Powered 2-way Studio Reference Monitors with 5" Woofer, 1" Tweeter, Magnetic Shielding, and 43Hz to 24kHz Frequency Response (each)
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A Fantastic Monitoring Solution!

JBL LSR305 active studio monitors are a great solution for any serious audio engineer or music producer. They're great for mixing music in your DAW software, editing video, or any other task that requires precise, accurate, detailed sound. JBL designed the LSR305 with advanced features acquired from their flagship M2 Master Reference Monitor, earning the acclaim of renowned engineer Frank Filipetti. An innovative Image Control Waveguide creates a well-defined and incredibly dimensional stereo image. Ask anyone at Sweetwater: from surprisingly rich lows to smooth highs, you'll find it easy to make great-sounding productions with JBL LSR305 active studio monitors.

JBL LSR305 Active Studio Monitor at a Glance:
  • Incredible stereo imaging thanks to an innovative waveguide
  • Ported design means more accuracy at low volume levels
  • Wide sweet spot equals a better studio experience
Incredible stereo imaging thanks to an innovative waveguide

JBL applied innovative elements from their flagship M2 Master Reference Monitors to give the LSR305 incredible sound. The Image Control Waveguide design is one such feature, and it helps the LSR305 have a deep sound stage as well as great detail. Put another way, you can both clearly hear everything in your mix, and make accurate sonic judgements.

Ported design means more accuracy at low volume levels

Checking your mix at low volume levels is a great way to confirm your overall balances, but many monitors will suffer in the bass regions when monitoring at low levels. The JBL LSR305 uses JBL's patented Slip Stream low-frequency port for accurate bass response at low playback levels. The double-flared port shape also reduces the turbulence some ported designs suffer from, meaning that bass response remains pure when you turn the LSR305 back up.

Wide sweet spot equals a better studio experience

We're engineers, musicians, and producers, too - we know you don't spend every second of your studio time in the perfect mixing position. JBL LSR305 monitors have a wide sweet spot, which means there's less variation in what you hear when you're not in the perfect position. Especially if you have clients in the room, you want consistent sound throughout your studio, and you'll like what you hear from the LSR305.

JBL LSR305 Active Studio Monitor Features:
  • Bi-amped active studio monitors with 5" LF driver and 1" HF driver
  • Exceptionally wide frequency range for more accurate mixes
  • Image Control Waveguide creates a detailed and dimensional stereo image
  • HF and LF trim controls let you fine-tune the speakers to your room's acoustics
  • XLR and TRS balanced inputs give you low-noise performance with your studio gear
  • Sold individually
The JBL LSR305 is a great mixing solution for any studio!

Additional Media

3 Series User Manual
Studio Monitor Buying Guide
Hands On: JBL LSR305 and LSR308

Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 5"
HF Driver Size 1"
HF Driver Type Soft Dome
LF Driver Power Amp 41W
HF Driver Power Amp 41W
Total Power 82W
Frequency Range 43Hz-24kHz
Crossover Frequency 1725Hz
Maximum Peak SPL 108 dB
Enclosure Type Ported
Input Types 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TRS
Height 11.75"
Width 7.28"
Depth 9.88"
Weight 10.12 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number LSR305

Customer Reviews

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Just what I needed

I listened to these JBL's, KRK 5's, and even the yamaha HS5's, and the JBL's are fantastic especially for this price range. The bass is tight and doesn't have the mid boost like the yamahas. A clear winner out of the three in my opinion
Music background: Producer/musician


Superior imaging. No sub required. Other monitors I currently own: dynaudio BM6A, focal CMS50 and sub.
Music background: hobbyist

Great Monitors!!!!

I was in the market for an affordable set of powered near-field monitors, but didn't want to sacrifice quality for price. After a good deal of research I decided to get the JBL LSR305's, I can honestly say that they have not disappointed! They sound great and put out a very wide frequency range without over emphasizing any frequencies (bass, middle, treble) in particular. They can get nice and loud without falling apart and losing clarity, and have a surprisingly tight, deep bass response. I KNOW I made the right choice when I bought these monitors!! They look beautiful too!!
Music background: Guitarist, drummer, home studio hobbyist.

Simply amazing!

I needed to get a good pair of reference monitors but didn't have a big budget. At the advice of a good friend of mine, as well as Matt Adams from Sweetwater, I went with the JBL's. I am simply amazed by how great they sound! Tight lows, crisp highs, and everything in between, with great stereo separation. I would highly recommend these if you are on a budget. You won't regret it.
Music background: Musician and hobbyist

Monitors that translate!

I just bought a pair of the LSR305 monitors for my home studio and could not be more pleased with them. I have been having issues in the past with my mixes not translating and didn't realized before I bought these how much my old monitors where inhibiting my mixes. With these new monitors what you hear is what you get. these monitors are loud and clear and accurate. Based on reviews I went the 305s instead of the 308s. I'm mixing in a 10' X 12' room and these monitors sound great. Even for a 5" monitor the bass sounds great and I can get an accurate mix. If you're concerned about the power rating 41W LF/41W HF, don't be. These monitors a much louder and clearer than my old 75W LF/45W HF monitors. The imaging is fantastic. Not only can I mix better with these monitors but I can also mix much quicker. I can't believe how inexpensive these monitors are, I got my in Feb 2014 when Sweetwater had buy one get one 1/2 off sale. I was saving up to buy a pair of $1500 monitors but so glad I held out and got these. If you have a home studio and need monitors that can translate your mixes but don't have a big budget these are definitely the monitors to get!
Music background: Recording/Mix Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Cody Kraus

No single addition to my home studio has made a greater impact on the quality of my mixes than JBL LSR305 studio monitors. They deliver an accurate representation of low end that I can trust will translate to consumer playback systems, like my car and home theater setup.

Derek Senestraro

The JBL LSR305 monitors are fantastic - and a great value. I like them so much I just bought my wife a pair for her office!! They translate mixes well and just sound legit. Tight low end and very accurate mids. Hard to believe they are so inexpensive!

Mitch Gallagher

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 102 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.
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