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Taylor

Taylor
March 24, 2014

JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors Overview

There are so many choices these days when it comes to a great pair of studio monitors. Most studio engineers will tell you that the most neutral loudspeaker is the old trusty Yamaha NS10. This is certainly correct in a lot of respects, but the NS10 has fallen out of production and your best chance at getting a pair is probably used and no less than $400. That classic technology has of course been ported over to their newer models, but people still love that classic NS10 sound. JBL however saw this as an opportunity to produce a professional studio monitor with the most neutral frequency response and at a price that everyone in the marketplace can afford. Their achievement in pristine fidelity and incredible affordability has culminated in the production of the JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors. JBL Professional was nice enough to invite us into their home where …

JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors
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Taylor

Taylor
March 14, 2014

JBL Hearing the Truth: Design

In the final installment of our JBL Hearing the Truth series focuses on the engineers and the architecture behind the design of the M2 studio monitors. These are the monitors that inspired the JBL LSR 3 Series studio monitors and they share the same transducer and waveguide technology, but at a fraction of the cost. JBL Professional president Bryan Bradley hosts this collection of interviews with the engineers responsible for designing and testing the components that make up their studio monitors. The interesting thing to note about JBL and their speaker design is that they craft all of their parts in house. While other speaker companies shop for off the shelf parts to design their systems, JBL has trained specialists and audio engineers manufacturing their own parts which makes JBL’s speaker technology so unique.

In addition to the company’s unique speaker design, their is also a level of quality that …

JBL Hearing the Truth Design
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Taylor

Taylor
March 7, 2014

JBL Hearing the Truth: Testing

In the second part of our JBL Hearing the Truth series, we dive into the methods JBL uses when testing their loudspeakers for the quality of their construction and fidelity. There are a lot of elements that go into testing different variables from listener tests to rigorous performance tests. Sean Olive, the President of the Audio Engineering Society, talked us through how JBL sets up blind evaluative testing systems so they can determine which factors of a speaker’s fidelity are most pleasing to the trained ear but also the novice listener. Peter Chaikin also showed us the JBL power test room at both their offices in California as well as their manufacturing facility in Mexico. There are plenty of other testing methods utilized so be sure to check out the video to see how JBL incorporates scientific measurements into their product evaluations. If you haven’t seen our first video in …

JBL Hearing the Truth: Testing
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Taylor

Taylor
February 28, 2014

QSC K-Series Powered Speakers & Yip Deceiver

As any band or musician will tell you, their humble beginnings usually led them to a crossroads when it came time to pick a PA system for practice and gigs. A number of questions begin to surface as to what type of PA system to get. Active or passive? How many watts do we need? How loud can we get? Today there are so many choices when it comes to picking the proper PA system that it can seem overwhelming. The advantage to the growing marketplace is that you now have companies that are making loudspeaker systems more portable and sounding better than ever before. One of those companies is QSC and their latest line of powered speakers, the K-Series. 

We asked the band Yip Deceiver out of Athens, GA to come and use the K-Series for a performance to really put these speakers to the test. Yip Deceiver are currently …

QSC K-Series
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Taylor

Taylor
January 29, 2014

NAMM 2014 | JBL EON 615

The JBL EON series of portable PA speakers are some of the best around. The series has been very successful at combining a level of quality synonymous with one of the oldest loudspeaker companies, and a price point that suits a portable PA system. This year at NAMM 2014 JBL showed us the latest iteration of the EON series with the EON 600. We got a chance to check out the EON 615 which features the latest waveguide technology in the horn from JBL’s other speakers and studio monitors. The woofer has what JBL are calling “pattern control aperture” which helps to keep the speaker sounding great over a wide dynamic range and with even dispersion.

On the back you have volume control and two XLR inputs as well as a thru output. On the back you also have presets depending on the demands you have for the EON 615 …

JBL EON 615