JTR Speakers NOESIS 210 RT Review

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JTR Speakers - NOESIS 210 RT
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$2499
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Highlights
3 way high-performance loudspeaker, dual 10” woofers housed in a vented enclosure, ultra high-end coaxial compression driver fitted on a large wooden horn with a 60 x 60 coverage pattern.
Summary
JTR's impressive 210 RT loudspeaker has a baseline presentation that's natural and and relatively neutral, creating a listening experience akin to what you'd find at a live concert event. With a super-wide soundstage, the 210 RT delivers an amazing and realistically detailed separation of sound. The JTR Speakers NOESIS 210 RT rates highly and should top a list of considerations for music and home theater needs.
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Introduction
JTR Speakers is well known for their heavy-hitting subwoofers and loudspeakers in high-end audio and the pro sound world. While owner Jeff Permanian has racked up many reviews for his hardy subs, no one has yet reviewed one of his extraordinary speaker designs. The focus of this review is to change that, while attempting to articulate the exceptional performance of the NOESIS 210 RT.

The review pair of 210 RT used a matte black lacquer paint finish over a heavily-braced Baltic Birch cabinet (custom finishes are available upon request). Huge footers and gargantuan binding posts are included. The cabinet, along with the drivers and large dual hand-soldered crossovers contribute to a hefty package weighing in at 125 lbs. per speaker. "RT" stands for "Reference Tower," the carefully sculpted horn, exceptional drivers and crossovers providing a reference-level parts execution, with 43" of height fulfilling the tower designation.

Speaking of, the very first item that draws attention is the large 12" x 12" x 8" horn that is seamlessly integrated into the baffle. A closer look inside reveals the ultra high-end coaxial driver beak protruding from deep within the cabinet. The ultra high-end driver claims a mere .02% distortion in the midband (100dB), which is an amplifier's level of distortion. This horn-loaded 2-way coax is physically stepped back, in place and in sync with the woofers, enabling all drivers to be time-aligned at the main listening position (MLP). The coaxial/horn combo handles 500Hz and up, and the dual 10" woofers cover everything below. This, along with the added efficiency of horn-loading, leads to lowered self-noise; the speaker gets out of the way just like a good amplifier should... just like more speakers should.


Installation
Most music listening was with my pre/pro engaged in Reference Stereo mode, sans DSP or subwoofer assist, as the 210 RT tends to ignore the room, is capable of producing low bass, and I really wanted to wring these attributes out. The 210 RT's L/R contribution to my 5.1 system was explored with multi-channel music, videos, and movies.

The speaker's binding posts are huge and will accept any sane and most insane sizes of cabling or consumer-grade connections. The normal-sized spades on my cables did not quite seat fully on the giant posts, but I was able to get them tightly secured. Cabinet knuckle-rap reveals – to my digits – that the enclosure is well-braced and the front baffle is thick.

I have a real-life listening room (not dedicated to AV) that also serves as a living room. It features asymmetrical walls, hardwood floors, coffee table, etc. Some concessions have been made, light flutter treatment, heavy on furniture (I like to entertain), odd furniture placement to accommodate an optimal MLP and Room EQ Wizard used to dial in optimal speaker placement. The 210 RT largely ignores room anomalies. Even in a less than optimal space, you will be paying less attention to the room and more attention to what the 210 RTs are telling you. Room contributions matter less with the JTRs than with conventional speakers.


Listening
One excellent and most useful aspect of the JTRs is the ability to change the soundstage width and steer images with toe-in and out. This is something that any good speaker can and will do, but holes can develop with too much toe-out or spacing, and that is where JTR separates itself from the norm. So big and full is the presentation that huge spacing between the speakers would be required to cause that type of deleterious effect. I’ve heard a pair (this pair, in fact), placed widely apart, fill an audio show conference room, an event I do encourage others to seek out and experience. Big or small, the 210 RT will make your room disappear, bringing you closer to the room or space the musical event happened at.

The horn, coupled with ultra high-end coaxial, contribute to outstanding sound stage and imaging (SS&I) traits that set this speaker apart from most others. Add in capable low-end response and you have an all-in-one package for a great 2.0 system or the start of a fantastic surround system. Want three, five or seven of these in a home theater setting? You have arrived!

