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JBLLSR305 5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Great sound quality (10)
  • Easy to set up (8)
  • Attractive (7)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
  • Smaller rooms / apartments (5)
  • Home (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6), Audiophile (3), Tech savvy (3)

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5.0

Great for price

By Evalano

from Portland, OR

About Me Pro Audio / DJ

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Basic Systems
    • DJ / Mixing

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

    These are the best powered near field monitors I have used at this price point. Seems quite accurate and delivers crisp clear sound.

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    5.0

    Amazing for the price

    By Phil

    from Montreal, QC

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

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • DJ / Mixing
      • Home
      • Smaller Rooms

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

      I'm running these through a presonus firebox, and I think the sound is just great. As to be expected from any studio monitor they are a little flat for just listening to music, but they do have some minor adjustments, and you can always use the EQ in whatever music player you're using. Highly recommended.

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      5.0

      ! Amazing Sound !

      By Edgar

      from California

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

      JBL does not improvise. They know what's best for mini recording studios. Their sound, construction and finished make you happy to have them in your home.

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      5.0

      So great...

      By JackG

      from New Jersey

      About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • DJ / Mixing
        • Home

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

        I ordered these from B&H 6 months ago and still find it remarkable how good they sound on an absolute basis - not just "for the money". I'm not using them for mixing (they're a little big to fit on my desk), they're in my dining room admirably filling the whole floor with music. The waveguide really does make for uniform clarity across a wide area, and they can get really loud and stay clean. Bass is very good as-is, but I did add the LSR310S subwoofer some time ago and that takes it to another level both in terms of available dynamic range (due to the sub's high-pass filter) and extension/oomph. What a combo! Love these things, and still can't get over the price.

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        5.0

        Not a better option at this price

        By jeff92k7

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Audio Engineer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Audio editing
          • Mixing
          • Nearfield Monitoring

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

          These LSR305 monitors are simply the best sounding powered speakers available in this price range. I researched a lot of other speakers and kept coming back to these as nothing else performed quite as well.
          I won't bother with a long review as many, many other people have also reviewed these, but I will note a few things.
          The clarity and detail of these monitors is amazing. The overall tonality isn't much different than you can get out of pretty much any other speaker out there with the right EQ settings, but where tehse shine is in their detail and clarity. Every instrument is clearly audible, even in dense mixes. The detail is extremely lifelike - such that at one point I wondered why I wasn't hearing anything from the monitors while I was hearing singing right behind me. It took a moment to realize that the speakers were working just fine, and the person behind me was actually silent at the time.
          Lastly, the power (volume) in these things is immense. I tried (and failed) to turn my audio interface up to full to see how loud these things could get. I could only get the output to about 80% on my interface before I had to turn it down. These speakers still had more to give.
          In sumamry, I am very pleased with these monitors and highly recommned them to anyone looking in this price range.

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          5.0

          The best in this price range

          By Ronnie

          from Pennsylvania

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

          Great addition to my home studio. I use them for mixing / monitoring and also for general music listening. Probably the best monitors in this price range.

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          5.0

          Great Monitor for the money

          By Michael

          from Kentucky

          About Me Pro Audio / DJ

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home studio

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

            I've owned other monitors at this price point and this one sounds much fuller and balanced than the others.

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            5.0

            Still Going Strong

            By BradleyP

            from Arlington, TX

            About Me Audiophile

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Desktop Audio
            • Home
            • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
            • Smaller Rooms

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

            I wrote an enthusiastic review of these monitors in August 2014 after I had owned them for about a week. Now, it's March 2015, and my enthusiasm for these speakers only grows. Reliability has been flawless.

            As an added bonus, these monitors also work just as well as home stereo speakers. Sometimes, I set mine up on stands in a fairly large room. When I do, I get neutral sound, gobs of clarity, bass you can feel, and superlative imaging. By "superlative" I mean a stereo image 15 feet wide, 10 feet tall and six feet deep wile sitting ten feet back with the speakers seven feet apart. The walls and ceiling disappear with good recordings. The first time I experienced this, I stayed up until 3:00 am listening to my favorite CDs with my mouth hanging open. Seriously, with these speakers, some decent stands, a USB DAC and a couple of cables, you get an honest-to-goodness hifi system for a fifth of what it should cost for the sound you get. Just add a laptop or a vinyl rig.

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            5.0

            Sounds really good

            By Sherwin L

            from San Diego CA

            Verified Buyer

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

            Worth the money. I got 2 and they sound amazing even at low volumes. Paired mine up with the SM Pro Nano Patch so I could control the volume easily.

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            5.0

            Better than expected

            By Wayne

            from Stephenville, TX

            About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Heavy / Bulky

            Best Uses

            • DJ / Mixing

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

            I have been using cheap speakers for years, and finally decided to upgrade. So far, I have had zero problems. Sound reproduction quality has been more than I expected, and it has been very helpful when editing with others in the room.

            They are a little bigger than I expected, but I now have a reason to upgrade my mixing console. I recently purchased (and am waiting for) the sub that pairs with these speakers.

            I have been very pleased! Hard to go wrong with JBL.

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            5.0

            Exactly what I needed

            By JTendy

            from New York

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

            These sound and look great in my B room. For monitoring at lower volumes they're perfect. I can work all day without my ears getting tired. Sound is clean & flat.

