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JBLLSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor
 
5.0

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound quality (29)
  • Easy to set up (21)
  • Attractive (20)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Easy to mount (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (16)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (16)
  • Smaller rooms / apartments (15)
  • Home theater (10)
  • Basic systems (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (12), Tech savvy (12), Audiophile (8), Movie enthusiast (4), Practical (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Beats anything in price range

By Patricia

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Filmmaker

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Mount
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality
  • Not Too Big

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music Production
    • Sound Mixing

    Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

    I am a journalist/filmmaker and needed a solid monitoring system that I could afford. These fit the bill! I love their solid feel and true sound reproduction. They are reliable.

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    5.0

    Great nearfied monitors at a bargain price

    By RMachin

    from Redmond, WA

    About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

        None of the harshness or middle-forward nature of their competitors, these provide a neutral sound for mixing -- maybe not as exciting, but definitely more accurate overall. Positioning is important given the rear port. Jut clear transparent staging for your mix that makes it easier to position sounds and hear subtleties of reverb, compression etc

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        5.0

        Great Speakers

        By Terry Da Innovata

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Mixing Engineer, Pro Audio / DJ, Producer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Clear Midshighs
        • Deep Bass
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Great Stereo Image

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • DJ / Mixing
          • Home
          • Outdoors
          • Reference Monitors
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

          I'm coming from Prodipe Ribbon 8s and must say these are a great speaker. You can hear all of the ambience of recordings and never heard before things. Listening to classical music is a revelation especially with all of the breathing of the orchestral members being caught. These speakers also have a very deep and controlled bass response for such small monitors. Overall I am very happy with my purchase.

          Update: Since adding the sub that comes paired with the speakers the sound has gotten even more incredible. Now the speakers can focus on just mid and highs and they are even more detailed then before. These guys really designed a great product.

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          5.0

          Great improvement in sound (non professional use)

          By Mike B.

          from Parma, Ohio

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Great Sound
          • Wonderful Stage

          Cons

          • Hooking It Up

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • DJ / Mixing
          • Home
          • Home Theater
          • Larger Rooms
          • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
          • Outdoors
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

          You know how they say that a speaker can make tons of difference? yeah I haven't heard that either. Well this one did. I didn't realize how horrible all the other equipment I have is until I hooked those up. Even without sophisticated DAC or sound card YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE!
          Pros:
          - the sound comes from everywhere it seems
          - beautiful looking
          - bass is not overwhelming but its definitely there and it's not about strong vibrations but ones that "touch your soul" - sorry, I don't know how describe this other then that
          - more I listen to them the more it is orgasmic - I am no audiophile but those just make me want to listen to music all the time when I am home.
          Cons:
          - definitely not for amateurs when comes to hooking up - I had to work with guys at a music store to explain to me what's the best way to do so
          - each one is "self powered" (yeah I didn't really know what that means when I bought them too), problem is I read that you should not keep them on. Each one has to be turned off separately and switch is in the back - minor inconvenience.

          OVERALL? LOVE THIS!

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          5.0

          Very happy

          By Best happy customer

          from Brooklyn ny

          Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

          I was thinking to get the rokiet 5 and i bought this and I'm very happy

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          5.0

          Johannus organ aux speaker :)

          By SF Flying

          from SF, CA

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Mount
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Theater

            Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

            Using the speaker (pair) as additional sound source for a Johannus Opus 270 digital organ. Great organ and the external JBL's re-enforce the sound.

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            5.0

            Killer sound

            By Dylan

            from Orefield, pa

            About Me Ambient Electronic Produc

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy to Mount
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • DJ / Mixing
              • Guess
              • Guitar Amp Guitar Rig 5
              • Home
              • Home Theater
              • Listening
              • Mixing
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

              Impressive sound for the price, these rival some of the higher end monitors I've heard. Highs are clean and crisp, minds are well represented, and the bass is quite impressive for 5 inches, which surprised me the most. You don't really need a sub with these.

              The stereo imaging is really good, almost 3 dimensional. I will be upgrading to the 8 inchers soon. Don't bother paying a grand or more on monitors, jbl gets the job done for half the cost

              Do yourself a favor and just buy a pair, even if you already have monitors, you need these. B & h is really great too, my previous order was shipped and received in less than 24 hours.

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              5.0

              Great Value

              By Farmer Hank

              from Maryland

              About Me Audiophile

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • DJ / Mixing
                • Home
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                Wow! Great, great, speakers for the money. These are 80-90% of high end studio monitors for 25% of the price. Clear highs, smooth midrange, and punchy accurate bass. I have listened for many hours with no fatigue. Big rooms or really deep bass might overwhelm them a bit.
                Highly recommended.

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                5.0

                Great as PC Speakers!

                By The ISU Kid

                from West Des Moines, IA

                About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Computer Speakers
                    • Home
                    • Home Theater
                    • Smaller Rooms

                    Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                    I am using these studio monitors as speakers for my PC, and so far, so good. They sound fantastic and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering buying them for this purpose.

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                    5.0

                    Great small speakers.

                    By JPT

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy to Mount
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • DJ / Mixing
                      • Home

                      Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                      I needed good speakers for mixing music on my computer. I like these very much.

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                      5.0

                      Every video editor needs good monitors

                      By NoCoErik

                      from Northern Colorado

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                      Let's just say that I noticed subtle detail in my video audio that I'd never noticed before. Great deal on these, and yes, they show more "real" sound than my previous (decent) speakers. They may have 5" drivers, but they can push volumes that are honestly uncomfortable at nearfield (without distortion). Don't regret them at all.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing!

