Originally Posted by cvinfig
Picked these bad boys up from carp today but haven't had a chance to play with them yet:
I ended up having the JTR 212HTs in my home theater for about three weeks. As a refresher, I usually run a 7.2.2 setup with all Dynaudio speakers. For those unfamiliar with Dyns, they are a little laid back. They don't lack for treble by any means, when a tracks calls for it, they shine, but they don't over-exaggerate the top end. The room is 16.5' wide x 17' long with 10' ceilings and is treated with numerous absorption and diffusion panels, along with corner bass traps. Finally, I'm a music-first kind of guy and use the room probably 60/40 in terms of music/movies.
I have an Anthem AVM 60 and I ran Anthem Room Correction (ARC) on the JTRs and subs (dual Rythmik F12s). Once done, I configured the various inputs so that room correction processing was off and just used bass management. The speakers were driven by a Parasound Halo A21. Below are the ARC measurement graphs of the uncorrected response without bass management applied - one thing to note is that Anthem limits room correction to a max EQ frequency of 5000 Hz and they only claim the mic is accurate to that point:
For comparison, the same measurements for my Dyns are in the following spoiler to avoid confusion:
took measurements with an Omnimic so hopefully he'll get those posted soon as well.
Anyway, initial setup took a little work to find proper placement (this was hampered a bit by my existing floor-standers) and toe-in. When it clicked, I found the 212s to have amazing imaging. I listened to an opera track that has four singers and two of them were placed just to the left and right of center - you could tell no one was directly in the center. And then the other two singers were just outside the middle two so basically at the quarter points between a speaker and dead center. Couple that with a full orchestra behind and wrapped around - it was pretty cool. Unfortunately it's not a great recording, quite a bit of hiss, and that really came through with the JTRs; I had to change to something else after maybe five minutes because it was so bad. As I listened to music I'm very familiar with, including Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, and Brand New, I found the 212s to be a little bright for my tastes but knocking the treble down a couple notches helped. Although the speakers never gave me that magical back-of-the-neck-tingly feeling, they never stepped out of line and did something to make me lose focus on the music. This is really important as I've had other speakers that would occasionally produce a sound that was just off and totally pull me out of the music - very annoying.
I know one of the main selling points of JTR speakers are high levels of distortion free output. Though I've experienced this in several other rooms around the KC area, I didn't put it to the test in my room as it's not that large and I like my hearing. And I have neighbors below me. I guess I did crank them a little more than usual on the song 'One' from Metallica Through The Never and they sounded quite good.
Last week, when
stopped by, we pitted the JTRs against what I normally use for rear surrounds - Dynaudio Contour S1.4 bookshelf speakers. New, these speakers MSRP'd for around $3k which is pretty close to what the 212HTs run. I wish I had taken a picture of them on top of the JTRs because the size difference was pretty funny. I didn't have the treble knocked down that evening and again I found the JTRs a little too forward. After going back and forth between the two sets of speakers a few times, we decided to watch part of The Fourth Phase, a follow-up to Art of Flight. We did this with the JTRs as mains and kicked in the rest of the system for 5.2.2 Atmos (I didn't bother re-connecting the rear surrounds). I was surprised at how well the JTRs meshed with the rest of the system and I think if I was more of a movie person and had a larger room, I'd be happy running the 212HTs.