Summary: I already had two prior-model JBL speakers and a central speaker, and needed two new front L&R, for 5.1 sound, Demoting the original speakers to the rear. I'd been happy with what I from JBL, but wanted something better as I'd upgraded my a/v equipment. The Amazon reviews I read were very positive.
Summary: I'll echo the sentiments of what others have posted here. The 530's are great speakers. Not your typical 2 driver bookshelf, and somewhat funky looking (especially without the grill cover on - but they sound better that way if you can handle the look). The bi radial horn with controlled directivity is special - nice to see JBL getting back to their roots with this design.
Summary: I received these a few weeks ago and they are taking up all of my free time. I simply cannot quit listening to them. I've been interested in the Studio 5 Series since I first saw pictures online, I'm guessing around 2 years ago or so, but never dug deep enough into them to really learn that much about them until recently. JBL didn't seem to have effective marketing for these and it's a shame because they are truly excellent speakers.
Summary: Of all the speakers I've been trying recently, these are clearly the best. Voicing is spot on, great clarity. punchy bass without being overbearing. A great choice for all kinds of music. Love 'em!
Summary: Did a lot of research on these on a major audio/video forums, and read the reviews here on Amazon. These truly do sound better than their price bracket would indicate. Powering these with a Pioneer Elite SC-65, in pure direct mode they sound amazingly good. Haven't done any room correction yet with the receiver, as I am waiting for my new subwoofer and to bi-amp (controversial I know) them. They look far nicer in person than pictures show.
These are fine instruments, not speakers! Very lively, detailed, paced, and timbrally accurate sound. Gorgeous to behold too!
CQ DX, Amazon
2 April 2014
Summary: Length:: 1:48 Mins I recently read all the positive online reviews of the JBL Studio 530, and couldn't wait for the price to come down more. I just HAD to have a pair of true horn-loaded speakers in my stable, having lusted over these for weeks! I could tell there was something special about these speakers, just by some of the passionate reviews, as well as the British 'WhatHiFi' magazine 5 star review (I also considered the DALI Zensor 1 or Zensor 3).
Summary: Here's what I can add. Over the years I've always wondered why is it that recording studio post production folks would be okay with releasing masters with irritating vocal sibilants. You know the ones that make you cringe when they scream out at you from the upper midrange/lower treble. Anyway, what I've discovered with this monitor is that evidently I was wrong about many of there post production choices.