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JBL Northridge Series

03-09-2005, 09:38 AM
I posted this in another thread, but I think it ended up getting burried. I'd like to act relatively soon so I'm posting this here. Any input would be very much appreciated.
I've been able to talk my wife into some larger speakers so I don't strictly have to go to a sub/satellite system. I think what did it was the other night my neighbor showed us his JBL Northridge series. We really like the way they sound (and the room they were in is the same room we'll be putting ours). I went on amazon.com and was able to price the entire series (in 5.1 for now) for $822.90. That's about $550 less than BB. I'm looking at EC25, E150P, E80's, and E10's.
Anyone have any experience with this system? Or know it's strengths/weaknesses? I know there are Klipsch which are similar for a little more $. What are some comparable systems out there for roughly the same $?
Our room is about 18x12 w/vaulted ceilings. Usage is 50% tv/xbox, 35% movie, 15% music.

Update - BB will match this price for me but include tax which is why i'm interested in this product because i'd have no interest for 12 months, so i'd only pay $80/month.

03-20-2005, 02:47 AM
Hi Camdogg,

I got the whole shooting match from whatever the cheapest source was early this month. I'm very happy with the speakers, but as all I had before was a Panasonic 5.1 package setup, I don't have much to compare with. I was happy with them. All I can say is it's a helluva lot better than the Panasonics. The Panasonics were more directional. I mean, of course, the JBLs are ten times bigger.

By shopping around on the web, I got the E250P powered sub, EC35 center, E100 towers and two E10 surrounds for $1000 including shipping. I got FREE SHIPPING on the E100 towers from J&R Music World through Amazon.com, but I notice they've taken that deal off. It was a $127 shipping credit!

For something comparable, I looked at the Infinity Beta series. They have a very similar setup with their CMMD drivers as opposed to JBL's PolyPlas drivers. The Infinity's are three or four times more expensive than the JBLs! I would say the JBLs are the poor man's Infinity's.


03-20-2005, 03:05 PM
Hello again Camdogg,

I saw this price posted to another forum:


$1100 for everything. Exactly what I've got. Includes shipping. No tax. That will save you a lot of hunting around and for the extra $277 you'll be happier knowing you got the best Northridge JBL makes.

See if you can get a zero interest credit card deal and pay it off before the interest starts. That's what I'm doing with my Epson LS47P2 3LCD RPTV.

03-20-2005, 03:07 PM
They have the Cherry and Birch for the same price too.

03-21-2005, 09:44 AM
Thanks for the responses. I actually decided against the JBL's, although I still like the way they sound. A few of the Best Buys out here in So Cal have a higher end section (supplied through Magnolia Hi-Fi) which carries Boston Acoustics, M&K, Vienna, Martin Logan, Def Tech, etc...
For about the same price I was going to spend on the JBL's ($935 vs. $822.90 + tax) , I ended up getting the Boston Acoustics setup. VR1's for the front towers, CRC7 for center, and some small satellite micro 110x's for the surrounds. The only thing I didn't upgrade was the sub. The BA sub they had hooked up wasn't working and I didn't want to buy the sub without first hearing it. That's about the only thing left to upgrade...for now.
I can't wait to hear it. I've yet to hook everything up as I built a custom cabinet in my wall to house all my electronics, and I've been too busy to actually finish it. Should be there this week though.
Anyone else have experience with these speakers? My wife wouldn't let me get the VR3's because of the size. I listened to both and the sound difference (to my untrained ear, at least) was not that noticable. So I'm happy with my choice.

03-21-2005, 09:59 AM
Well, that's good. I'm glad you got something you like and your wife is satisfied too. Actually, from what I've been reading, the E250P sub is pretty wimpy anyway. It sounds okay, but it won't go very low. In that price range, the SVS PB10-ISD is supposed to be much better. I can find it for $429 online plus shipping.

The JBL lists for that much, but you can get it shipped for $250 at h**p://www.wholesaleav.com But the price doesn't matter if it's not as good. I'm happy with mine for now. It matches, what the hell. I have two subs in my setup. One of these days I'll bust a thousand on the Axiom. Wishful thinking!