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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    Do you mean loss of interest?

    For me personally, I guess so... not completely, but as JBL has evolved from a company that supported almost every product they ever produced to one that barely supports current products and really sucks about supporting their legacy products, I have lost most of my interest in the brand. I still have a soft spot for the vintage systems and respect the designs of GT.


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    I feel you, but as big as was GT, there cannot be only one man in the history of a brand, can it ? i do not know the filiation of engineers as much as you do, but there was a before GT, and of course, there will be an after... and these guys might love the brand just as much as you did... and there would be doomed for not being GT ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DK11706 View Post
    My initially thoughts about the 4349 was that horn/woofer ratio was wrong and that it looked funny, but that is not the case in real life, I have attached a few pictures for you to judge. The one with the flat screen TV is to give you an idea of the size, the TV is 65" and the speakers are 2,5 meters apart
    I know WE don't believe in "new classics", that the vintage JBL is better than all the new stuff, and JBL is not the same without GT, but I'm telling you, the 4349 will prove us all wrong....a star is born
    Thanks for the post ! they haven't reached France as yet !
    Do you measure for placement or is it just the length of your cables that decides ?
    cause from measurements , like the other JBL, a good 80 cm off from the wall couldn't harm....

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    I don’t mean to sound like I am worshiping at the temple of GT. There have been many excellent engineers at JBL, starting with Mr. Lansing himself. In my opinion most of the best engineering that has gone on at JBL has been in the design of their raw drivers. Most of the systems that were designed prior to GT joining the team were not commensurate with the quality level of the parts used.

    As GT matured as a speaker designer he came up with a number of seriously great speakers. Some of his designs were hampered by marketing requirements, budget, or other factors, but so many of his designs were serious home runs.

    Today I think the best work going on at JBL is on the Pro side. Many of the current generation of JBL Pro speakers are really outstanding. And, I am sure many of their better consumer products are good too. My biggest beef is with the company’s current values. Up until the early 2000s you could get replacement parts for virtually any JBL product made going back to the 50s. Today if you own a 10 year old JBL or Revel, good luck getting a blown driver repaired.


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    Quote Originally Posted by davidpou View Post
    Thanks for the post ! they haven't reached France as yet !
    Do you measure for placement or is it just the length of your cables that decides ?
    cause from measurements , like the other JBL, a good 80 cm off from the wall couldn't harm....

    The cables are long enough to go all the way to the end of the room. I have adjusted them after the burn-in time, a bit further into the room and closer together with minimum toe-in. I would like to get closer to the 80 cm boundary but I'm already pushing my wife's interior design to the limits with my setup, so for now that's a no-go

    I'm still very excited about this speaker, they are not the most detailed I've heard but it makes them sound okay with newer pop/rock compressed recordings, which suits me fine. On the more positive side, I love their ability to present/separate the material playing, it's outstanding, you can actually hear if the musicians are in sync and how they attack their instruments. Take for example Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the first thing that comes to mind is how well they handle their instruments, how well they compliment each other and how they sound like a unity, then if I play something else like a Swedish band called Sabaton, which sound great in my car, they a picked apart by the JBL making them sound like something from amateurs night at the local bar, that is very impressive for a speaker at this price.

    Link to a review
    https://www.hifitest.de/test/lautspr...jbl-4349_20054

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