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Old JBL 4406 or 4408 monitors
Old 6th July 2005
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Old JBL 4406 or 4408 monitors

Hi, what is your opinion about these oldies? I have tried the bigger 44 series (the old version) which I liked but never tried the small models.
Old 6th July 2005

Classic, clean, well executed passive loudspeakers.

Some of the best of their era.

Perfectly useable today - even pleasant and a little retro....


Old 7th July 2005
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Thanks! thumbsup
Old 7th July 2005
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I had a pair or JBL 4406 as my main near field's when I was in my ADAT days. Light in the lower bass as you would expect, but still loud, clear, punchy sucka's. Now I have 2-pairs of them that I use for my living room stereo and TV surround.
Old 8th July 2005
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I had a pair of 4408's for about 5 years as my main monitor. I loved the way the sounded but I found them to have a bit of a bump in the low end and slightly scooped in the midrange from about 1k to 5k. I did get used to their sound though. They were fun to listen to. I did a crude and highly unscientific measurement of these and my NS10's for grins one day while I had a couple of students in the studio.

I ran a series of tones from 60hz to 16khz through my console after matching levels at 1k. I had my trusty RS SPL meter mounted in the listening position. (like I said very unsceintific). We plotted out the various points 60, 80, 100, 125, etc and their respective SPL levels. Lo and behold, we learned that the 4408's were pretty much the anti-NS10's, the NS-10's having a fairly significant low end roll-off and an accentuated midrange.

I had recently brought my NS-10's out of retirement due to a producer's request and was having lots of difficulty with the frequency response disparity between the two when switching monitors. My solution was to get rid of the 4408's. I replaced them with a pair of Event ASP8's. I find the results easier to deal with now when switching between monitors since the Events have a more present and defined midrange. Just my .02.
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