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JBL E30
7 Reviews
rating  4 of 5
MSRP  179.00
Description: <ul> <li>FreeFlow™ flared port</li> <li>The Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS™) waveguide</li> <li>Straight-Line Signal Path™ (SSP) crossover network divides the signal with minimal processing (and minimal opportunity to degrade the signal)</li> <li>Dual sets of gold-plated, 5-way binding post speaker terminals enable bi-amping or bi-wiring</li> <li>The computer-designed, lock-mitred cabinet virtually eliminates distortion</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Knucklehead a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2008

Bottom Line:   
These work great for a bedroom speaker. I have a Sony STR-D1015 @ 120wpc driving these and they sound pretty good at medium levels. The Sony could easily overpower them.
They excel in the highs and mid range, but lack much bass. I didn't expect them to rattle the windows, and they don't.
For the price they are very hard to beat. I can't believe someone would sell these as such a low price. When I saw these for sale I didn't hesitate. They looked like new and were being used for fronts on a 3 speaker setup with a center channel. The owner kicked them to the curb after buying some crap Bose cubes. Bet he's kicking himself in the pants now. His lose, my gain.
I already had the JBL Northridge E50s I use at the corners for my HT so I knew what to expect, sort of.
While these aren't going to outperform the E50, they do in fact compare nicely if you don't expect lots of bass. I didn't and they didn't.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Craigs list



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BORGIE a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

Bottom Line:   
These JBLs are really great especially with the mid and highs. I make these as my fronts. I always keep enjoying listening with these speakers and my other JBL's rears and front for a year already.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $95.00

Purchased At:   craiglist



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by seunghun a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

Bottom Line:   
as a college student in a small apartment, i exclusively deal in 6"/6.5" bookshelf speakers. driven by Cambridge Audio A300 v2 amp with Klipsch SW-12 subwoofer, i have pleasant enough experience.

as for the value, there are other players in the 6.5" bookshelf such as infinity P160/P162 which in my opinion has just as good bass performance and better high frequency performance. They both go down to 50hz which is a real plus when you're trying to use them as fronts. This is why i'm also more critical of the speakers than others. when used as surrounds, these subtle differences do not stand out as much.

Of course, the real killer with these two, either JBL E30 or Infinity P160, is that they are very insensitive. They are 88db, 90db respectively.

My real regret is blowing out my Cerwin Vega L-7. while not a high-end brand, they were much more sensitive and especially much lighter at high end. memories 'mrs. robinson' by simon and garfunkle on these speakers still haunt me.

These are simple small speakers with simple design. a woofer and a tweeter and a capacitor and a bit else and wires in a cabinet. big name brands mean much less in these simple designs vs the cerwin vegas who are good at simple designs (with much more practice).

To recap, while having phenomenal specs and performing true to the spec, the JBL E30 have just as capable competitors in the same price range and its sound does not inspire passion with any particularity.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   craigslist



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by seunghun a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

Bottom Line:   
as a college student in a small apartment, i exclusively deal in 6"/6.5" bookshelf speakers. driven by Cambridge Audio A300 v2 amp with Klipsch SW-12 subwoofer, i have pleasant enough experience.

as for the value, there are other players in the 6.5" bookshelf such as infinity P160/P162 which in my opinion has just as good bass performance and better high frequency performance. They both go down to 50hz which is a real plus when you're trying to use them as fronts. This is why i'm also more critical of the speakers than others. when used as surrounds, these subtle differences do not stand out as much.

Of course, the real killer with these two, either JBL E30 or Infinity P160, is that they are very insensitive. They are 88db, 90db respectively.

My real regret is blowing out my Cerwin Vega L-7. while not a high-end brand, they were much more sensitive and especially much lighter at high end. memories 'mrs. robinson' by simon and garfunkle on these speakers still haunt me.

These are simple small speakers with simple design. a woofer and a tweeter and a capacitor and a bit else and wires in a cabinet. big name brands mean much less in these simple designs vs the cerwin vegas who are good at simple designs (with much more practice).

To recap, while having phenomenal specs and performing true to the spec, the JBL E30 have just as capable competitors in the same price range and its sound does not inspire passion with any particularity.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   craigslist



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by albacora14 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Very good speakers, highs and bass are so fine, sounds like a tower loudspeaker
I used to use as main, now are surrounds, believe me sound great stereo image.
Beautyful design of E Notrindrige Series..

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   Home Audio Specialis




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