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JBL Studio 590 Speaker Review

Rate this speaker:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 17 5.9%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 87 30.4%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 149 52.1%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 33 11.5%

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    286

Pulkass

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Not true. They were imported to Europe a few years ago. This is why i was able to buy them used in France.
Merci. I had the suspect but we saw few of them. Since I have exchanged letters and mails with Greg Timbers, wanted to buy them a) because I like them B) as an homage to Greg.
 

Pulkass

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Unfortunately not being produced anymore, and never imported in Europe.
A fault of JBL (not only but of all manufacturers) not bracing, not treating inside walls of cabinets, not using de silicon coupling baskets, some kind of 30 dollars solution that would help immesurabily.
 

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Even within the same family, the 590 has a significantly lower preference score than the 530. Does anyone have an idea if the 570 and 580 more closely follow the 530 or 590's measurements?
 

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Even within the same family, the 590 has a significantly lower preference score than the 530. Does anyone have an idea if the 570 and 580 more closely follow the 530 or 590's measurements?
Idk, but other than the 1k hz resonance in the 530 it measured about as well as anything .. It's gonna be tough to duplicate even within the family.... The 530 imo is highly underrated if tonality is the main concern...
 

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Even within the same family, the 590 has a significantly lower preference score than the 530. Does anyone have an idea if the 570 and 580 more closely follow the 530 or 590's measurements?

I currently have 580s and 590s and owned 530s for a good while, using them on my desk and in theater application. Tonal differences are minor, and the preference scores are not reflective of that similarity, or alternatively make any differences seem much larger than they actually are in use.

That said, the 580s might be my favorite. Slightly sweeter in the mids, and great depth of stage. I'd love to bring 590s into my living room to try in the same space as the 580s but have never gotten around to it.
 
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goldark

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With the 520c as compromised as it is based on the measurements, what is everyone using as a center channel with their 590's?
 

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With the 520c as compromised as it is based on the measurements, what is everyone using as a center channel with their 590's?
How bad really is the 520c and since it's only usually used for center channel dialog and whatever background noise and music make it to the center, is it really a big deal?
 

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How bad really is the 520c and since it's only usually used for center channel dialog and whatever background noise and music make it to the center, is it really a big deal?
The center plays a LOT of the movie you hear so to me it is crucial and a shame that many times is the less competent speaker in a system
 

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The center plays a LOT of the movie you hear so to me it is crucial and a shame that many times is the less competent speaker in a system
I actually don't even use a center channel speaker at all for most movies. Seems to work great with the 4349s on either side, TV speakers off, and no sub needed. I guess in typical "surround" situations maybe the center does do a lot of the work.
 

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I actually don't even use a center channel speaker at all for most movies. Seems to work great with the 4349s on either side, TV speakers off, and no sub needed. I guess in typical "surround" situations maybe the center does do a lot of the work.
a GOOD center speaker can make a BIG difference but of course, to each its own.
Regards
 

GabrielPhoto

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So it seems the Monoprice Monolith THX-365C would be the best center for the 590's if I don't want to spend Revel money (and seeing that the Infinity isn't really available anymore)
Yeah I liked the thx and indeed a shame the infinity is not around
 

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With the 520c as compromised as it is based on the measurements, what is everyone using as a center channel with their 590's?
it's not perfect, but I use a 590 on it's side. It's MUCH better than a 520c or 570 on it's side (tried it).
 

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it's not perfect, but I use a 590 on it's side. It's MUCH better than a 520c or 570 on it's side (tried it).
Yeah the issue with that is the very limited dispersion but it surely sounds better than the 520
 
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Kip

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I know it timbre blasphemy, but I am using a SVS Ultra Center with my 590's
 

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Even within the same family, the 590 has a significantly lower preference score than the 530. Does anyone have an idea if the 570 and 580 more closely follow the 530 or 590's measurements?
I have the 570's and really love them (easy to move!). Basically a 530 with an additional 5.25" driver in a rigid 35" tall box. Hard to beat in 2.0/2.1 nearfield listening. Bought them from Harman for $360/pr, absolute steal.
 
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Rottmannash

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I actually don't even use a center channel speaker at all for most movies. Seems to work great with the 4349s on either side, TV speakers off, and no sub needed. I guess in typical "surround" situations maybe the center does do a lot of the work.
I most, if not all movies the center is a dedicated channel w/ its own content and it is a huge portion of the sound of a multichannel set up. Are you downmxing a 5.1 input to a 2.0 set up?
 
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