Originally Posted by COACH2369
Well, I finally had the opportunity to listen to a set of JTR speakers. A fellow forum member welcomed me into his home yesterday for a lunch hour demo. He has the following in his room:
3 – T12’s, 2010 models, no updates
2 – Slanted 8’s
1 – BIGGGGG Oribit Shifter
First impressions were…. They look much bigger in person, yet I like the way they look. The speakers are well built and boy do they weigh a ton!!
The OS resembles something out of a commercial A/C installation and I can only imagine how fun it was lugging that thing up the steps to the bonus room.
We listened to several scenes of some blu-rays, all movies I hadn’t seen before, and they sounded amazing. Great dynamics and plenty of bass….
Since I wanted to hear something I would be familiar with, we put in “The Dark Knight” and listened to chapter 20 or 21, where they go under ground and get ambushed by the Joker…..This is where I could tell how special these speakers are how big of an improvement they are over my Klipsch setup.
He had the CD’s on the Left and Right speaker located at the top and didn’t have the speakers on a stand. It seems like that put them at the perfect listening position for at least the first row of seats….Oh well for my second row. HaHa
After yesterday, it is quite obvious why this thread is so active. These speakers were everything they were advertised to be. It was shocking to me how much better they sounded than my Klipsch RF-7II/RC-64II setup. I do realize that they could sound different in my room, but I can’t imagine they would sound worse. If anything, they could sound a bit better.
I am sold and will be owning some VERY soon… ;-D
That's great coach, I'm happy the long drive for a demo was worthwhile. The compression driver and crossover in the T12's you heard have been upgraded and the newer models play a bit cleaner. That said, I doubt the differences could be heard in a DB test. Your fresh ears experience is very similar to mine when I first heard the T12's and I wasted no time in buying them. I have never regretted that decision.
Note, I let you slide on the derogatory comments regarding my beautiful Orbit Shifter's... OK, well maybe they are a little homely but they can make beautiful music and blur your vision to the point where you can't see them anyway. Definitely meant to be heard, not seen
Originally Posted by purbeast
Well that is what I'm debating. I was originally going to get the T8's for my mains. But I saw a deal for T12's that was about the cost of T8's new, so I went for those instead, and I'm sure they are overkill lol.
So I'm kind of in the same boat now - looking for used T8's if I can find them for the same price as new Slanted 8's. My room is odd in that the surrounds are going to be offset a bit. The left one is going to be significantly further away from the listening area than the right one, and I'm just wondering how the Slanted 8's would hold up in that situation.
I'm sure T8's would be overkill for my area, but like you, I like overkill
My room is asymmetrical and the left surround is 12" from the Center LP as opposed to the right surround being 8'. When these speakers are level matched the distance delta is not noticeable.
I have had the Slanted 8's and the Triple 8's as surrounds and for multi-channel music the Triple 8's did sound like a better match to the Triple 12 and Noesis LCR's, If you do a lot of MC music the Triple 8-LP's are IMHO the best choice but for movie surround effects either the single or slanted 8's are also excellent,Edited by RMK! - 1/23/13 at 8:41am