No speaker in my room has ever disappeared like this! The 210 RTs are completely disconnected from the sound. Extremely low distortion, super high SS&I qualities, and glorious central imaging leave accompanying musicians etched into their own spaces. The JTRs will have your eyes looking toward the individual sounds, your head will turn too. My room is an average 12' x 16' x 8' space and the JTRs make for sound bigger than this room typically allows. It made my room's walls melt away, bringing me closer to the performance. I've laid ears on many systems in many rooms, most not as good as I have been able to coax out of my lesser room, and the JTRs delivered me closer to my favorite audio experiences because it ignored the faults in my room better than other speakers.

Sideways movement to the left or right of the MLP shifted images on the stage with minimal changes in tonality. And standing up resulted in NO difference in my room; the sound was the same as seated. I've heard all types of high/mid driver technologies – beryllium, diamond, domes, ribbons, and plasma, to name a few – and nothing I've heard etches details in stark relief like annular drivers loaded into a horn.

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2.0 stereo impressions aside, some of my listening was done with my subwoofers active. Not that the JTRs are imbalanced, but because I am. My subs have been used with many speakers, painstakingly placed and optimized using Room EQ Wizard, along with subjective tweaks from myself and a few other pairs of ears that I highly trust. The JTRs had no problem keeping up with 96 dB sensitivity subs, even when I remotely advanced the sub level up (+3, 6, 10, or 12 dB...) all the way to lighting my Dayton's SA1000 half-power light more and more with the advancing gusto. Put simply: I'll need a new subwoofer amplifier if I am to keep up with the JTRs. My ears gave out quickly at this insane level and, while I'd like to explore the realm of JTRs rated 2000 watts of power handling, it would not be good for my health in a 12' x 16' room. -20 dB below reference-level is plenty for "normal" people at normal levels. Let it not be said I did not wring these puppies out with what I had! Back in the real world, the quite capable Emotiva XPA-2 Gen. 2 500 rated watts I hit the 210 RTs with is overkill and users can expect to reach reasonable listening levels with just a few watts.

The JTR NOESIS 210 RT hits the available upper echelons of performance in spite of its middling cost of admission. Open and honest, there is nothing closed in or small about its presentation. The only real complaint I could fairly give the 210 RT is that the treble does not have the type of "airy" room response one finds with other types of tweeters, like domes or ribbons, for instance. That's not even a complaint. It is a matter of taste and dictated by preference and design. One design has wide dispersion and uses the room, the other has controlled dispersion and ignores the room. These types are going to interact with the room differently and lend their own flavor to the sound. You can't have it all with any loudspeaker, and the 210 RT is no exception. The trade here is less room interaction and more precise SS&I, which I found lent to a presentation bigger than my listening room. I'll take that trade off all day long. That said, the 210 RT also delivers more focus because the distortion is vanishingly low. People talk about "clean" bass. Welcome to a "clean" midband and treble.

While the 210 RT does not require bass augmentation, it is my opinion that all speakers can benefit from a subwoofer-based bottom octave or so. The JTR’s inherent, genre-setting, lack of distortion is taken even further when bass duties are handed off to properly-integrated sub(s). If you do add bass augmentation, make sure to get a capable sub system that is heroic enough to keep pace with the dynamic swings the 210 RT delivers.

The carefully sculpted 60x60 horn with low distortion coaxial and a superior crossover is the defining factor that separates the 210 RT from the herd. That factor is ideal in normal-sized rooms, helping to avoid room interaction. I have witnessed this speaker fill a couple of very large rooms and have heard it in a couple of small rooms, too, so am confident that the 210 RT will work in any sized room. Do you have a ballroom? The 210 RT will accommodate the need (seriously).

This review has been a long time coming. Not just on my part, even though the 210 RT have been in my home for four-plus months. It is because these speakers have been in the wild, being so good for so long, yet flying under the radar of many audio enthusiasts. Well, let 'em soar, they are worth any audiophile’s consideration. Do investigate a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 arrangement, or just enjoy 2.0 super sweet candy, like I did. 2.0 monsters, a must-hear in the four-figure price range, as well as another digit up! SS&I problems? The 210 RT is here (hear) to help! The process is simple. Put yourself in a good MLP spot. Dial in the speakers to the room. Shift yourself left or right, play with 210 RT toe-in. That is all.

Let's dive into what led me to these impressions, shall we? All of these music tracks were streamed via TIDAL.


Music Impressions
Natalie Merchant, Ophelia "My Skin"
has a central image that pops with Merchant’s voice right from the beginning. The piano is the foundation for this tune, its position behind Natalie has ideal depth and focus; the tonality of that instrument is nicely portrayed.

