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JBL HDI-3800 Floorstanding Speaker Review

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last update but FWIW, this is the comparison of the old EIR vs the new EIR.
Black = old
Red = updated


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Excellent! This answers my earlier question on “why get a floorstander instead of the bookshelf version”
 

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I love the performance of my HDI-3800 system. I find them to be an excellent compromise between home theater and music, a good all around speaker for a multi-use media room (TV/Gaming/Movies/Music) which is how my demo system is set up (I'm a JBL Synthesis Dealer).

I was shocked to see the original low frequency measurements as they didn't align at all with what I've been hearing and measuring (in-room) in my system. They measure flat to 20Hz in my room. The revised measurements make a lot more sense.

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I've been using a Denon AVR-X3700 with an ATI AT523NC to drive the front L/C/R, although I'm switching this demo room over to a full "Synthesis Certified" room which requires all Synthesis Electronics & Speakers. Soon I'll be swapping in an SDR-35 AVR, two pairs of SCL-8 in-ceiling overheads, a pair of HDI-1200P subwoofers, and an SDA-2200 amplifier to power the HDI-3800s. Should be fun!
 

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I'm switching this demo room over to a full "Synthesis Certified" room
Ouch, that's going to cost a pretty penny but probably the right move for a Synthesis dealer.
I'm in love with my system using 4 3600's and the 4500 center, it too provided awesome low bass
response without the subs. Looking at soon replacing my ceiling Atmos speakers with some JBL's
but time will tell. ;)
Good luck
 

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Ouch, that's going to cost a pretty penny but probably the right move for a Synthesis dealer.
I'm in love with my system using 4 3600's and the 4500 center, it too provided awesome low bass
response without the subs. Looking at soon replacing my ceiling Atmos speakers with some JBL's
but time will tell. ;)
Good luck
They definitely like you to make an investment in the brand. I'm switching from just carrying the HDI line to carrying the entire Synthesis line, and you must be able to demonstrate an entire Synthesis Certified system in order to become a full-line dealer.

I'll also eventually switch the current Surround L/R HDI-1600 speakers over to two pairs of the new SCL-7 (going to 7.2.4) to demonstrate a decent mix of the in-room and custom install speakers.
 

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this subwoofer is more eye candy (and expensive one at US$3k/each) than a serious performer.
They are quite pricey but they'd be very handsome in my system with the matching walnut cabinetry.
I just don't see myself trading in my 2 SVS SB2000's any time soon though. :)
 

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Audioholics just did a review of this subwoofer:

overall: this subwoofer is more eye candy (and expensive one at US$3k/each) than a serious performer.
I'm fully aware. All things being equal, I might have preferred to use a pair of Rythmiks or JLs and keeping the ATI Hypex amp in that system over the Synthesis, but I'm falling in line for the sake of my business.
 

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I'm fully aware. All things being equal, I might have preferred to use a pair of Rythmiks or JLs and keeping the ATI Hypex amp in that system over the Synthesis, but I'm falling in line for the sake of my business.
That's fine, it's still an excellent subwoofer with top shelf build quality and high end furniture finishes.
These build points come with a price-tag..
 

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The demo room is pretty small, so I'm not too worried about the system's overall performance. In a medium to large room, I may have some legitimate concerns.
 

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... I hope you can still test one of the drivers - I bet it's not that great a performer. Doesn't look like there's a shorting ring for one. I am betting they kept this a 2.5 way for maximum output despite so-so drivers, and going by subjective evaluation that part seems to have worked. Interesting how neither the midwoofer nor the tweeter seem to be particularly happy around crossover yet it doesn't seem to have been blatantly obvious.
FYI, not correct.

Edit: For context, the below is from JBL HDI Series product training
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