Summary: Got these at clearance from Frys for 49.99, the loft 30 was 39.99, but these went lower. Had an extra Denon receiver and a Hsu vtf2 left over after my upgrade. What the heck, I'll use it for my garage and use it with a cheap cd and turntable. They blended well with my hsu and Denon. Bass was surprisingly robust even without the sub active. Highs were a bit muddy compared to my nht and hsu vt15 system. Highs were not as crisp and detailed.
Decent speakers for surrounds, but don't expect too much.
L. Allen "MIX_MASTER_ICE", Amazon
10 March 2015
Summary: Picked these up on sale for $49.99. First off, these are truly budget speakers. You won't confuse these with higher end JBL speakers. Fit and finish are acceptable and the speakers themselves are rather light weight. I compared these head to head against another pair of similar budget speakers, the Polk T15. I also got those for $49.99 a pair on sale and they are a little heavier, a little taller, but the Loft 40 cabinet is deeper.
Summary: Great bang for the buck. Unless your listening in a studio with acoustic foam on the walls, floor, and ceiling, you won't be able to tell this speaker from speakers that cost 10 times more. All the accuracy and sound you need. And the JBL name is a name you can be proud of. To use a car analogy, JBL may not be Ferrari quality, but it's entry-level Mercedes to me, and the price of these things is more like Ford Focus. In other words—GREAT VALUE!
Summary: I was looking for a set of speakers for backround music in my bedroom. I wanted a small speaker with decent sound on the cheap. Found these JBL's for $50.00 at frys including shipping. They're not going to win any Grand Prix awards but for the money they seem perfect for my application. As long as you're not expecting "audiophile" performance you'll be quite pleased with the sound.
Summary: I use very expensive speakers for my front and center channels and I use Loft 40 for my rear channel. I absolutely love my setup. You won't be disappointed for the sound this thing generates for its size. I won't compare this to a full sized bookshelf's. But for the size, cost and for my purpose which is to use it as a rear channel, this speaker cannot be beaten. Allow some time to break in.
Summary: I bought a pair of these speakers for less than $65 with shipping, and am EXTREMELY pleased with the sound! I have them hooked up to a Pyle 200 Watt Receiver (PT-380AU), and they handle it! I did not expect DJ quality sound or booming Bass but am surprised that in one room, it comes close! For the record, I am no expert, and not an "audiophile", I am just a truck driver consumer!
Summary: They are good for the price I paid. I bought a pair of these for $79.95. First I hooked them up to an older Yamaha Natural Sound receiver for stereo and they sounded Ok, nothing special somewhat boomy. Next I hooked them up to Pioneer SC-65 as front L-R. After I ran MCACC speakers came to life. You need a decent receiver with these speakers, 80 Watts per channel or more with auto calibration MCACC or Audyssey.
Summary: Okay for the price. If you've ever owned JBLs before don't expect the same fit, finish, sound quality or power from these. I own Klipsch, Jamo, Sony, BIC, MTK, JBL and Yamaha speakers. Paired with Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer and Sony receivers. Comparatively I would rate: Fit and finish 2/5 (Chinese made and it shows) Audio quality 3/5 (Warm and Accurate) Power handling 1/5 (Very thirsty) Price 3/5 Okay in a 5.1 or 7.1 surround setting AS surround speakers.