Massdrop JBL LSR30X 5" Active Studio Monitors

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  1. Sylafari

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    They are back up on Massdrop now and they ship 2-3 days after too.
     
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    I received my LSR30X 2 days ago and I'm absolutely happy with the sound quality paired to my Audio GD NFB11 preamp, especially with the placement of individual instruments within the stereo sound stage. It's like being able to see what I hear and point my finger at the instrument. There's no jarring emphasis throughout the frequency spectrum which helps in a natural presentation of the music or song being played. The lower frequency is tight, controlled and present for a 5" driver when listening to Malia's Convergence album. The mids are very revealing and the highs are detailed and yet smooth without sibilance and yet not losing the airiness. This speakers can rock very well with the The Aristocrats band, with the amazing guitarist Guthrie Govan. Acoustic instrument tracks played wonderfully and it reveals every nuance of each instrument very well. I especially enjoy Yellowjackets "Blue Hats" album with a mixture of acoustic and electric instruments, it makes me feel like I'm sitting right at the center of the front row table of a jazz club facing the stage. It's definitely quite an experience for the asking price of the LSR30X. This great offer is back on Massdrop so go grab the LSR30X before the drop ends...it's worth every dollar I paid for it.
     
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    Anyone tried the 308? Usd200 difference for a pair of 308 vs 305. Wonder which one is the better deal.
     
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    The ruin-your-house-with-expanding-sticky-stuff modification is intriguing.
     
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    Listened to one the other day. Same thing almost. Lower bass and better bass, which is worth the price IMO. Bigger speaker though. Get them instead if you have the space. But the X with channel matching will image better / have more stable imaging.
     
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    Keen to move from passive to active speakers and pull the trigger on LSR30X or 305.

    Innerfidelity highly recommend Adam F5 for desktop monitor and which one would be better speaker?

    Yes, F5 is more than two times expensive but here in Australia, it is not as huge difference as in USA after adding importing & shipping fees on LSR30X.

    If the price out of equation, Adam F5 would be better choice between the two?
     
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    Fwiw I didn't like A5X (or A3X) much and these supposed to be higher end than the F5. I also don't trust J. Grandberg as hi-fi advisor (because of the Yulong hype).
    A series has boomy indistinct bass and crappy dynamics to be regarded highly. F series probably don't fare any better.
    Haven't heard any of the JBL-s, yet what it looks to me on paper suggests that the F5 is not offering much over the 305, if at all.
    My bet is that the 305 would be the better speaker.
     
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    I'd be careful with that ribbon/amt tweeter too. Not everyone likes it, soft domes are more of a safe bet if you can't audition.
     
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    @Priidik @Riotvan Thank you so much for your feedback. I will stick to LSR30X. :)
     
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    It's kind of like HD800 (well not that bad) vs HD650. The LSR30X is kind of like HD650, but with better bass extension and more evident top octave.
     
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    Very clear analogy. Placing my order on LSR30X shortly :)
     
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    Received the speaker and plugged everything. Sounds great but the white noise or hiss is quite annoying when music is not playing but standby at Nearfield.
    I believe that Jason from schiit mentioned this earlier and I do concur. If someone listen at close distance within 3 foot distance, it may irritate.
    Not sure if better power cable do help though. I never believed in cable and keen to try better than stock cable if it helps reduce noise/hiss.
     
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    Haven't heard the 305s, but I do have a pair of F5's and can attest that they're not very engaging or dynamic. Probably would have saved the $$$ and gone for the JBLs if I could do it over.
     
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    Would 30X/305's be a good option for a small secondary system? I'm running Wharfedale Diamond 10.1's now with a Marantz MCR502 which is a nice match but I would like to swap to a small footprint/low box-count streaming system (maybe a bluesound node2 or similar) with active speakers. Ideally it would be something which gives me an improvement in sound quality as well as the convenience factor.

    The speakers fire across a 4x6m room and are on filled atacama stands with around 50cm clearance between rear port and front wall. I think I could take an interim step with active speakers running off the Marantz Aux Out (rca) to get a feel for any new active speakers.
     
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    The only real complains I have about this is that the midrange (vocals, dialogue etc especially) are a bit fuzzy and not the clearest. I have mine dialed in with -2LF/+2HF on my desk at the moment fed by Jot. Mind, my desk is located very nearly smack in the middle of my long room (~3m by ~8m), so there's a lot of space behind for me.
     
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    @Marvey I noticed in your measurements you're experiencing the same 100Hz room mode null that I am, did you ever figure out what part of your room setup may have been contributing to it?

    My measurement of the LSR305 below for comparison:
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    I've heard both. The 308 is a mess despite bass ime. The 305 is a better loudspeaker with more mid-range detail and less cabinet resonance despite not playing as low or loud. The 308 magnifies everything bad about the 305 (resonance, rattle, hiss, etc) and you'll have to sit further back. Keep your 200 bucks or save up to get something better than the JBL LSR 300 series imo.
     
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    I managed to get a bundle on the 305's at sgd450 for a pair including foam platforms and a cable for smartphone/CCA to the speakers.

    Speakers are super impressive even just playing spotify from the tablet. I will get a secondhand Bluesound node 2 to feed these this week and I think it's goingto be a killer small system. More feedback to come when all items are in place
     
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    You can't get a better pair of active speakers with this kind of money. They are neutral, natural (despite the small size), have good balance overall. They are good for mixing as well as for music listening.

    They sound even more balanced and neutral than Yamaha HS7. The HS7 lacks bass volume, even though the bass drivers being 6.5". That said, the HS7s do have better mids. More popped out vocals and better mid images. The 305's vocals are more laid back in comparison.

    No fan of Adams, which sound too trebly for personal taste. If u like the sound of the 305, and if u can afford, do check out the Genelec M030. They are quite a lot better in just about every aspect than the 305, especially the mids. There's a wholeness and coherence to the sound of Genelec speakers which many seemed lacking.
     
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