This was my 3rd GTG hosting and I admit to feeling a little "self centered" for having people over to hear my room and equipment. It seems that current GTG's are more often product comparison meetings and as such. much more arduous for the host and sponsors. Just having people over to hear the system is easy and the group we had on Saturday was a nice cross section of folks that make hosting a GTG very pleasurable for me, Of course, this event was special due to our very poorly disguised mystery guest
and his presentation. For me it was a fascinating discussion and the product demo was even better. As to the other music and movies demos there was much to like save perhaps some excessive volume issues instigated by others
So, the primary purpose of this GTG was the official unveiling of the new JTR 215RT speakers. The setup with the Rane processor was (due to some Windows comparability issues) challenging but once that was resolved the identity of these speakers became very apparent to me. I really have no bench mark for the sound I was hearing. Out of the box, with limited placement options and minimal EQ. we were able to get a beautiful flat frequency response across my entire front row (I will leave it to DD to comment on measurements). But not being a big on the graphs person, my concentration was on the listening experience and with the amazing lossless hi-rez source material we were fortunate to have on hand (thank you again Scott and Grant) the sound and sound stage and dynamics were huge. That big presentation was not at the expense of detail nor efficiency.The move up the MV levels was seamless right up to the point the sound overpowered the room ( Jaws theme music ...we gotta get a bigger room
). Yes ladies (there were 2 in attendance
) and gentlemen, you can overpower a room with sound and we did that several (perhaps many) times during he afternoon. Although I still enjoy pushing the volume envelope, being somewhat elderly, the more controlled volumes provided the listening experience I most enjoy.
Full range speakers:
I have always wanted a pair of good full range speakers that could be run without the support of subwoofers. I had given up on that idea due to the trend in music and movies that have increased bass content and, because that true full range speakers under the price of a top tier luxury car (or a middle class home in Wichita
) are rare as hens teeth. When Jeff was talking about the concept of a full range speaker I was very enthusiastic in my support of that idea. When he then designed the 215 and shared the details with me I was immediately hooked. So much so that without hearing them, I sold off a system that should have by most measures been my bucket list HT system. Turns out, my faith in Jeff's ability to pull this off was well founded. The 215RT's are exactly what I want in a speaker. A balanced presentation of bass, mid-range and highs with near limitless dynamic capability. It is the integration of the bass into the image source that impresses me the most. With music, the bass is just perfect and that usually that means compromise with movies. The 215RT's make the transition better than any speaker sub combination I have heard. I'm sure there are those who would not be happy with the bass levels because the 215's -3db point in my room is 15hz but for me. that limitation is not a problem. For those who feel the need for <15hz playback they will need to look elsewhere or, supplement the 215RT's with bottom dwelling subwoofers.
I'm not going to attempt to use audiophile descriptions of the listening experience as that's not that way I think. I can only say that these speakers have exceeded my expectations and have allowed my to achieve my goals for 2 channel listening and movies without separate subwoofers. I hope any of you who who are interested in the 215RT's can get a demo because that direct experience is much more important than any written words. I for one will open my HT to demos for anyone who is interested so that you can hear for yourself.
Some of the group:
Mystery guest with mystery device:
Charming old fella
trying to figure out an IPAD App:
A teaching moment for Michael (desertdome):
Stars of the show:
Solo Shot of the 215RT making my 138" screen look tiny: