Studio 230 Speaker System Performance Build Quality Value Studio SUB 250P Subwoofer Performance Features Build Quality Value PRICE $1,630 AT A GLANCE Plus Efficient, high output Vocal clarity and defined soundfield Affordable price Minus Thin, accentuated top end Best at low-to-moderate volumes THE VERDICT Although their bright voicing may not be for everyone, the JBL Studio 2 speakers combine high efficiency with excellent detail retrieval. What if the solution to room-interaction problems resided in your loudspeakers? Wouldn’t that be a great alternative to the ills of receiver-based room correction systems? Those are some potentially interesting questions posed by JBL’s Studio 2 series. For starters, who needs room correction anyway? Well, when it’s hard to catch the dialogue, and imaging smears all over the place, the room correction program in your A/V receiver can mitigate those problems (depending on the receiver and the room). But quite often, it also introduces new artifacts and errors. For my own part, in my own room, I find that many room correction systems thin out the overall tonal balance and induce fatigue. That’s why some audiophiles shun room correction and choose to live with the acoustic character of their room, for better or worse—usually both.