Daft Punk/Panda Bear, Random Access Memories “Give Life Back To Music." This track has many details in the background that are buried in the distortion of lesser speakers. The 210 RT brought out these details, without bringing them overly-forward. They stayed in the back of the soundstage, kind of like real memories, which is what I like to think the artists might have been going for.

"Doing It Right" nails the synth bass, showing me that the 210 RTs stand on their own without subwoofer assistance. Blunt as a 10 lb. sledge hammer, the dynamic bass swings took my breath away. There is zero impression of a one-note bass quality, the midbass notes are noticeably separated from each other. The subtle ringing sound beginning at 2:32 has a nice sustain to it, giving a sense of space greater than my listening room dimensions. The auto-tune vocals had me checking my pre/pro settings to make sure I was in Reference Stereo and not in surround mode with the center speaker playing. I was prompted to do this often with other songs, as well.

Blue Oyster Cult, Fire of Unknown Origin. Queuing up "Burning For You," my all-time favorite song, ever, I found the song's typically light bass guitar line was a little more pronounced than I am used to hearing, which is a very good thing. If only the recording mix brought the kick drum to bear with the same force. Ah well, can’t have it all.

Enjoying what I heard, I leaned into the rest of the Fire Of Unknown Origins album and let it play to the end. Then, TIDAL segued into an album I've not critically evaluated before (Cultasaurus Erectus). While I'm not entirely familiar with this album, it encapsulated a theme with the 210 RT, as I found myself looking for and listening to old songs of yore, ones I've liked but never heard properly.

For one last BOC song, I dialed up “Godzilla." Oh boy, what a treat that was! "Live" feel was had, a you-are-there-type of sound signature delivered in a way that made me feel like I was outdoors, standing General Admission-style, while sitting at home on my living room couch. Permanian’s pro sound experience comes into play when voicing his loudspeakers, that is self-evident with songs like this.

"Danse Macabre Saint Saens" by John Debney had a huge soundstage, pinpoint imaging, frequency extremes explored and fully realized, with equal weight given to both the low frequency and high frequency percussion. That led me to another common 210 RT theme: audible soundstage width that exceeded the speaker's physical placement, combined with stage depth that punched through my front wall. Images sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, a brilliant vivisection laid bare, allowing the listener to “see” all.

Oscar Peterson Trio "You Look Good To Me" the piano took the lead in this song and I could hear accurate instrument tonality, which is an acid test for any speaker aspiring to be high-end. The 210 RT gets a solid "A+" in this regard.

Peter Schilling, Dann trügt der Schein "Major Tom" once again showed the ability of the 210 RT to articulate challenging midbass notes, as demonstrated by the bass guitar as it took over as lead instrument at 0:53 mark, hammered home with the killer fret-climbing riffs. Schilling’s vocals were front and center, bigger than any other instrument on the stage, making itself known as the REAL lead instrument in this song.

Golden Earring, The Continuing Story Of Radar Love "Radar Love" reinforced my initial willingness to cycle through old favorite songs. Live sound realized, I was taken from my room and transported to the event, making me feel "there" from the comfort of my own home.

My last (for the purpose of this review, that is!) 2.0 channel listening demo was Sepultura's “Orgasmatron." This track nailed down one very important JTR impression for me. Jeff Permanian knows bass and builds it into the 210 RT. This song nailed all of the bass cues, especially when it came to double kicks at the 3:43 minute mark. I had to do like I’ve done with most every track
listed here (gotta make sure I heard what I thought I heard!), rewind, listen again and go “WOW!”. Not only deep, but left/right feet kicks were well-delineated. Good job, JTR!

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TV/Movies/Concerts Impressions
Two channel TV viewing (Narcos), was cinematic. The staging was just as with music, as it should be, wiiiide with nicely placed images. Switching to 5.1, I integrated the 210 RT into my existing surround system and it proved extremely satisfying. Left and right pans were so large that it made me realize I need a much bigger screen than what I have to do the soundstage justice. Those of you with large acoustically transparent screens will love the scale these speakers are able to create.

Playing Gorillaz Demon Days on DVD in 2.0 had a spacious soundstage, wide and deep. The JTR placed images appropriately, even seemingly inappropriately, shockingly wide on "O Green World." The faux vinyl scratching appeared well outside of the left speaker, almost knocking down the wall!

Next, I watched most of Thor: Ragnarok (Netflix) in 5.1, up until the end when Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" backed the climatic bridge fight. I let the scene play in 5.1, then paused, engaged Reference Stereo on the pre/pro, and watched it again. I was drawn right back into immersion, quickly forgetting that I was watching a movie in 2.0, so much so that I let it go to the end of the show without considering a reversion back to surround sound.