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            5.0

            Great

            By MJ23

            from Htown

            Verified Buyer

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

            Buy these. Worth it. Use it for studio mixing better than more expensive options.

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            5.0

            Inexpensive monitors that aren't cheap

            By Gordo

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Audio / DJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Smaller Rooms

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

              Despite rave reviews, I wasn't expecting these to sound half as good as they do. Very balanced and believable sound, great imaging, and especially well exposed mids. Great sound for small rooms, and for the price, you can't afford not to get them.

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              5.0

              Impressive.

              By Topher

              from New York, NY

              About Me Audio Engineer, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Weak Bass

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Smaller Rooms

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

              These little speakers are fantastic. IMHO, they're the best deal in the 5" driver market right now. You're not going to hear any super-deep bass, but if you're looking for that, you shouldn't be considering 5" monitors in the first place. If you want the extra lows, add a sub. The waveguide is the same same one from their $10k commercial speakers, and really does widen the sweet-spot. My other choice was the HS50m, but there was a bit of a spike around 1khz that I didn't like. The LSR305's are quite accurate and worth every penny. Buy them, and you won't be disappointed.

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              5.0

              I am a BELIEVER

              By KJ

              from Boston

              About Me Editor, Filmmaker, Movie Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • DJ / Mixing
                • Editing
                • Music
                • Smaller Rooms
                • Voice

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

                Let me start by saying that I am listening to these monitors as I am typing and I am just absolutely impressed! Honestly, I have not stopped listening to them since I set them up yesterday! I am an editor and these speakers make voice and music sound clear, crisp, and very clean. Set them up correctly, and you are submersed into the amazing sound these speakers make. I feel like I am "there". The bass is perfect - no need to be thumping. Even if you are not a professional media person, you will appreciate the beautiful sounds these speakers make! JBL, you've outdone yourselves!

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                5.0

                Musical, Neutral, Extended, Powerful

                By BradleyP

                from Arlington, TX

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Bargain
                • Bass "slam"
                • Clarity
                • Coherence
                • Extended
                • Insane value
                • Lively
                • Neutral
                • Non-fatiguing
                • Smooth

                Cons

                • Can't Stop Listening
                • Needs Rca Adapters

                Best Uses

                • Desktop Audio
                • Home Audio
                • Home theater
                • Pro Audio

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

                I have had my pair of 305s for over a week now and am delighted both with the monitors and the service from B&H. These sit on my desk for listening to tunes--streamed, 44.1/16, and 96/24--while I work. I'm a music lover and audio enthusiast as opposed to a music pro.

                Each of mine sits on a pair of foam yoga blocks to get the tweeters up to ear level and to isolate the enclosures from the desk. Make sure you spread these babies at least four feet apart or the image specificity suffers, in my experience. Also, for the liveliest sound, open the volume *all the way* and then use either the +4dB or -10dB position on the input sensitivity switch depending on the type of gear you are driving them with. Me, I feed them with a vacuum tube dac, and they just eat that up.

                These monitors are an insanely good deal, and I would buy them again in a heartbeat and recommend them to anyone who asks. They amaze me every day. They have finesse for classical and jazz, and they will rock crazy hard, too. Right now, I'm shaking the windows with "Lose Yourself to Dance" cranked to 11...and laughing at how great this is. Unbelievable!

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                5.0

                Haven't used yet

                By Aspiring Filmmaker

                from Norcross, GA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Haven't used these yet but after reading reviews I'm definitely looking forward to it!

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                      5.0

                      Huge sound, Small boxes!

                      By Eric S.

                      from Dallas, TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Aesthetics
                      • Bass response
                      • price

                      Cons

                      • No Rca Inputs

                      Best Uses

                      • MIXING
                      • Nearfield Monitoring
                      • Studio Reference

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

                      These monitors are surprisingly accurate for their size. The bass is thick but not over compensated like KRK monitors are known for. I've got these in the 8in and 5in models, and I like the 5's better for near field. JBL always has had top quality products and they certainly did it again! I'd highly recommend these for the price. The only cons I could say about these is that they don't have RCA jacks on the back, which for some folks may require a simple RCA to 1/4" adapter.

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                      5.0

                      Price is a DEFINITE STEAL!!!

                      By Mike

                      from Astoria, New York

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Don't think twice! I got my pair 2 weeks ago and was lucky that they were on a $[$]off discount the day I bought them. Initially eyeing the Yamaha but after hearing them at B&H, I didn't think twice and immediately purchased my pair.Never heard anything like this, especially with proper positioning you can never go wrong with these monitors!Definitely one of the best bang for the buck item I bought in years!Even used it on small gathering and the hall was rocking! They taught I was using large speakers and it never sounded harsh when you turn up the volume. The volume level of the monitors were only at half but still shines.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent sounds!

                            By Fusion the Artist

                            from Cayman Islands

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Crisp Highs
                            • Excellent bass
                            • Sleek look
                            • Tight Mids
                            • wide frequency range

                            Cons

                            • Power Cord is Short

                            Best Uses

                            • MIXING
                            • Producing

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

                            The bass response is perfect for my needs, It doesn't over power the mids/highs. The monitors do not sound boxy at all and it looks professional. Best money I have ever spent.

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