That's the problem. I have heard the SM80s and they sound phenomenal. I have not hard the JTRs and will not have an opportunity to. I live in Alaska and no one here has any.
Hi John, Using the 3TX exclusively for a while now, powered w/Pl236. I can say Im happy with them. Previous mains were Qrx212s. Ive used 3TX for both rock bands and dance music ( djs, house music, hip-hop) - both inside and out. I use 2 Growlers under each power w/PL6. Ive build small boxes/lifts to get the 3TXs up higher off 2 subs stacked, w/ratchet straps.
Ive been considering another pair of 3TX for coverage, but have not had the need quite yet. The events I do tend to need the 60 degrees to focus on audience and off the walls, so I see it as an advantage. When I get a wide auditorium type gig, I will be ordering another pair, just have not justified it yet.
The last gig I did an audience member (apparently a vet sound/band person of that room) approached me and was astonished at the sound in the particular room, he had never heard it so good and clear - what are those speakers he exclaimed. 3TX I told him.
After a year, Im still satisfied with the purchase, for my business, these will be my last mains, until I shut down.
The only one thing I can say lacking the 3TX is a lot of heave-ho below 150hz at a distance, and that only because mid/his are so focused on that horn.
Hope this helps,