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JBL LSR4326 PAK & LSR4312SP Concord NH

The ability to solo individual monitors, control volume, select EQ presets, bypass RMC (Room Mode Correction), bypass the sub, and select between analog and digital—all using the remote or a user-supplied computer connected via USB—is really cool.

Acoustic Connection
(603) 494-7333
816 Elm Street Suite #198
Manchester, NH
 
SVI Home Theater Systems, Inc.
(603) 315-6294
400 Bedford Street, Box #13
Manchester, NH
Services
Stereo, home theater, new home and retro wiring
Brands
Onkyo Integra, NAD, Monitor Audio
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Elan Level II Integrator, SBCA, URC Programmer
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Xtreme Audio & Video
(888) 987-6281
7 Rita Ave
Pelham, NH
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Adcom, Crestron, Fusion Research, Image Improved Furnishings, Marantz, Niles Audio, Panamax, Phase Technology, Pakedge, Philips, ReQuest, RTI, Samsung, Sharp, Sherwood Newcastle, Terra, Tributaries, Universal Remote
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Pat Molettieri, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Tasco Security Inc
(603) 448-2245
PO Box 850
Lebanon, NH
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- ERIC STONE, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Home Theater And Beyond
(603) 424-1968
3 Beebe Lane Home Theater And Beyond
Merrimack, NH
 
Soundscapes
(603) 783-6631
23 Bailey Drive
Boscawen , NH
 
Distinctive Theater
(603) 785-7312
TheatersNE.com
Manchester, NH
 
Magnolia Home Theater
(603) 891-4900
220 DANIEL WEBSTER HWY
Nashua, NH
 
State St. Discount
(603) 436-7047
3613 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH
 
Magnolia Home Theater
(603) 431-1269
45 GOSLING RD
Newington, NH
 

JBL LSR4326 PAK & LSR4312SP

OVERVIEW

For specs, check out JBL’s website. I will say this, though: The system was not nearly as difficult to configure as I feared it would be upon unpacking all the components. Don’t be put off by all the ins and outs, calibration mics, and dipswitches—a novice can set up this system.

Also, note that some of the LSR’s best features are remote controllable. The ability to solo individual monitors, control volume, select EQ presets, bypass RMC (Room Mode Correction), bypass the sub, and select between analog and digital—all using the remote or a user-supplied computer connected via USB—is really cool. Furthermore, the 31-segment LED level metering on the front of the cabinets is handy as a visual reminder of your monitoring level, as it’s easy to let your levels get out of hand 10 hours into a 20-hour session.

IN USE

We placed the sub dead center and each full-range cab at ear level in an equilateral triangle arrangement, with the sub crossover at 50Hz. After arranging the sub/cabs and making all the proper connections, you place the calibration mic at the listening position and engage the system’s RMC. It may sound scary, but the process is simple: Hold the button for three seconds while the system goes through an automatic set of frequency sweeps and bass pulses and you are good to go . . . supposedly. But can this quick fix for inaccurate monitoring really work?

I tested the system by playing some older recordings I knew well (like the Stooges’ Funhouse) and some newer mixes as well. I immediately noticed the system’s incredible stereo imaging; I could easily identify each track’s position in the stereo field. Excessive compression and limiting on some newer recordings were very apparent, giving the tracks a squashed sound and fuzzy high end, and I heard some over-corrective EQing (presumably done during mastering) that was more of a problem than a fix. Translation: This system doesn’t smooth over the rough edges; it’s flat and honest.

Next I used the system while remixing a song that I had moved from a Pro Tools HD rig to LE. Using the system’s digital input, I ran the output of an MBox, using S/PDIF, into a TC Electronic Finalizer, in bypass mode, into the sub’s AES digital in. I then had to use two more XLR cables to connect the two full range cabinets digitally. Using the digital inputs yielded superior results vis-à-vis analog when using the MBox. The JBL A/D converters seemed very accurate, with good dynamic range—an improvement over the converters in most semi-pro gear.

I proceeded to mix the song, applying compression and effects with a fair amount of limiting and EQ on the master bus. During the mix, I occasionally bypassed RMC with the supplied remote. Though I generally avoid mixing with a sub, the RMC tames the unsettling woof of the sub, making the system sound much more balanced.

Moving the mix out to my Saturn for the requisite “car test” resulted in no surprises—any flaw in the mix was something I had noted in...

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