On a budget? (Who isn’t?) Looking for great monitors for your studio?? (Again, who isn’t?) Then you definitely need to turn your attention to the new LSR305 and LSR308 monitors from JBL. The JBL LSR family of speakers has been highly regarded from the beginning, and these new members of the family only enhance that reputation. These are 2-way monitors with a 5-inch and an 8-inch woofer, respectively, driven by 82 and 112 watts of power, also respectively. They’ll play plenty loud for most situations.
The speakers are rear ported, which helps to enhance the low-frequency response. You’re given controls for tailoring the highs and the lows to your room, as well as a level control on each speaker. Easy to set up, easy to use.
What sets these speakers apart are the highs. JBL is using a brand-new waveguide, called the “Image Control Waveguide” on the high-frequency driver, and the results are spectacular. The LSR300 series speakers have some of the best imaging and smoothest high frequencies I’ve heard in a moderately priced speaker.
I was sent both LSR305 and LSR308 models for this Hands On profile. The only real difference is the bass extension and the extra bit of oomph in the larger model. The highs and mids are quite similar. I played a wide range of material through the speakers, both reference tracks I always use for evaluating speakers and room acoustics and my own multitrack and stereo mix files. No matter what I played through them, they maintained their poise, with full bottom end, clear mids, and those wonderful smooth but detailed highs. When mixing, I had no problem getting the bass guitar to sit with the kick or to find the sweet spot for the vocal level or guitar solo level.
I’m quite impressed with these monitors. They sound great regardless of price, but at their price point, they really are standouts.