In this article I talk about the speakers JBL ES30 and JBL ES10, I picked for my home theater.
From 2011, I have a HT-in-a-box Onkyo HT-S5400, composed of receiver and a set of speakers 7.1, with subwoofer active. No room for boxes surround rear, I used them as upper front, option offered by the receiver.
With time the Onkyo receiver began to present problems in the HDMI inputs. The fourth one was the first to conk out of time, then the third started to fail. It was at this time (2014) I ended up getting the Receiver Yamaha RX-V675. My room was with the Yamaha RX-V675 and the speakers of the Onkyo.
The Onkyo receiver I left in store for the future be reunited with its original boxes and be used on the computer or in the recreational area to play music, where would the HDMI inputs problems, because many people came reporting the problem and the fix, that involved changing the HDMI Board, It was very expensive. The reunion would happen when I do an upgrade of the speakers in the room, but the years passed by, the upgrade was not done and the reunion was getting after.
Later the Yamaha RX-V675 just burning due to electric shock, and got so, in 2015, the Receiver Yamaha RX-A830. It was more like a good upgrade to receiver, but the speakers still remained the Onkyo, even quite modest for the RX-A830. But it was more than a year with this configuration, promising myself I would do an upgrade of speakers when I could.
But it was in August of this year I did upgrade my TV home office, the old CRT 20 inches to the Smart TV Panasonic Viera TC-40 "-40DS600B. Despite being a great TV, She is not able to decode the Dolby Digital audio that comes through a HDMI input, something that Sony TVs (at least the line of 2012) do without problems.
This limitation is not a problem for most people, but I use a slave point of Sky on this TV. And the Sky has several channels with Dolby Digital audio, both 2.0 as 5.1. I could simply configure the Sky decoder to send only stereo PCM audio, but in this case my main point would be too limited and I could no longer use the audio 5.1 When watching Sky at the main point.
Of course I could be changing the configuration on demand, but it was a bit uncomfortable. Many times I was in the room and took a while to realize that I was with the PCM audio 2.0 instead of Dolby Digital 5.1, not least because receiver is configured to simulate the channels surround When the source is stereo.
This situation motivated me to try alternative solutions. I tried a Chinese decoder, but failed. About that same time we decided to repair the Onkyo receiver in a local technical assistance (not authorized). I didn't have much hope, but surprisingly they managed to repair it, with Board Exchange, and for a reasonable price.
It was then that I decided to use the Onkyo receiver to decode the Dolby Digital audio for the Smart TV Panasonic Viera TC-40 "-40DS600B. I even got to use it just decoding and sending the decoded audio to the TV. But such a solution was somewhat gambiarrenta, needed to be activated every time and involved several adjustments through menus. Nothing practical.
So decided to try the little boxes of my first set 5.1, at Creative Inspire 5200. He was kept for a long time, with the volume knob problem. I used the 5 little boxes on the outputs of the Onkyo and the subwoofer It was integrated into the amplifier was being used as a subwoofer active. I made a jumper the faulty volume to be always at the most (and so controlled by the volume of the Onkyo).
I figured this configuration would be bad, but no worse than the sound of his own TV, because Creative Inspire 5200 was reasonable. But the fact is that the little boxes and Onkyo unmarried well and the sound was terrible. I ended up selling the Creative Inspire 5200 and search for best boxes to put in Onkyo.
I came to consider how the sets JBL Cinema 610, whose boxes are small and have a size well suited to the home office, but the high cost me away this option. I figured that if I were to invest in something new, It would be better to invest in best speakers for the room, as I always planned, and so do the reunion of Onkyo receiver with its original speakers.
The choice of the Ideal Speaker
Decision of upgrade made, now left the choice of speakers ideal for the living room. Such a choice would be nothing easy. The requirements were: good sound quality, sizes suitable for a room that is relatively small and a price that will fit in my budget. Unfortunately, quality and price used to be directly proportional quantities, so was left searching for a good relationship between cost and benefit.
Living inside, It's kind of hard to be able to test and listen to speakers before you buy them, so I had to search pretty, analyze specifications and rely on evaluations made by other people. This helped me a lot the HT Forum, mainly the RAJANE, very active participant and with great knowledge in the subject.
The JBL was a quite natural choice, because I've always enjoyed the sound quality of your equipment. In visits to Fnac, There is a good 15 years or more, I dreamed of the day that could have a home theater with the JBL speakers or Bose as those that were exposed.
