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JBL Professional 308P MKII 8" 2 Way Powered Studio Reference Monitor (Single Speaker) - £135 @ Amazon
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JBL Professional 308P MKII 8" 2 Way Powered Studio Reference Monitor (Single Speaker) - £135 @ Amazon

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Posted 1st NovEdited by:"rev6"
These are active speakers so you don't need an amplifier for them, just a source, such as a TV, PC, audio interface, etc.

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I would have a pair of these like a shot if I could think of a place to use them, I like my speakers and these are good.
The down side is they only have wired input options, no Bluetooth which is a shame.
Have the originals very very good! I use them as speakers for my TV, fantastic quality
People talking as if it's a pair of speakers, but OP says it's only one. Confusing.
F4STFORW4RD01/11/2019 14:05

People talking as if it's a pair of speakers, but OP says it's only one. …People talking as if it's a pair of speakers, but OP says it's only one. Confusing.


It's a single speaker
I've got the 5 inch model of this, they're fantastic speakers. Highly recommended!
It's also available at Bax Music for the same price.
These are more for DJs and musicians .. it can be used as an amp and monitoring speakers -- but the L+R channels come out of the one speaker

This is a good deal
ChrisSmith-111f9.9821601/11/2019 15:55

These are more for DJs and musicians .. it can be used as an amp and …These are more for DJs and musicians .. it can be used as an amp and monitoring speakers -- but the L+R channels come out of the one speaker This is a good deal


Perfectly suited to people that just want decent speakers for listening to music and even for a kick to TV speakers
ChrisSmith-111f9.9821601/11/2019 15:55

These are more for DJs and musicians .. it can be used as an amp and …These are more for DJs and musicians .. it can be used as an amp and monitoring speakers -- but the L+R channels come out of the one speaker This is a good deal


No they don't. If you have two of these you get stereo sound, one deals with the right channel, the other the left channel.
I understand that this is for one speaker and also if you buy 2 you will have an excellent stereo set up, but
how do the speakers sort out the stereo effect, and not just output the same mono sound from both speakers.
Just wondered.
Nobody posts a deal for one shoe. Just saying.
Even cheaper from music matter via eBay ... 227 a pair !!

I've a pair of 305 which are used for music production they are so fantastic sounding I've bought a pair of 308s for living room for home cinema use.

When I was looking at 308s 350 a pair was a superb price only 10 months or so ago
Edited by: "Buckster" 1st Nov
Nicebob01/11/2019 16:22

I understand that this is for one speaker and also if you buy 2 you will …I understand that this is for one speaker and also if you buy 2 you will have an excellent stereo set up, buthow do the speakers sort out the stereo effect, and not just output the same mono sound from both speakers.Just wondered.


That's a great question actually, as the speakers are identical. I would also like to know the answer to this if anyone knows
Nicebob01/11/2019 16:22

I understand that this is for one speaker and also if you buy 2 you will …I understand that this is for one speaker and also if you buy 2 you will have an excellent stereo set up, buthow do the speakers sort out the stereo effect, and not just output the same mono sound from both speakers.Just wondered.


The speakers don't sort anything out, the stereo separation comes from the source. Left signal to one speaker and right signal to the other.
bigsky01/11/2019 16:59

Nobody posts a deal for one shoe. Just saying.



They're sold singularly. Add two to your basket, problem solved!
Ok. The ignorance and distinct lack of useful help here is mind-boggling.

Studio / professional audio speakers are often sold as SINGLE units. They are sometimes also sold as matched pairs, but not often. Therefore they can be used individually, and this can often be appropriate in some situations, for mono audio.

Most of the time, obviously, the typical listener needs two speakers for the usual stereo setup. So, if you are considering these for any typical home / studio environment, you will need to order two. Left audio goes to one, right audio goes to the other.

I would consider a small mixer or a "monitor controller" to go between them and a PC, though, to have a physical volume control within easy reach.