People often ask about the difference between a music-only or theater-only system. What if you can only have one? My final mixed music/movies impression is that, for people squeezed for space or wanting to start out with a 2-channel system as a base for moving up later into surround, the 210 RT is a solid, one-size-fits-all recommendation. A pair gives an audio soundscape that is large in scale, plumbs the depths and hits any SPL requirements one might need. I went on a sans-subwoofer sabbatical at the end of the review period that involved no surround channels or subwoofers for both music and video. Yeah, sure, I missed the first half octave sometimes, but the time coherence was spot on and more than made up for any last little bit of bass energy that might be missing, way down low where a small percentage of actual program material explores. Yes, subs can matter. Yes, they are beneficial when properly integrated. Yes, add subs when needed. The 210 RT helps mitigates the need and most people will not need them at all. The fact that the speaker achieves this distinction at such a low price point places it in a category all to its own. To all of you apartment/condo/townhouse dwellers: look no further. This is a speaker that does it all without the subterranean disruptions that can upset a neighbor (considering sane volume levels, of course). And if you want to cut loose and shake the floor, just crank the amplifier up and enjoy.

With the rig I have, I found that medium/high levels were hit with aplomb and 99% of listening needs were met. For that last 1%, I went to a high pass crossover with subwoofer augmentation simply because the distortion of the 210 RT is so low and the power handling capability is so high, adding biamplified subs takes a good thing and makes it a little better.

Just to prove the prowess of the 210 RTs, I invited a guest over and let his eyes feast on the imposing front end of my media room (which includes dual subs and a center channel). I then secretly fired up the 210 RTs in reference stereo mode and let the sound wash through the room, only to inform my guest that the center channel and subs were OFF. Inevitably, he had to stand up and check for himself. Yes, these speakers are that impressive.

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Conclusion:

The 210 RT's basic presentation is natural, laid back a bit, but not so far back as to be excessively recessed. That means the listening position at home emulates what you'd experience a few rows back from a stage at a venue. And that's what high fidelity is all about. Wide as can be, the JTR's had my head turning in an instinctive attempt to focus on particular images that popped in and out of existence in my listening room. Vocals are given their own spotlight separate from other instruments, brought forward in the mix for leads or recessed into the background, as proper imaging on a real-life stage would be. Like I said, the stage is wide and there is a lot going on. Listening to music on the 210 RT is akin to watching video on a huge screen.

Listening to your favorite songs for the first time, the right way, is great fun and that's what these loudspeakers do differently from almost everything out there. Certainly different from anything anywhere near its price. The JTR Speakers NOESIS 210 RT rates highly and should top a list of considerations for music and home theater needs.

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JTR Speakers NOESIS 210 RT Specifications
  • Frequency: 38hz-24khz (+/- 3db)
  • Sensitivity: 95db (2.0 volts, free air)
  • Usable Output: 128db (calculated peak 131 – 3db compression)
  • Recommended Amplification: up to 2000 watts RMS (program)
  • Impedance: 4 ohm
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 43″x12.25″x16.5″
  • Weight: 125lbs
  • Construction: 24mm, 18ply, void free, Baltic Birch
  • Standard Exterior Finish: Matte black lacquer paint
  • Connectors: Binding Post
  • Warranty: 5 year Manufacturer defect

 
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The 210 RT has a very intimidating look to my eye... it's all business! And 125 lbs, each? WOW. Looks like it fits in great with your front end (really like the look of your room!)

Take home is this a very forgiving speaker, which should get the attention of a lot of folks.

Nice review, Dennis! And awesome that AV NIRVANA is the first to get a JTR speaker review out there!
 

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Making the room disappear is no small feat. Sounds like a real winner.
Will you be pulling up the painters tape and letting 'em stay awhile?
 

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The 210 RT has a very intimidating look to my eye... it's all business! And 125 lbs, each? WOW. Looks like it fits in great with your front end (really like the look of your room!)

Take home is this a very forgiving speaker, which should get the attention of a lot of folks.

Nice review, Dennis! And awesome that AV NIRVANA is the first to get a JTR speaker review out there!
Thanks, Todd! "Forgiving" is a great word to summarize the 210 RT performance.


Making the room disappear is no small feat. Sounds like a real winner.
Will you be pulling up the painters tape and letting 'em stay awhile?
Yes, they will be staying. Listening in 2.0 right now!
 

