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    Quote Originally Posted by bldozier View Post
    Jazz or rock. Maybe something else?
    Every JBL rocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom1040 View Post
    I will play along albeit I certainly have not heard most of the models listed so far (as much as I would love too). I understand there are much better than the ones I list but these are the ones I have:


    1400 Array
    4365
    S/3100
    S/2600
    940T

    It may be the electronics behind them but I do prefer the 1400 Array over the 4365.
    940T?
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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_wu99 View Post
    Great!seems you like double 15' JBL very much the only single 15' JBL is S9800,but i think 9800se is improved than S9800

    i sure do Martin, and your right on the se9800 was what i had listened too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeNelis View Post
    i sure do Martin, and your right on the se9800 what wa the one i had listened too.



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    It is said S9800 lake of some low end,S9800se improved it
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    Top 5?

    These are my top five, but I'll have to use bullet points instead of numbers. There's no way I can consistently rank them. My #1 tends to be the one I'm listening to at the moment. Three of the five have special touches done by people with more skill than I.

    Not in any specific order:

    • K2 S9900—actively bi-amped with the grumpy/Timbers curves (with subs)
    • M2 Master Reference Monitor
    • XPL200a—actively bi-amped with DX-1 and GT built cards
    • L100 Century—the first series with inline drivers, not the later ones
    • Timbers Arrays—predecessor to the Project Array Series, actively bi-amped with DX-1 and custom GT cards


    Hey, Ian and grumpy, remember first hearing the K2 S9900 at the massive Mr. Widget demo room at the Bay Area audio show? The demo list was Everest DD66000, 1400 Array, Revel Ultima2 Salon, and off in the corner, unconnected, K2 S9900. After some pleading and whining on my part, he hooked them up at the end of the day, and within minutes I knew which pair I wanted to buy. In that big, honking 1/4 (or was it 1/2?) ballroom with impossible acoustics, they won the day for me!

    Here's a special shout out to Widget for making that dream a reality!
    Out.

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    Everyone that knows me well knows I like systems that jump! I love the line in the JBL large format driver spec sheets that says, " It can take the most explosive transients in stride and reproduce them at thunderous levels."

    This is where its at for me. If it isn't capable of serious dynamics, I am not going to love it.

    That said, here is the list I like enough to make space for in my life.

    4350's. With a DBX 4800 controlling an over 6000 Watt four way, five amp amp rack, 1500AL woofers and TAD TM1201 mid bass these get it.

    4365's These are at their best with fast big amps and they rock with subs.

    4435's. Office speakers. Limited by the one inch HF drivers but the two 2234's are tight and clean.

    1400 Arrays. Bedroom speakers. These don't jump, look goofy and they don't get loud, but they are super room friendly and sound really nice.

    DD6700's Projects with all stock drivers. Will be multi amp with DSP. I expect these to be king of the heap when done.

    Yes, I spend a disproportionate amount of my meager income on audio.

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    My list is more memorably tied to people than speakers
    but I’ve been fortunate to have had very impressive
    listening experiences at several forum member’s abodes.

    The common feature has been an unstrained and undistorted
    visceral presence and liveness that allowed hearing into the
    music... and lose track of time.

    No ranked order:

    67000 (somewhat customized )
    9900
    Timber Arrays
    66000
    4365

    special note re very customized systems:
    M2 derivative
    Array-DNA system
    and a very entertaining set of quad-amped 250Ti

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_wu99 View Post
    940T?
    Haha! Yeah, that rounds off my top 5. Since I have not heard any others this makes my list. Truth be told, they are not that bad of a speaker-certainly not the quality of the others but they can (and do) rock.
    Careful man, there's a beverage here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post
    These are my top five, but I'll have to use bullet points instead of numbers. There's no way I can consistently rank them. My #1 tends to be the one I'm listening to at the moment. Three of the five have special touches done by people with more skill than I.