These are decent for the price, btw, but sizeable with those 8 inch cones!!
chischis01/11/2019 20:19

Ok. The ignorance and distinct lack of useful help here is …Ok. The ignorance and distinct lack of useful help here is mind-boggling.Studio / professional audio speakers are often sold as SINGLE units. They are sometimes also sold as matched pairs, but not often. Therefore they can be used individually, and this can often be appropriate in some situations, for mono audio.Most of the time, obviously, the typical listener needs two speakers for the usual stereo setup. So, if you are considering these for any typical home / studio environment, you will need to order two. Left audio goes to one, right audio goes to the other.I would consider a small mixer or a "monitor controller" to go between them and a PC, though, to have a physical volume control within easy reach.These are decent for the price, btw, but sizeable with those 8 inch cones!!



Yeah they are pretty massive. Make sure you have plenty of space to put them.
Nicebob01/11/2019 16:22

I understand that this is for one speaker and also if you buy 2 you will …I understand that this is for one speaker and also if you buy 2 you will have an excellent stereo set up, buthow do the speakers sort out the stereo effect, and not just output the same mono sound from both speakers.Just wondered.

You need a source with 2 channel output, like an amp/dac.
reubenno02/11/2019 01:02

You need a source with 2 channel output, like an amp/dac.


I understand, but now it seems to be getting a bit messy and defeating the point of having active speakers, if you then need an amp to provide separate input channels. I have a pair of Edifier S2000 pros which do this without any extra equipment. Excellent quality and Bluetooth connectivity. Not cheap probably about the same as two of these and the extra equipment to get them working in stereo.
Nicebob02/11/2019 08:49

I understand, but now it seems to be getting a bit messy and defeating the …I understand, but now it seems to be getting a bit messy and defeating the point of having active speakers, if you then need an amp to provide separate input channels. I have a pair of Edifier S2000 pros which do this without any extra equipment. Excellent quality and Bluetooth connectivity. Not cheap probably about the same as two of these and the extra equipment to get them working in stereo.


I use a £25 amp/DAC with my 305s, works absolutely fine as a stereo splitter. I understand your point, but having these as active speakers means you don't have to spend lots of money on a good amp, just one that is capable of splitting a signal into stereo.

Plus, these are studio monitors, designed for mixing and mastering audio. The majority of people who are doing that will have some sort of audio interface that will allow them to connect these speakers.
@Nicebob@leeroy81@chischis@reubenno

I've done some research, and as far as I'm aware something like this cable would allow you to connect these speakers directly to a PC or laptop. You wouldn't need to buy anything else for it to work.
Strixx02/11/2019 16:51

@Nicebob @leeroy81 @chischis @reubenno I've done some research, and as far …@Nicebob @leeroy81 @chischis @reubenno I've done some research, and as far as I'm aware something like this cable would allow you to connect these speakers directly to a PC or laptop. You wouldn't need to buy anything else for it to work.


That's right
Strixx02/11/2019 16:51

@Nicebob @leeroy81 @chischis @reubenno I've done some research, and as far …@Nicebob @leeroy81 @chischis @reubenno I've done some research, and as far as I'm aware something like this cable would allow you to connect these speakers directly to a PC or laptop. You wouldn't need to buy anything else for it to work.


thanks.
Mine arrived yesterday and sound fantastic out of the box. As long as you don't mind a bit of plastic rather than paying for lots of hifi wood these are amazing value for money.

Mine are connected to a Denon X7200 as part of a home cinema setup
Edited by: "Buckster" 3rd Nov
reubenno02/11/2019 10:53

I use a £25 amp/DAC with my 305s, works absolutely fine as a stereo …I use a £25 amp/DAC with my 305s, works absolutely fine as a stereo splitter. I understand your point, but having these as active speakers means you don't have to spend lots of money on a good amp, just one that is capable of splitting a signal into stereo.Plus, these are studio monitors, designed for mixing and mastering audio. The majority of people who are doing that will have some sort of audio interface that will allow them to connect these speakers.


What amp/DAC are you using?
Phil-osopher1003/11/2019 12:51

What amp/DAC are you using?


The SMSL SD793ii, I got it half price, it's £50 on Amazon.
Strixx02/11/2019 16:51

@Nicebob @leeroy81 @chischis @reubenno I've done some research, and as far …@Nicebob @leeroy81 @chischis @reubenno I've done some research, and as far as I'm aware something like this cable would allow you to connect these speakers directly to a PC or laptop. You wouldn't need to buy anything else for it to work.



Yup, good call sir. Mini Jack to dual MONO quarter inch Jack is the correct cable.

