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JBL 708i Monitor Review (DSP: Part 2)

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beatelund

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Thanks for the measurement. Have to ask, is this really the measurement of the BSS output? Not the 708i with the BSS doing the processing?
It is The 708i diy with Roon doing The processing.
It has the same as filter as the bss file But without The sidechain limiter
 
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Guess that 1uF capacitor is used as a linearisation of the horn/waveguide response (and to drop its sensitivity), here I simulated a typical 1" tweeter with waveguide (unfortunately not a similar horn in the database), black curve is the amplitude response of the driver and waveguide in an infinite baffle, blue curve in a typical enclosure and red curve with just a 1 uF filter:

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Since it is starting quite high it is also sufficient as a high pass and protection despite being first order.
The secret of jbl compression driver sound/crossover revealed…. Good information for the DIY:er.
This crossover is probably usable with other compression drivers/horns to.
 

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Yes, it is a very useful solution. If the low response of the waveguide is smooth, some PEQs and filters can be saved for linearization.
 
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Guess that 1uF capacitor is used as a linearisation of the horn/waveguide response (and to drop its sensitivity), here I simulated a typical 1" tweeter with waveguide (unfortunately not a similar horn in the database), black curve is the amplitude response of the driver and waveguide in an infinite baffle, blue curve in a typical enclosure and red curve with just a 1 uF filter:

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Since it is starting quite high it is also sufficient as a high pass and protection despite being first order.
This is what I had in my mind (in terms of the competing interrelationships) when Tangband described it earlier:
 

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Just reading about KEF’s development of the LS-50. They reduced unwanted port output from longitudinal port resonance by incorporating a flexible centre section in their port design. It reduced unwanted output from the resonance by 15 dB. Made me think of this thread. I know they applied for a patent on their approach, don’t know if it was granted.
 

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Just reading about KEF’s development of the LS-50. They reduced unwanted port output from longitudinal port resonance by incorporating a flexible centre section in their port design. It reduced unwanted output from the resonance by 15 dB. Made me think of this thread. I know they applied for a patent on their approach, don’t know if it was granted.
Yeah. Or Technics:
I am still unclear on the relative audibility, but the 708 seems to be on the high side for this resonance.
 

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Yeah. Or Technics:
I am still unclear on the relative audibility, but the 708 seems to be on the high side for this resonance.
KEF’s method got this result:
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Pretty impressive really. Moving the port to the back enabled a further 15dB of suppression.
 

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Here are the measurements of my Crown CDi amp with the JBL 708i settings, both single and biwire. You can see that the curves are identical for the single wire setting (you can't see the green curves as they are overlaid perfectly by the HP measurement) and for the high pass in the biwire setting. I checked this twice. This should be exactly the same transfer function as the one used in the tested unit.

JBL 708i settings output from Crown CDi 2-600.jpg
 

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Thats my first measurement of an amplifier and it was quick and fun. I used the Howto from @xrk971 - thank you! The gear is a RME UFX II and a 100W 8Ohm resistor from RS-Online. The reported noise floor was around -137dB, XRK971 mentions around -130 with his interface. Is this really possible?
 

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Thats my first measurement of an amplifier and it was quick and fun. I used the Howto from @xrk971 - thank you! The gear is a RME UFX II and a 100W 8Ohm resistor from RS-Online. The reported noise floor was around -137dB, XRK971 mentions around -130 with his interface. Is this really possible?

Those aren't real noise floors as they are lowered due to FFT gain. From the RME UFX II specs noise floor should be about -113 dBFS unweighted (presumably 22K bandwidth but they don't say). A SOTA ADC like a grade Cosmos ADC is still only capable of about -126 dBFS unweighted in mono mode.

Michael
 

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Here are the measurements of my Crown CDi amp with the JBL 708i settings, both single and biwire. You can see that the curves are identical for the single wire setting (you can't see the green curves as they are overlaid perfectly by the HP measurement) and for the high pass in the biwire setting. I checked this twice. This should be exactly the same transfer function as the one used in the tested unit.

