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[Amazon.ca] JBL 305P MkII 5" 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor [one of the best studio monitors out there]

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[Amazon.ca] JBL 305P MkII 5" 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor [one of the best studio monitors out there]

Just kicked in in the last 5-10 minutes.

- JBL 305P MKII just dropped to CDN$135/ea. $52.82 off 5"
- JBL 306P MKII just dropped to CDN$200/ea. $76 off 6"
- JBL 308P MKII just dropped to CDN$270/ea. $39.63 off 8"

That is per speaker, you need to buy two. They are active (self powered), with an individual amp powering the tweeter and the woofer, making them superior to typical passive home speakers. They recreate the original sound the way the musicians intended you to hear. That is what studio monitors are for. Great for home theater system, and as PC speakers. For use with pc i/o, you will need these cables and adapters, 1, 2], or for crappy onboard audio, dac & cables

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B077N2GQXC?psc=1

review https://www.audiosciencereview.com/foru ... iew.10811/
https://www.audiogearz.com/review-jbl-305p-mkii/
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... or/reviews

Studio monitors are superior to stereo speakers; I recommend reading reviews online, for example using Studio Speakers for home theater. These are superb, for the price, they cannot be beaten.
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great monitor speakers and one of the best purchases I ever made. the jump on audio quality from the Logitech Z623 i used to had is HUGE.
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The comments imply someone picked up a pair for $240 cad at some point
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After months of research, and looking at dozens of studio monitors and bookshelf speakers, I was going to get a pair of these to pair with my jbl psw1200 sub, but I found a set of Klipsch Pro Media 2.1's for $135 on ebay, a friend wanted them and bought two, giving one to me as a gift. They are on their way, shipping from Vancouver. I will get these monitors in the future, these JBL's are sure to sound far superior paired with a dedicated sub, given their size. The jump from 52'w peak to 160 should be quite the upgrade, to put it lightly. I'm in no rush though, after the freebie.
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hassanmahmood wrote: The comments imply someone picked up a pair for $240 cad at some point
Get the "keepa" extension/addon for Chrome and you can see, in the 1000 days they have been on sale, they dropped only once on a boxing day to $119 each. That was the lowest they have ever been prior to and since. The second lowest they have ever been was $139. So you're in the sweet spot right now... or you could wait another 1000 days or so, if $30 extra is too much for an audiophile. I've found the annual price drops on amazon often erratic. We may get lucky this boxing day. We'll see.
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This is an excellent deal.
- JBL 305P MKII just dropped to CDN$135/ea.
- JBL 306P MKII just dropped to CDN$200/ea.
- JBL 308P MKII just dropped to CDN$270/ea.
All prices are equivalent to US deals, wohoo!

If you're setting these up for a desktop, buy the 305P, you'll have a good setup, but only if you control that brightness (2 ways. 1. EQ 2. Dip switch in the back, for high frequency reduction).

If you're setting these up for a TV, I suggest you go with 308P.
The advantage of 308P over 305P's are...you won't need to EQ them, meaning these speakers would be more neutral, thus sound better overall.
They will play louder, and with less distortion than 305P as well.
305P goes down to 41hz (-6db point) and 308P goes down to 37hz (-6db point)...meaning they're like miniature boom boxes.
Not many speakers go down this low, for the same price, so these will put the *boom* in your room.

I have 305P MKII, bought for CDN$140/ea during last year's Nov sales.
With EQ, and in a near-field setup, they sound really good.
Hard to beat them for the money.
Buy these, and be happy.

Will the prices come down further in the next month? Maybe...we'll have to wait and see.
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How do these compare to the JBL 104?
It looks like you need some sort of DAC in order to play audio from 3.5mm to these speakers?
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Awesome monitors but I found them quite flat and uninspiring although detailed.

On the other hand yes, monitors are supposed to be transparent and these ones do a terrific job of that I suppose. But be warned - you may be disappointed if you are expecting to be blown away. They just don't stand out at all.

The 308P though, man - those babies are just plain naughty and will spice up your life no end!
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PatrickC8254 wrote: How do these compare to the JBL 104?
It looks like you need some sort of DAC in order to play audio from 3.5mm to these speakers?
Even 305P blows JBL 104 out of the water, in terms of frequency response, distortion, and bass extension.
They're not even in the same league.

Here's the cheapest way to hook up JBL 305/306/308's to your desktop/laptop (to the headphone jack)...in this case your desktop/laptop will be using the built-in DAC to send the signal to the JBL's. So no, you don't actually need a dedicated DAC.
Will a dedicated DAC give you an improvement? Yes, but as I explained, you can get away with not having it, and simply using this cable.

