I did not have time to set up an side by side AB session, so I turned Audyssey off and listened to several songs on my Triple 8's at reference. Then I replaced them with the 228's and listened to the the same songs again after level matching the 228's with the test tones in my pre pro. My S2 was on for both sessions.
Then I listened to several other songs that I was familiar with. There is a definite difference. The main difference is that on a couple of songs with loud female vocals I now realize that there was a slight harshness with the Triple 8's that is no longer present with the 228's. I listened hard and could not hear any harshness with any of the songs I listened to. There were also a couple of details in a couple of songs that I heard for the first time. Even with less than critical listening, there is a subtle improvement in the sound that is hard to describe.
Everyone knows that I am a huge fan of the Triple 8's and JTR's in general so take my preliminary review in that context, but I am very happy with the purchase. I am excited to do some more listening and watch some movies.
Of course, the build quality is pretty amazing and they have the biggest binding posts I have ever seen. To get an idea, think of the binding posts on any commercial speaker and multiply the size by about 5.