Originally Posted by 65 Electra Glide
I've got JBL PT800/PS1400 stacks, and Revel F12s and M12s. I also once got to borrow a pair of Performa M22s for an extended period. I realize that only the Concertas haven't been discontinued yet out of those, but to me, the PT800s are the better speaker.
One of the posters on the Revel thread, a couple of years ago was wanting something better than his M22 for surrounds. I looked over the specs and design of the M22 and knew the PT800 was better. I suggested them and he bought a pair and was completely in agreement.
The problem JBL had was their marketing team, they did not have a glue as how to present the PS. Lumping them in with Synthesis was not a good idea. In fact when Synthesis dealers had all the work they could handle, they did not want to be bothered with a system that only totaled around $9,000.
And by then JBL was thrown to BB and we know what BB sells in the way of speakers. And there were very few independent dealers that carried JBL by then. Tweeters had the PS, but I think only online, not in the stores, or only part of the series.
And the Revel Gem2 is a step up from the PT800, nicer boxes, a couple of controls where the PT800 has none. But at a much higher price point. The full retail of the PT800 was listed @ $1700 where the Gem2 I think is more like $5K. One big advantage of the PT800 is being able to be used as a full range speaker when docked to the SP1400.