Much better for music...a bit better for movies
Both are very good for movies... not sure it's so clear a victory there, but I haven't a/b' d directly for movies- just going on memory.
The eDs were a fantastic setup for movies imo(excellent clear dialogue is their strength) But the eD horn pales in comparison to the JTR and sounds dirty and harsh by comparison - even on some movie clips I've watched. I recall some of the scenes in the Art of Flight with the dubstep music sounding downright harsh and irritating on the eD. TURN IT DOWN type feeling. The JTR have none of that. The harshness of the eD treble in my untreated room is is noticeable in both movies and music, but much more noticeable with music ... seemingly regardless to genre. The JTR 228HT are clearly a better speaker.
The main unique thing I notice about these 228HT is they have a very focused soundstage when the distances are dialed in. In my MLP when I'm listening to two channel stereo it sounds exactly like the center channel is on. Due to my weird seating arrangement (too close to be optimal) I've never had a speaker image like this in my room. The 228HT was exteremely focused imaging in carps room too. I remember stitch1 saying it was like the center channel was sitting in his lap when listening to two channel stereo in the MLP. I've picked that sense up in both rooms I've auditioned the 228HT in. In contrast the 212HT (the big brother) has a huge big soundstage with less tight "focus'. For music I personally prefer the 212HT's soundstage to the 228HT's soundstage, but is it worth 2x's the cost? That's a horsepilll to swallow. The 228HT sounds so good already!
I've watched 2 movies so far and a handful of demo scenes. I watched Prometheus at about -10 to -12 and they sounded incredible. I was thinking how could this sound any better. JTR really has an EPIC system in the caps and 228HT setup. Then I watched Wrecking Ralph at about -16 with the family. That movie pretty much sucked and I sort was disinterested honestly - but I don't by any means think it was the JTR's fault. The movie had so much potential, but every funny scene they had in the previews and the rest of the movie was pretty terrible. I usually like animated movies. Did I say I was disappointed in this one? Sooooo, I'm really looking forward to spending more time with these speakers. My buddy at work asked me today how I liked them, and I said I haven't got to listen to them NEARLY as much as I'd like. He's like what? You've had them for 1.5 months? I'm said, no I"ve had the front sound stage for 2 weeks, because the center came a month later, and Megan and I have been house searching and spending tons of time looking for a new home, and work's been busy, and I have a 1 and 4 year old and --- yada yada yada....
Carp, the only way I'd consider selling the 228HT right now, is if I decided to buy the 212HT. But since you are so competitive I may have to wait until JTR releases the 212HT killing successor and then one up you and your (by that time) twenty four 18" subwoofers and 212HT soundstage.
Cliffnotes: My JTR 228HT and JTR Captivator front soundstage absolutely rocks. I'm very happy with the setup!
Edited by Archaea - 3/27/13 at 8:10pm