Excerpt: Wonderful sound range across the board for these speakers. I couldn't find anyone in Oregon that had the next model up to listen to, and I loved these at a lower cost. If you want/need the lower bass, then you will want a sub for sure. I also have the E series center spkr and they compliment each other very well. Out of all the other brands that I listened to, these sounded the least "tinny" or overloaded on the highs or lows.
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy Setup, Great Sound Quality
Excerpt: Bought these for use in my medium-sized music/library room. They certainly are beautiful to look at. For music reproduction, I find good treble and fair midrange response. However, in the bass area require assistance of a good subwoofer.
Pros: Attractive Design, Easy Setup, Easy to Mount
Summary: See 3/19/2010 update below. I'll start by saying that my 3 rating would be about a 7 on a 1 to 10 scale. Based on the overly strong midrange and the fact that JBL is having this speaker built in China, I can't give this a 4 out of 5. Fit, finish, and appearance on this speaker is somewhat mixed. The front panel veneer is attractive and rolls to the top panel via the beveled edge at the top front.
Excerpt: I'll start by saying that my 3 rating would be about a 7.5 on a 1 to 10 scale. Based on the overly strong midrange and the fact that JBL is having this speaker built in China, I just couldn't quite give this a 4 out of 5.Fit, finish, and appearance on this speaker is somewhat mixed. The front panel veneer is attractive and rolls to the top panel via the beveled edge at the top front. The front panel is made of MDF and appears to be either 3/4 or 1 inch thick.
Pros: Attractive front panel, Excellent dispersion, Very clean and tight
Excerpt: I did a lot of research and got a number of bids before purchasing two of these speakers. They are used in a small theater in a retirment community. Roughly 50' by 70' with a 10' ceiling. A Yamaha RX-V663 is powering five speakers ( roughly 450 watts) and the sound power is sufficient to get complaints of "too loud" from the audience. The configuration is 5 speakers across the front of the stage where the screen is located.
Had to replace and retire my ailing Pioneer Project 120's.
James Smith, Amazon
23 December 2009
Summary: Those trusty speakers were bought in the 70's while I was in my teens. I had to rebuild the crossovers and replace the woofers years latter. I had no idea what I was missing. Old school JBL's from the late 70's and early 80's were amazing. Huge powerful towers! I have always wanted a pair. I really did not know that JBL was still in business until I saw them advertised. The price was one that I could not pass up. These 4-way tower speakers are absolutely great!
Excerpt: I have two old Halfer XL-280 amps running in mono block mode at 400 watts per channel. The ES90s are very smooth, less harsh than the 4311B they are replacing. They have a very nice low end, but Halfers are noted for high dampening, so low end is good with most woofers. The base is very pleasant with controls set to null. It is there, deep, but not spastic or booming. They will part your hair with moderate to high volumes. Jazz sounds good.
Pros: Attractive Design, Crisp Sound, Easy To Connect, Great Sound Quality, Powerful