                      By mcphable

                      from Clermont, FL

                      About Me Christian Music, Electronic Music

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Clarity
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Project Studio
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                        After reading tons and tons of reviews for all studio monitors in the sub $[$]/pair range, I decided to take a chance on the LSR305's and I'm so glad I did! I moved to a new house and the only room for a studio is basically 10x10 with 8' ceilings. While I still have a lot of work left on acoustic treatment (to overcome those dimensions) and getting the monitors off of my Frankenstein of a desk, I'm 100% sure these speakers will provide the level of detail and clarity I'll need to make mixes that properly translate. Oh, and since I know lots of people are over concerned about the overall volume and bass content in speakers, these speakers aren't designed to make the room shake (although they get loud enough to damage my ears in my near-field setup and provide enough low-end thump to wonder how in the world that such small speakers can sound this good). What they are designed for is to cover an impressive frequency range (which is actually larger than most other 5" speaker), do it with minimal hype, and allow you to make intelligent mix decisions. To that end, these speakers can't be beat for the price! And paraphrasing a review I read, "if you can't make a good mix on these speakers, then the problem isn't the speakers."

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                        5.0

                        Excellent reference monitors for smaller rooms

                        By dg27

                        from New York

                        About Me Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Connection Options
                        • Good Power Output
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mixing
                          • Small Home Studio

                          Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                          I have seen these reviewed on computer-specific sites and those reviews are sometimes a discredit to the reader and do more harm than good. These are NOT intended as desktop computer speakers. For those purposes there are far more appropriate (and less expensive) alternatives.

                          These are reference monitors, which by desiogn are intended to have a (relatively) flat frequency response, which means there are no enhancements introduced by the speakers. They are intended to give a good representative of the source file, for mixing purposes.

                          I use them for doing rough muixes in a small home studio environment. If you have a large room, consider the 8" model. Also note that in a small room the additional subwoofer should not be necessary.

                          I did quite a bit of shopping around and listening before I bought these. I compared the Presonus (which sounded good, but had a very poor build, which I attribute to ineffective quality control). I also compared them to the wildly popular Rokits, which to my ear sounded truly lousy.

                          Although the most common recommendation is to place rear-ported monitors as far from the wall as possible, this is often impossible. In my case they are about 4" from the wall and I've detected no ill effects. I would recommend using isolation pads, such as the MoPAD-XL Monitor Isolation Pads .

                          These are very clean and natural sounding. I love them.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing sound for little $ !!!

                          By BobR

                          from CT USA

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                              Used for near field monitoring with my DAW. The imaging is great ,they sound fantastic and plenty loud enough. Well balanced. I am quite taken back by the sound quality at such a low price point.

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                              5.0

                              Powerful speakers they are, powerful speakers....

                              By Russem31

                              from Huntington Beach, CA

                              About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Power Output
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Home Theater
                                • Larger Rooms
                                • Smaller Rooms

                                Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                                These speakers have an amazing amount of base and range. I thoroughly enjoy using them! I also got them shipped in a timely manner and in great and safe packaging. And got a $ gift card on top of that. Can't go wrong with these speakers and this company. Thank you!

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                                4.0

                                They sound great, but need space behind them

                                By Jake

                                from San Francisco, CA

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Good Power Output
                                • Great Sound Quality

                                Cons

                                • Heavy / Bulky
                                • Tricky To Place

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Home Theater
                                • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

                                Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                                These speakers are a fantastic value. Nothing as good as this was possible for this cost even 10 years ago. The bass on these is really powerful, especially given the 5" woofer size!

                                One thing to note though: they have a bass port on the back, which means that they should ideally be placed several feet from a wall. This is really inconvenient for me and I am considering selling them and getting something else which doesn't have that requirement.

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                                5.0

                                JBL LSR305 STUDIO MONITOR

                                By soundman

                                from LEHIGH ACRES , FLORIDA

                                About Me Sound Contractor

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Power Output
                                • Great Sound Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Play Back

                                  Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                                  I used jbl equipments over the years, so I was not surprise about the lsr305 they are clean sounding,i will tell my friends.

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                                  5.0

                                  very good sound

                                  By Bob.O

                                  from N.E. Kansas

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Great Sound Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • DJ / Mixing
                                    • Home
                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                    Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                                    I have several pairs of headphones that I think are pretty decent, but plugging a pair of these speakers into the same source allowed me to hear clearly details of the music I had not noticed before. Should be good for mixing, but also just really nice to listen to.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very good equipment, good quality

                                    By Martín Vasquez

                                    from Queens, Ny

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Great Sound Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home

                                      Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                                      I've used it at home and it really is very good acquisition

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                                      5.0

                                      Far exceeded my expectations!

                                      By Vintagemusic

                                      from East-Central Ohio

                                      About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive Design
                                      • Easy to Mount
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Good Power Output
                                      • Great Sound Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Basic Systems
                                        • Home
                                        • Keyboard Synth Monitor
                                        • Smaller Rooms
                                        • Tight Quarters

                                        Comments about JBL LSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor:

                                        I expected the LSR305 speakers in combo with Monicon Passive Monitor Controller, XLR cables , Auray IP-S isolation pads to be good --- but this combination is really good! No clipping - no "noise", quiet and accurate audio reproduction from my various music keyboards.

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