Originally Posted by purbeast
I like listening to stuff pretty loud when watching movies. The room is about 20x26, however the "theater" area is in a corner area that is probably 14x15 or so, but is open to the rest of the room.I'd also be curious if anyone has heard any of the speaker setups I mentioned above vs. a Salk setup they've heard.
I'm leaning towards the JTR for time being but I have yet to personally hear them. Part of the reason is simply based on what others have said in comparison to the other speakers, and the fact that they are more dynamic than the Klipsch and B&W ones.
But I still would like to weigh all options before I spend $5k+ on speakers.
A group of us have heard them in direct comparison, yes. It was at a GTG event we held in April of this year. To summarize, the HT guys thought the high sensitivity designs performed as well as the rest of the speakers for music, while the 2-channel guys disagreed. People like what they like and biases can be very influential in our decision making (unfortunate). The JTR comparison has to be taken with a grain of salt, though, as Jeff (the designer) chose not to run them with subwoofers (they were designed to be paired with subs), thus they didn't perform to their full capability. As far as my opinion, almost every high sensitive design I've heard compromises in music reproduction, which can usually be heard within the midrange frequencies. The instruments usually have poor tone/timbe and body. Also, soundstage size believability is flawed due to the controlled directivity design. Most HS speakers are designed to be used in a pro audio or HT environment, so these are compromises the designers are willing to make. Speaker design is all about trade-offs...
With that said, if you're focusing mostly on HT and TV I'd go with a high sensitivity design considering you said you watch/listen pretty loud. Your room is also pretty large (you have to take into account the entire size of the space, not just the 14x15 section). Jim doesn't have a high sensitive design on his website, but he'll build you anything you want. If you're interested in his work then definitely give him a call and discuss your options. He has been working with an individual on a hi-fidelity high sensitivity design for a while now, so I am sure he'd have a couple suggestions/combinations for you.
Originally Posted by rick240
He has? So is that and the Pharoas some kind of endorsement of SQ of HE drivers?
No. He knows there is a demand for such, though, and has been working with at least one person to find a hi-fidelity HS design.
Originally Posted by rick240
I haven't been able to get him to post thoughts on SQ of high sensitivity drivers in my thread over there - and I don't feel like bumping it again.
Call or E-mail him. Jim is smart and likely knows that engaging in a public discussion about HS vs. non-HS designs and their hi-fidelity musical reproduction capabilities would just start a war, no matter what his opinion is.Edited by Nuance - 12/5/12 at 8:01am