JBL LX-55 Floorstanding Speakers

4.78/5 (9 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Walter C a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2011

Bottom Line:   
I bought a pair of JBL LX44 speakers from a friend 3 years ago. The woofers were shot and needed to be replaced but the midrange and titanium tweeter were like new. I only paid $40.00 for them,and was going to pay about $200.00 to fix the woofers.One day I looked across the street at the neighbors house and there was a set of old Bose 201 speakers in the trash. The speaker cabinets were shot but all the speakers were in great shape,so I took the 201 woofers out and installed them in the JBL LX44's They were about 1/8th of an inch to small but I was able to screw them in good. To my suprise they sounded great,alot better than I thought. The only problem is rescently the left woofer crackles a bit when the volume is real high,but at normal volume they sound like new. It's a JBL-Bose combo. It has a great but unique suond to it. For $40.00 you can't beat it.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by (O0o*o0O) a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Judging on looks alone these speakers scream style as much as they do sound. The cabinets are heavy and built well with rear bass ports; mine are in black ash with gray grills. Their crossovers are more then impressive and again well built. Sound is excellent with very excellent bass response.
I have played around with these all day from my Pioneer Elite stereo receiver to my Sony ES theater receiver. I've had them along side a pair of Cerwin Vega LS-12's and along side a pair of JBL LX-60's I also have recently required. Makes a big competitor next to my Cerwin Vega speakers and that's saying a lot, because I love those things.
Would have like to seen them built taller like the LX-60 cabinets and with the LX-60 binding post wire terminals rather then the spring loaded that are featured on the LX-55. They seem to need some speaker stands that can help them direct off the floor, but that aside they live up to the JBL reputation. They have also achieved a high mark from this audio-fiend.
8 Ohm Normal Impedance
10-200 Watt Power Handling
40Hz to 20kHz Frequency Response
Sensitivity: 92 dB SPL
Crossover Frequency: 80Hz/4kHz
10” High Polymer Laminate Woofer
5” High Polymer Laminate Midrange
1” Pure Titanium Dome Tweeter
Manufactured between 1989-91

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2010

Bottom Line:   
These are very good speakers and if you buy them you don't regret. It is shame that they don't make the speakers this good and solid these days. I have used these speakers with my NAD system and the sound the amazing.
Deep bass, clear highs and mids. I think overall these speakers are very good and produce natural bass without a sub with a balanced sound stage. Though these are 200W RMS, can be driven with 50W amplifier very nicely as the the sensitivity is very high (92db).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Neoo-Geesink a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I have had the JBL LX55 for about 17 years now (@2009), and one of the set is deteriorating now.
I am sure that the second one will follow soon...
The rubber gasket around the woofer is dried up and litterally falling apart, leaving the cone unsupported.
This results in screaking grinding sounds at moderate volumes, which CAN destroy the Amplifier.
(Voice coil rubbing against the metal pole-plate of the Magnet, which couses brief shorts when the insulating lackor layer is shaved off by this!)
I have run various Disco's and parties with them from 1992 till about Yesterday on an ILP HY244 (80/120 Watts) (2 seperate Modules) Amplifier, which is even one year older, and still standing strong.
But for now, the speakers are in "Background Music" Mode untill I have replaced or repaired them.

As for the qualety, It is really strong stuff!
Mobile use, even at high volumes don't care the speakers at all, since they do not even crumble.
often moved from room to room when setting up a party or disco is even no problem for these heavy speakers.
My music range varies from New age to Rock, pop, synthesyzer and Synfonic rock.

But, even for those good speakers, there is eventually an end of usefull life... :-(

As told, It is qualety material, with exeptional good bass, Good Midrange (AFTER the R12 Disconnection in the Crossover Filter) and for my taste just a little too much high.
An 8 Ohm 5 Watt Metal-Film resistor in series with the tweeter makes them a real jewel to listen to.

Off record:
I can provide pictures for the LX55 since I still have them standing in service.
/Off record

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Massimiliano Camboni a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Very 'strong' loudspeaker, but if you like classical music, forget it! You cannot ask so high SPLs and precision to a product of this price. The filter modification brings this loudspeaker to be one of the best buys in this price range.
The bass is very deep, but sometimes the male voices are dirtied because of the too high crossover frequency for the woofer and the weakness of midrange.
If you own this speaker try to disconnect the only 12 Ohm resistor in the midrange crossover network, you will never reconnect it again!...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Stereoplay




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