that is important - you are quite right, it was USER ERROR on my part to respond to this thread once you showed up. Going forward I will most assuredly defer to your vast depth and breadth of loudspeaker and system expertise and refrain from further postings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robh3606 View Post
    Thats not how they were intended to be mounted. Almost all of the large format monitors were soffit mounted or raised so the HF drivers were are at or above ear level. None of those systems should be set up with woofers on the floor. They all benefit from having the woofers raised up a bit. Even a foot helps.

    Rob

    That's all fine and dandy. But how many people do you really think soffit mount them in homes?

    One must compare the speakers in their ultimate locations, and if it's not hanging, it's not hanging. If they are tubby on the floor and the L300s aren't, well then that's just the way it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4313B View Post
    Because I am thoroughly familiar with both products in a variety of venues. And yes, I've also had them side by side in several venues.

    In my venue in my home? I don't think so.

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    That's all fine and dandy. But how many people do you really think soffit mount them in homes?
    That's not the point. The point is to get them on stands off the floor. Try them on the short stands you have the 300's on. I have my 4344's on 1 ft stands and it makes a big difference.

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