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Customer Reviews

JBL Control® 88M

8" commercial weather-resistant landscape speaker

MFR # CONTROL 88M

JBL Control® 88M

JBL Control® 88M

8" commercial weather-resistant landscape speaker

MFR # CONTROL 88M

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GREAT OUTDOOR WEATHERPROOF SPEAKERS

Crutchfield customer from West Sayville, NY on 7/5/2020

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I purchased these to replace old blown Bose Free Space 51 outdoor speakers. If you're looking for an upgrade to the Bose speaker or a first time purchase for an outdoor stereo/entertainment build, then these JBL Control 88M speakers are it! Boasting an 8" driver versus a 4 & 1/2 driver on the Bose speakers, the 88M's have a very noticeably cleaner, crisper set of highs & lows. The only thing I would recommend having is a receiver or separate amplifier with enough power to support the 88M's. They require 240 watts/channel or more to properly work correctly. Otherwise, from what I just learned, being under powered can be harmful and detrimental to these 88M's, which will and/or can cause clipping, damaging the speakers when the volume is increased to distortion levels. After a chat with a JBL/Harman Kardon Tech Specialist, the Tech recommended a Crown xLi800 amplifier to properly power the new 88M's.

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Awesome outdoor sound

Crutchfield customer from Huron, OH on 6/16/2020

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Unbelievable difference in sound & build quality in comparison to the Bose Freespace 51's. I replaced 4 of the Bose after they blew within 3 years of install. Comparing specs there is no contest, these are equipped to handle whatever music you throw at them. The 5.25" drivers on the Bose can't compare to the 8" driver in the JBL and the depth and richness of the sound are excellent for an outdoor setup. I have these running along with two sets of Bose 251's, a set of OSD ceiling mounts. This combined with 4 Niles 10" in-ground subs and the back yard sounds like a concert hall. These are definitely worth the investment.

Pros: build quality sound quality

Cons: none

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