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I bought a pair of JBL Control speakers around eighteen months ago now. I have had JBL speakers before this and I was impressed with the quality and used them when I lived on my own. These cost me £68 for the pair and I bought them online. They were available in either white or black but I opted for the white as they look far better in our house with our decor and I doubt my other half would have approved of white speakers.
They are currently placed on my bookshelf, on either side as they are small and compact, yet despite this, in my opinion, they produce brilliant and powerful bass and treble quality. There was the option to attach these speakers to a wall mount or a bracket but I decided against this as this wasn't the look I was going for, and despite this I also use them for added volume when we use our home cinema system, so I like the fact that they are portable and I can move them about.
The exact dimensions are 227cm x 130cm x 140cm and personally speaking, these dimensions are exactly right for my bookshelf as they do not look at all obtrusive. I personally think they are just as suitable for the home user or the professional user and I have taken them to friend's parties when we have wanted some good strong powerful noise with high quality and friends have also said how impressed they have been with them.
Whe I bought these speakers they came supplied with wall mount brackets and grills, so that it handy for anyone to know who may be thinking about purchasing these particular speakers. They appear to be very strong and durable little speakers as they have landed on the floor on a couple of occasions during dusting the bookshelves but so far they are still in perfect working order. I also personally like the fact that these speakers are stylish to look at and I think, quite trendy.
If anyone would like to know exact specifics, these are as follows:
Power handling (watts): 200W
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m): 87dB
Frequency Response: 80Hz - 20kHz
High-Frequency Driver: ½" (1.3cm) laminate dome tweeters
Low-Frequency Driver: 5 ¼" (13cm) bass/midrange poly-laminate cones
Weight: 5.2 lb (2.4kg)
I was personally amazed at how simple and easy these speakers were to connect and use for the first time and I have used them with my computer, my personal portable listening devices and also my stereo. They are really good all rounders.
I personally cannot fault these speakers at all and I beleive that for the money I have paid I have received a quality gadget which I am very happy to recommend.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I'm not going to give you chapter and verse on the specific details of the frequency range of these speakers or their power handling. JBL's website gives all the technical spec you could wish for.(www.JBL.com)
These small speakers are a great solution if you want decent output levels from a small enclosure. They are available in either black, silver or white and are a great cost-effective speaker solution.
I have found them to be useful in three applications (coming as I do from an Audio-Visual background)
1) As part of a discrete speech amplification system. If a user requires a subtle set of PA speakers (in a small meeting room for example) these are just the ticket. There are adaptors that allow them to be fitted directly to microphone stands, which are a lot neater and have a smaller footprint than true speaker stands. With a power output of up to 150W, they are a surprisingly loud little box, with surprisingly good bass response for such small drivers.
2) Permanent installation for meeting rooms. Again, as the units are fairly small, deliver good levels and come with their own wall mounts, they make a neat installation speaker. The only problem I have encountered is that if the speakers are installed in the landscape rather than portrait orientation they can slowly come undone through the vibration generated by use. This is not a problem in some locations, but architects and interior designers really do want them to look the way they were described! A spot of clear nail varnish on the threads may well act as loctite and solve this potential problem.
3) Domestic surround speakers. Whilst not specifically designed for this job they are a great, small, good sounding unit, smaller in size than many; better audio quality than the cheap imitations (and look out for those - for once the badge DOES mean something!) available, and better than many of the so-called bookshelf speakers, surround speakers and the like costing up to three times as much. Ideal too for a bedroom system.
Whilst you won't get rib shaking party power out of these, they will give a good solid sound, being pretty neutral in tone. The top end and mid-range are both reproduced well, and whilst the bass is limited by the small driver size, it never ceases to amaze me just how far down the range these will go. I feel the 150W rating is a bit optimistic, but they DO go loud. I have driven them with a range of different amps, both domestic (Marantz, Denon, JVC and Arcam) and Pro PA amps - (QSC, Samson and Toa) and they deliver a clean sound, particularly for speech. They are not the most beautiful speakers around but I judge my components on the basis of what they do more than how they look.
These speakers will last a lifetime and are, incidentally, magnetically shielded to prevent them affecting TV/Plasma screen images, where the image is stabilised by the use of magnets. You can, therefore site them directly on top of minitors without fear of the image distorting due to the magnetic field around the speakers. This is why I have seen many video editors using these as monitors for their editing work - fed by a PC or laptop they are a fine alternative to most of the small PC speakers one sees in the likes of Comet and Currys (no offence!)
At under £70 I really rate these on value-for-money - they are hard to beat at that price point (did I really use that phrase - the marketeers have a lot to answer for!)
Well, people say that poison is often packed in small bottles. I think those little friends tell the same story.
After using those monitors in my studio as "second pair", first thing i was lacking was bass frequencies. Maybe a sub would solve this problem. But if you are listener that doesn't want music to rip your ears off, I think jbl control 1 is right answer. For the money you give for those monitors you will get quality. Middle and high range are very precise. As I said, bass is lacking. Listening to mixes from only these speakers is tricky question, my opinion is to buy a pair of normal computers speakers and frequently change your listening and compare. Response is very good. Like I said before, you'll get a clean picture of your mix, music etc. but anyone looking for bass experience will be a little bit disappointed . These little giants are my choice and as a second pair of monitors and I honestly think they do quite a good job.