Jbl j2050

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by slmsloslider, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. slmsloslider

    slmsloslider New Member

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    Firstly please forgive my ignorance.
    Ive just bought my first piece of gear, a Marantz 2230.
    Im working with a budget of pennies.
    I just need to get up and running..
    Ive found a pair of JBL J2050 bookcase speakers at goodwill, 15.00 dollars.
    Will these give me acceptable sound?.
    I don't know the terminology, but one of the domes is pushed in, not torn, just pushed in,can I just pull this out with a vacuum?
    Lastly is there a text some where on speaker restoration?
    Again please forgive my lack of knowlege, thanks George.
     
  2. Zilch

    Zilch Curve Junkie Subscriber

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  3. Rome

    Rome Holsum Honey Buns Subscriber

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    Hi & Welcome to AK Slmsloslider!
    You will get many varied opinions on these speaks, but it will ultimately depend on your decision about them. Those should sound pretty nice, but not in the league of some older model JBL like the L series. Your J2050s are kin to the 2500s, which is a nice bookshelf speak.

    I have some 2600s that sound pretty dog gone good to me, so let your ears be the final judge! :thmbsp:

    Count the cost on the repair, it may be feasible to get some other speaks.

    Rome
     
  4. willhowl

    willhowl Well-Known Member

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    Seconding the JBL motion

    Howdy, Simsloslider(boy,that's a mouthful..)

    I, too, have JBL 2600's... a close relative of 2050's...I had them hooked up to a Pioneer SX838 for a while, gave impressive performance for a smallish bookshelf size.... normally I run with the 2600's pushed by a Marantz 2015 in conjunction with a AudioSource 10" powered sub...this works very well....

    There are many posts on mashed tweeter cone repair here at AK....SEARCH!!

    15.00 bux is a cool deal for JBLs, which seem to have a synergy with Marantz..the 2030 is a very well regarded unit...

    I say GO FOR IT!!!!

    Good luck.....later,willhowl:thmbsp:
     
  5. VintInfinity

    VintInfinity Tactophonic

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    I have a pair of the J2050 that I found for $15 as well... They are actually really nice speakers. I have them hooked to a McIntosh MAC 1900 when I want a different sound from my main system. Surprising bass for a 5" woofer.

    The dustcap on the woofer is pushed in, right? The tweeters have a plastic cover to protect them.

    You should be able to pull out the dustcap, just be careful with the suction and use an appropriately sized attachment to do so.
     
  6. slmsloslider

    slmsloslider New Member

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    I missed these, waited too long after my research,one day, they were gone.

    Now looking at KLH 24@25 bucks,AR4x@40 bucks.Will these work well with my soon to arrive M2230?

    If they check out should I buy both ?

    How does a sub hook up?
     
  7. willhowl

    willhowl Well-Known Member

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    Live and learn.......

    Oh Boy S/3....... First rule of Thrift Store shopping.....If You Like It, Buy It Right Now!!!!!....Later is too late....Research is good,but Ya shoulda already known what you were looking at....

    Those JBLs would have been an excellent starter( or keeper pair) The low price, inherent JBL quality, and JBL/ Marantz mojo...... Great Combination!....as long as they were healthy, that is.

    Okay, let's move on...Either the AR4x or the KLH24 are good speakers, but they are older....and may be too touchy for someone in your position.... they are relatively inefficient, and produce a laid-back, mellow sound....many people love these speakers, but you need to know what YOU like...this takes experience...

    If you don't have the receiver yet, use some time for research right here.....SEARCH function is your friend....look at "West Coast vs. East Coast sound".........."What speakers for Marantz Reciever" ......

    You can get a good set of speaks for under $50 bux in the thrifts, and if you don't like "em, trade,sell or give away later...

    Don't mean to be harsh, but I think you need some "learnin"" on this very subjective subject, to save you money and time, frustration, and grief....

    Keep at it, read lots here- it"ll be time well spent....:yes:...willhowl

    P.S. Search for "powered subwoofer"... I use one with the 2015 because it is a low-powered unit (a FINE one) and sometimes I like more low end, with less strain on this 30 yr. old Baby.... W

    P.P.S. Great boat in the avatar... will tell you a story about a similar boat, a 1500 mile jaunt to the Keys, and a Wasted month with 3 other would be Pirates....Right now work demands my attention...
     
  8. slmsloslider

    slmsloslider New Member

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    Willhowl, thanks for the advice.Im using the search.Alot to learn and Im REALLY anxious to hear my growing lp collection, been along time since I had good sound.

    I fell in love with that model of boat, Cal 20, when I was in college years ago in Southern California.Couldnt find one down here, so I bought that one in San Diego and dragged it across the country to South Florida.

    Pirates you say?
     
  9. slmsloslider

    slmsloslider New Member

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    Well I looked at a pair of ar4x, chewed up cabs one replaced woofer not at all like the other one, passed on these.

    The guy also had a pair of klh24,cabs not to bad, looked together under the grills hooked up to an old Sony receiver with not to great reception on the tuner.

    They looked ok, sounded ok given the situation.I bought them for 20 bucks with the speaker leads and plugs.

    The tech says he has lots of work and my 2230 is in the que but it could be several weeks.

    Im gonna refinish these cabs in the meantime, and search here for info on recapping and all that.
     
  10. Paratima

    Paratima E'Wavin'

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    Sounds like you did well. Happy refinishing!
     
  11. terry wells

    terry wells New Member

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    I just got this for 10 vintage sansui
     

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