Originally Posted by lemonslush
The Ascends must be pretty decent if they are relativity being compared to the JTR's that are double, triple the price.
I have not heard the JTR speakers. But I have no doubt that they are better for HT use. Especially if you are playing them at, or above, THX reference levels.
However, I would wager the differences between a speaker like the Ascend 340se and the JTR offerings would be a lot less noticeable if you were playing a movie at -10db from reference level (in a room his size). I would wager that the JTR offerings would still come out ahead at lower than reference levels, but by how much? Enough to justify $550 a pair vs over $2000 a pair? I have my doubts. And that extra money could go to the subs and acoustic treatments for the room, which would likely have greater impact.
Also, the Ascends were mentioned because the OP had a budget of $5,000. It is my opinion he cannot do a proper setup using JTR offerings for $5,000. However, the OP seems to be willing to almost double his budget now. If he is willing to do that, then the JTR is probably the way to go.
In otherwords, I was never trying to say the 340se is in the same class as 228HT. I just think given the OPs listening levels, original spending budet, etc., going with the 340se saves a lot of money that can be better used elsewhere. But I have no doubt that the 228HT can outshine the 340se (especially at or above reference levels).