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JBL Options...experience??

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Hi All,

 

Just doing some research into JBL speakers following what I describes at the time an almost "cathartic" experience at the Hi Fi show a few years back when listening to the 4367's. These speakers are way out of my reach but I at the time I locked onto their smaller 4429's as achievable & actually committed to buying a pair from the classifieds about 2 years ago before the seller decided to take the "local money & pick up option" which whilst I was slightly "miffed" at the time, I can understand.

 

Anywho...what I would like to know is any experiences with 4429's, S3900 & S4700 as these appear to be in reach for me at some stage in the future.

 

I'm currently running Dynaudio Focus 380's powered by Ayre Pre/Power.....I'm not planning on changing the Ayre Pre but I may replace the Ayre power amp (VX-5) with some tube amplifcation (not easy with Dyn's @ 88 dB / 4 Ohm)....Most of the JBL's are 92-94 dB so this should give me more choices when matching tube amplification.

 

My only concern with the 4429's is their size as I would prefer floorstanders BUT...this isn't deal breaker depending on the performance Vs $$$ of the S3900 & S4700 (size of these also a concern as they're huge). I did read online somewhere that the S3900 is the natural progression from the 4429 in that is sonic signature is similar but the 3900 is a richer, fuller sound?

 

At the end of the day I'm after that visceral, live, in the room with the musician feel that I don't quite have at the moment. What I do have at the moment is what I would describe as the "Hi FI" sound, very analytical, detailed etc...but maybe a bit dry, not really as an emotional experience as I want/need. I want to come home from work & "need" to listen to music as it allows me to escape..I have a very enjoyable system now but I'm not there yet!

 

Would JBL's help me to achieve what I'm after??

 

Cheers all

Matt

 

 

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No experience with the models you listed however what I can say is (strangely) the efficiency rating  does not necessarily dictate the power required. Had the same results on two high efficiency speakers (Zingarli @94db & JBL@97db) both requiring substantial grunt to drive.

 

That experience cost me thousands so just wanted to put it out there in the hope it might help others.  

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Thanks for the heads up TB.....I'm looking at 100+ watt Push Pull tube amplification (in stereo).....much higher in monoblock config so I should be ok to drive them to their full potential?

Good to know as I've been researching the PrimaLuma HP tube amp & with higher efficiency speakers thought I could maybe drop down to their non HP amp but maybe not if I go down the JBL route.

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S4700 👍👍👍👍👍👍

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Not really... but they sound amazing. 

They look it when you first see them. They are shorter than mine. 

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3 hours ago, mattjtaylor2809 said:

At the end of the day I'm after that visceral, live, in the room with the musician feel that I don't quite have at the moment.

This is what you need then! :)

 

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But seriously the 4429 is very capable but ensure you pair it with good stands that get them up high enough. I didn't spend much time playing around with amplification at the time I had some and from memory it was all solid state, but I have heard them of the big Cary valve monos and they were very, very nice. 

 

On a tangent, L100's are also available this month which I think come in around the same price as the 4429, just to throw a spanner in the works.

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2 minutes ago, Marc said:

This is what you need then! :)

 

file-19.jpeg

 

But seriously the 4429 is very capable but ensure you pair it with good stands that get them up high enough. I didn't spend much time playing around with amplification at the time I had some and from memory it was all solid state, but I have heard them of the big Cary valve monos and they were very, very nice. 

 

On a tangent, L100's are also available this month which I think come in around the same price as the 4429, just to throw a spanner in the works.

Personally I thought the L100 were hit and miss with the set up at the show. I wanted to love them and a couple of times I liked them. But a couple of times they really put me off. Hoping it was a room thing. 

Didnt help with that Revel set-up there either 

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44 minutes ago, mattjtaylor2809 said:

They're HUGE....

Oh and how is this bad???!!!!!! 😂

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9 minutes ago, jakeyb77 said:

Personally I thought the L100 were hit and miss with the set up at the show. I wanted to love them and a couple of times I liked them. But a couple of times they really put me off. Hoping it was a room thing. 

Didnt help with that Revel set-up there either 

Without taking the thread off topic too much, I agree with you. At the show, the room was just way too big.

I heard them in a small hotel room earlier in the year, again with Cary Audio and I could have sat there listening all day long.

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