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JBL 4412
7 Reviews
rating  4.86 of 5
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Description: 3 way studio minitor


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by davebrooks a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I bought my 4412's new in 1986. Other than the foam surrounds deteriorating at about the 15 year mile marker, they've been incredible. I use them in a home studio and hear imaging beyond any other speaker I've used.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Milam Audio Pekin IL



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Art S a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2004

Bottom Line:   
(Review for model 4412, not 4412A. The 4412 differs from the later 4412A version in that the 4412 has the 035TI or 035TIa tweeter & midrange/tweeter level adjustment pots. The 4412A has the 052TIA tweeter and no pots. Also, 4412 has walnut veneer/blue grill; 4412A black cabinet/black grill.) Many consider the 035 tweeter a better sounding driver. YMMV.

These are very good sounding speakers, especially considering the era when they first came onto the market, (mid '80's). Except for their moderate tubbiness in the bass, they'd be one of the classic "greats". Best listening position is fairly narrow, within about 30 degrees horiz. & vert., but is intended to be in order to reduce late arrivals of reflected sound. Also, I think they sound more coherent mounted horizontally rather than the typical vertical orientation, but horizontal requires a fairly high mounting position.

Very realistic sound, and non-fatiguing except for rather pronounced bass boominess. What I do to cure it is stuff about 100 drinking straws into each port, cut to the same length as the port. This adds resistance to the port and changes the resonance frequency to a more benign range. However, you lose a dB or two of efficiency.

I'll give them 5 Stars for value, since they're usually priced well on the used market. 4 Stars: "Very good product" overall. Worth a listen if you can find a pair in good condition.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Boynton Pro Audio-Mo



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Best speakers i've ever heard.
surpasses everything i've heard. ever.
well almost. there were those 4000$ monitors at a store once.. but.. 4x the price. and the difference was microscopic.
i'll never sell mine, if they break, i'll replace whatever got broken (already did once :).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   bought used



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

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought these in 91. I used them as part of a keyboard amp setup in a band for several years. I drove them with a 200wpc Peavy comercial stereo amp, often at max volumn. Now I use them in my home stereo. No matter how loud or how soft, they always sound the same. Flat frequency response goes below 40Hz (which is lower than most people can hear).

They were a bit expensive but then, nothing else on the market would do what these speakers do for the same price.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Tacoma WA.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ernie O'Connor a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 28, 1999

Bottom Line:   
This is the replacement for the old 4312's "still great". The new 4412's don't dissapoint. Like their predessor they will last forever. They contain new componants like a different cross over network and new woofer design with a huge professional use driver motor. They are versatile monitors. You'll need to buy stands or mount them up. I use them as the mains in my DD/DTS set up for movies. I go source direct for cd's to bypass the other four speakers. Sometimes I will use the JBL sub-woofer with them for cd music, but it isn't necessary. These are absolutely accurate and tight in sound production. If the base is there, they produce it. If it is not there, they won't artificially exagerate base like some retail speakers. They do sound better or should I say more "contemporary" than the 4312's. These are pro monitors so I had to go to a pro shop and order them. Or you could call JBL for info.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998




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