A side by side comparison of all these speakers took place. We positioned them all to the best of our ability and limited space.
Once setup speakers where covered with GOM and only @Mfusick knew what amps where hooked up to what speakers.
We used identical amps powered by a Pre-Pro. All speakers get level matched at the main LP to be 85db C weighted. With the Pre-Pro set to -0.
As for content We used a loop for each sound clip Letting it play for 20-30's depending on the song and then instantly swapping to a different speaker. MFusick timed the duration of the loop with the 15 seconds it took for the amp to power on as to make an instant swap between speakers while using the same exact clip of music.
All speakers got sent a Pure signal (no eq,dsp) but we did add an 80hz HP filter to all of the speakers. We also used six Stereo Integrity ported @20hz subs set to 85db at the LP as well to fill in the low end. After much debate weather to add subs or not it made the most sense to include them as these speakers where all designed to be played with a subwoofer and in a realistic Home Theater format a subwoofer would (and should) always be used with these speakers.
We were only told the speaker was A,B,C or D. Those values remained a constant and always associated with the same speaker throughout.
Before we started the listening tests we tested our own hearing seeing how high up we could all hear. Which was pretty fun and a tad painful for those of us who could hear above 15khz.
Everyone had a note pad and told what speaker was playing when the speaker changed. It did not always go in order and we made requests to compare a specific one vs another. We ran through each speaker three times or so per song each. Using various material with high recording quality and general music that was easily distinguishable with things we know how they should sound. Like male/female voices, acoustic guitars, drums things of that nature. No one was allowed to make comments about the speakers or weigh any opinion what so ever until the test was over. Trying to make things have no bias and to see if our ears consistently liked one over another.
After we played through several songs and I am sure someone else who went could note exactly how many and the song titles. We decided to hear the speakers again but this time the name of the speaker was noted and not the number. To see if our opinion changed knowing the speaker vs the blind test.
We then revealed what speakers correlated to which letters. No one's opinion changed from knowing the speaker brand to the blind listening. Our order from 1st to forth remained the same.
Now for the general results of the first listening test.
*******I will say this ALL OF THESE SPEAKERS ARE EXCELLENT********
If you own one you should not feel slighted in the least as they are all great and unless you had a direct 1 to 1 comparison I think anyone ( i know I personally) would be very satisfied.
Through unanimous vote we all picked the DIYSOUNDGROUP 1099's as our first pick.
Second pic was hard JTR for some material , PSA for others. We had a difference of opinion on this 3/4 (me being the one who like the JTR)
The JTR somewhat muffled in the mids but had a more neutral sound similar to the 1099.s The PSA a brighter speaker could get somewhat harsh in the treble.
and then Cx12 Be.
The speakers have different characteristics. The 1099's where the least colored and most natural sounding with no notable distortion or blurriness within the music.
The PSA's also clean clear speaker had more of a forward voiced presence. As if the singer was closer to you and the band was further away. Compared to the 1099 that everyone was standing together while playing.
JTR was very similar to the 1099's in the sound stage but we noted it to be a tad muffled on the Mids compared to the others.
CX 12 sounded strong with vocals and seemed to have more of a higher treble and low end signature.
After our minds just got blown we decided to change up the order and move away from STEREO listening to MONO.
We compared the JTR2014, and 2015 side by side with the PSA and 1099.
In this scenario the 1099 we all agreed was our favorite with the 2014 JTR coming in a close second.
We did our best to break in the new 2015 228 and they still may need some more break in as the highs were not as clear on the 2014's.
We did a similar test a few days prior and the RA speaker was our favorite as it was the cx10 Be. We then swapped the CX12 out for the 10 and this made a big difference.
The 2014 228,Cx10 Be and 1099's all sounded excellent. All sounding great and very high volumes the 1099 and the 228 took the cake so to speak but we are talking in excess of 115db easily our SPL meter only went that high. It was so loud the ceiling lights rained down dust and debris like snow from the openings. We all had hearing protection on at this point along with turning the subs up.
I will repeat myself:
ALL OF THESE SPEAKERS WE TESTED ARE EXCELLENT.
Very small differences were noted that took hours of side by side comparison to tell.
We are not suggesting you go out and sell your current speakers for another. This test blind as it may be is the personal opinion of myself and the other folks who heard them.
Your milage may vary.