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I've have a set of JBL S38II Studio Monitors, how well do these work for mixing monitors? I'm new to home recording, I bought the JBLs awhile back for my home stereo, thinking I might also make use of them for home recording. They are suppose to have a flat response, they do sound great with my stereo.
JBL don't make the same model any more, mine are 3-way with 8 inch woofer, and I think they listed for about 400 or so a piece.
As someone once said "This ain't Abbey Road here" I'm just doing some home recording, demo, etc, but would like to do as best as I can considering, I have a Zoom 1608, and will probably get some moderate priced preamp and mics, so that's the arena I'm operating in and was wondering how the JBL will fare for me. any thoughts are sure welcome.

  • JBL S38II Studio Monitors


TeddyG Thu, 03/17/2005 - 10:10

Likely, no one that has read your post, thus far, has the speakers in question? I don't. I don't even know what they are...

That said, if they sound good and mixes done on them "translate" well to other systems(Whatever you expect your usual audience to playback on), have at it!

Even Abbey Road, probably just used speakers that the AR speaker purchasing department thought sounded good. You can too.


anonymous Fri, 03/18/2005 - 14:18


Thanks, myself not knowing alot, know there are 'studio monitor' speakers that you use in recording and that they are suppose to have a flat response, after that I'm clueless. Thats why I was wonder about the JBL I have. The link below is to some S38, mine are the S388II a newer model, these are in what they called their Studio series, if I remember right. They sound great, but what do I know, like I said I bought them for my stereo and recording...
Just wonder what anyone thought


TeddyG Sat, 03/19/2005 - 20:52

The review ((linked above, AudioGaff!)) - for the "original" S38's, read much like reviews I've read of many speakers, over many years(Hi-fi and monitor), and certainly not a bad review, nor apparently speaker, at all.

For sure, with these, as with any speakers, getting to know them - and how their sound relates, or more properly maybe, "translates", to other speakers in same or other rooms, cars, etc., is critical. One can compensate/correct for every mixing rooms weak points, speakers included, with experience, careful listening, some "room tuning" and maybe a little careful "permanent"(For speakers only) EQ.

Are these great, disgustingly accurate monitor speakers? Likely not. But, as you, yourself, get to be pretty good, these speakers can likely go along for the ride - at least for now - until you have enough listening under your ears to make a confident and worthwhile change. Meanwhile... Learn these speakers, while you work on(Improve the quality of) your studio environment - it'll be money better spent - for now...


anonymous Sun, 03/20/2005 - 10:29

OK, here's the scoop......I got the Owner's Guide, and it says. for what it's worth.

Produce Line:...................... STUDIO SERIES
Professional Reference:...... Studio Monitor

The speakers housing itself just says "JBL"

TeddyG, thanks for the insight on getting to know them and how they "translate", I'll keep that in mind as embark along this new journey of home recording.

Seems like I remember getting a pretty good deal on them. like they listed for $500 a pair and I got 'em for like $220 new. They are suppose to be bookshelf but you'd never get them on a shelf and pretty heavy too.