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Question on Cabinets JBL 4312 Studio Monitor Speakers


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Question on Cabinets JBL 4312 Studio Monitor Speakers

I bought these JBL 4312 Studio Monitors Speakers in 1992 from someone that said these were the first generation of this model that they bought new in 1982.I stripped of the veneer as I’m going to re-veneer these in African avodire and found well made solid 3/8” plywood cabinets that I can’t find on any other JBL 4312 speakers.Has anyone else came across plywood cabinets in the 4311 or 4312 model speakers.




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Re: Question on Cabinets JBL 4312 Studio Monitor Speakers

Plywood on home/studio speakers? No, this must have been a rebuilt on any weird reason. Particle has better sonic properties, ply is more physically resistant, thus used for any speaker which is hauled around on a regular basis. See JBL cinema speakers, professional but remain where they're once seated > particle.
I'd restore from the obviously mistreated condition by comissioning particle board walls with a nice looking veneer, angle it 45° and glue the surrounding in good cabinetmaker's fashion, honestly.
The speaker is worth it, if in good grooving mood otherwise.

Re: Question on Cabinets JBL 4312 Studio Monitor Speakers

Thanks Dafe I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.You hit the nail on the head about these being professional cinema series that I had forgotten about when I stripped them down and after researching these you were right again as I found out out after finding another pair that they made a lot of the cinema series out of plywood.I’m glad you said that these sound good as I thought they did like they are.The woofers are in mint condition but the mid range and tweeters need to be reconed.I’m a 88 year old want to be audiophile that knows a lot about working with veneer.I just ordered some premium African avodire that I’m going to re-finish these in with ebony trim and I’ll post some pictures.Thanks again for the information,John