RIAA.........When you receive them, will they sit in their boxes as well ? Sorry, I had to....
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The 4429’s can throw a hugely detailed dynamic soundstage with amazing depth and image placement. They can re create a live “In the club” sound like few others I’ve ever heard. Full, organic and uncompressed in there presentation. They are fun, exciting and way better than most of the $15k to $20k speakers I’ve owned!
Im told the 4429 is the LEAST Dynamic of all the JBL "horn" speakers. There's even a YOUTUBE review by "Next best thing studio" that goes into this in detail. Ive had MANY JBL Speakers including 4411's (with Brand new tweeters installed no less) and I HIGHLY doubt they are better than the L100 classics.
As mentioned on another post, I recently acquired a pair of JBL L200T3s. They are the "home" version of the 4425 monitors, in a different form factor. They are very satisfying, especially considering how little I paid for them. I have owned many horn speakers, from (I think) almost every Klipsch Heritage model to Earo active horns and the L200T3s are the best sounding. I was looking for a paid of 4430s but I think I'll keep these.
I have a pair of 4429's that were in my main system for several years. They were displaced by other project speakers. Relegated them to a secondary system with a Yamaha CD player and a Denon PMA2000. I have always thought the bass was somewhat ill defined and flabby, especially the mid bass. Recently I replaced the Denon with an old Threshold S-500 that I bought new in the mid 80's. Also drug my Schiit Yggdrasil in as the D/A converter. Definite improvement across the spectrum. Bass is quit a bit tighter, but not as good as my main system speakers. I'm thinking about replacing the two air core inductors in the LF crossover with low resistance iron core units. My swag is the series resistance will drop from about 1.5 Ohms to 0.25 Ohms. Anyone have any thoughts on the mod? And I apologize for the thread theft. If I go through with the mod, and a positive comes from it, I'll start a new thread.
Dave. My 4429's are probably early ones. I bought them as demo models in 2016. I thought the L100 Classics had the same woofers, but looking at them I don't think they do. Krells are supposed to be very high current capable amps, so it doesn't surprise me that they drive the LF well. I definitely heard a difference when I installed the old Threshold in the system. I need to move the 4429s back into the main system again, as equipment has been upgraded since they were there last.
Perhaps a little off the subject but, JBL has had some of the most live and dynamic speakers available. I had a pair of 250ti's. Clarity, detail, not so much. But when I saw Led Zeppelin live, I was not getting the best imaging and detail. I got live sound that would drop your socks. I regret that I sold them.