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Jamo D 500 LCD THX Select2 Speaker Preview

by September 09, 2010
Jamo D 500 THX Select2 Speaker

Jamo D 500 THX Select2 Speaker

Until now, true THX sound required a large dedicated room to accommodate the oversized speakers…and their often less-than-attractive cabinets. Jamo D 500 THX Select2 home theater speakers bring the full THX experience to smaller rooms, with their compact size and stylish good looks.

The D 500 THX Select2 system consists of the D 500 LCR left, center and right speakers and D 500 SUR rear surrounds. Jamo recommends its SUB 650, which employs a high-output 12-inch driver, to perfectly anchor these D 500 THX speakers.

In keeping with the Jamo brand tradition of beautiful Danish Sound Design, the D 500 THX home theater system cabinets are finished in a high-gloss black lacquer that will enhance any room. Inside, the story is all about high performance, with speaker drive units that reproduce film audio tracks precisely as the director intended—with every growling low and stunning high impact.

The D 500 LCR is a 3-way closed loudspeaker with two 5.5-inch woofers, two 3-inch midrange drivers and a 1-inch tweeter, enclosed in a compact 10.3-inch by 17.7-inch cabinet that is just 5.1 inches deep.

To provide the ideal THX effect, the D 500 SUR surround speakers feature a 3-way closed dipole design, with one 5.5-inch woofer, two 3-inch midranges and two 1-inch tweeters. Conventional dipole speakers often provide poor bass reproduction, due to phase cancellation between their two woofers. By having only one woofer mounted in the middle of the cabinet, the D 500 SUR eliminates any cancellation effect to deliver full-spectrum sound. For perfect timbre matching, all drivers are matching those in the D 500 LCR.

According to Jamo marketing director Steen Michaelsen, the D 500 Series is the best way to capture the big sound that pins you to your seat at the local theater. “Jamo D 500 THX Select2 home theater speakers bring THX movie soundtrack dynamics to virtually any home, without the need for a purpose-built viewing room. In addition, they’re equally capable of reproducing music from stereo MP3 files, CDs or audio DVDs.”

The D 500 THX Select2 home theater speakers are available for purchase now through select distribution partners, including all Powerhouse Alliance members. The D 500 LCR retails for $349 each (U.S. MSRP), while the D 500 SUR is $699 USD a pair.

Dipolar technology: Dipolar sound is distributed from both the front and rear of the speaker— in opposite phase. With Dipolar surround speakers add a ‘3D’ ambience to the surround effects.

 

About Jamo Premium Speakers
Since 1968, Jamo® has been at the forefront of the acclaimed Danish audio industry, consistently focusing on style, simplicity and functionality when designing its speakers, electronics, control systems and accessories for residential and commercial applications. Operating in more than 80 countries, Jamo also takes pride in how its products seamlessly adapt and integrate into various environments, reflecting the different ways the world listens. Jamo is owned by Indianapolis, Indiana-based Klipsch Group, Inc.; Jamo is based in Denmark. For more information, visit jamo.com.

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TjMV3 posts on October 20, 2010 09:44
Between April and August 2010.
InTheIndustry posts on October 18, 2010 11:42
TjMV3, post: 759827
Klipsch refered me to him and even gave me his number.

How long ago was this?
TjMV3 posts on October 18, 2010 10:09
Klipsch refered me to him and even gave me his number.
InTheIndustry posts on October 17, 2010 15:20
TjMV3, post: 759664
Thanks for your reply.

I'll tell you one thing, a lot of the misinformation has been peddled by Klipsch's own Reps. Both those who answer the phones and the local Rep in my area. I spoke with that guy trying to track down a pair of speakers.

He gave me a very odd explanation and then promised me something. Well, weeks went by and he never contacted my dealer and never sent the information my dealer was awaiting. My dealer called him several times, only to get nothing in response. When he finally responded to me, he tried to shove the blame on my dealer. Which was BS because my dealer tried to contact him many times. And I was even there at my dealers place one of the times he tried to contact him. After literally two months of trying I finally said screw it. He never followed through on his promise.

I wasn't asking for special favors. I was asking for respectful service and attention. Especially considering that I was one hell of a good Jamo customer who spent a lot of money on their speakers and love those speakers.

You can say what you want, but that's BS.

I'm sure you know a ton more about what goes on behind the scenes, than I'll ever know. But when what happens on the fore-front comes off as it has, what happenes on behind the scenes and expalnations for it; don't mean squat-diddley. BS is BS, no matter how you slice it or dress it up.

That sounds like a pretty crummy experience and it pains me to hear that happened to you!

I highly doubt it's Klipsch/Jamo or your dealer's fault. Here's why:

Most manufacturer's use independent sales rep firms. There are a ton of these sales companies out there for them to pick from. These companies can be as small as one person or very very large. Most work primarily on a commission base and even some will warehouse and distribute products depending on what a manufacturer demands. These rep firms sign on dealers in their territory & are kind of the go between between the manufacturer & dealer. This all saves manufacturers the overhead of having local offices while incentivizing the rep firm to offer great service to dealers, communicate specials, and make sure territories are kept in alignment.

When Klipsch decided to go to an internal sales model this made a lot of their outside reps angry because they were basically terminated regardless of how good or bad they were doing their job. And since these guys all worked on contract and commission it's not like they were given a nice “going away” party. Manufacturer's have the decked completely stacked in their favor with these guys. Often times the rep firm doesn't get paid until the manufacturer gets paid. Which is probably why the rep firm you were calling has decided to not deal with you because he's upset at Jamo. Heck, they're not paying him any more and in effect fired him, so why would he do anything but tick you off? I'm not excusing that or justifying it by any means. Only trying to paint a fuller picture.

Of course each part of the country is different so I don't know your rep or dealer's exact situation. Reps and rep firms get hired and fired every day so I don't think Klipsch/Jamo did anything wrong or out of the ordinary. They just decided to service their dealers differently.
It’s unfortunate that the experience you had wasn’t a better one. I think it might’ve just come down to bad timing and bad feelings.
TjMV3 posts on October 17, 2010 14:14
InTheIndustry, post: 759613
They’ve had their teething issues, but they’ve been a good company and partner thorough the past 5 years and it’s important to me that consumers have a fair understanding of the business side of A/V because there’s a ton of misinformation out there.

Thanks for your reply.

I'll tell you one thing, a lot of the misinformation has been peddled by Klipsch's own Reps. Both those who answer the phones and the local Rep in my area. I spoke with that guy trying to track down a pair of speakers.

He gave me a very odd explanation and then promised me something. Well, weeks went by and he never contacted my dealer and never sent the information my dealer was awaiting. My dealer called him several times, only to get nothing in response. When he finally responded to me, he tried to shove the blame on my dealer. Which was BS because my dealer tried to contact him many times. And I was even there at my dealers place one of the times he tried to contact him. After literally two months of trying I finally said screw it. He never followed through on his promise.

I wasn't asking for special favors. I was asking for respectful service and attention. Especially considering that I was one hell of a good Jamo customer who spent a lot of money on their speakers and love those speakers.

You can say what you want, but that's BS.

I'm sure you know a ton more about what goes on behind the scenes, than I'll ever know. But when what happens on the fore-front comes off as it has, what happenes on behind the scenes and expalnations for it; don't mean squat-diddley. BS is BS, no matter how you slice it or dress it up.
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