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Great review.....Absolute monsters! Dual 10s times two. All I can say is WOW! I heard the 212s when I picked up my Cap 2400ULF from Jeff and I felt like I was as a concert hall given the bass hitting my chest. Who needs subs?!?!
 

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Great review.....Absolute monsters! Dual 10s times two. All I can say is WOW! I heard the 212s when I picked up my Cap 2400ULF from Jeff and I felt like I was as a concert hall given the bass hitting my chest. Who needs subs?!?!
Thanks! I'd love to hear the 212s and that Captivator 2400ULF is a dream sub for most any system.
 

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Nice in depth write up. Thanks for the review.
 

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Nice in depth write up. Thanks for the review.
Thank you!

No music that I can relate to.
I tried! Tell you what, the 210 RT treat all genres of music I have listened to, right. It has me listening to pop songs from my youth that I just hated. Even my old favorites, I can hear details that were not previously known, such a low self-noise this speaker has. I do highly recommend Gorillaz "Demon Days Live" concert, something for everyone in there.
 

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I tried! Tell you what, the 210 RT treat all genres of music I have listened to, right. It has me listening to pop songs from my youth that I just hated. Even my old favorites, I can hear details that were not previously known, such a low self-noise this speaker has.
I do appreciate your efforts which are quite apparent. It just does not help me appreciate the speakers, even vicariously.
 

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What kind of tunes are you looking for?
 

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Ah... yes. ;-) Well, that's definitely a different genre!
 
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You know me: Classical symphonic, chamber and/or opera. It's what I listen to.
The Noesis 210RT is voiced neutral and has a very natural sound to them. One thing that might not have been emphasized in the review is their dynamic capability which is really apparent when listening to classical symphonic, chamber and opera.
 

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The Noesis 210RT is voiced neutral and has a very natural sound to them. One thing that might not have been emphasized in the review is their dynamic capability which is really apparent when listening to classical symphonic, chamber and opera.
Thanks for the comment but it is not a review.
 
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No music that I can relate to.
Hey Kal,

Couldn't you say the same thing about any review that doesn't happen to have music you like or relate to? I have the same problem with lot of reviews, such is life I suppose. Everyone has their own personal musical taste, and they bring that to their review.

I've heard a few of Jeff's speakers over the years and always really enjoyed them. I think they are under-appreciated by audiophiles because they don't look the part. Most would be shocked at how good they sound. There are three things that I judge speakers by in terms of comparing one to another. Things that impact how I perceive their accuracy in reproducing the "real event." 1) the Tonal balance, 2) the Dynamic capability, and 3) the sound stage and imaging.

I had written off horn or waveguide speakers as being bright and colored. I had mostly heard classic designs from JBL and Altec lansing or Klipsch. I never really liked any of them much, they didn't produce a very good soundstage either. The only thing they did was play loud, but they typically just drove me out of the room. Earl Geddes and his Gedlee line was the first waveguide speakers to change my mind, I own them and I find them very neutral. I really didn't have a lot of faith in Jeff's designs and didn't have high expectations, so when I first heard them, they really floored me. They were far more neutral than I expected, played to very loud levels with no evident distortion, were very uncolored, and most importantly, they imaged much like my Gedlee Abbey's-which image unlike any other speaker I've heard. These are audiophile speakers through and through.

Jeff gave me a private audition of these particular speakers at AXPONA and I heard a range of music. I won't give you any kind of real review here because I no longer have my notes nor recall the exact tracks I heard. All I can say is that you should certainly give them a listen if you ever get the chance. The two things these types of speakers do that most do not is stage accurately and produce a realistic dynamic range. I like to listen to music at levels that allow a believable presentation. As you know, live orchestra or chamber music can be very loud and it very dynamic. I find a lot of speakers (even ones that others think sound wrong) begin to sound audibly compressed or even distorted at those dynamic limits. Prior to my current Gedlee's (which I feel sound similar to the Noesis 210's) I owned Jm Labs Focal Utopia's, Infinity Genesis II's, and a B&W 601 (I think that was the model). I heard lots of other speakers as well, none of those could produce accurate dynamics in my experience. Few could produce a believable soundstage. Most called far too much attention to themselves. A revelatory speaker for me was the Revel Ultima Salon's. They staged better than any speaker I had ever heard, and they did a pretty believable job in the dynamics department too. Nothing matched them for me, and that was sad, I couldn't even come close to affording them. The Geddes were the first to be able to meet that need for me, and at the time, that niche speaker was unmatched, nobody was selling a reasonably priced speaker of similar capability. Then I heard Jeff's Noesis line, and it was the first commercial speaker I ever heard that did those same things really well.

