Originally Posted by countryWV
I keep seeing or rather reading a Very commomn misconception toward T12's and JTR speakers in general. I completely understand speakers that excel in music generally are not the best choice for HT and vice-versa. people write stuff like 70% Movies + 30% Music.
I feel like my T12's do 100% Movies and Music Outstanding. They give up Nothing in music(Rock is all I listen to).
Every morning I watch a concert DVD which is both. One year later and I am still getting chills and some of the music I play over and over just becuase it sounds so Damn Good.
So what am I missing? This is the question I have to ask everytime someone brings up JTR speakers and music. It leaves me Flabbergasted (finally got a chance to use that word.)
Can any current JTR speaker owners help me out with an answer? It is confusing to me. I do not understand this seperation. I have been chalking it up as peolple do not know what they are talking about but mabey Its me (that is my usual answer). My T12's evoke such emotion when I listen. Guns & Roses (AFD) brings back vivid memories of high school while Slayer brings out my destructive side.
What do you other JTR owners think about one vs the other vs both?
Please set me straight
I think that there are a couple of factors that set JTR's apart making them excel at reproducing both music and movie soundtracks.
First, traditional music speakers are thought to be very detailed, but are usually low sensitivity, require more power and when they are turned up you have to deal with compression distortion or both.
Traditional HT speakers can play loud without distortion, but lack the refinement to reproduce the musical details to the same level as the traditional musical speaker.
JTR's have no trouble reproducing the musical details and because of their sensitivity, and power handling can reproduce movie soundtracks without distortion or compression.
Second, because we are putting speakers in our homes that are designed to fill gymnasiums or concert halls with clean sound, both our speakers and our amps are cruising along, never needing to work anywhere near their capacity. This of course provides distortion free sound at any volume that you would care to listen to them.
I would argue that both the traditional music speaker and the traditional HT speaker, do not even do their dedicated function well, because the compromises that are made to achieve either detail without SPL or SPL without detail. Real music reproduction requires dynamics without distortion and movie sound, includes both detailed music and dialog.
Excellent speakers like JTR's will shine for both music and HT. Traditional purpose built speakers are just not very good speakers in general.
It is my guess that Jeff has built something unique, professional level speakers with extremely refined sound. There are a few other manufactures out there that have achieved similar results, but you would be hard pressed to find them anywhere near this price range.