Thanks for this review. I must admit that when I saw these in the MD catalog they caught my attention. Sorry if this is posted elsewhere, but what are the dimensions of your room? And how far are these speakers from your side walls and the wall in back of them? Thanks.
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Thanks for the interest. My room is not as big as I’d like: it’s about 15’ x 10’ with the speakers along the long wall. One side is all window and the other side opens to the rest of my place. The rear of the speakers are about 12.5" from the front wall and are about 8.5’ apart and 8’ from the listening position. The toe in is around 12º and they aim about a foot to either side of my head. The right speaker is the one near the wall of windows and is about 15" from that wall, resulting in a slight emphasis in sound on that side due to reflections/reinforcement.
I’m still experimenting with toe in and after winter passes, I’ll move them in closer together to see if there’s any benefit (the wall heater is in the way). 👎 That could give me a better soundstage (which is fine right now) and lessen the effect of the right wall.
All the best,
3-way studio monitors made for home audio. To call them monitors is a bit misleading as they are 23.5" tall by 14.25" wide by 11.8" deep and weigh in at around 36 lbs apiece. They have twin front ports and sport a 1" al/mg dome tweeter set in a wave guide, a 5" al/mg midrange and a 12" pure pulp woofer.The true meaning of a monitor speaker addresses its function--to monitor playback of a recording. As originally conceived, the 4319 is very much a monitor, and a compact one at that. I used to have a pair of Altec 9845a monitors. They were 28"h x 40"w x 24.5"d and weighed 130 lbs. each. They were built for hanging on a studio wall (mine still had industrial strength hanging brackets), facing the console. They had so much output they were also used for PA speakers. Mine had been used in a Frank Sinatra concert at the Anaheim convention center.
The dimensions you mention--23.5"x14.25"x11.8"--was a *very* popular size in the ’60s and ’70s. Give or take a fraction of an inch, it was the dimensions of *lots* of speakers in the ’70s, including the 4319’s cousin, the JBL L100 (and studio version, the JBL 4311), the AR3a, the Altec Lansing Segovia, and several models from KLH, Harman-Kardon, Pioneer, Sansui, etc. In those days they were marketed as "Oversized Bookshelf Speakers."
JBL made and marketed (at least) two versions of that format in the ’70s. The professional model version was the 4311 and the home version was the JBL L100. The difference was that the drivers on the 4311 were arranged for placing the speakers vertically, while the JBL L100 drivers were arranged for horizontal (i.e., bookshelf) placement.
BTW, the speakers used for the Memorex ad you refer to were likely JBL 100s, based on the block texture of the foam grilles.
Anyway, thanks for an astute and detailed description of your JBL 4319s. it’s a great reminder of how much fun that speaker type can be, with high sensitivity and dynamics, clear clean midrange, airy highs, and a kick-ass thumping bass, thanks to a well-made, ported 12" woofer.
Thanks all for your responses! And thanks @johnnyb53 for the historical perspective. As to your reference of the L100 model, JBL is bringing it back sometime this year. I think it's going to be based on the 4312 but with improved drivers and different placement. It will also have the Quadrex foam grilles in either orange, blue or a dark brown. Similar stands to what I use will be available as well. And, it will be priced the same as what I paid for for the 4319s. I think JBL sees a trend here.
All the best,
I saw these and the other JBL lines at Music Direct too. I was so tempted. I’m going to try one of the JBL lines when I move and have s dedicated room.
Im curious to what sort of amplification you’re using. I’d assume your speakers aren’t fussy and probably have pretty sympathetic synergy with other equipment. But your review has piqued my interest further!
I guess you could call this a good comment in that due to their efficiency, and the precise, .25db steps in the Kinki's attenuator, you can get an exact level for any song or piece of music.
I find myself tailoring the volume to each and every track. With the remote, the speed of the changes is borderline instantaneous and the JBLs respond accordingly.
That can lead to dramatic levels of dynamics, say, if I wish to get a vocalists level up to something approaching realistic, and if the recording has lots of headroom, the dynamics go off the scale, and the JBLs just effortlessly belt it out.
