Originally Posted by Archaea
I demoed my L/C/R JTR 228HT and dual Captivator Pro subwoofer setup for forum 7channelfreak today who hails from Texas. He is stopping by carps next to compare the 212HT and see which L/C/R he will choose to buy based on these two demos. He asked me if I had plans to change anything soon I said no. Slightly embarrassing, but I got giddy when I was demoing my JTR equipment. It's simply so excellent it makes me smile uncontrollably. I'm as pleased as can be with the JTR purchases. My Captivator subs still make me laugh out loud at their ridiculous output two years into ownership, and the 228HT are a fantastic match for dynamic and clean sounding speakers! Movie clip watching is nothing short of Incredible! Randy asked if I ever felt I needed to go to the movie theaters anymore and I said no - and he said he can see why.
We didn't go above -5 from reference, subs were ~6dB hot. Most clips we watched at -10 and -12. Some as loud as -7.5, one clip we watched at -5dB ( a clip from the Michael Jackson This is it tribute). I was trying to be respectful of Randy's ears, and stated listening preferences, which was about -12dB (same as me for day to day movie use) - - - but it's tough not to pump the volume up a little something extra for a demo! We watched the Brave intro at -12, and we both were laughing at how good it sounded. The bear's intro is so savagely dynamic in comparison to the quiet little cute picnic intro! Randy said he felt that it raised his blood pressure and gave him sweaty palms --- at least between that scene and the Cloverfield monster scene. It definitely gets the endorphins going! Fight or Flight reactions manifest with a demo like this!
And the ported subs obviously continue to move some air! I love feeling the 'wind' from the ported subs to match the onscreen action.
JTR is just EXCELLENT equipment!
Randy came over to my place after his demo at Jonathan's. We had a great time listening to music and watching a few movie scenes, not surprisingly we spent most of the time listening to music. I have a playlist of songs in Winamp that I use for demo's. I tried to get a nice variety, most are not my style of music but I still enjoy all of the songs since they sound so good. I usually do around 30 seconds to 1 minute for each song.
Here is that playlist:
Michael Buble - The Best is Yet To Come
Rascal Flatts - Prayin' for Daylight
Nora Jones - Turn Me On
Lady Gaga - The Fame
Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
haha, did I mention most of these aren't "my" music?!
Il Divo - Wicked Game
Metallica - The Unforgiven
Bassotronics - Bass I Love You
Metallica - Bleeding Me
(Jeez even the 2 Metallica songs are post sellout era)
Pendulum - The Tempest
Cyrill Lutzelschwab - Boxenkiller
Days of the New - Shelf in the Room
Deadmau5 - Ghost N Stuff
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Randy told me about 10 minuted into the demo that he's already made his mind up and is going to buy JTR speakers to go with his Cap 2 that he just bought used (he plans on buying a second one down the road). He lives in Houston so no basements which means his room will be on a suspended floor. That sub is going to destroy in a room like that. He showed me the plans for his room, it's going to be impressive, it will be a fully dedicated theater room with an AT screen that's over 130 inches in size. If I'm ever close to Houston I'm going to have to check it out.
I ran through that list again yesterday for my wife's sister and boyfriend who are in town from San Fransisco. I think it's a pretty decent list, lots of variety. On Saturday Randy (7 channel freak) had me play the song Royals by Lorde. I had never heard it, it is a great demo song IMO. Very nice catchy tune and great female vocals with tight punchy bass.
Last night was a lot of fun, after the music demo we had a movie night. The room has gotten to the point that I can fit a lot of people in it for a movie night. We had 14 people: 4 kids, 2 teenagers, and 8 adults and we fit fine. Having the second row and bar table was something I should have done a long time ago.
Have to include the ridiculous amount of drivers shot:
Oh, and get this. My wife's sister's boyfriend is an audiologist
. Very nice guy and enjoyed the demo. I had a long conversation with him about hearing issues with loud music and frequencies etc. He said he is going to look into seeing if there are any studies or anything else published regarding low frequencies and if they are less damaging to hearing compared to the same db levels of mid's and highs. It is his belief that they are not but he also doubts that he will find anything confirming that belief. He said I could use the A weighting on my Rat shack meter and be just fine when I'm checking to make sure the db's aren't too high, since the low frequencies aren't taken into account using A.