Originally Posted by Landmonster
What is the difference between 212 HT, and 212 HTR? (it's a $700 price jump!)
How do either of the 212 models compare to the 210 RT?
212 HT = $1599 ea
212 HTR= $2299 ea
210 RT = $2299 ea
The 212 HT is 2 way and the 212HTR is 3 way with a better compression driver for the high-end. This translates into better sound quality over all.
The sound quality between the 210RT and 212HTR should be pretty comparable on the high-end, but the 210RT's low end is much better.
The 212HTR was designed to be run with powerful sub for home theater as a result you really need subs for (some) 2 channel music. The 212HTR has the highest output level of any JTR speaker.
The 210RT is near full range speaker which can to music very well w/o subs - and we are talking bass pumping music too. Has a bit less output but reaches much deeper than the 212's. When Jeff released the 210RT it quickly became a crowd favorite among alot of us. Nice size, crazy good output.
If you don't have a large room the 228HT and 228HTR are great choices as well, but again need a pretty competent sub to keep up (Like the 212's). By going to these you are really trading cost for max volume/watt (212HT/R) and bass extension (vs. 210RT), your not really loosing much sound quality (if any).
Also I would think about where you are using them. If you are doing this in your living room home theater with a TV, anything bigger than the 228 needs a good amount of space for the center, and even the 228 isn't small.
If you are not listening at anywhere near reference all of these speakers would be easily powered by an AVR.
If you are at reference level and about 12' from the speakers then the AVR would need to be a pretty beefy one (120+ watts/channel) for full dynamics with the 210RT, but would work. Just slightly closer or slightly below reference would be easy for most AVR's. In the same conditions the 228 or 212 would be powered easily by under 100 watts.
But for the record, if you *like* listening to music I would get the 210RT's as many have said. You could get LRC and not need subs right away.
If you are really going for best home theater and can spend 1-2k on a good sub (or two) then the 212's are a good option.
If you call Jeff and explain your situation (room layout, etc) he's very willing to help you make a choice about whats good for you.
He actually tried to help me save money by avoiding overkill for my room, but I was shooting for overkill. =)
Oh an yea - Take THXMAN up on his offer... for sure.