Price (pair): $399
Design: 2-way ported
Tweeter: 1″ Soft Dome
Frequency response: 39 Hz – 24 kHz
JBL may not exactly be the hottest name in studio monitoring, but the loudspeaker and electronics company certainly has the bona fides. The company’s 306P MkII studio monitors, which are marketed toward budget-conscious bedroom musicians and producers, have some of the best sound for the price.
It’s not typical to get very solid and clear sound in monitors for under $400, but JBL manages it with the 306P MkII speakers. These monitors are essentially an update of JBL’s LSR305, which were well reviewed upon their 2014 release. Like their forebears, the 306P MkII monitors have great sonic depth, with a frequency response in the bass, mid and treble frequencies that one would not expect at this price point, and with 6-inch speakers in general.
At the price and sound quality, they are a serious consideration for those thinking of going with the KRK Rokit 5 G3 monitors. Our advice is to test these two monitors side by side. Both are great, but the JBLs might just win you over.