Summary: I bought these for my mom. She uses these with a Sherwood stereo receiver in here kitchen. These were a good choice since the spot they where going was tight on space. They sound clear and are plenty loud for her kitchen. They look nice and feel like they are good quality. Its been a few months since I hooked them up for her and she is very happy with them.
Summary: If you keep your expectations in check, these are a decent pair of speakers. If you expect 3 way, floor stander quality from these, then be prepared to be disappointed. The Loft 30, for their size, sound good. It is able to reproduce sounds from 70 Hz all the way up to 20 KHz. This is just about the full human hearing sound range. Bass is a little lacking IF you are using these for movies and want that thumping bass from explosions.
Summary: The JBL Loft 30's are pretty uninspiring speakers. Just plain boring little black boxes that make sound. Simple and plain isn't always bad, but with disappointing sound quality there isn't any reason to pick these over other similarly priced bookshelf speakers. Having done a detailed review, disassembly and frequency response test to these speakers, it is very evident that these speakers a lacking.
Summary: I was looking out for many surround speakers for quite some time before settling for these JBLs. JBL loft 30 fits my bill. Also it doesn't occupy much space in my apartment. It has got a good frequency response (70Hz - 20kHz) for surround speakers. I won't recommend this for your 2.1 setup as the speaker doesn't extend below 70Hz. When you connect a good subwoofer with this speaker, you will get to know how much of sound you were missing under 70 Hz on this speaker.
Summary: I bought these from a diff retailer .They are 8 1/4 X 5 1/4 X 7 1/4 grill on.I bought as surrounds but tested as fronts first.The 1" tweeters are fantastic.I heard cymbals crisp and like never before like floating in air .They even snapped out some thump in bass suprisingly as i had them set to 120 hz.music or movies I didn't have to give them more volume than was set for the 6.5" ones i normally use.Anyway happy with them mucho.Of note i did have them in a bookshelf so...