JBL 250Ti loudspeaker Specifications

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Description: Four-way, floorstanding loudpeaker. Drive-units: reflex-loaded, 14" pulp-cone woofer, 8" polypropylene-cone lower-midrange unit, 5" polypropylene-cone midrange unit, 1" titanium-dome tweeter. Crossover frequencies: 400Hz, 1.4kHz, 5.2kHz. Nominal impedance: 8 ohms. Sensitivity: 90dB/W/m. Maximum recommended power: 400W.
Dimensions: 52" H by 22.5" W by 14.25" D. Weight: 150 lbs each.
Price: $3396/pair (1985); no longer available (2013).
Manufacturer: JBL Division of Harman International, 8500 Balboa Blvd., P.O. Box 2200, Northridge, CA 91329 (1985). JBL Consumer Products, 1718 W. Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, IN 46517 (2013). Tel: (516) 594-0300. Web: www.jbl.com.

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JBL Consumer Products
1718 W. Mishawaka Road
Elkhart, IN 46517
(516) 594-0300
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remlab's picture
Negoman..

His "ideals" ultimately kept him from enjoying the high end audio he did so much to popularize. To bad he never learned to loosen up.

JohnnyR's picture
Loosen Up?

I think he was very down to earth and the best editor Stereophile ever had or will have.

"JBL did their homework, all right. In their bid for the perfectionist audiophile market (and who else would pay $3400/pair for loudspeakers?)"

He would be spinning in his grave to know what passes for "perfectionist" in cost today and the trinkets that go with the "high end" that do nothing yet cost more than a lot of amplifiers.sad

remlab's picture
Audio is ultimately about..

Getting a musical "fix". His ideals ultimately kept him from getting that fix. It stopped being fun for him. Maybe I'm being unfair. Maybe all reviewers eventually get to that point.

Psychedelicious's picture
Bravo, great piece

This is the sort of article that keeps me coming back and reading Stereophile!

Mark aka "imagic"

phat jbl's picture
250Ti Magic

By my user name one could deduce I am a JBL speaker fan, if you did that well done. Now days JBL have lots of competition in every sector of the loudspeaker market. Also there are plenty of critics who have heard JBL speakers with the wrong amp to match, as most astute readers here know matching components from source to speakers is as important as the components. 

My first JBL experience was hearing Dire Straits at Sydney Entertainment Centre back in 1986, wonderful. Then a bad experence of hearing some low end domestic JBL in a hifi shop with an amp not up to the task. So I put this argument up, hear some true JBL monitors like the now ancient 4320 with a worthy amp cables and source and be prepared to reset your views. The smaller L100 century that entered the market later on was the same- bad amp and source=disaster. I have tinkered with these two "studio monitors" for years and swear by them. 

The 250Ti, yes at last. To silence or tone down the critics JBLhave made adjustments to the fiestiness of their design. In many modern pop recordings-not audiophile stuff the JBL studio monitors of old find themselves screaming the mistakes at you, this is fatiguing. As the standards of run of the mill music pushed to the masses falls it is hard to enjoy the potential of a true or hard core monitor system. Having heard the 250Ti a while ago on some good equipment I will say they meet the market while keeping the house sound I love. It is very hard to get four drivers working together without too much overlap of frequencies, their drivers are proven performers so its a matter of getting the box and the mix of those components right. Here JBL have a winner for the average punter.

The price is certainly reasonable, there are many speakers out there costing way more being too delicate to wind up the volume on your favourite songs and not fear the fall out. I concur with the 400 per channel rating stated. Even though these speakers are quoted at 91db they along with all the JBL monitors I have listened to since love all the clean unclipped power they can get. My little 4208 monitors used for high level listening without massive bass at night for the sake of neigbourhood harmony have a handling of 75 watts, they have had 250 watt amp working hard on them with no drama, now a vintage Rotel 1412 makes them sing. Perfect match.

If your going to audition them take an album like Paul Simon's Graceland along and ask for a suitably powerful amp to drive them, Paul Simon and many other notable acts mixed down on JBL.  By the way the Beatles used JBL4320's to mix down their later works. 

Biased review perhaps, I Like Wilson speakers for all the same reasons as JBL only they are beyond my budget and are even fussiier when it comes to amplification and source. JBL have gone down market to get market with all of these ipod speakers etc, this is understandable but it takes the sheen of their pro heritage a little. Other makers have done the same but that is business in the 21st century.

JBLMVBC's picture
Pro versus Consumer

After reading this JGH review, talking about respectability, one truly wonders why most professional studios were using JBL studio monitors!crying

The line about "aliveness" is truly collector for someone claiming to search for high fidelity reproduction... With such perfectionists in charge no mystery the high end is still a niche market...

Don't waste money in JBL consumer products, listen to a 4343 for a real professional sound experience, and find their latest generation of monitors: they are much more affordable than the overpriced stuff that passes for high end.

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