Originally Posted by Archaea
What about the JTR speakers is NOT a PA speaker?
A pro audio speaker is a PA speaker. These have pretty much every attribute of a pro audio, AKA PA speaker.
They are pro speaker heritage, that's where Jeff of JTR got his roots and experience - their default finish is a duratex/rhino liner like coating. They play to 130dB range, they handle 2,000 watts, they are exceptionally high sensitivity. They are huge and WAF is at the bottom of the build list while sound quality and massive capability is at the top. They must be used with a subwoofer. (outside of the RT series)
yeah....definitely PA heritage...definitely PA attributes.
And....there's not a thing wrong with that. They are darn good PA speakers, among the very best available --- they just happen to be to very excellent for home use too!
About the only reason you could say these aren't a PA speaker is because Jeff voices the residential line about 3dB down on the treble as compared to his pro line from what I understand --- because the extra treble is needed in auditoriums, but not in the home.
Call a spade a spade. Funny to see folk trying to duck the pro audio or PA label IMO. Not one thing wrong with these being spectacular PA speakers.
The confusion is about semantics. PA means Public Address. So, any speakers used for that purpose can be called a PA speaker.
These speakers are so good, they are now used as 'Hi Fi' or 'Home Theater' and therefore when used as such is called a 'hi fi' speaker. I call mine HT speakers. In fact the 212s are marketed as 'Home Theater' speakers on Jeff's site. He has his 'Pro line' as well. These are made for HT use, so one should call them HT speakers instead of PA speakers.
Here's the definition:
"A public address system (PA system) is an electronic sound amplification and distribution system with a microphone, amplifier and loudspeakers, used to allow a person to address a large public, for example for announcements of movements at large and noisy air and rail terminals."
I think since so many PA system sucks in the SQ department, they have a bad rep...
The 'drivers used' have little or nothing to do with the end 'application' of fully completed speaker, although we see a majority of PA speakers uses compression drivers while a huge majority of hi-fi speakers uses dome, ribbon, etc... the speaker world is changing though.. i can see more and more using 'horn' type designs... and the whole 'hi fi' snake-oil industry as an exclusive club is fast becoming dated...
I can confidently say my 212s are more 'hi fi/ hi definition' then a vast majority of speakers marketed as 'hi fi'. In fact, i have compared it directly at my friend's shop that sells various 'hi fi' speakers, and these are far, far better... in fact, so much better that it's not even a close fight...