No this isn't a review, I just hope you give these a listen if you ever can. If nothing else, I bet you walk away a bit surprised.
 

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Couldn't you say the same thing about any review that doesn't happen to have music you like or relate to? I
No. I would (and do) say the same thing about any review that doesn't happen to have music that have ever heard before or, in this case, will likely ever hear. I do understand the difficulty and, although I am probably guilty of the same sin, I do make an effort.

In any case, this has festered more than expected. It was just a comment.
 

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No. I would (and do) say the same thing about any review that doesn't happen to have music that have ever heard before or, in this case, will likely ever hear. I do understand the difficulty and, although I am probably guilty of the same sin, I do make an effort.

In any case, this has festered more than expected. It was just a comment.
I hear what your saying. I think some of this difficulty comes from the reviewers own musical taste. Some people like more obscure stuff than others. I think you happen to have more eclectic taste than most.
 
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No. I would (and do) say the same thing about any review that doesn't happen to have music that have ever heard before or, in this case, will likely ever hear.
Kal, We are always up for getting our speakers in front of new people. Let me know if you're interested and we can schedule a demo for you.
 

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@Jeff Permanian I wonder how a surround music demo might work this year at AXPONA. I don’t believe there are many/any surround music demos at AXPONA and your room and gear would uniquely lend itself to that. It may also be an attraction to many of the typical axpona attendees.

@Kal Rubinson is the one who really got me to take surround music seriously. Most of what I had heard was gimmicky, adding little to the experience. He was the first person I saw treat it with the respect it needed, setting up 5 matched speakers properly around his listening position and using good supporting equipment. Today I think that there are some really great surround albums out there that create a much more involving experience. It lends itself especially well to classical and chamber music given the unique acoustic environment of those performances. It’s also been used to good effect in modern music like the Beatles Love.

As long as you have a means to play back the music, I have some of these recordings. Many can also be downloaded.
 
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2017 Axpona we did a lot of surround music but decided to do 4k movie clips in 2018 to show off the video and then had the two channel system for music. We're open to suggestions. I think this year we'll have a demo schedule outside the room so people realize we are doing both home theater and music demos.
 

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@Matthew J Poes

2017 Axpona we did a lot of surround music but decided to do 4k movie clips in 2018 to show off the video and then had the two channel system for music. We're open to suggestions. I think this year we'll have a demo schedule outside the room so people realize we are doing both home theater and music demos.
I have no data on this but I wonder it there is more interest in a surround demo of movies with a big screen in the room or a surround demo of music without video distractions. I hear from a lot of the show attendees that I talk to that they would love an opportunity to hear a good surround music demo at a show. I cannot recall when I have.
 

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I have no data on this but I wonder it there is more interest in a surround demo of movies with a big screen in the room or a surround demo of music without video distractions. I hear from a lot of the show attendees that I talk to that they would love an opportunity to hear a good surround music demo at a show. I cannot recall when I have.
The only data I have is that most of my family and extended family won’t even enter a dark screening room, but do enjoy surround sound mixes. Even with the lights on in my dark navy theater room, they don’t love how dark it is. I would not be shocked if that was a turnoff for some.

At AXPONA it was my impression that two types of groups existed. Those who liked surround cinema experiences and the more audiophile types. I hate to say 2 channel guys because I like to think that they can appreciate good sound. That they would appreciate the virtues of surround music presentations. I imagine Jeff has to strike a balance between these two groups, but largely choosing one over the other.
 

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I have no data on this but I wonder it there is more interest in a surround demo of movies with a big screen in the room or a surround demo of music without video distractions. I hear from a lot of the show attendees that I talk to that they would love an opportunity to hear a good surround music demo at a show. I cannot recall when I have.
That is a great idea. I have some Kimber IsoMike and Waldrep AIX Records surround I'd like to hear on the JTR surround system.

Kal, with the imaging and dynamic properties the 210 RT and 215 RT exhibit, I think you'd approve. We all like good sound here and those of us that have heard Jeff's speakers regard them highly. The review pair are not leaving my home, I can't bear to let 'em go.
 

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Fell in love with them, did you? Cool, I'll be able to hear them next year when I get back to Lincoln.

Great review, Dennis, I always appreciate your "ears" and perspective.
 
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