Product Comparison: JBL 705P vs Neumann KH 120 A

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General Specifications
KH 120 A
About the Product
The JBL 705P is the self-powered reference monitor for critical music recording, film post and broadcast production applications. The JBL 705P leverages the same patent-pending driver technologies and JBL’s renowned Image Control Waveguide found in the 708P and the flagship M2, but with a smaller footprint.
The KH 120 is Neumann's trailblazer model and development yardstick for compact studio monitors. It has been a reference class for close-range monitoring since 2011. Enormous power reserves meet high-precision sound conduction.
Key Specs
Number Of Speakers
Output Power
500 W
100 W
Driver Configuration
5" woofer, 1" tweeter
1" twitter, 5.25" woofer
What customers say about "Key Specs"
JBL 705P Bi-Amplified 5" Master Reference Monitor, Black
  • These speakers are so good I’m in the process of selling my $2000 floor standing speakers (and amp) to make room for these.
  • These speakers are winners. The dynamic range is very surprising.
  • I’m using powered subs with them and they do just fine without the subs.
  • In any case, based on the need for something small, I went ahead and ordered the 705P's.
  • There may be better speakers out there, but for now, I really don't want to think about how much it would cost to get such a good sound.
Neumann KH 120 A Active Studio Monitor
  • These monitors changed my life! For the first time in decades, I now have honest sounding monitors so my mixes translate brilliantly from the studio to the living room, car and personal media players.
  • These are great sound speakers with lots of volume.
  • I've been using a pair of these to mix electronic music and also for listening for pleasure for around a year in a medium-sized, minimally-treated concrete room.
  • Their level of detail resolution is impressive, and imaging is excellent, particularly side-to-side but also front-to-back.
  • I kid you not, these are some amazing speakers. Beautiful imaging. Tight. Balanced.
Size & Weight
10.6 in.
10.9 in.
5.9 in.
7.1 in.
10.8 in.
8.6 in.
12.5 lbs.
14.1 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
JBL 705P Bi-Amplified 5" Master Reference Monitor, Black
  • Their size (and loudness, eventually) and a mildly boxy sound that I've heard mentioned in a few professional circles.
  • I could not find anything else this size (it's the smallest I've seen) with such a great low end spec.
  • All I get is a gorgeously balanced signal that is very easy to listen to, and has great low end--rather shocking at this size.
  • I may just end up getting another set for listening upstairs in the dining area or for home theater.
  • Their size is too small for monitor. I do not recommend it at that price.
Neumann KH 120 A Active Studio Monitor
  • Bass extension is excellent for their size, although maximum SPL is somewhat limited, so I wouldn't recommend these for anything larger than a medium-sized room.
  • These are the best monitors I have ever used period. They are accurate, flat, and have remarkable bass response for such small cabinets.
  • These guys have HEAVY metal cabs, which eliminate any resonance as far as I can tell. I have them paired with the RAB Audio Studio Monitor Isolators, which are excellent in that regard.
  • Incredible sound for their size. Aluminum cabinet built like a Hummer.
Min. Frequency Response
45 Hz
52 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
25 kHz
21 kHz
107 dB
114 dB
Input Impendance
10 kOhm
What customers say about "Audio"
JBL 705P Bi-Amplified 5" Master Reference Monitor, Black
  • They are no-nonsense and everything you require as an audio professional in a monitor
  • I will tell you that these are the best monitors I have heard and I have been in professional sound since 1988.
  • Lastly on the 705P, its tweeter sounds smooth and detailed and nothing at all like an old-school compression driver, which is a very good thing.
  • One reviewer noticed a "boxy" sound in the 705P, which I was very familiar with already from the 6328P'.
  • The 708P imprints less of its own character on the sound than the 705P.
Neumann KH 120 A Active Studio Monitor
  • If your mix sounds right on these monitors, you can be confident that it will sound right on any playback system! Thank you, Neumann!!!!
  • To try them is to love them. For sub-bass reinforcement (below 60Hz or so), check out the KH 810.
  • There's no low-mid bump or midrange thickness or artificial high frequency sparkle, so they won't be to everyone's taste as a listening speaker, but they do make an excellent monitoring tool, and I particularly enjoy listening to well-recorded acoustic music on them.
  • I've owned a fair amount of audio equipment, some costing far more than these speakers, and I have to say that I haven't been able to achieve this level of accuracy for this amount of money before.
  • Best monitors I've ever used, full stop. Very happy to recommend. Insanely flat frequency response, great power, and fantastic sounding.
Enclosure Material
Painted aluminum
Cabinet Type
Magnetic Shielding
Power ON / OFF, Input Sensitivity, Input Trim, Boundary EQ
Bass, Treble, Low-Mid, Input Gain, Output level
Patented Image Control Waveguide, Multi-function controls, 2-channel Class-D amplifier, Protective steel grilles, LCD display
Exceptional bass depth and transient response, Precise dispersion, optimized for near-field applications
What customers say about "Features"
JBL 705P Bi-Amplified 5" Master Reference Monitor, Black
  • Thanks to JBL's acclaimed Image Control Waveguide (found on their flagship M2 reference monitor).
  • The waveguide also creates an exceptionally large sonic sweet spot, allowing for accurate monitoring throughout more of your control room.
  • The "sweet spot" is frankly amazingly wide, the frequency response, exceptional I can move from one end of my console to the other.
  • The stereo Imaging out of these little guys are out of this world! and the clarity - superb.
  • Now I do regret that the EQ on the back isn't analog like the old monitors.
Neumann KH 120 A Active Studio Monitor
  • The clean-lined metal design oozes quality and reflects typically fine German industrial craftsmanship.
  • I never listened my mixes so clear with much detail until now. They are really amazing.
  • Paired with a good subwoofer and a great D/A converter, they will provide mastering-grade sound.
  • If you are mixing 5.1 or 7.1 TV or Movie tracks, you likely will want a properly paired sub to get that 'rumble'.
  • The only drawback I can think of is the VERY high cost of Neumann mounting adaptors and accessories for these monitors. Ridiculously high.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
2 year(s)
Other Information
999.00 $

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