Since they have rounded bottoms, the satellites can't stand on their own. Instead, they must be fitted to JBL's wall brackets or table stands, both of which come included, or to its optional floor stands (model FS1000, $250 list/pair). The speakers are also compatible with Sanus and OmniMount wall brackets.
We decided to use the supplied tubular-plastic table stands. They discreetly hid the wires, but we first had to thread the speaker wires up and through the stands and then insert the stripped wire ends into tiny holes on the speaker-wire clips. Over the course of assembling the seven speakers and stands, we got the knack of it, but it still took more than half an hour to complete the job.
For around $100 less, JBL's SCS200.7 speaker package offers an identical set of satellites with a smaller subwoofer.The JBL SCS300.7 is available only as a seven-channel system, although we suppose owners of standard 5.1-channel home-theater systems could use the remaining two satellites in another room or a second zone. There is one downside to this plan: the sats will sound bass shy unless you add a supporting subwoofer in the second room.
All seven satellites feature dual 3.0-inch drivers flanking a 0.5-inch titanium-laminate dome tweeter. The subwoofer's down-firing 10.0-inch driver is mated to a 150-watt amp.
The satellites' push-spring connectors are generally easy to use, but as we mentioned, the hole that accepts the wire is really small, and since the connectors are located in a recessed area in the back of the speakers, we didn't have a lot of working room to push the wire into the connector. Banana jacks and U-shaped spades won't fit the speakers' connectors.