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  • Stereophile Reviews the JBL 4367, finally

    These have been my main speakers since 2016, so I've been waiting awhile for this review. I am curios as to why now, but better late than never.
    https://www.stereophile.com/content/...or-loudspeaker

  • #2
    One reason why is alluded to in the review: these don't "look" like home speakers, especially considering the price. It's also interesting that the reviewer doesn't really compare them to other current speaker models, or even any from the last 50 or so years, although up-to-date associated components are used.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by rbbert View Post
      One reason why is alluded to in the review: these don't "look" like home speakers, especially considering the price. It's also interesting that the reviewer doesn't really compare them to other current speaker models, or even any from the last 50 or so years, although up-to-date associated components are used.
      He compared them to his Altec speakers.
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      • rbbert
        rbbert commented
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        Which I believe are more than 50 years old, or at least first manufactured more than 50 years ago…

      • mep
        mep commented
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        You said 50 or so years ago so you're splitting hairs.

      • rbbert
        rbbert commented
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        Huh? my original statement is still valid. there are no comparisons with speakers made in the last 50 years.
        edit: I didn't realize that "re-manufacture" of these occurred in the early 2000's. I would say that you are the one splitting hairs (LOL, smirk) but I think we each have a valid POV

    • #4
      Is there any JBL DNA left in JBL speakers since Harman bought the brand?
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      • Audioraven
        Audioraven commented
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        Probably not much. But that happened far before harman's takeover.

      • mep
        mep commented
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        The JBL DNA left on September 15, 2015.

    • #5
      I previously owned "modern speakers" with lowish efficiency and a hilly (but not quite mountainous) impedance curves. They took fairly powerful amplifiers to bring them to life, that is below a certain threshold they sounded dull. My current speakers are about 96 dB 8 ohm with benign impedance curves. Call it jump factor or whatever, they swing. Dynamic in a big way.

      A friend runs modified Klipsch speakers with an ancient rebuilt Mac 240. Jazz is eerily present.

      Looking at a lot of modern speakers it seems they haven't quite successfully reinvented the wheel yet. If a speaker requires a monstrous 500, 1,000 or 1,500 watt amplifier to bring it to life, I'm sorry, I don't consider that to be good design. That's a brute force solution.

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      • rbbert
        rbbert commented
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        Quite a few modern speakers are 96 dB or more efficient, with fairly benign impedance curves. Even the “big names” (e.g., Magico, Wilson) have some very efficient models.

    • #6
      When I was a kid a family member had James B. Lansing speakers. Made in Mexico is somewhat insulting at that price.

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      • mep
        mep commented
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        I just know where the reviewer in SP said they are made.

      • seamonster
        seamonster commented
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        In any case, it's a shame.

      • Audioraven
        Audioraven commented
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        I agree with the seamonster.
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