Most of us have never given much thought to what a “studio monitor” speaker is, or why we should be interested in one. Studio monitor speakers require a specific set of attributes that will allow them to function reliably and with specific characteristics in an environment that requires both high volume and high dynamic range. Specifically, they must have:
- Flat frequency response
- Low distortion
- Relatively compact physical size
- High volume capability
- Durability sufficient to tolerate occasional abuse without damage
- Clarity sufficient to hear what is on the recording being monitored
- Ability to tolerate equalization without audible distortion
If you think that those virtues sound like a good recipe for a home speaker as well, then you’re absolutely correct!
The JBL 4349 Studio Monitors exemplify every one of the virtues listed and do so with startling clarity. The amazing midrange-tweeter horn used on the JBL 4349 has not even a trace of the “honk” sound traditionally associated with horn-loaded speakers. This alone would make the speaker worth listening to.
But in this case, the whole exceeds the sum of the parts by a significant margin. The JBL 4349 Studio Monitor speaker is one of the best speakers I’ve heard in several ways. Watch for the upcoming review for details