The L212's I picked up recently had the 112A drivers redone (thanks old mics!). I hooked them up last night and I cannot believe I ever entertained offers to sell.
Prior to these speakers, I (admittingly) was in the general opinion that JBL hadn't made a good speaker in many years; I knew there were good old ones- but even the good old JBLs couldn't compete with anything HIFI in today's market right? DEAD EFFING WRONG!!
These little 112 drivers kept kickin me in the ribs like a little donkey dancin to my Threshold amp- wtf was I thinkin!? Remember the cut off is around 70Hz cause I don’t have a sub (yet). I called my friend with a certain brand of electrostatic speakers over and told him to bring his JBL1500 and Bryston amp. We hooked it all up and there simply isn't a better system I've heard to date. He agreed. I'd be willing to say that if there IS a better system (for my personal tastes) - it's JBL based. I am now a huge fan of JBL speaks and I will never ever get rid of these babies!!
If there is anyone reading this post- anyone that hasn't bought a good pair of JBLs and you were wondering what all the hype on this site is about- let me tell you something: There's no hype here. In fact, JBL is terribly under rated these days. The sense of immediacy, imaging, detail, and ruler flat response coming from my new acquisitions was like updating my entire music collection. Seriously. I'm no rookie to HIFI either. I've spent a good deal of my life consuming Stereophile, TAS, and such mags. I've spent countless days' worth hanging out in boutique shops listening to all the latest gear. I've heard systems that are "valued" well over 6 digits- and I'm stunned by what I heard coming from my own system. If I wanted similar performance in this day- I would spend an easy $4K for something close. I can only imagine what the 250Ti must sound like- or even how the L212s sound after a few good tweaks. Can't wait!
The system I'm using for the L212's is:
Rega Planet CD player. Scout Vinyl.
Two Threshold (Pass circuit) 50/50 amps bridged as 100 monoblocs.
Hand braided CAT5 speaker wires (homebrew)
Kimber PBJ connects.
My next plan of action is to build a suitable sub. I wanna go low, but I also want it subtle and flat. After much reading- I've decided to build a JBL sonotube sub. I want to do something different- I want to double tube and fill the in space with lead shot. Then enclose the whole monster in a large upright square cabinet (think JBL signature series). Anyone that has experience with this type of construction (sonotube) and how it applies to specific JBL woofers- please chime in!
Sorry all if I came off snobbish at first. I'm broken in now...
New JBL fan for life-