|JBL Studio L Series Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Sunday, 01 October 2006|
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I was so incredibly pleased with the Studio Ls’ performance that I’m having a difficult time finding reasonable faults. I was a bit disappointed by the speakers’ binding posts. They can accept bare wire or spade lugs, but they are quite large and my Monster M Series speaker cables wouldn’t fit without some coaxing.
Also, I would have like to see some way of routing speaker cables behind the wall-mounted LC2 or L820s without having to cut holes in the drywall or have excess pressure placed on the connections themselves.
Last is the issue of the speakers’ feet. I liked their appearance, but didn’t much care for the material and found them to be the cheapest-looking part of the Studio L package.
No speaker or speaker system is perfect, despite my seemingly endless praise for the Studio Ls. At a little over four thousand dollars for the package, you can spend less and you’ll get less. You can spend more, but you’re entering into the realm of diminishing returns when it comes to besting the performance of the Studio Ls. The Studio Ls belong to a class of loudspeakers that border on becoming truly state of the art without costing an arm and a leg. In a nutshell, the Studio Ls are the Corvette of loudspeakers, with all the performance and handling one could want without having to pay Italian sports car prices. They are a true reference point in their class and maybe more than that. I’ve been on the look out for a true full-range loudspeaker system for some time now. As of this moment, my search is over. As I said before, JBL and I go way back, and just like old friends and family, it’s always nice to come home.