I just got home from AXPONA about an hour ago. I've been so busy since last Wednesday that I haven't even been on the forum until now. My wife and kids stayed with a friend 2 hours south of Chicago. I got in there last night at 1 am and slept until noon today. After repacking the van and eating lunch, we headed back home.
On Thursday Jeff and I loaded everything in trailers and vans, drove an hour to the Westin, unloaded everything with the help of Jeff's friend, and built an entire theater and 2 channel room with audio and video calibration. In the middle of the day, I also did a quick audio calibration for the live sound venue. After the hour drive back to Jeff's house, we finally got to bed at 2 am. Had to get up by 7:30 on Friday to head down to the show for some last minute setup and arrangements.
Leonard Caillouet of AVNirvana.com spent quite a bit of time in our room. He even came back on Sunday afternoon for at least an hour after writing this
Jeff from JTR is a very pleasant gentleman, soft spoken and passionate about his products. He speaks openly about his design philosophy, which is not mainstream, for sure, but quite sound engineering. The result is a very pleasant surprise, with products like the NOESIS 210RT, which are efficient, tremendously powerful, and extremely low distortion. For such a monster in terms of its power, it is quite pleasing to listen to and is capable of a solid and expansive sound stage, has superb balance, and did I mention, low distortion. As most of you know who have been around me, my starting point for speakers is very low distortion, particularly in the mid-range. It is here that we are most sensitive, and where most content is that requires precision, IMNSHO. With his coaxial compression driver and careful attention to horn design, he achieves precisely this. With the mid-range response of his driver, the crossovers can be moved well out of the mid-range resulting in a seamless transition that many speakers have trouble with. Jeff is one of those engineering types that really does not care to attend to marketing and presentation, just wants to build better products. We look forward to getting to know his speakers better and working with him to get reviews and perhaps even some product giveaways. His was one of the better stories of the show, in spite of his apparent lack of interest in such. He provided speakers to support the blues show Saturday night, as well as stage monitors (note his speakers on the high stands on either side of the stage in the pictures of the show). The results were astoundingly good, and the monitors were said by performers to be among the best they had used.
His theater demonstration was a knockout, being limited only by the power that the hotel could provide. On Sunday morning JTR was able to get an additional 20A circuit, and this allowed them to get more volume. They had 7 channels at 2500 watts each of available amplification, but could not take advantage of it. The bass seemed more controlled with less distortion today, even though before the system sounded impressive.
The JVC 4K projector that JTR had was the best calibrated and on 4K material did the best job.