The Most Famous Speaker in the History of Rock

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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,193
    The Klipsch RB5s i had for a while were in no way harsh. Actually quite dark sounding. Tons of bass for bookies and an overall coherent speaker, but the highs were just meh, and I moved em on.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,367
    edited January 13
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    For those that haven’t heard the new JBL synthesis series, really owe it to themselves to have a listen. And make sure they don’t mind turning it up. They sure are ugly though. 088zz7av05ad.jpeg

    Those owe it to the Everest series and yes very much eyes and ear candy.

    People used to make fun of my JBL HLS610's i used in all positions in my HT, they played WAY above the price i paid for them. There is something about the horns JBL used that don't Ice pick my ears the way Klipsch does.

    A lot of the JBL stuff i really liked but they also had some real dogs in their kennels.

    Just a few dogs. not many.
    That HLS series is AWESOME. I have some HLS 620' towers and the HLS 810's and a HLS center. I listened to Led Zeppelin's " No Quarter " on just the towers and no sub one day. This happened.VVVVrmf5igrjwomw.jpg


    Post edited by Tony M on
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,723
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Most JBL horns do "ice pick" me :(
    (and Klipsch -- well, the Cornwalls have been gone from our house for a pretty long time)

    I'm finally starting to catch on vis-a-vis the sweet, smooth horns, thanks to enablers like Joe Rosen :)

    This being said, I'm open-eared when it comes to the current JBL offerings -- although they're not the super-high-sensitivity JBLs of old (which is a bit of a demotivator for a fleapower guy like me).

    I’ve never enjoyed horns, I’ve always felt they were ice picks in my ears. These JBL’s are so smooth and none fatiguing, it’s really quite impressive. And although I find them ugly, the finish is absolutely top notch, and I could easily live with them in my living room. They are very big though!
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  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Most JBL horns do "ice pick" me :(
    (and Klipsch -- well, the Cornwalls have been gone from our house for a pretty long time)

    I'm finally starting to catch on vis-a-vis the sweet, smooth horns, thanks to enablers like Joe Rosen :)

    This being said, I'm open-eared when it comes to the current JBL offerings -- although they're not the super-high-sensitivity JBLs of old (which is a bit of a demotivator for a fleapower guy like me).

    I’ve never enjoyed horns, I’ve always felt they were ice picks in my ears. These JBL’s are so smooth and none fatiguing, it’s really quite impressive. And although I find them ugly, the finish is absolutely top notch, and I could easily live with them in my living room. They are very big though!

    Horns can be really bad, especially to the rookies in the shop. You can lure them under the hood...and press the button... :)
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,367
    I agree with some horns are torture. Even to my thick eardrums. :s
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,657
    There are good horns & bad horns.

    Good horns.

    31394669774_c3ce8904c0_b.jpgDSC_6853 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

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    Bad horns.

    14079655091_caac48766a_z.jpgdampedcornyhornies by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Not that I am biased or anything :)


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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,367
    I really liked the horns in 2 sets of Heresy's I've owned. I wish I still had them. I missed a set of Heresy's at an Estate Sale by 5 min.. Price for the Pr. 50.00. :o

    My KG4's were very good also.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 7,914
    Apply 12 volts DC to these...and your sure to annoy and make someone real mad like!

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    Living room: Samsung UN55KU7000 4K UHD HDR 55 inch TV, Marantz CD6004, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, Parasound zPhono, Mac Mini, Oppo BDP-93, XBox One S 2Tb, Kenwood DPX792BH car deck for radio purposes, Marantz SR5010 AVR, Parasound HCA-1200II, Front SDA 2 modded with Larrys Rings and RD0-194-1 tweeters, Rear Onkyo SKF-4800 Towers, Center CSiA6, BOOM Tannoy TS2.12 Sub, Audioquest Evergreen interconnects just about everywhere except from AVR to amp, MIT Terminator 4, MIT AVT3 speaker cables with extra terminals covered up Monitor 5 Jr+ in the wings for a center channel.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 9,848

    Tony M wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    For those that haven’t heard the new JBL synthesis series, really owe it to themselves to have a listen. And make sure they don’t mind turning it up. They sure are ugly though. 088zz7av05ad.jpeg

    Those owe it to the Everest series and yes very much eyes and ear candy.

    People used to make fun of my JBL HLS610's i used in all positions in my HT, they played WAY above the price i paid for them. There is something about the horns JBL used that don't Ice pick my ears the way Klipsch does.

    A lot of the JBL stuff i really liked but they also had some real dogs in their kennels.

    Just a few dogs. not many.
    That HLS series is AWESOME. I have some HLS 620' towers and the HLS 810's and a HLS center. I listened to Led Zeppelin's " No Quarter " on just the towers and no sub one day.
    I disliked the center. I got rid of it, I never thought it blended because of the smaller woofers. The 610's dug pretty well for a 2 way bookie. I would of loved to get ears on the 620/820 towers. I bought mine brand new from best buy for 100$ a pair on clearance best money i ever spent for 3pr of speakers. Yea baby!

  • verbverb Posts: 2,571
    Too bad these never really took off ...

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,367
    edited January 13
    ^^^^^^
    Scary Good!

    I'd love to hear them before I die! :p
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,331
    verb wrote: »
    Too bad these never really took off ...

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    Ahead of their time... But only by 5 years or so methinks.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 9,848
    edited January 13
    verb wrote: »
    Too bad these never really took off ...

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    At 10g for a set they sold pretty darn well. Something south of 1000 sets sold. That was a ton of money for the time.
    You needed a large room of course as well.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,331
    Ok, back to topic: Clair Brothers Audio S4. They are the most famous speakers in Rock. They played ALL the venues in their day (20+ years).
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,341
    I, too, think they are appealing. I've had some JBL stuff over the years and some if it is surprisingly good. I agree with the earlier post that often times their more affordable offerings hit way above their street price.
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    Dual SVS SB2000
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    Analysus Plus Oval

  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,212
    Even the Flintstones had a pair of these

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