Several of our JTR brothers joined me on another thread about a trade I just did for my JTR 212s and custom JTR Noesis center with another AVS member for his Yorkville U215 L/C/R. Carp posted that maybe I could share my findings on this thread as well so below is what I posted in the other thread. Perhaps when Dan does the reverse analysis, since he now has my old speakers, he can post his opinions as well.
Please note this is just my opinion....my ears...and in my room. This is not a scientific test and as most JTR brothers know and recommend, always audition things for yourself as everyone has different preferences. Also keep in mind I am still 60% JTR in my set-up with four T8 surrounds and dual S2 subs..so you guys haven't got rid of me yet
I set these up with XT32 from my AV8801. No Dirac..no mini DSP....no manual EQ. I mention this because other forum members love to tweak and that just isn't my passion or skill set.
*JTR Noesis 212 has a very sweet top end that offers great detail and resolution and on some tracks this is a big plus to me. There are some moments that top end gets edgy (for my tastes)but not very often. I always thought the 212 HT was a little "lean" sounding and could use some boosted midbass.
*The U215 has a very "full" sound with plenty of mid-bass. It does not have the same treble energy on the top end that I had grown very accustomed to over the last year with the 212.
*Both have very good imaging and I think the U215 might have a tiny lead here but not much difference overall.
*If I were a 2 channel guy, I think I might lean towards the Noesis family of speakers....especially if you like a "revealing" speaker. It just seems to get micro details out of the music that I didn't hear with the U215. The differences are very subtle but they are there.
*For HT it depends on personal preferences. The U215 is a very robust speaker that puts out a healthy amount of bass and mid-bass and is very coherent from top to bottom.
*They both offer great dialogue inteligibillity but I noticed some very small differences. I have seen "The art of flight" probably more times then anything else in my collection. I almost never watch the whole thing but have seen bits and pieces a 1000 times. Anyways, I know the dialogue parts in that movie very well and used it to judge dialogue. There were some scenes I felt the U215 did cleaner and some the 212 does cleaner. They are both excellent...but there were noticeable differences.
*Both JTR and U215 are bargains but I honestly think the U215 is a stupid good bargain at its asking price. I doesn't get the same buzz as the JTR line but for HT guys, I think it is hard to beat.
*The U215 is a big arse speaker. I thought the 212s were decent size but the U215 takes it to another level. I guess they would be very similar to the 215RM but probably still smaller then the fridge sized 215RT.
*The U215 could survive a nuclear explosion...much like the Danley's from what I remember hearing. Things are built like tanks, which is to be expected from Pro Audio speakers.
Anyways, sorry for the long drawn out comments. In the end, I could easily live with either speaker and be 100% happy. Honestly