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Old 24th January 2015, 04:05 PM   #1
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Default Heresy vs JBL 4410

Sorry if this comes off as a noob question, but i'd like to hear opinions:

I have two sets of speakers: A set of 1987 Klipsch Heresy 2's, and a set of JBL 4410 studio monitors.

For the purpose of using as far-field studio monitors, which do you think is the more accurate set?

The JBL's appear to have been created for the purpose... but i'm a big klipsch fan ( my main system has cornwalls in it ) and i feel like they are pretty amazing speakers as well... but are they good monitors?

I'm sure this touches on the "do good monitors make good listening speakers" discussion, and how most hate the sound of listening to music on the Yamaha NS10, but they are great for recording purposes because you can hear mistakes that other speakers mask, etc. Ultimately, that's what i'm asking... which is the more accurate speaker for the sake of creating a better recording mix.

thank you in advance for your reply.
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Old 24th January 2015, 07:01 PM   #2
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The best thing to do is evaluate both and do a writeup. The answer will become obvious to you. Post your results here as well to add to the depth of knowledge.
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Old 25th January 2015, 12:07 PM   #3
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I designed the 4410 many years ago so I am biased towards it. I remember that it was fairly flat and smooth and should serve well as a monitor for either nearfield or farfield use.

I don't have a direct experience with the particular Klipsch model but in general I find most Klipsch products voiced for Rock and Roll fun rather than accuracy. Not what you want in a monitor.

You might want to look at Toole's book where he compares the NS 10 to the 4410 and questions why the NS 10 has intentionally rising response.

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Old 25th January 2015, 02:04 PM   #4
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Hi David

I though you designed the 4411, and then Greg Timbers designed the 4412/4410/4408/4406 ?
I have a pair of 4412 here and I love them. These are the speakers I will never part with, for sure. I also had several 4410 pairs here (in transit for friends) and I found the sound was very similar to the 4412 to the point of being almost indistinguishable at normal listening levels.
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Old 25th January 2015, 02:38 PM   #5
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High POS,

Yes, I got it totally wrong. I was thinking of the 4401, the small 2 way. 4410 was probably a Greg Timbers design although Drew designed a few models as well, specifically the 4425.

All were well designed. As you point out, a lot of the 10" 3-way, 12" 3-way siblings were very near clones. This includes L 96/L 112 and 4410/4412.

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