However, what if you want to control volume? Yeah you can use the windows control, but it's great to have a physical control to do it with.

So one of these would be perfect, inexpensive, and do the job:

dv247.com/en_…000

This would feed from the PC, You would then need two quarter inch Jack cables to Go from there to the speakers. This is not necessary but it is so handy to have a quick volume control on the desk!
Nicebob02/11/2019 08:49

I understand, but now it seems to be getting a bit messy and defeating the …I understand, but now it seems to be getting a bit messy and defeating the point of having active speakers, if you then need an amp to provide separate input channels. I have a pair of Edifier S2000 pros which do this without any extra equipment. Excellent quality and Bluetooth connectivity. Not cheap probably about the same as two of these and the extra equipment to get them working in stereo.


You're misidentifying the point in them in the first place, they aren't expensive because they're active speakers, they're expensive because the sound quality is very high. As someone else said, this is more like DJ equipment than consumer stuff.

Anyone with a proper ear for sound quality (which admittedly 90% of people can't tell the fackin difference at all) would turn their nose up so fast at your bluetooth speakers they'd be at risk of spinal injury.
emerica4u04/11/2019 10:38

You're misidentifying the point in them in the first place, they aren't …You're misidentifying the point in them in the first place, they aren't expensive because they're active speakers, they're expensive because the sound quality is very high. As someone else said, this is more like DJ equipment than consumer stuff.Anyone with a proper ear for sound quality (which admittedly 90% of people can't tell the fackin difference at all) would turn their nose up so fast at your bluetooth speakers they'd be at risk of spinal injury.


Very nicely put. Yes I've probably missed the point that these aren't really for home use and I was in no way saying these speakers are anything but excellent. By the way they are not expensive, just good value for money.

As for my Bluetooth speakers, please do some research on the brand and model 'Edifier S2000 Pro' before passing comment, it may save you a spinal injury.
My neck is at no risk I assure you, happily chugging along with my bluetooth sennheisers I found on here that do me just fine!
chischis03/11/2019 19:19

Yup, good call sir. Mini Jack to dual MONO quarter inch Jack is the …Yup, good call sir. Mini Jack to dual MONO quarter inch Jack is the correct cable.However, what if you want to control volume? Yeah you can use the windows control, but it's great to have a physical control to do it with.So one of these would be perfect, inexpensive, and do the job:https://www.dv247.com/en_GB/GBP/Palmer-Monicon-Passive-Monitor-Controller/art-REC0010876-000This would feed from the PC, You would then need two quarter inch Jack cables to Go from there to the speakers. This is not necessary but it is so handy to have a quick volume control on the desk!


Thanks, and yeah if you want a physical volume control that would be very helpful.

I personally use software called Volumouse though, it's free and amazing. It makes changing the volume so quick and effortless. Try it if you want, and let me know what you think
Strixx08/11/2019 12:19

Thanks, and yeah if you want a physical volume control that would be very …Thanks, and yeah if you want a physical volume control that would be very helpful. I personally use software called Volumouse though, it's free and amazing. It makes changing the volume so quick and effortless. Try it if you want, and let me know what you think



Thanks, looks like another handy tool for the toolbox at least.

I'm just a bit of a stickler for "gain staging" a pro audio term for managing audio levels as they pass through hardware. I prefer the PC to be putting out max volume line level signals, then control the volume of that. Habit
chischis09/11/2019 12:29

Thanks, looks like another handy tool for the toolbox at least.I'm just a …Thanks, looks like another handy tool for the toolbox at least.I'm just a bit of a stickler for "gain staging" a pro audio term for managing audio levels as they pass through hardware. I prefer the PC to be putting out max volume line level signals, then control the volume of that. Habit


You're welcome. Does it make any difference to audio quality though, whether the volume is increased on a PC, or on the hardware itself?
Strixx09/11/2019 18:28

You're welcome. Does it make any difference to audio quality though, …You're welcome. Does it make any difference to audio quality though, whether the volume is increased on a PC, or on the hardware itself?


audiosciencereview.com/for…31/
rev609/11/2019 18:45

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/myth-or-reality-volume-control-in-windows.2031/


Thanks for that, I can't believe that it actually makes a difference though, hopefully it's a negligible one.
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