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Interesting - I’d never measured biwire. Your data do show a difference between the single- and bi- wire tuning files: there’s a little more baffle step built into the woofer filter in biwire.

Notably, pretty much every instrumented review of 708P going back to Manny LaCarrubba’s (including has noted the tweeter level is just a smidge high. Assuming they ported the biwire tuning files to the plate amp DSP - reasonable assumption IMO given they don’t provide different spins - that is explained well by your measurements. The steeper BSC on the woofer lowers the woofer level at crossover, but the tweeter is, oddly, not padded to match the new level. It’s the same as on the single wire mode, which has more woofer sensitivity in the blend region. So the tweeter is a little hot in biwire mode and on P models. Weird oversight by JBL.
 

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JBL once again waste their brand and their excellent tech and skills ... consider their PA gear: PRX, SRX, VP/VRX all with same branding. The tier 1 brands don't do this, so ... be very careful of JBL brand
I've been using JBL SRX boxes as monitors for years. Loafing at studio levels, they retain very low distortion and adequate frequency response, due largely to their dual voice-coil neodymium 2262, 2265, and 2268 LF drivers, and the controlled dispersion of their horn with 2431 HF driver.
 
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An audio systems engineer and former JBLpro dealer, I’ve experienced changes in the company's speaker products. My experience began with 4311 monitors (L100 for consumers) and coaxial drivers for UREI. Under Floyd Toole their first product to integrate dispersion with “real rooms” was the LSR32\6332 3-way, followed by the 2-way LSR28P\6328P, and the economical “engineered”LSR4300 series that compensated 2nd team drivers with DSP. All these are discontinued. I have not yet heard the 708, and acknowledge its horn design and front port permitting soffit\flush mounting, but in Amir’s measurements suspect its standing against an LSR28P\6328P.
 

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… I have not yet heard the 708, and acknowledge its horn design and front port permitting soffit\flush mounting, but in Amir’s measurements suspect its standing against an LSR28P\6328P.
I had a pair of 6328P’s w/ matching sub for 3 or 4 years…great speakers, I sold them on to a recording studio and got a good chunk of my investment back!
I also owned 705P’s (not 708’s) later on, they were also excellent. Strictly from memory mind you, but the 7 series definitely holds it’s own against previous JBL monitors. Their Olive score is an unfortunate underestimate imo.
 

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I had a pair of 6328P’s w/ matching sub for 3 or 4 years…great speakers, I sold them on to a recording studio and got a good chunk of my investment back!
I also owned 705P’s (not 708’s) later on, they were also excellent. Strictly from memory mind you, but the 7 series definitely holds it’s own against previous JBL monitors. Their Olive score is an unfortunate underestimate imo.
Good to know - thanks. I have five refurbed 6328s in service plus two 32s - still wonderful.
 

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Good to know - thanks. I have five refurbed 6328s in service plus two 32s - still wonderful.
It would be nice to see how an LSR-32/6332 measured using modern measurement techniques and shown without marketing gloss.

I’ve heard them a few times and thought they were really, really good speakers.
 

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It would be nice to see how an LSR-32/6332 measured using modern measurement techniques and shown without marketing gloss.

I’ve heard them a few times and thought they were really, really good speakers.
Sound & Recording had measured the JBL LSR2328P in 2009 (which measured fine), unfortunately the review is is not online/free anymore but can bought here in a set:
From what I have read the only real issues of that series was some soft touch paint which after some years started getting sticky (like in the interior of some cars of the early 2000s).
 
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Agree, it would be good if Amir or Erin tested legacy monitors as, although discontinued but still available pre-owned, they are well made so still in use, can serve as references for new products, and for documenting the evolution of audio.

Both have tested legacy monitors of various vintage, so if you are willing to send your LSRs in, I am sure he will run the spin.
 
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