Jl = Home Audio Beauty

Discussion in 'Home Audio Talk' started by luvdeftonz, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. luvdeftonz

    luvdeftonz Full Member

    Saw this on another forum and thought I'd show you guys. JL's first two entries into the home audio market. Damn nice subs, features, and cabinets. The outrageous weight (dual 13W7 setup is a backbreaking 305 lbs!) and price might dissuade a few of us, though :)

    I'm not sure if they want to be a high end home audio company only, or if they just wanted to enter the (very competitive) market with a bang. Either way, it's darn impressive.

    JL Audio stuff
  2. hobbes26

    hobbes26 Full Member

  3. sandt38

    sandt38 Full Member

    The enclosure is too small. Looks great, but way overpowered and way underdamped.

    PS, we don't like ICXISTUPID links.
  4. The_Ancient

    The_Ancient Full Member

    Yea :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: :ranting: :ranting:

    I would hate to see the $$$$$$$$$ on those as well
  5. geolemon

    geolemon Full Member

    Hey, I'll take a cool link where I can get it... B)

    That stuff does look like some really cool stuff...
    ...yet still, just a pair of W7's and an amp. Not that the W7's are cheap, just oddly familiar.
    The Gotham is really just damn sexy.

    It does make sense for JL to do this - a lot of sense. The W7 I'd bet is even a bigger performer in the home than it is in the car audio world, and they've already got the drivers in production... they've already got the electronics in production as well. Develop a 120v AC power supply, and you are in business. B)

    Now... how are they going to sell a low impedance driver and amp to a home audio community that's infatuated with numbers like.... damping factor anyone? :p
  6. sandt38

    sandt38 Full Member

    Actually, Chris, you would be surprised at the number of home audio guys who have no clue what damping factors are. Not only that, but they don't have a clue of how drivers work, what the specs entail... I mean nothing, zero, zilch, nadda.

    There are a few speaker builders on the forums, but they are few and far between. Most of the DIYers are simply fishing for enclosure designs.

    I, on the other hand, am anal retentive and things like that catch my eye.
  7. fugyaself

    fugyaself Full Member

    Very nice looking but I would rather see a single 13w7 in that enclosure. And of course the price would be sickening.

    People spend too much on the bottom octave.
  8. hobbes26

    hobbes26 Full Member

    Ignorance is bliss.

    I mean, looking at the specs and stuff only adds to the confusion. Much easier to just sit, listen, and say whether you like it or not.


    I think for JL, it's a sensible move to try to get into home audio. It's going to be difficult, though, to break into a world where the people think car audio is junk compared to home audio. Has there been any other company who's done this? There's quite a few who have come from home audio and broken into the car audio scene....
  9. sandt38

    sandt38 Full Member

    I don't know, who came first, Focal or JM Labs? They are the same company, but I honestly don't know who came first.
  10. hobbes26

    hobbes26 Full Member

    From the horse's mouth:


    Or for those lazy people, here's what Manville said:
    I still say it's pretty cool.
  11. luvdeftonz

    luvdeftonz Full Member

    Yes, it is cool. I'm hoping I can take a listen at CES this year (I hope they have the 3 units at CES!). Manville is a very smart guy. He put all the features home audio geeks love in a small cabinet with a huge driver (or drivers) that have buttloads of linear output. When I bought my current HT sub, room correction/equalization was still prohibitively expensive and only found on super high end subs processing section. I still haven't experienced the current subs that use this feature (JBL/Infinity has them in a lot of different models).

    With the current price tag, none of those JL's have a chance in my house...unless I find it unauthorized online at 50% off :D
  12. Steven Kephart

    Steven Kephart Full Member

    I agree that those things are beautiful. I think JL will be successful in that market. I'll bet they already have a wide dealer network. After all, a lot of audio stores sell both car and home audio.

    Steven Kephart
    Adire Audio
  13. The_spacemonkey

    The_spacemonkey Full Member

    Those things look real interesting. The other day Tom Nouisane told me he got a good listen to the dual sub system at CEDIA or some other convention thingy and that they performed extremely well, but are a bit overpriced.

    I like the look of them.
  14. The_Ancient

    The_Ancient Full Member

    if you look JL Audio up in the Dictionary it will say

    Main Entry: JL-Audio
    Function: transitive verb
    : to price too high

    :lmfao: :lmfao: :lmfao: :lmfao: