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JBL 43xx series speakers - Kenrick Sound

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beautiful stuff...      big speakers in small room. no problems!  

 

Big cult following in Japan.  Any JBL 43xx owners in Aus?    

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No apparant problems.

 

I was living in Japan for awhile and yeah, living spaces are tiny. Most Japanese people don't want speakers any bigger than typical computer sized speakers, just like everyone else in the world, but well heeled Japanese audiophiles really dig the big American name brands like JBL and McIntosh etc.

 

Let's just say if they were in an Australian living room they'd be even better!

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for sure!

 

do you reckon there is any merit in running such big speakers in small rooms?     effortless, "live"  type of presentation?  

 

or would say a simple 2-way bookshelf speaker be better suit (sonically) for their small rooms?

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It seems to be just about the gear and bugger all else it seems.

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hi joz,  are you saying they wouldn't sound good in the photos of the setups above?    the owners chooseing them just for the status and not actual sonic performance?

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Finally found an english written review (SG owner) of a pair of Kenrick Sound rebuilt JBL 43 series speaker.

 

http://blog.kenricksound.com/2012/11/customer-review-from-singapore-posted.html

 

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...Some background about myself, I first came to learn about Japan's craze over JBL 43 series studio monitors through the Stereo Sound magazine. I was always amazed by the pictures of large JBL studio monitors in small rooms, wondering how do they sound. Finally in 2004, I managed to get a pair of 4333A and experienced the magic of JBL 43 series studio monitors.

The rest as they say, is history. Over the years, I have owned 4343B, 4430, and finally the ultimate 4350A in 2010. It was my dream to own a double woofer JBL monitor. The sense of scale, attack, speed, details is without equal and effortless....

 

 

Since user has relatively smallish room, would that mean that a competent bookshelf speaker would same quality, if not better sense of 'scale, attack, speed, effortless detail'  ?    

 

How does a user determine what would be the most optimal sized speaker for their room?       I read that some user's of these JBL 53 series monsters use EQ to tune the sound.  Would that not be adequate to sort any sound:room ratio issues out? 

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few more 'crowded' looking setups:

 

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Great thread Tuyen, these sort of speaker really interest me. 

 

I am in the same situation with many of these owners in that perhaps my room is too small to adequately own these sort of speakers?   

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@ tuyen, LOL in that last shot, the listening seat seems to be bewteen the speakers?! I'm with Joz on this! :P

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hi joz,  are you saying they wouldn't sound good in the photos of the setups above?    the owners chooseing them just for the status and not actual sonic performance?

 

Well yes, I am. :) sorry!

These poor buggers have bought the right gear to impress their peers with, but their system will never perform to its optimum.

Like buying a Lamborghini Aventador which will impress all your buddies and everyone that sees you with it will make you feel good , but then never taking it anywhere other than around the block?

The gear is great but you bought the wrong thing for the job!

 

These speakers were made for big the American home (spacious), not for London,HongKong or Tokyo apartments.

Sure EQ can help things alomg but its not a miracle cure for all audio ailments.

We all know about wall boundaries and speaker interaction around here I think?

Sure they probably sound a bit special because they have certain traits,but just because they are JBL doesn't make them exempt from any laws of physics.

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Interesting speakers but in a small room it seems a bit of Overkill.

Sorry for stating the bleeding obvious.

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These speakers were made for big the American home (spacious), not for London,HongKong or Tokyo apartments.

Actually; these speakers were primarily made for mid field monitoring in moderately large American studio control rooms.  They can work well in less than huge rooms.  But you're right; most of those rooms are too small and narrow and the speakers are set up so they might as well be in a mono configuration.

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Following taken from the Placement instructions from the User Manual of the JBL 4350 units, 

 

"for optimum source localization within the stereo image, a pair of 4350s should be arranged so that the listening position is centered between the two systems and no more than 30degrees off-axis horizontally (or 15degrees vertically) from either unit...  A minimum distance of 2.5 meters (8 feet) should be maintained between the 4350 and the listener."

 

So really, the most of those setups in the photos above do seem to be within placement specs written by JBL ?     I mean, would 2.5m from a speaker considered 'near-field'  ?

 

 

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Photo from Ocean Mastering Studios  with later generation JBL monitors  at relatively near/mid field setup.

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More photos of other setups for your viewing pleasure :)

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When 1 pair is not enough, stack them!

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IMHO a big difference between large high efficiency speakers and large low efficiency "modern" speakers in a medium-small sized room, and much of the prejudice comes from those with experience only of the latter...

 

I reckon they'd sound great  :cool:

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Love the pic's Tuyen, keep 'em coming! 

searched ebay for some jbl's yet flemo ;)  ;)  ;)   just what pink floyd needs 

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searched ebay for some jbl's yet flemo ;)  ;)  ;)   just what pink floyd needs 

I already know where there's a set! :)

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hijack away hifiplus.  to answer your question,  yep, horns can image and soundstage well :)

 

more photos of JBL 43xx setups

 

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