One day while perusing AVS, looking for info on speakers, I came across the JTR speakers. I wasn't actively looking to upgrade, but you know how upgradeitis is! After spending considerable time in the PSA thread, I kept reading posts by jbrown15, and saw that he lived in my metropolitan area.
After contacting jbrown15, we discovered he only lived 12 minutes down the road
. What made this even better was he owned the two pieces of equipment on my list of possible upgrades: JTR Noesis 228HT, and the PSA XS30 subwoofer. Some messages were exchanged, and I was able to make my way to jbrown15's house on Sunday. jbrown15 (Joe), was a great host and we were able to spend a couple of hours demoing his system.
Now, I'm a novice relative to the knowledge many, many forum members have. I'm continually amazed at how much the guys on AVS know about this hobby. I wanted to share a couple of my observations, and also to thank Joe on the forum here.
Joe has a great space in his basement and he did a considerable amount of the work himself. At present, the space is undergoing a transformation with a soon to be installed AT screen, and some new carpet and A/V rack. The point is, I really liked the space, especially because it's similar in size to mine. Nicely done, Joe!
From reading the specs on the JTR website, I had an idea how big the 228's were, but seeing is believing. The speakers are certainly not small! The 228 on it's side as a center channel looked rather imposing.
As I said earlier, I'm not confident in my ability to analyze how something sounded, and I don't think I have a particularly good ear. I just try to do what everyone says and if it sounds good to me that's all that matters. Let me tell you, these 228s were spectacular. In fact, the whole theatre system sounded unbelievable, including the PSA subs. At higher volumes, the speakers were crystal clear, but I particularly noticed how they sounded at lower volumes. During movie demos all dialogue was easy to understand, and I felt like the sound really brought me "into the movie".
As for music, I probably talked too much, and we were short on time, and were only able to play a few tunes, but The Eagles "Hotel California" sounded just amazing. I generally don't have time to sit and listen to music at home, but I have to say I really enjoyed the few tracks we did hear. If I owned a set of the 228s, I could see myself definitely listening to more music! Indeed, Joe has found that to be his own experience since he got the 228s. I think if a set of speakers can get you to listen to music when you never did before, that's a pretty strong endorsement.
Thanks again to Joe, and I can't wait to see the space again after the current upgrade is complete.