OK, round 2, DR-250 stack vs JBL pro MR-825.
Here are the responses and I easily can fix that dip in the DR. The biggest surprise of the day is how easy the JBL's are to drive. I put both centers on a stereo channel of the Adcom amps and I needed to actually turn down the JBL's to match the DR's 5 dBs. Here are the two responses:
The JBL sounds softer to me but during certain male voices you can hear that old horn sound. It becomes nasal sounding briefly. Having said that this JBL rocks! Here are the scores from just me but I have to test all my usual suspects. They are very close for HT center channels at reference.
Detail 1 1
midbass 1 1
feel 1 1
soundstage 1 2
smoothness 1 2
dynamics 1 1
Some things to consider, the JBL's sound softer which gets 1 for smoothness and 1 for detail, however, when that nasal sound hits it quickly becomes a 2. Soundstage as a center is very close and proves my small room don't need too much to get real big sounding. This confirms that the 4722 would sound much bigger than all the rest besides the 4675C. The JBL's are right there with my stacks except when the nasal or horn honk hits which happens only a couple times during my LOTR demo and always with male voices. I mean for $200 this thing rocks and a huge bang for buck. For music that nasal sound would rear it's ugly head more often but only loud.
My question is how would this speaker be easier to drive than my DR's? Maybe the gain on the amp is off? I am running the DR's as mains and the JBL as a center for HT. Oh, at lower volumes the JBL is quite good, I like this JBL better in many areas than the U215. I think I just like the JBL sound. Without that nasal sound I would get 5 right away but for $200 I might not care, maybe.