It makes me wish I didn't live in an apartment so I can enjoy the more boisterous performances. It's not that there's anything shrill or that there's too much of an edge to the leading notes, it's just the SPLs that can overload the room, and my ears.
The best thing is, is that with the JBL/Kinki combo, I can listen at lower levels that approach sanity and still hear all the details and experience the dynamics that are crucial to realism.
Being a monitor, they can be very unforgiving of a recording with their "just the facts, ma'am" presentation. If I could wish for anything more, it would be an ever so slightly warmer take on some recordings. I feel that that can be addressed with different speaker cabling, which I will explore further down the road.
All the best,
Thanks, but I think trying out different speaker cables would be a lot easier on my back than getting a pair of 135 lbs. speakers up my stairs and then trying to position them in my living room. 😄
I'm almost there with the speaker cabling but before I try out some new ones down the road, I just may try out that SR Blue fuse on my Kinki EX-M1 and see where it goes from there.
All the best,
Wow. Can't imagine two more different types of speakers (4319 and 4367) from the same company! You guys and gal, have picked my interest. I would like to audition these JBL's somewhere including the new L-100. My only concern would be that the new versions would have to sound substantially better than the older 1960's and 70's models. As popular as the Century 100 was, it was an extremely colored sounding loudspeaker, even for that time. This wasn't always bad, but on recordings of a more subtle nature, they didn't do the resolution and imaging thing very well, which are important to me. And yes, back then I owned a pair so I am not guessing about their sound....
@mr_m , No, I haven't tried the Purist Audio ICs as I'm quite sold on my Darwin Truth II ICs. They have the best extension, definition, and purity that I've heard.
The problem with revealing products like the Kinki and JBL is just that, they are revealing and won't smooth over anything that gets in their way.
Garbage in, garbage out, so to speak.
Liking what I heard with my older Tempo Electric SCs and now my Cabledyne Silver Synergy SCs, I may, someday, try out the Cabledyne Virtuoso SCs as they are their top of the line, no compromise SCs that don't break the bank.
@prof , I don't know where you can listen to a pair since there's only one dealer I know of that carries them: Musicdirect.com. They may know of someone who's bought a pair and possibly an audition can be arranged.
I think that maybe the new L-100 may be the answer as they use a pulp paper mid range driver, similar to the base driver, as opposed to the Al/Mag mid range driver in my 4319.
Dimensionally, the L-100 are very close to the 4319, sporting a few more pounds. I'd love to hear them for myself and since I live about 12 miles from JBLs Northridge factory, maybe an audition can be arranged. They don't cotton to drop ins but now that their speakers are getting more press, and for the asking price (the same as my 4319=$4K), they should be amenable to it.
All the best,
I've been wondering about JBL speakers for a long time but have never heard them. After reading this thread I just recently purchased an open box pair of JBL 4319 speakers from Music Direct that I have on the Deer Creek speaker stands. I'm using them in my secondary room where I have several different components set up. Powering them with my Allnic T-1500 Integrated amp (12.5 watts per channel) 300B tubes. Using a Music Culture MC 501A CDP, Duelund tinned - copper in cotton oil impregnated interconnects and bi-wired speaker cables.
Nonoise, I agree 100% with your assessment of the JBL 4319 speakers.
One reason I'm intrigued by JBL speakers is due to watching so many of the great KENRICK SOUND videos on youtube. As this article states:
"Kenrick Sound is world famous for restoring and modifying legendary loudspeakers. The firm specializes in JBL speakers."
I think that Japanese company produces the best "audio demo" videos on the web in terms of visual and sound quality. (As silly as youtube audio demos seem, they are a guilty pleasure).
I've often wondered what it would be like sitting in front of many of those crazy looking speakers.
Check 'em out on youtube!
I'm with you on that one @prof . I've been recommending Kenrick's videos for some time now and even have them listed as a favorite on Youtube.
What they do is nothing short of amazing and yes, they have probably the best audio/video demos on the web. If your computer rig is up to snuff, you can really hear the magic they can do.
All the best,