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HX Stomp with JBL Clip 2

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Hi guys,

so few months ago I bought the Stomp, but I was already spending a bit more (I'm a student) than I initially wanted to (now I know that it was definitely worth it) so I decided that I would use it with my ATH-MSR7 headphones until I'd find a better solution. I was pretty satisfied with using it through headphones (that was before trying it with the JBL, the headphones sound good but I think they are somehow coloring the sound more and make it more muddy, basy and less clear, even tho the headphones are not basy and pretty detailed when I'm listening to music through my PC) but I'm not a big fan of wearing headphones when playing so I decided to try something that was laying next to me: the JBL Clip 2 bluetooth speaker. The speaker has jack input so I connected it the same way I connect my headphones and honestly I was pretty blown away with the sound. It sounded very good to me even better than the headphones. I could hear more of the nuances of each amp model and overdrive pedal. I am happy with the sound but I'm wondering how much can it be improved by using proper studio monitor or FRFR speaker? I never had a chance to test it out with any of those. I only tested it in the store through plugging it straight into front of one of the amps there and through my headphones I brought. The only other amp I've played my guitar through is super cheap borrowed CRATE amp which sounds really bad so I have no tube amp reference. If some of you guys have this speaker I would love to hear from you how you like it and how it compares to a proper solution.

 

In the current situation I can't go to store and try it out with a proper FRFR speaker or studio monitor so I'm wandering how big of an improvement would using one bring (over the JBL). I currently only practice at home so lower volume is not a problem. I'm currently thinking about saving up for one good studio monitor (for example Adam A7X caught my interest, even tho it's really expensive). I would rather spend more and get a good product than save some money in short term and spend more in the long run. So do you think that using one studio monitor is a good idea or do you think I should look into something else or maybe buy two (honestly the price of two A7Xs seems kind of unrealistic to me). I have a lot of time to do online research but I'm kind of overwhelmed by all the studio monitor and FRFR options and I'm not sure about the whole one studio monitor thing.

 

Hope my questions are at least somewhat clear. Thanks for your replies!

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Get a PAIR of these:

 

https://www.amazon.com/JBL-Professional-Next-Generation-Powered-305PMKII/dp/B077N2GQXC/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2HNY13QK65X8E&dchild=1&keywords=studio+monitors&qid=1587082713&s=musical-instruments&sprefix=studio%2Celectronics%2C190&sr=1-3

 

They'll cost a LOT less than one A7X and sound better because, well, STEREO!

Unless you're mixing for pay, in which case get a PAIR of A7X.

 

If you think that itty bitty JBL thing sounds good, prepare to have your mind blown!

 

 

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5 hours ago, jakmar said:

I am happy with the sound but I'm wondering how much can it be improved by using proper studio monitor or FRFR speaker?

 

2 hours ago, rd2rk said:

If you think that itty bitty JBL thing sounds good, prepare to have your mind blown!

 

^^^ this ^^^  :) 

 

The clip is a decent sounding little bluetooth speaker for casual listening... but it's not comparable in any way to a proper studio monitor or FRFR. 

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I've tried a few of the small "Blue tooth" types of speakers with modelers over the years, and oddly enough, they can sound good for things like jamming by the pool etc.  But I couldn't handle the latency.  I don't know about the JBL clip, but the others I've tried have too much latency when you plug into the 1/4 inch jack.

 

I have the JBL 8inch monitors.  They are ok.  I prefer the Headrush FRFR 112s.   I hear the Headrush FRFR 8 inch speakers are reputed to be decent and afordable.

 

Whatever you buy, make sure you can return it easily if it doesn't work.

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