The JBL vineyard for years rehearsing a discontinuance of the line ES, with a few brief returns. And now it looks like it finally happened. To liquidate the old line stock prices dropped, and so the line ES got an excellent relationship between cost and quality. The quality is comparable to that of various equipment within a price range well above.
The line JBL Arena, replacing the line JBL ES, is aesthetically more modern, but the quality is unfortunately not the same, and the rates are considerably higher. Apparently the JBL opted to reduce costs and increase profits. The line Arena is quite cheaper to manufacture, but the quality suffers with it.
The ES line has the advantage of 3 both routes in the models JBL ES30 and JBL ES10, as in Center box JBL ES25. Each one has a Woofer, at mid-range and an tweeter. The line has only two roads Arena. There are other differences, but I don't have the technical knowledge to explain them.
Chosen the line, It was necessary to choose the speakers that are specific to each position. Of course I would like a pair of towers JBL ES 90, but my room and my Yamaha RX-A830 also couldn't handle them. So I opted for a couple bookshelves JBL ES30. And to complete the front trio, nothing more natural than the JBL ES25, I acquired with other seller and show in a forthcoming article.
For the boxes surround I considered a second pair of JBL ES30, as suggested by RAJANE, but the size of them and the position where it would be, just above the couch, I ended up concluding that wouldn't work. So I opted for a couple JBL ES10, that anyway would be a great upgrade, because the Onkyo uses one-way speakers (supposedly full range speaker) for the surround.
To the top front I opted for a second pair of JBL ES10, He also fulfilled that role, and fit precisely in support that I left them in my Panel.
For the subwoofer, the natural would be to choose the JBL ES 250, but the fact is that he is somewhat wide and a few centimeters wouldn't fit in the space left for the subwoofer in my room. I chose so at Infinity Primus PS312, It also has speaker of 12 inches, but the box is a little narrower. I will speak of him in an upcoming article. It lembrar this JBL and Infinity are trademarks of the same group: Harman, so the equipment has certain similarities and married very well.
My initial idea was to go buying gradually boxes, because initially I could let the Onkyo on home office only with a pair of front boxes. But both the line ES of JBL, as the line Primus of Infinity are discontinued. So I had to run to get close my set with the same equipment and take advantage of the great value of cost and benefit of these equipments, before they disappear from the market once.
Unboxing and Setup
In each box, so do JBL ES30 as the JBL ES10 We have the relevant manual and feet rubber stickers that can be placed on each speaker. I used the feet in all the boxes and not used in the surround that are hanging on the wall.
Something I noticed in the pictures is on the side (and at the bottom) the speakers JBL ES30 do not form a rectangle, but a trapezoid, in other words, they are finer in the rear and wider on the front. This allowed me to position them flush to the edge of the rack, so that they are slightly towards the couch. I liked!
As I mentioned earlier, the visual looks a bit outdated by today's standards. But what really matters is the sound quality, and this they have to spare.
I liked also the visual of JBL ES10, which are wider than high, leaving Woofer on the one hand and mid-range and tweeter on the other side. The woofers get to the inside, so that the left and right are different, one is the mirror of the other. Whereas we have a better sense of direction with treble than with serious, This setting of the placement of the speakers is the ideal.
I thought the pair of JBL ES10 It looks perfect in my dash holders, because the small boxes of the Onkyo were a bit lost there. And these boxes really make a difference in scenes with rain and other effects where the couple upper front stands out.
As JBL ES10 supported to be hanging on the wall, using two screws, so I had to make a second hole for each one of them, because the boxes of Onkyo were hung for just a screw. Also liked the visual of them hanging on the wall behind the couch.
Check out some photos of the speakers JBL ES10 and JBL ES30:
I was quite pleased with the sound quality of loudspeakers JBL ES10 and JBL ES30, and also with the rest of the set that I formed with the JBL ES25 and the Infinity Primus PS312, that will show in future articles. The performance is very good for movies, games and even for music.
This is probably my final set. In some distant future I can replace the Receiver Yamaha RX-A830 due to new standards that are emerging, as HDMI 2.0 and Dolby Atmos, and others still will emerge. Ultimately, receivers are crossed with the emergence of new technologies. It is a fact.
But speakers do not evolve in the same way, and my current set probably will serve for many years. At least in my current room I consider that he is the definitive set, do you see room for towers or larger sets. And he also has plenty of power for the size of the room. As I have no intention to change currently, This strikes me as the definitive solution.
To terminate, I leave my thanks to RAJANE and the staff of HT Forum, who answered many of my questions and leave comments and reviews that helped me a lot in choosing this excellent set.