Part 2. Review of the LP8 v2. I brought some speakers over a friends to have a listen and we were having a get together so we figured I would get some other opinions.
The devices were connected via Bluetooth adapter from Kali their MV-BT. We played music stored on our phone in CD quality or MP3 @ 320 bit rate as well as some streaming services like Pandora, etc. It connected easy with no problems with connection. Later we also connected with an THX Onyx and it sounded better but not night and day. We thought the bass seemed the biggest difference. It's always the bass right
So onto the speakers. I had to manually switch and everyone picked some songs and everyone took turns being in charge of the music. We would play each selction twice. Sometimes the 308 would go first and other times the LP-8. Not scientific at all. The music was all over the place with various people's choices. We did level match with pink noise and just a phone SPL meter. The 606s got ruled out pretty quick, no one preferred them. We connected the phone directly to the receiver with a lightning adapter. However, everyone liked the bass when they were used with the sub. But, I turned off the sub and speakers were set to large in the processor. It just sound dull and muddy compared to the other two. Unanimously the loser and after a short perios
LP-8 vs LSR-308 was pretty close. Everyone thought vocals and bass were better on the LP-8 but some material they thought the highs were better on the LSR-308. Overall win to the Kali but the JBL was not blown out of the water. Commetns were that they were close.
Due to respect for a tenant volume was kept moderate and we didn't crank anything. The women commented on the aesthetics. The LP-8 was "Not Bad" and I translate that to, I could live with it but it isn't that nice looking. They thought it had a nicer finish on it. The LSR-308 got labeled the "Evil Darth Vader" speaker and none of the women thought the shiny black looked good. l Didn't have the LP-6 with me but I assume they would have preferred its smaller size.
Some other comments from one of the woman was that these don't need a receiver? No they don't. Can they connect directly to the TV? Yes, and I demonstrated it and that it would work with the TV remote. No extra remotes on the table. The women thought this was awesome. I told them they could add a sub if desired. We finished the evening watching a movie with the Kali connected to the TV. It was a Sony TV with an analog out so depending on your connections this may or may not work with your TV. If you have variable analog outputs or headphones outputs on your TV then this would work well.
I can compare the LP6 vs LP-8 but I think that has been done enough already. I hope to get the IN series soon. I think the Kali and JBL are a great value for their performance.