Thanks to all for sharing, interesting.
Originally Posted by raehza
Thanks for the answers! I still don't understand how it is physically possible for a single driver, single tweater Speaker like the SHO to sound similar to a 3 Driver single tweeter Speaker like the tripple 8.
Wouldn't a 3 driver speaker seem "fuller"? Don't 3 woofers give you a much more powerful mid band than a single one? That's what I don't understand.
I'd love to compare the SHOs to my 2x DefTech 8020 Towers and 8040 HD center. My speakers were more expensive than the SHOs but I am not sure which ones I would like better.....
It is interesting that they are found to be similar, but not so hard to believe as subjectively both these offerings perhaps had similar targeted goals from their designers. However, the initial subjective impression the listeners form can over time and with more varying source material, flesh out more differences that otherwise aren't discerned within the constraints of the shootout. The manner in which each handles dynamic scale, coherence, overall clarity and resolving power of inner detail, and perhaps imaging characteristics in a good acoustic environment. I know this is not news to anyone, just sayin'.
I have no interest one way or the other, however AFAIK the CHT's cabinet build quality cannot be compared to that of the products of JTR. Yeah, the CHT is markedly less than the JTR. Clearly, a significant portion of the price comes from materials other than drive units. Also, the JTR crossovers are high current, low loss designs. I don't know what the CHT box uses as a dividing network, but I do recall criticism directed toward the modest Xovers contained in them. To be fair, CHT addressed many of the earlier complaints, so it's entirely possible the Xovers are perfectly fine. What matters is the final product, and the subsequent sound reproduction. Both the JTR and the CHT certainly seem to impress in the short term. Surely a more robust cabinet, as the JTR possesses makes more sense when considering latent energy, etc, but does it actually impact the listener? *.... I know one thing, it does in a sighted test
Nice job guys, I hope know one gets all nit-picky with your methodology, I think you guys did great.