If you do decide to get a dedicated DAC... I recommend Topping E30. It's transparent enough for full cd-playback (meaning you won't be limited by it's performance) and has a remote (unlike most DACs that don't have the remote).
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Nice to see these dropped. Had on watch at ccc but went another route with passives since I needed to hook 2 sets of speakers to 1 sub and jbls didn't have any sub out functionality.
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ManCaveGamer wrote: How they compare to KRK Rokits?
No auto-standby mode which is an automatic win for these. I also prefer the sound from them compared to my old KRK Rockit 5 G4 monitors.

Edit - Well apparently I didn’t read the menu screen enough as you CAN disable it as a user pointed out.
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ManCaveGamer wrote: How they compare to KRK Rokits?
I would think the amazon reviews speak for themselves by and large, along with the price premium on the KRK Rokits, but I don't have any experience with either so I will point to others that have... amazon reviews aside, most of the audiophiles and professional producers out there bend to the 305's here are some comparisons I found online, https://bpmskills.com/producer/studio-m ... k-rokit-5/ They are the only other studio monitor I considered other than the JBL, but the price held me back. https://www.gearslutz.com/board/low-end ... rison.html
https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index ... 5.1345670/
https://homedjstudio.com/krk-rokit-5-g4-review/
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Ok, I'd be sold on buying a pair... "Great for home theater system, and as PC speakers." - so how do i do that without an interface? or what's the cheapest interface/ht receiver that i can get for this purpose?

edit: nvm, I saw sweetchaos answered my question above with the cable.
sweetchaos wrote: [...]
Here's the cheapest way to hook up JBL 305/306/308's to your desktop/laptop (to the headphone jack)...in this case your desktop/laptop will be using the built-in DAC to send the signal to the JBL's. So no, you don't actually need a dedicated DAC.
Will a dedicated DAC give you an improvement? Yes, but as I explained, you can get away with not having it, and simply using this cable.
[...]
but wait, that's only for mono? how do i get stereo?
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Why is there a limit of one?
Who is buying just a single speaker?
Wouldn't everyone want a pair?

Pretty dumb on Amazon's part.
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[quote=Devhux post_id=33572074 time=1606467294 user_id=721972]
No auto-standby mode which is an automatic win for these. I also prefer the sound from them compared to my old KRK Rockit 5 G4 monitors.
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you know you can turn that feature off on the back-panel right?
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A simple dac can work as the interface, In that case you would need RCA to 3.5 or XLR cables. If you are looking for a quality budget dac, these look nice, This gives you 2.0 stereo. Or skip the dac and just get a cheap 3.5 mm to RCA splitter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KW ... 2bd9848b98
https://www.amazon.ca/Topping-E30-Deskt ... B081KTB2NZ

As for a quality budget receiver, anyone have any suggestions? second hand is always a bargain.

For a PC or any 3.5 mm device, 3.5 mm splitter to RCA left/right could work for 2.0 stereo... if you want to avoid the DAC. A quality onboard sound or soundcard is technically no different than an external DAC. They often come with a variety of connections though so you can diversify or use different cabling.

There is 3.5 to RCA L/R,

Then you would need RCA to XLR RCA to LXR to connect the speakers.

This would work if you have a decent sound output from a 3.5 mm on your PC, this is what I would use because the DAC (onboard sound card) on my system is surprisingly good.
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msz87 wrote:

you know you can turn that feature off on the back-panel right?
Edit - I’m wrong. Somehow I DID miss the Standby toggle. Still, for audio quality I’m glad I swapped out with the JBL. Just find the sound more pleasing.

Having the second audio input is great too as I can have the XLR connectors go to my DJ controller, but also use the 1/4 TRS connector for booking up to my audio interface when I’m not using the controller (audio interface ports are already used up)
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ManCaveGamer wrote: but wait, that's only for mono? how do i get stereo?
Not sure how you confused yourself.
It's a stereo breakout cable, meaning it takes a stereo signal (via 3.5mm jack) and outputs the signal to dual 1/4" TS, going to each speaker.
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rohitsid wrote: Why is there a limit of one?
Who is buying just a single speaker?
Wouldn't everyone want a pair?

Pretty dumb on Amazon's part.
Um... everyone who buys studio monitors for the purpose of music mastering/recording....in other words, all studio's in the world.

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