Originally Posted by Zeppelin
I'm about to hit the "buy"-button on this in a webshop...
I need some speakers for my little workshop. So mostly for recreational use
Anyone listened to this yet?
Are there any family traits at all between this and the old JBL's or the really expensive hifi stuff they make today?
Any apparent reasons to go for KRK Rokit's/Yamaha HS instead?
I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in about the JBL LSR305s.
I have been using them for roughly 3 weeks, and I know I will get obliterated on these forums for my assessment, but I am going to go ahead and tell you to save the money, and buy the JBL's.
I have a small home studio, and could not afford to have the desk space taken by getting any 8" monitors that are BEHEMOTHS in my opinion.
With that being said, I just want to let you know that theses speakers are the deal of the year. Although not as loud as some competing monitors (41watt HF, 41Watts LF) they definitely make up for this with their crystal clarity on the high frequencies. In these JBLs their engineers decided to use a wave guide for the tweeter that in my opinion is beyond anything that we have ever seen in a budget monitor. Tonally they are incredible, and well worth twice as much as they are asking. These are the same wave guides as they use in their upper echelon products, and it pays off.
I challenge anyone to go out and listen to these monitors and tell me that any budget monitors come even close to the JBL LSR305.
Bass-wise?? You got me, they cant compete with any 8" woofer, which we all know by now. So what to do? Ill tell you what I did, I went out and purchased the JBL 2310 Studio Subwoofer and all I can say is OMG! I wired from my interface (XLR) to the JBL SUB, then TRS out from the Sub to the JBL LSR305's and set the cutoff frequency to 85db. Immensely flat and accurate sound from a budget set up. No frequency stands out or is colored in any way in my opinion.
Just as a reference, I shopped for over 2 years for NF monitors, and although I found some nice alternatives to these, I was never quite satisfied with some of the brands I was looking at. I looked at the Presonus Eris 5's....Bass was muddy and artificial, and the tweeters were decent, but after about 2 minutes of listening to them my ears started to become fatigued. Well priced, and attractive to the eyes, but couldnt justify owning them,
Next was the Mackie MR5Mk2s. I spent countless hours fighting with myself to pick these up. I love Mackie products, and the MR5s definitely had a nice warm sound to them for the money, but something always stopped me from buying them. The bass was probably the best on this monitor....punchy yet uncolored. Then I read some reviews that they heat up and turn themselves off, which stopped me from buying them.....I saw that the MR5 Mk3 was coming out, but that was before I listened to the JBLs.
Next was the Adam F7 or F5 I believe. The budget monitor from Adam.
I really liked the Adams a lot. The ribbon tweeter in the Adams really set it apart from everyone else in my opinion. I came really close to purchasing these based on the ribbon HFs alone. But it was the bass that was not only lacking, but when you juiced the volume up, it became colored to a point where I thought it was trying to make up for the size of the woofers. Great product, but a little muddy bass left me even more confused.
KRK Rockit 5s
These Monitors by far were the most colored of them all. I cant even begin to get into the over colorization of the woofers. It seems like the Bass thumps away no matter what volume is being offered. I cant imagine how anyone can live with these at any price. Perhaps these are suited to DJs In their studio environment, but CERTAINLY not for mixing.
M Audio BX5's
Good monitors, overall good clarity in the HF's but man they just are SO fatiguing for some reason. They are well made, and definitely sound decent for the price. The only thing I didnt like about these, was when it got into the LFs they were vibrating and buzzing some unnatural tones that I dont think I can ever live with. They struggled, even though these were one of the louder monitors, I dont trust the dependability of these Monitors. I hear some good things, but more bad things, but ultimately was turned off by the Lower frequency troubles that these produced.
THEN! THEN I found these little gems. One listen to these at GC convinced me that these are the best bang for the buck that has ever existed. The sound is SO clear, and so unbiased that is was a no brainer. I couldnt believe the vocal clarity of some of the tracks on my reference CD that I brought with me. Just tremendous!! The percussions....what a delight, crisp high hats, dry drumstick click....so realistic......Please you have to hear all of this for yourself. If there was one weakness to the JBLS, I would have to say its the fact that it is a 5" cone. BUT the fact that it didnt try to be something it wasnt really made my mind up for me. It didnt beat like crazy or try to achieve unattainable frequencies by giving you fake Bass.....It just went about its way with truly uncolored, and representative of the way a 5" woofer should.
But dont take my word for it. Everyone has their preferences.....just go and listen away and be careful to judge by the flat frequency of the monitors you check out. Im glad I found out about the JBLs......They rock!