Summary: Unlike everyone who seems to gush over these speakers, I certainly did not. I've also learned not to trust what hifi mag since they raved about these. They weren't offensive sounding, but really not great at all. They do have a nice treble and good integration between mid tweeter but the problem is with the mid/bass. There is just no body, no sense of scale. I really wanted to like them.. I really did!
Summary: I would have bought these for sure at $450 pair, but looks like they jacked up the price. Lots of choices at $600 like the Klipsch RP-160M Reference Premiere, or the Definitive Technology SM55. Just wish I knew which pair would be the overall best expenditure.
Heard a lot of good things about these so I decided to make the ...
24 December 2014
Summary: Upgraded from the Polk Tsi100s (I'm using a Denon E-300 receiver). Heard a lot of good things about these so I decided to make the purchase. Definitely worth it! One significant difference I noticed is that the bass is far more powerful than the Polk's. With the Polks. I really wanted a sub woofer but the JBL's bass is pretty strong and very toned that I am actually not considering paying extra money for a sub woofer.
Excerpt: These are the best I have heard. Highs are not harsh, with a good amp there is detail, smooth extended highs, even though it is a 5" woofer there is "punch" in the bottom. I have been in pro audio for over 30 years and JBL at one point took a few hits with the reputation of "harsh mid and highs" this is not the case with the 530's as they are great in every respect.
Summary: These sound great right out of the box. Clean and balanced, plenty of presence and punch but zero screech from the horns. Really just sounds good, expecially for the money, and not super-sensitive to placement, the whole room sounds good. These were a good pickup.
Summary: These speakers make the lower end Klipsch speakers seem warm sounding. These are annoying and sound like your ears are being burned out from the outside in. The B&W Speaker from Best Buy the larger bookshelf speaker sounds 10 times better. You see all these reviews remember one thing if it sounds to good to be true than it is !
Summary: Amazing clarity for the price. The treble has incredible balance and the midrange is very transparent. The bass is very clean and satisfyingly deep but not as punchy as I'd like. The sound of these horn-tweeters bring so much life and emotion to instruments and vocals; don't even get me started on movies! I don't have time, but all I can say is.. simply amazing!
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.