Originally Posted by gfbl
I am building my first system and will be using it for mainly movies, tv, i would say about 70 percent and 30 percent music. Im torn between hifi (salk, selah,fritz,etc) and jtr 212's, i wont be able to hear any as i am not in the us so im using reviews to make a decision. i will be using a si 18HT for sub duties and have an emp xpa 5 and sherbourn 7350 for amp duties, really would like to hear some thought especially from those that have used both types of speakers, thanks a mil. Oh the room is tiled and undampened but i will be moving next year to a fully modded room that wil be better suited.
I just placed my order for 3 JTR Noesis 212HT-LPs and 2 JTR Slanted 8s. I originally was looking for a single sub like the Seaton Submersive. The advice was multiple good subs would be better than 1 great sub. So then I decided to get a few subs ( DIY - LMS 5400). Then there was the question of if my mains would keep up with the subs so I went in search of great sounding speakers, you know, the type you don't plan to upgrade from. I quickly zeroed in on the Salk speakers and wondered whether I should get the RAAL ribbon tweeter upgrade option or not. And sometime during that research I came across the JTR Noesis. Let's just say the rest is history. The JTR Noesis must be a great speaker based on my readings and I ordered mine without even hearing them even though there is a guy 20 minutes away that has a set. The thing that got me was at a Speaker Get ToGether (GTG), the Noesis ran away with the theater comparison and acquitted itself well in 2-channel listening (multiple 1st place votes). I know many speakers that sound great but when you push them, they start to degrade. The thing most reviewers (users not journalists) say is how effortless the Noesis sound and the louder you go, that feeling never fades. Most say the listener will give up before the Noesis, even with standard receiver amplification. Throw in the fact that Jeff at JTR gives great service (like several of the ID companies) and it makes it an easy choice to go for the Noesis. Well, easy until you have to decide between the 228 and 212s. For you however, I would suggest the 212s if you can swing them since you do say you want great sounding music. I never could get a clear answer of why but the general consensus is the 228s are as good for theater and the 212s are slightly better for 2 or more channel music. If you primarily want two channel, you could add a 228 to a pair of 212s as I know some have said that combination is great too.
Also, the Single/Slanted 8s are amazing speakers in their own right as was demonstrated in one of the GTGs where the Single 8s were the primary speakers for a large portion of the subwoofer listening. Most of the talk was about how good the JTR single 8s were instead of which sub was best.
Good luck. The good news is all of your options will leave a smile on your face. The Noesis will just do it...louder.