Originally Posted by jbrown15
Honestly since you said to leave money out of the equation, I'd say neither of those choices. You have a wide room that could easily accommodate the larger speakers so I'd suggest going with 210RT's or 212HT's. And if budget was a concern I'd say go with the 212TT's.
So I do have to ask, as the B&W 803's are a favorite of mine, what are you looking for beyond the 803's?
The JTR's you are looking at will likely play louder and more clearly when loud, but I would guess the T8's won't sound as good as the 803's at most reasonable volumes. (Not sure on the 228's)
I agree with Jbrown that if you are looking for a step up in quality you should be looking at the 212TT's, 212 HT's, or 210RT's. I would say the clear step up would be the 210RT's, they are at least as good as the 803's at lower volumes and stay that way as you turn up the volume until your ears give out. Some say the 212HT's have and even better high end than the 210's by a small bit - I must confess they sound very close to me the 210RT's can play lower.
Do you have a sub stashed somewhere in there?
NOTE - Yikes! Jeff has changed the site. It looks like the 212HT is what was the 212TT was, and there is now a 212HTR which looks to be the original 212HT.(?)
I believe starting with the 212HTR and into the RT series the compression driver is a better model.
FYI - If you are purchasing new the T8s are not available anymore (At least on the site).