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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    ^^ Not necessary. EQ in that region reduces the applied power, which obviously reduces the distortion. And low distortion throughout the spectrum is already the calling card of this speaker. These days you can easily (and even automatically) correct for frequency response variations, but...
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    Well....5 dB scaling is more typical of what we see on posted measurements. Using 2 dB grids tends to exaggerate response wiggles, as not everyone is sensitive to a 2 dB change in level. Designers typically will use 1/12 octave smoothing (or less) to see what's going on. Amir must have...
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    Gated or not, there's significant smoothing involved (at least 1/6 octave's worth), as witness the high-Q peak at 15kHz smoothed out over an octave. The smoothing makes the midrange bumps look more significant than they are, as do the 2 dB vertical intervals versus the more common 5 dB or 10...
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    LF/HF boosting at low levels is required for just about every speaker I have ever heard. It's a human perception phenomenon addressed by the legacy Loudness switch, which lives on in many AVRs under different labels attempting to "refine" it and make it proprietary. If you have a computer you...
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    ^^ Yes, but with all of that living going on, you're not going to be able to make acoustically-significant changes to the space without modifying the room into a quasi-studio.
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    ^^ That's what it's all about. No need to let "science" intrude on the enjoyment of Mahler. There's always "tweaks," and they are almost always at the margins. Put away the microphone and enjoy the music. (I say this as one who spent a career within the science of loudspeakers.)
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    I suspect that a model number change has more to do with distribution channels than anything else.
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    Stand it? Unless you're listening for it, it's not that obvious. Subtle and not unpleasant. If that bothers you, you probably aren't getting much enjoyment out of music anyway. This speaker gives as much musical pleasure as can be expected in a small bookshelf unit while freeing up more...
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    Perceptual Effects of Room Reflections

    I have found headphones are better for mixing simply because you can hear more detail due to the absence of room reflections. However, though balancing instruments is easier on headphones, reverb is needed to fill out the dry sound. Then, what may sound like a proper amount of reverb in a...
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    Those Olive numbers may be representative of a cohort of residential living rooms with abundant uncovered sheetrock. In my room with my speakers, no way. Listening window dominates, as I'll wager it also does in most purpose-built rooms. I have surrounds for late, not early, reflections.
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    Hopefully you kept the shipping material. As the A-130s are in short supply these days, keep them as a reference long enough to identify something you do like. Then, like anything else, sell them to someone who wants them. Simple as that.
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    Man, mine are right up against the wall. I just turn the Bass control down a couple.
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    Perceptual Effects of Room Reflections

    One can read similar reports about the successful adaptations amputees make over time.
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    JBL A130 distortion compared in-room with several similar monitors.

    Is there a particular reason why the 106 dB measurements for the JBL 530 are not present? Did I miss something with my off-brand browser? That level may seem excessive to some, but it equates roughly to 86 dB at 10 feet. Which is not unreasonably loud on occasion.
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    ^^ Not surprising, as measurements show significantly more bass output than the LS50, which measure as below average in the bass department. With a sub the LS-50 likely needs a crossover point of 120 Hz or higher, while the A-130 can perform well with an 80 Hz sub xover. Or, as you and I have...
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    Well... these speakers are not bright. They are voiced to the B&K/Harman "house curve," which means response decreasing slightly as frequencies increase. Which is OK when playing at/above the B&K levels of 83 dB or so. At lower levels they can use a touch of the Treble control, as can most...
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    Perceptual Effects of Room Reflections

    That's a good one, haven't heard it. In that vein, Bob Carver would have replied, "I'm not sure. How would you like me to feel?"
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    Perceptual Effects of Room Reflections

    Dr. Amar Bose is smiling down on you.
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    I bought mine from Crutchfield when they were on sale two months ago. They were on sale again last week, but Crutchfield now shows "Discontinued" on its website. Amazon says "Currently unavailable" -- Amazon ships through Crutchfield. A brown vinyl one appears on e-Bay for $720! Thing is...
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    JBL Stage A130 Review (speaker)

    This speaker is, for me, a more remarkable piece of engineering than the comparable Revels, as this one had to hit a demanding price point that the Revels don't have to think about. It even gets some of the Revel white-cone treatment, an echo of the old JBL LE-15 et al. Hope no one gets...
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