Originally Posted by Russdawg1
Unless they are going behind an AT screen, I would never get JTR or PSA speakers. They are pure eye sores and while the performance may be fantastic, they are the largest form factor speakers out there. You’ll need a GINORMOUS space to house them, especially the JTR’s.
I do see your point about them being ID. They provide tremendous value but at what cost? I’d rather get some Chane or Emotiva or Ascend towers because you can actually look at them without your eyes bleeding out.
Well, since its for a dedicated home theater, I'd personally prefer not spending a lot of money on a shiny fancy finish for speakers that will be used in the dark for watching movies. I mean, if the performance were somewhere remotely close and it was in my living room, I'd want a nicer finish too. But for a dark theater I think drastically better performance would win over a shiny finish.
Also, I'm not sure which speakers you feel are GINORMOUS as PSA's speakers aren't much bigger than most low sensitivity retail bookshelf speakers. I mean, 3" larger dimension maybe then some of the common 6.5" woofer bookshelf speakers. There are plenty of retail speakers that are larger than PSA. JTR makes many different size speakers from small to large. However, I don't think tiny speakers are a priority for a home theater, so even if they are a few inches larger, not sure it would be a big deal.
For a music only system, or in a mixed use living room, Ascend would be a very strong contender for me if I ever wanted to upgrade my speakers...either the towers or the Sierra 2's. I haven't seen any company that openly publishes measurements on their speakers as Ascend does. I don't think many speakers will measure better than Ascends offerings, regardless of price. But they may not be the best suited for a dedicated home theater where effortless dynamics and high efficiency matter.