Okay these JBL 698 are BAD A$$
I'll need more listening to give you my final thoughts
They smoke everything I've heard at this price point and they punch way above there price point.
They crush the golden ears
They crush the Monolith Encore T6 a great speaker by the way not its fault The 698 cost more and have better components
They are not leaving my bedroom. I'm getting buried with both these and my RBH speakers
And they did all this without any toe in or adjustements I plunked them down where the Encore were level matched them have them toed out and they just kicked a$$ man.
Like the 590 they center lock a phantom center image better then anything other then my RBH
But the imaging placement and Soundstage just wow. Clarity detail the bass is just next friggin level. So detailed man. Clarity detail separation accuracy all so so good
The treble so smooth and detailed no horn shouty cuppy sound whatsoever. Now it's been a while but from what I remember they sound better then the 590's in the high end especially in the midrange
I find the imaging with all the JBL waveguide (even the earlier, more subtle implementations from a couple decades ago) types to be otherwise inescapable. The smoother high end is perhaps the most compelling reason for my own following of this brand over the years. Especially these days, where so many top sellers end up being a little too splashy in room. I believe it's in part, the reason so many people end up going all-in with acoustic treatments and dsp, trying to tame this very thing, along with overly compressed content that includes so much forward (and potentially 'boomy') sub bass.
Considering also that JBL manages to typically build in respectable balance of higher sensitivity vs. respectable bass performance/power handling and full-range capabilities, they end up ticking most boxes for me in a world that has way too many designs to choose from these days. I end up being able to predict more from the measurements what just about any consumer level JBL speaker will sound like, compared to so many other brands that seemingly don't know who they want to be when they grow up yet.
Glad to hear it's working out for you. If I didn't already have too many speakers, I would consider these.