    Not in any specific order:

    • K2 S9900—actively bi-amped with the grumpy/Timbers curves (with subs)
    • M2 Master Reference Monitor
    • XPL200a—actively bi-amped with DX-1 and GT built cards
    • L100 Century—the first series with inline drivers, not the later ones
    • Timbers Arrays—predecessor to the Project Array Series, actively bi-amped with DX-1 and custom GT cards


    Hey, Ian and grumpy, remember first hearing the K2 S9900 at the massive Mr. Widget demo room at the Bay Area audio show? The demo list was Everest DD66000, 1400 Array, Revel Ultima2 Salon, and off in the corner, unconnected, K2 S9900. After some pleading and whining on my part, he hooked them up at the end of the day, and within minutes I knew which pair I wanted to buy. In that big, honking 1/4 (or was it 1/2?) ballroom with impossible acoustics, they won the day for me!

    Here's a special shout out to Widget for making that dream a reality!
    Great!What is Timbers Arrays?is there any pictures of them?i never seen them

    You bi-amped all JBL speakers?do you think the best way to play JBL speakers by bi-amping it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1audiohack View Post
    Everyone that knows me well knows I like systems that jump! I love the line in the JBL large format driver spec sheets that says, " It can take the most explosive transients in stride and reproduce them at thunderous levels."

    This is where its at for me. If it isn't capable of serious dynamics, I am not going to love it.

    That said, here is the list I like enough to make space for in my life.

    4350's. With a DBX 4800 controlling an over 6000 Watt four way, five amp amp rack, 1500AL woofers and TAD TM1201 mid bass these get it.

    4365's These are at their best with fast big amps and they rock with subs.

    4435's. Office speakers. Limited by the one inch HF drivers but the two 2234's are tight and clean.

    1400 Arrays. Bedroom speakers. These don't jump, look goofy and they don't get loud, but they are super room friendly and sound really nice.

    DD6700's Projects with all stock drivers. Will be multi amp with DSP. I expect these to be king of the heap when done.

    Yes, I spend a disproportionate amount of my meager income on audio.

    Barry.
    Thank you,seems you like huge JBL speakers that can rocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    My list is more memorably tied to people than speakers
    but I’ve been fortunate to have had very impressive
    listening experiences at several forum member’s abodes.

    The common feature has been an unstrained and undistorted
    visceral presence and liveness that allowed hearing into the
    music... and lose track of time.

    No ranked order:

    67000 (somewhat customized )
    9900
    Timber Arrays
    66000
    4365

    special note re very customized systems:
    M2 derivative
    Array-DNA system
    and a very entertaining set of quad-amped 250Ti
    Thanks!you have a top 8 rank
    but why not 4367?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom1040 View Post
    Haha! Yeah, that rounds off my top 5. Since I have not heard any others this makes my list. Truth be told, they are not that bad of a speaker-certainly not the quality of the others but they can (and do) rock.
    You have a special taste
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    Thanks!you have a top 8 rank
    but why not 4367?
    Simple. I have not heard them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium Dome View Post


    Hey, Ian and grumpy, remember first hearing the K2 S9900 at the massive Mr. Widget demo room at the Bay Area audio show? The demo list was Everest DD66000, 1400 Array, Revel Ultima2 Salon, and off in the corner, unconnected, K2 S9900. After some pleading and whining on my part, he hooked them up at the end of the day, and within minutes I knew which pair I wanted to buy. In that big, honking 1/4 (or was it 1/2?) ballroom with impossible acoustics, they won the day for me!

    Here's a special shout out to Widget for making that dream a reality!
    I do remember that day.

    It did take some whining but it was worth it.

    They were waiting to be heard.

    I recall saying to you you were going to buy the K2 S9900 over the Ultima Revels and you did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_wu99 View Post
    Thanks,it is very hard to chose from M2 DD67000 DD66000 S9900 S9800 S9500 M9500 4367 4365 array1400 S4700 S4800 S5800 4338 4348 4344 4344MKII S3100 S2600 S143MKII C36 L250 XPL200 4355 4435.............................................. ........................

    I've owned many JBL's since the early 70's.

    I went to Tokyo 2 years ago and hoped to hear some top enders while there. Unfortunately the best they had at the time were 4365's - which sounded really nice. So in my admittedly limited exposure to all JBL's

    1/ L212's

    2/ 250ti's

    3/ 1400 Array

    4/ 4365

    5/ 4340

    The 212's are very clean BUT only at lower volumes.

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