Originally posted by Roger Chernenburg:
Check out the SLS S8R's. I heard them at AES and they ROCK.
I had heard those at a previous show and liked them enough to borrow a set for awhile. However, FWIW, in my room they sounded terrible. Just wrong, in some uninexplicable way, and the extreme directionality of the tweeters drove me nuts. The ADAMs have solved the directionality problem of ribbons and require less getting used to the "ribbon-y" sound (whatever that may mean to you).
I use LSR28's at my studio and extensively checked out the ADAM SA-3's at AES to see if they would give me something more. I felt that they (the ADAMs) had a little more enhanced detail in the top end and more low end extension and were overall a nice combination of musicality and accuracy. My ear was a bit confused by the double woofers, but that could have been the room. All in all I think I could be very happy with these, for both tracking and mixing.
OTOH, I like my LSR28's a great deal, especially for tracking. When it sounds right it also "feels" right. You can easily tell when a track is grooving and when it isn't. The high end doesn't have that extra sense of X-ray detail that you find in the ADAMs and others, expecially speakers like the ATC's (which I don't care for), but neither is it dull. I think most people could do very well with these and I wouldn't trade mine for anything.
Regarding the original poster, I don't know what you're comparing as far as price is concerned. The JBL's list for less than $2,000 a pair whereas the SA-3's list for over 4k.