Originally Posted by nonstopdoc1
JTR speakers have a huge following on this forum. Did anyone of you guys ever did A/B comparison with JTR Noesis?
Apart from recommendation from HT designers, what were the reasons you chose Procella over other (often cheaper) options like JTR or JBL?
I only bought speakers from Procella for a 5.1.2 system with P6 for LCR, P5 for surrounds and P5iw for Atmos. I bought my electronics separately.
Procella speakers were the only one's that would fit behind the screen in my theatre. I had considered M&K, but they don't have a dealer in my country for me to audition them. JTR don't have a dealership here and I didn't know about them. They'd also be too big for the screen and the shipping costs would be significant to import (thousands of $). I'm not going to spend that kind of money on speakers I have never heard.
Procella's dealer had a proper cinema with Atmos, fully treated room, etc... i.e. like the high end systems on AVS. It sounded great.
JBL didn't have their smaller cinema line speakers available to order at the time (C220, etc... still too big), not to mentioned demo room (although we have all heard JBL in commercial cinemas) and they probably would require a bigger room to work properly for my uses. JBL is very cost effective from an SPL per dollar point of view, but if you start looking at their processing solutions for higher end stuff (synthesis, etc..) the costs advantage probably goes away.
QSC have fitted out some of the local premium commercial cinemas here, but I didn't want to buy a full system, just speakers. And I'm not sure they would have been suitable or had a price advantage anyway.
Also, with Procella I could get a full range of speakers, including in-ceiling atmos speakers. I'm not sure I could hang a pair of 36kg speakers from competing brands in my room as it was not purpose built, rather it was converted to cinema use.
I also considered and demoed other speaker systems usually found in homes, such as Bowers & Wilkins, KEF and such. Trounced easily by Procella. Not even close. Yes, it wasn't A/B, but I don't have that option as I could only rely on what dealers have available in their theatre rooms or demo rooms.
There are cheaper brands than Procella, but mostly cheaper for a reason
. If you are based in the US, then you might have competitive options at a cost effective price point, but you will need room to fit large speakers.