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JBL Studio 230 Bookshelf Speaker Review

JBL Studio 230 Monitor Speakers. Price: $399.95 (Pair).

JBL Studio II 230 Bookshelf speakers ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was not expecting anything special from lower end JBL speakers for 2 channel music but these caught me surprise by out of the box performance and I've been breaking in for more than 80 hours non stop streaming of Pandora, so far these are great speakers for the money and sound quality comparable to SVS Ultra bookshelf speakers I use to have, as of right now I like these more than AJ ELAC B6 bookshelf speakers and SVS Ultra speakers.

When I audition them with my favorite music after break-in, These speakers perform very well in my system, sonically pleasing, classical, jazz ,80's rock and all genre sounds great with them, sound stage is good,not as big as LS50 but big enough to fill my room(14x24), midrange is good and bass is deep and fast, just about right, nothing more I could ask for the price of the speakers. Very detail speakers for sure, some may find them bright with poor quality recording. JBL Studio 230s are the kind of speakers I was looking to get for my 2nd system, also ergonomic is very good for the price, I would gladly buy them even at the full retail price.

The down side is, highs are nicer, smoother with separates than AVR, I will be paring with Denon PMA2000MK4 Integrated in my 2nd system. In my opinion these are bargain at $299.95 when it on sale because ELAC UB5 is over price for it sound and build quality, JBL Studio 230s are much better build quality in my opinion, also better and more dynamic sounding speakers in my system.

Bass is very good, highs are smooth and detail yet non fatiguing sound at low to mid volume level listening, match very well with my Parasound Halo combo, sound stage, depth and image is very good, what could you ask for better speaker than this, even at $399.99 MSRP price is more than reasonable.

However, some detail freaks may want more instrument separation but this is one fine speaker that I could live with for very long time either in stereo or home theatre use.

Only Wish For Just A Little Richer Smoother Highs.

Pros: Low to Mid Level Listening is Great. Cons: Can Get Bright at 85db+ Volume Level.

Highs:⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Mid-Range:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bass:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sound:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

YouTube Sound Demo.

Reference System:

Speakers: KEF LS50, KEF R300.

Analog: Denon DP47F w/DL-301mk2.

Digital: Marantz UD-7007 SACD/HiRes Player.

Pre & Power Amp: Parasound Halo P5 & Halo A21.

Cables: AudioQuest Gibraltar 72 DBS, King Cobra, Big Sur & Diamondback XLR & RCA Cables.

Power: PS Audio Detect Power Center, PerfectWave AC-12 & Oyaide BlackMamba-∑ AC Cables.

20Amp AC line.

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