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B&H Photo Video has JBL 306P MkII 6.5" Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor on sale for $199 - $115 when you 'clip' coupon on product page = $84. Shipping is free. Thanks rkdus
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JBL 306P MkII - Powered 6.5" Two-Way Studio Monitor
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A basic explanation to compare studio monitors and speakers is that studio monitors are meant to deliver an accurate sound reproduction... which would seem like something you want... but not necessarily.

Some people like super heavy bass... more bass than the engineers original master recording provides. So a speaker designed with a bass heavy response might be better suited for a listener with those tastes.

Studio monitors are basically meant for engineers to 'monitor' sound and they want that sound to be accurately represented even if it means hearing stuff that sounds unpleasant. That's why they use monitors instead of normal speakers which may color the sound.

You can illustrate it with the use of salt on food. The chef provides a dish that he believes is perfectly flavor balanced. Do you want to stick with his rendition of the flavor or do you sprinkle some salt on it? Speakers sprinkle salt on the sound while monitors stick with the chefs rendition.
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Yes to both questions. for desktop use, you will need this cable to connect both 306 speakers to your desktops headphone jack:

UGREEN 3.5mm 1/8" TRS to Dual 6.35mm 1/4" TS Mono Stereo Y-Cable Splitter Cord Compatible for iPhone, iPod, Computer Sound Cards, CD Players, Multimedia Speakers and Home Stereo Systems 6FT https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZKM3S4S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4GncEbTZ03R3X

Alternatively, a USB audio interface can be used to connect the speakers to a computer. Such as the Focusrite Scarlet Solo or presonus audiobox (this is the one I use)

I bought the matching JBL 310s sub with 305s and I can connect them with no amp needed. the 305s and 306s have amps built in so they dont need an amp

Fyi to anyone buying these, they arent suitable for home theatre use, their intended for studios but work great for music listening, desktop/laptop use
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These are fine for gaming. I'm literally using them right now. Crystal clear sound, no obnoxious extra bass to distort what the developers intended me to hear.
These have good bass, clear sound.
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I'm having a hard time picking between these and the 5" model. Desk real estate...
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Nice deal
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I'm having a hard time picking between these and the 5" model. Desk real estate...
I have the 305 and it's quite big. Most people would need monitor stands for them. These are very large speakers and are heavy. Sound fantastic though.
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I'm having a hard time picking between these and the 5" model. Desk real estate...
If it helps you choose, the 6.5" is going to sound fuller and costs $15 less.
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I'm having a hard time picking between these and the 5" model. Desk real estate...
Personally, I would get the 6.5" based on price. Because of their size, I would either hang them on the wall or use a riser that allows the space beneath it to be utilized.
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Are these good for gaming?
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Just curious, why is the 8" version 's MSRP lower? older version?
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From what I'm reading because they are ported in the rear they need to be off the wall at least a foot. I was looking at wall mounts but that would probably not work with these.
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tempting but can't get over the shiny black plastic
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I have the 305 and it's quite big. Most people would need monitor stands for them. These are very large speakers and are heavy. Sound fantastic though.
These are not very large and they are not very heavy. They are mostly plastic and rather light weight. I own 11 of the 5" and 3 of the 8" you maybe have a issue with the 8" on a desk.
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This is price for one?
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