Originally Posted by carp
I had the chance to try out the JBL 4722n's in my room for the past couple of weeks. These are the speakers Notnyt has, among quite a few other members, and I really liked them. I love being able to try out speakers in my own room, that way I'll know for sure how much I like them.
I posted some measurements and impressions in my room thread today:
Once you have speakers like JTRs that can do high output, low distortion, good frequency extension, and good directivity control, my current theory is that most things just boil down to differences in FR/EQ. That's part of the fun with Dirac - you can dial in the desired sound without introducing new problems.
I think it boils down to how people prefer louder sound. Certain EQ with certain tracks will crank up certain elements and sound "more clear" and "better" at the same overall volume.
Once you can drag a curve around to get the same results, changing out speakers seems silly. It finally cured my grass is greener disease. That said, even with Dirac, my Triads couldn't match the JTRs for output, frequency extension (especially clean extended treble), or directivity control.
I've never heard 4722Ns, but I suspect that they are in a similar ballpark as JTRs for output and directivity control, but the JTRs would have the edge for frequency extension. So, the JTRs should be able to recreate the 4722N sound with the right EQ tools.
I would have never said things like that before trying Dirac. For whatever reason, I've been pretty unhappy with EQ before. I always felt like treble/bass controls (or similar) didn't spoil the sound, but they didn't provide enough precision, while graphic EQs made things sound muddy. The more you apply, the worse it sounds. Maybe it has something to do with phase or ringing introduced by hi-Q filters.
So what became of your Dirac experiments, Carp? Were you able to find the perfect middle ground?