Originally Posted by purbeast
Those of you that purchased JTR speakers, how did you go about demo'ing them prior to purchasing them?
The Triple 8/12 speakers keep coming up in my research for speakers in the range I'm looking at, but I do not know how to demo them, which obviously I am going to do before I make a purchase of anything
My front runners right now are the B&W CM9's with CMC2 for center and CM5 for rears, but I'd like to audition a few more before I take the plunge on anything.
My primary usage is going to be movies/games. What center do you guys who have the 8's or 12's use with those speakers?
If you are puttig together a media room with a big screen TV in an existing multi purpose space, the B&W's will be fine.
I built a dedicated room for Home Theater and was sitting on a Revel Ultima Studio and Voice Center channel ($20K in speakers) when I first heard the JTR's. My first demo was with the original Triple 8's, They were OK but did not get my attention. The second demo a few months later was with the first of the Triple 12's. Although they lacked a bit of the detail I was used to wtih the Revels, they blew me away with their dynamics (how clear/clean they remained at higher SPL). I ened up selling my Revels and purchasing those Triple 12's.
The demos were at the owners home (T12's) and in my room (T8's).
For those serious about Home Theater high sensitivity speakers are the way to go. By playing effortlessly at reference (or close to it) they provide a level of immersion and envelopment that better matches the big screen image. Frankly, you will never get that level of performance from those B&W's.
In terms of the center channel, the best option is to have matching LCR's. Many who don't have AT screens end up using a smaller center channel and that can work but again, if your doing an HT, do it right and have a BIG AT screen with matching LCR"s behind it. I am comfortable with that recommendation because no one that has done this, has ever regretted that decision ... Edited by RMK! - 11/21/12 at 10:42am