Originally Posted by RMK!
I agree to a degree ...
My issue with the Revel's (original Studio's then the Ultima Studio II's) was that they were great for controlled volume listening in a small sweet spot (one seat). But if I wanted to play concert level R&R they were woefully inadequate, even when given all the power they could handle.
After paying that much for a loudspeaker, I found that limitation very annoying. I don't listen @ concert level very often but when I am in the mood, I expect my speakers to produce. I found any "slight" trade-off in detail and resolution more than off-set by better dynamics (for movies) and clarity at higher SPL.
Anyone commenting without actually hearing both options (and old model Triple 8's don't really qualify
) are simply talking out of their arse but that is SOP around here.
All speakers have limitations to some people. Some people see these limitations as significant, some people see these limitations as insignificant.
Some people have heard T8 & T12 and hated them, complaining these speakers (and their peers) just lack detail, accuracy, smoothness, or whatever.
Some people think these HE speakers have all the accuracy, detail, and smoothness they need. But everyone is different.
I mean these HE speakers may be +6dB from 5kHz-15kHz on FR. That may be great and perfect for some people, while it may be harsh and uncomfortable to some people.
It's a matter of preference.
So my brother uses his JTR for karaoke where they shine for volume output, but he listens to his NHT speakers for music.
If JTR and HE fans believe that these speakers do great for everything and every occasion, we're happy for them. But just don't expect everyone to agree after they listen to these speakers, like I have and others have. These HE speakers are NOT for everyone and every occasion.