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ICTWoody

Junior Member
A question for ICTWoody.

I might have missed it.... but did you ever try your Jabo horns with your Onkens? I have a 414 in a petite Onken with the 32 horn (802 driver) and am wondering if the Jabo would image better or perhaps there is another maybe negative trade off? Just reading this thread after a long absense. I have the JE crossover at about 3k. The Werner auto-former talk is interesting, and am wondering what benefit the auto-former would have.

Lots of house duties first before I have audio fun again, .... finish the basement, tile the kitchen backsplash...& repair some structural work and lots on the honey do list.....fun times...NOT.
Cheers
Frank M
I didn't try the small Jabo on my Onkens, but I use the larger version, the KH-53 on them already. I use the big Jabo with 288 drivers. They don't go quiet as high as the smaller Jabo's with the 802's, but they'll reach down a bit lower to cross nicely with the 416/Onk combo. I'm very happy with them.

As for imaging... yes. They will image better than the 32. Maybe @jhoyt will chime in too since he was there when I made the swap from my 32/802 combo and then the Jabo/802. But IMO, the Jabo's are more "hifi". They image better and are more focused. It isn't as much a case of better or worse, it just depends on your preference. The Jabo is more like a modern speaker, the 32 is more wall of sound and more natural sounding. A little smoother.

If you have the luxury of sitting in a "sweet spot" and setting up the speakers as such, the Jabo I really liked. If you want to have a wider sweet spot, or listen more corporately, or just prefer a smoother presentation, the 32 is tough to beat.

Does that help?

- Woody
 

fmena

Junior Member
Thanks Woody ... actually yes it does help immensely... I am more for natural sounding than 3D placement. But before I do anything else I will address some physical room issues I have as I re-finish the basement.
Cheers and thanks.
by the way.... ... fantastic listening area you have ...
Frank M
 
I didn't try the small Jabo on my Onkens, but I use the larger version, the KH-53 on them already. I use the big Jabo with 288 drivers. They don't go quiet as high as the smaller Jabo's with the 802's, but they'll reach down a bit lower to cross nicely with the 416/Onk combo. I'm very happy with them.

As for imaging... yes. They will image better than the 32. Maybe @jhoyt will chime in too since he was there when I made the swap from my 32/802 combo and then the Jabo/802. But IMO, the Jabo's are more "hifi". They image better and are more focused. It isn't as much a case of better or worse, it just depends on your preference. The Jabo is more like a modern speaker, the 32 is more wall of sound and more natural sounding. A little smoother.

If you have the luxury of sitting in a "sweet spot" and setting up the speakers as such, the Jabo I really liked. If you want to have a wider sweet spot, or listen more corporately, or just prefer a smoother presentation, the 32 is tough to beat.

Does that help?

- Woody
The Jabo/802 combo sound very natural and smooth with an Obligatto oiler cap inline. :D
Alonzo

Just poking fun, I bought his Jabo/802 setup...but they do sound smooooooth.
 
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