JBL Ti10K Floorstanding Speakers

Ti10K

4-way High-end speaker

User Reviews (10)

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Barry B.   AudioPhile [Dec 08, 2013]

I have owned several JBL's (L7, L200, Ti6k, Ti1k, to name a few) and even more other brands (Thiel CS5, Klipsch Epics, Sonus Faber Grand Piano Home to name a few). The Ti10k's are nothing short of amazing and have a permanent home in one of my listening rooms. I am currently running Krell gear (KAV 250a3 / Krell MDA 500). These suite MY taste perfectly. The highs are superb, the mids are crystal clear, and the Low's are authoritative, crisp and tight.
They do double duty in my house, 2 Channel critical listening and Home Theater, They do a great job at both.
Very Hard to find, but in my opinion the best JBL's made to date (2013), If you can find them they are a keeper!

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5
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5
Robert   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 18, 2011]

Kolumny poprostu wybitne, niesamowita namacalna góra pasma, analityczna srednica urzekajaca rozmachem. Piekna scena i prezentacja dzwieku. Jak jest bas na plycie to Tiki go przekaza w idealnym porzadku, super. Rewelacja

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5
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5
TheRambler   AudioPhile [Aug 12, 2011]

Alreay read all comments on those beautiful pairs..Some claims "bright", some "too much bass", also some say "week bass" etc etc...If you can use those babies with Accuphase component you will see how all those "weaknesses" will be settled so well!!! No Krells,otherwise whole specturum leans to brighter..As a person who listened most speakers on this earth, from B&W Matrix 800 to JMLAb Utopias, from Kharmas, to Martin Logans, and so many high quality book shelves, those JBLs realy deserve 5 stars!!! One important tweak: If bass port driven separattely from the rest 4 ports you will be amazed..Just remove the bridge on bass port leaving the rest same..Then well controlled deep and middle and upper bass registers, as well as 3dimensional soundstage acquired! Any Nordost speaker cables will fit best! 6ohm is another advantage to drive those speakers!

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5
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4
lofi-ear   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 20, 2008]
Strength:

Midrange (vocals), details, cabinets, quad-ampability

Weakness:

Bass depth, weight, connectors in the bottom, bright treble

I bought these speakers pretty much on an impulse, as they were being sold for quite a low price in the same town I live. These are one monster speakers, weighing about 50 kilos each, and moving them without their original boxes is very awkward. But here they are now, honoring my living room with their pretty appearance.

So they look nice, but how do they sound? I've been listening them for about 3 months now, so my ears are accustomed enough to their sound. The amplifier driving them is from the same era as the speakers (around 2000), a Creek 5350SE, which is regarded highly even today among audiophiles, despite the fact they only give 70 watts into 8 ohms. Many recommend a very powerful amp to be used with these loudspeakers.

Generally the sound of the speakers leans to the brighter side. The tweeter, being metal, gives ultra-detailed response, but may sound harsh on some material with some sibilance present. The living room they are in (35m2, not specially dampened) may also contribute to this, as well as the amplifier (british amps are generally deemed bright). However, I'm used to this kind of bright sound already, because many speakers here in Finland tend to sound bright as well (Amphion Argon, Penaudio, Chorus, ...), based on metal tweeter design too. So it's not as bad as it could be.

The midrange sounds very lively. Especially on guitar material, these speakers do shine. (Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond has seldom sounded so good). On vocals, these speakers are very dynamic, but also somewhat aggressive. But for me, that's only a positive charasteristic.

Bass is good. It could be better, regarding the size of the cabinets. With better I mean deeper. It has powerful upper bass and kicks with bass-heavy material, but although the -6Hz point is reported to be 30Hz, these speakers do not reproduce frequencies below 38Hz with the authority they should. For music, that's certainly enough, but with movies a subwoofer is a must.

In summary, these are very good speakers, if you don't mind their size. They are dynamic, lively and detailed, with the common drawbacks of 4-way design (average stereo imaging, random peaks and dips in the frequency response and ultra-complicated crossover network). For 7000$, these are certainly overpriced, but if you can find them on the second-hand market (near you), you should consider these speakers. They will fill even the largest living room with music.

