Originally Posted by Jeff in Canada
I am stating that the nature of your test was flawed.
Jeff I think you are trying to read into this thread too much.
Based on my discussions with Joe, I don't think he ever intended this GTG to be a shootout/speaker tester thread.
I think he was just collecting subjective opinions from people knowing full well that they would be biased, and a few charts thrown in because there was time left at the end.
I think their measurements are valid because all the speakers measured were in identical conditions (to the best of my knowledge at least).
Stopping short of a professional anechoic chamber, of course.
I think I was the least biased person who visited Joe's place, because:
1) I didn't go there with a plan/need/desire to buy/sell speakers.
2) Could care less what the speakers looked like.
3) I already have beyond quad 18's for bass, so I knew I wasn't going to be impressed compared to someone who has never heard such level of bass before.
4) I have a natural predisposition of ignoring people's opinions, especially true if they are an AV sales person, the more they talk the less I like them. LOL
5) I'm really hard to please when it comes to SQ.
6) The more expensive a speaker is, the higher my expectations of it become; it better have flawless SQ and headroom or I will drop it like a used condom. I don't have time for crappy equipment, or time to bleed...
That said, I think the Tempest 12's and JTR 228's were in the top 7 best speakers I've ever heard.
and the relative performance of the HE-style speakers (IMO) are as follows:
Tempest 12 85% <- bad mids
JTR 228 90% <- dispersion far too narrow
My current speakers 95% <- could use more transparency in the mids and highs
I'll leave this open for when I hear the perfect
HE speaker. (Good Luck with that!!!
One day I will have to hear these 1099's you speak of.