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Which to pass-on, which to keep?...

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Posted on February 20, 2021 at 03:58:32
dark_dave56
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...and these are not anything particularly "special" or "high-end"--they are remnants of my old bedroom system, and I need to pick one pair to keep (with the new bedroom components), and the other can move on.

JBL S38 Series II vs Klipsch RB-81 IV--both are small-format speakers w/8" woofers and titanium tweeters. Similar FR ranges, the JBLs are 3-ways and far less efficient, the Klipsch are 2-ways and brutally efficient.

Current components to be paired with--Yamaha A-S501 Integrated, Yamaha CD-N301 Network CDP, Yamaha T-D500 Tuner, and Dual CS5000 TT.

Again, this is a bedroom system, so don't get too critical. My mains are monsters and in their own dedicated room with all of the big-boy toys.

Preferences?, and why? Both are very competent--I've tried both, but can't really pick. Sub support is here and available (if needed), but it is a bedroom.


"The phone don't ring, and the sun refused to shine. Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly, for what was already mine, for such a long, long time."--Warren Zevon~"Accidentally Like A Martyr"--1978

 

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RE: Which to pass-on, which to keep?..., posted on February 20, 2021 at 05:05:21
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Dave, still a bedroom system? If so, ask the wife and make her happy with the appearance. Otherwise that's a tough call except for efficiency and spl required.




 

RE: Which to pass-on, which to keep?..., posted on February 20, 2021 at 05:25:24
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The JBL may be a little more laid back for relaxing.
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RE: Which to pass-on, which to keep?..., posted on February 20, 2021 at 06:44:38
dark_dave56
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The Klipsch are a little "bright", but easily tamed with the Yamaha's variable loudness control, but they are slightly dimensionally smaller than the JBLs--and "proper" position of the JBLs is horizontal, rather than vertical--design specs for tweeter angle distribution "wave guide".


"The phone don't ring, and the sun refused to shine. Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly, for what was already mine, for such a long, long time."--Warren Zevon~"Accidentally Like A Martyr"--1978

 

RE: Which to pass-on, which to keep?..., posted on February 20, 2021 at 06:53:45
dark_dave56
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Unfortunately, the wife is no longer with me to influence these decisions--I am a widower.

I've played with a few upgrades/changes to the mains system, but I'm good with it (for now)--I finally got my IRS-Vs, powered by Krell and fronted by ARC, w/Linn and SOTA decks. Secondary speakers are Tekton DIs, if I want to rock it out.


"The phone don't ring, and the sun refused to shine. Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly, for what was already mine, for such a long, long time."--Warren Zevon~"Accidentally Like A Martyr"--1978

 

RE: Which to pass-on, which to keep?..., posted on February 20, 2021 at 08:06:12
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Unless you need the volume, I think I'd go JBL. Of course, someone else's comment to consult your wife on her preference as respects appearance is wise counsel indeed.

 

maybe Dave needs a new girlfriend, posted on February 20, 2021 at 09:09:14
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or maybe not. I would think about that one listening to the rig in the bedroom for a while.

It has to be a really nice girlfriend, I'll tell you that. Let her know the music is #1&1/2




 

I would keep the Klipsch in case you want to screw with a little tube amp later. nt, posted on February 20, 2021 at 10:44:15
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Listen to this man - he knows what he speaks of, posted on February 20, 2021 at 11:39:50
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Choosing between those two speakers is a hard call. Mainly because - it's a bedroom. You've got furniture in the way, speakers in less then optimal positions, odd collections of accidental sound traps, etc....

Since this isn't your main listening area, choose the one your wife likes best. Then if it doesn't work out you'll just HAVE to buy new speakers (insert sad face here).

 

RE: Which to pass-on, which to keep?..., posted on February 20, 2021 at 11:54:54
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There is only one solution when you come here asking a question like that:

Sell both pairs and look for something better than both so you won't be back asking a question like that, ever. It's only money. Treat yourself.

 

Great advise plus given experience with both brands (if not models), my choice... N/T, posted on February 20, 2021 at 12:34:33
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I'm kind of leaning that way too..., posted on February 21, 2021 at 03:22:32
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...for that very reason. There is literally a 10dB difference in sensitivity/efficiency 88 vs 98--which is HUGE with lower wattage amps. I have some tube gear that is just temporarily "mothballed"--ARC SP-6 pre and two D-76 amps. Not necessarily low wattage (75 wpc), but they like the 8 ohm Klipsch vs the 4 ohm JBLs.


"The phone don't ring, and the sun refused to shine. Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly, for what was already mine, for such a long, long time."--Warren Zevon~"Accidentally Like A Martyr"--1978

 

Kinda/sorta got one--not sure LOL..., posted on February 21, 2021 at 03:50:32
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...we've had a rather "casual" relationship for about a year now. And she's a "cougar"--8 (almost 9) years older than me. I didn't realize that folks our age were eligible for the "friends with benefits" program LOL.

She knows that she's not my #1 priority, and I'm not hers either, so it's just remained "casual". She's not in it for the money--she probably has more than I do. We're both widowed, married only once, and probably will never marry again. Both of our kids are pushing for that, but it will never happen--I know--never say never...

As for the audio gear and cars, she couldn't care less. She does love my critters, but what's not to love there?


"The phone don't ring, and the sun refused to shine. Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly, for what was already mine, for such a long, long time."--Warren Zevon~"Accidentally Like A Martyr"--1978

 

only one thing to do, posted on February 21, 2021 at 05:51:55
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take her for a ride in the GT40 and try to scare the piss out of her. If she likes it, that's at least a good romance and understanding.




 

If she likes critters...., posted on February 21, 2021 at 06:20:15
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...and I had horses, we'd go ridin.

 

RE: only one thing to do, posted on February 23, 2021 at 02:56:07
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...not sure that would work, unless I took her to the track. She's never been in the Ford, but she's been in the Ferraris, and even driven the 360 once. She's got two Benzs, a new S-class sedan (with the twin-turbo V-8), and an older SL convertible with the V-12, and isn't afraid to use them.

She not a real fan of the "race car" exterior or the minimalist interior of the Ford.


"The phone don't ring, and the sun refused to shine. Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly, for what was already mine, for such a long, long time."--Warren Zevon~"Accidentally Like A Martyr"--1978

 

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