Similar Products Used: Amphion Argon 2, Dynaudio Audience 52SE, Chorus MI-10, OR 280Hi
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4
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4
Johan   AudioPhile [May 23, 2006]
Strength:

great looks
stunning sound

Weakness:

hook up the speakercables is not simple ( under)
to much bass, not for small rooms

Asolutly a stunning speaker!! This speakers are very gratefull for every improvement made into my set and they keep suprise me.. Started with yamaha, then NAD, and at this moment ADCOM (GTP860II, GFA 5500,GDV850) I've recently did an upgrade for all the connections and speaker cables to KIMBER and VAN DEN HULL. Again every improvement was a world of difference, ( I can only hear a small difference using the same improvements with my tannoy speakers) so I'm asking myself " how good can they actually sound?"( perhaps with a Mark Levinson...)
I would discribe the sound as electrostatic mids and highs, with a very solid and firm bass. The sound gives you every detail and emotion but sometimes has a lack of cohesion and tend to give to much bass.( maybe only in small rooms) But I still believe for this price you can't find anything better ....

Similar Products Used: to good to compare with my tannoy speakers
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5
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5
sidney handon   Audiophile [Jan 23, 2001]
Strength:

good looking especially the beech color model.

Weakness:

Typical JBL sound and still have the brand feeling. Lacks focus and image and booming bass.

I heard the model in the show room where they used some mid-end amps. Little disapointed but the price is very attactive, costing only US$4,000 relatively to the size and workmanship. Over-size bass might be due to incomparable speaker size and show room ratio. Still have some potential by using the right equipments.

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3
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4
nico johan   Audiophile [Apr 09, 2001]
Weakness:

rather odd shape, 60 cm deep at groundlevel.

I'm afraid that I utterly disagree with a previous reviewer who preferred the ti250 over the ti10k. I shall give a few examples that will clarify this.

1. as opposed to the ti10k where the speakermount and screws are impeccable, on the Ti250 all speakers are fastened with disgusting cheap screws (simple non stainless philips-type), I've even seen one model with completely corroded tweeter screws!

2. Cheap foam speakersurrounds on ti250, check them in five years time...

3. Cheap paper bass cone on ti250 and the best part: when the model is a few years old, the cone hangs out of balance and scrapes along the some interior part of the unit. This is very audible with deep bass and can easily be confirmed by gently pushing the cone back. All this has been changed with the ti10k, stiffer cone materials and stronger "suspension" have delt with these problems.

4. The ti250 has a very simple geometry, it's standing back panel serves as a mirror for unwanted soundwaves. The good design on ti10k reduces this to a minimum

5.The all titanium midrange speaker on the ti10k is the same as found on several revel models several times as expensive!

just listen to them with good equipment, especially a strong amplifier. The ti10k is an improvement in every way.

Similar Products Used: ti250 + ti250 classic
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5
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5
Michael Poon   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 24, 1999]

I heard this model in Japan. It is obviously a cost cutting product. Come to closer and check up the weight from the spec, it is much lighter than it's predecessor Ti5000. It does not sound as good as Ti5000 or even Ti3000. But it is a pair of good speakers. I rather like to buy a pair of Thiel of similar price or pay more to buy a pair of Avalon or Arye speaker. They will give better image and transient response

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4
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Glenn   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 23, 1999]

Not bad, of course. But not a real JBL. Not as good as a S3100, or a 250Ti, or a Century gold. The sound is not very "transparent".

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3
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Hans Hinnekint   an Audiophile [Mar 02, 1999]

The best speaker JBL ever designed, and designed it is: a beauty to behold, a curved boat-like shape. 4 way-speaker, titanium tweeter and mid-range -a Revel Gem and Ultima look-alike-I compared them to Martin Logan Aerius I, Magnepan 2.3 and to my surprise the JBL bettered them both in detail, attack, crispness and detailed bass.

Highly recomended, can't wait to hear the Ti6K (smaller version)

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