So we started out just playing around with the new 8 sealed 18"s with the JTR's. The new subs are pretty awesome. I wasn't digging the near field subs at first. I was of the minority though. However, after Jonathan humored me with some testing with just the near field subs and then the front subs alone. We also played with crossovers a bit. He then made some changes so the near field blended in with everything MUCH better. They made me a near field believer pretty quickly with all the adjustments made.
Doug D_C then played some awesome demo tracks he had found on Spotify. The song called Garbage was one of the highlights up the night. After a while I went up to get the Mackies from the kitchen but when I went to open the door, I couldn't get it to budge. So then I felt really dumb walking back down asking Jonathan how the heck he opens that door. He gave me a crazy look and asked what I was talking about. I was like the door knob feels loose or something. So he ran up and also couldn't open the door. He then told us about the old school dead bolt on the other side of the door. Somehow the sweet bass we were listening to has vibrated the deadbolt to lock. After some worse case scenario discussions Jonathan was able to get the door open. There really is a first for everything when dealing with bass.
We then swapped out the JTR 228's for the Mackie C200's and played some of the same tracks and a mix of music and clips. This was done so we could all hear what the both sounded like not blind. Both Doug and Jon added the tracks they wanted to demo during the blind test.
For the blind test we decided we would do two rounds. Round one was limited to -5DB on the receiver. Round two wouldn't have a volume restriction. They both went upstairs and I got to work setting everything up. They both took turns playing their tracks and sitting in the sweet spot.
We talked a bit about the results and then Doug had to leave. Jonathan and I then decided to watch Need for Speed. I will watch just about any movie but as was said before this one was pretty bad. It was slow, the action wasn't very interesting, and the plot way too predicable. To me it felt like a made for TV type of movie. We did swap out the speakers a few time during the movie, in an attempt to see what we liked better for this movie. We both agreed the sound from this movie wasn't top notch. Some of the cars sounded good but we couldn't get the dialog to sound right.
At around 4 something in the morning we decided it was about time to call it quits. Not sure I should mention this but yes Jonathan just had to play the Justin Bever track
Anyways, I had a great time. I can't really comment on the JTR vs the Mackies due to the fact I wasn't blind. But the Mackies are fantastic for the crazy low prices you can find them at. I have always been a fan of the 228's and would still take them over the 212's for my own personal preference. However, Crazy Carp! has me thinking very seriously about towers. So what does that tell you.
Thanks again to Jonathan for having us over and locking us in his basement! He really does have a great theater down there.