I had a great time at the JTR 10th Anniversary GTG. It was nice meeting a bunch of people I had only known online before and spending time with Jeff's family. I can't believe it has already been two weeks.
Thursday - Final surround setup for a theater with 3 Noesis 212HTR's, 4 Slant 8's, and 2 Orbit Shifter LFU's. Spent about an hour demoing stuff for the owner.
Friday - Flew in to Chicago at 7:20 am. Helped setup demo room and connect all gear. Listened to a single 210HT and a Captivator 1400. Went to pennynike1's late that night and heard Seaton Catalyst 12C's, Othorns, Terraforms, and Behringer surrounds
Saturday morning - Finished setting up demo room. Listened to 3 Noesis 228HT's, 4 Slant 8's, and 2 Captivator 1400's
Saturday afternoon/evening - Listened to 210HT's in demo room. Listened to Single 8's and dual Captivator 4000 LFU's in warehouse
Sunday - listened to Jeff's Noesis 215HT's in his family room, listened to the demo room some more, flew home Sunday night since morning flight was cancelled due to snow
I love the clarity, detail, dynamics and smoothness of Jeff's speakers. I've heard all of these speakers now many times in different rooms (5th different room for the 215HT's!). The 215HT and 210HT are so enjoyable for two channel listening without subs. The form factor of the 210HT fits well with most rooms. The 215HT's seem so large in comparison. The 228HT and 212HT have to be among the best deal for a two-way speaker. The 228HT was very enjoyable to listen to for the several hours that stuff was playing in the demo room. I'm currently using Slant 8's for my surrounds and hope to eventually get either 212HTR's or 215HT's for my mains.
The Captivator 118's are an amazing sub for $1399 let alone the pre-order price of $1099 (through the end of December). The driver has 1/2" thick steel for the top/bottom plates, 240 oz magnets, and is extremely efficient. The Captivator 2400 have more low end output due to a lot more excursion. The Orbit Shifter LFU's have a great tactile feel to them with incredible headroom from 40Hz and up. The Captivator 4000ULF's are brutal on the low end while matching the OS LFU up to 50 Hz. These are all great subs that have slightly different personalities. I'll be hearing a pair of S2's again in a couple of weeks to round out my audition of JTR subs.
Design and production
While at the JTR facility, I had a chance to see a little more of what goes on with the speaker/sub design and build process. Jeff talks to customers, places orders with vendors, builds crossovers, tests crossovers, builds out the speakers and subs, tests the final product, packages everything himself, decides which events to attend, and has new designs in various stages of development or testing. Some parts are flown in from other countries like Germany, some products picked up weekly in Chicago, some custom parts are drop shipped to his driver manufacturers, and other items are delivered to the JTR facility. He does a great job of managing the entire process to ensure the finished product exceeds just about everything on the market with prices that are affordable by many. Everything from spade connector design, polyester batting weight, to custom voice coil windings that can withstand temperatures over 500F have been carefully selected, tested, and implemented into the products.
JTR Speakers is best summed up by the first line of AC/DC's iconic song:
We are the dealer
We'll give you everything you need
Hail hail to the good times
'Cos rock has got the right of way
We ain't no legends ain't no cause
We're just livin' for today
For those about to rock, we salute you
High Impact AV
- ISF Level II Video Calibrator, THX-HAA Level III Audio Designer/Calibrator
- Colorimetry Research CR-250 Spectroradiometer & CR-100 Colorimeter, Klein K10-A
- Murideo Fresco SIX-G/SIX-A Generator/Analyzer (HDMI 2.x, HDR, UHD)
- ACO Pacific and Earthworks Class 1 microphones