Rega Jura Floorstanding Speakers

Jura

The Jura is Rega's all purpose floor-standing loudspeaker. The bass reflex design works just as well with digital electronic music as it does with acoustic music and can perform very well at high volumes. The Jura is also a great choice for integration in an AV system where it will offer a higher musical sound quality than many AV dedicated loudspeakers.

User Reviews (18)

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dave maysh   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 23, 2002]
Strength:

well made

Weakness:

rega backup/empathy

Dear Rega Why cannot you help/advise/understand, some of your customers? We may be a sad bunch but @ least we do endevour to purchase your products. I STILL have an outstanding request in relation to my XEL speakers ( as repeated below ) I am sure that someone with empathy within your organisation must be able to advise, just a little would do. So here I am again, trying to pursuade you to offer some advice other than " that,s the way we made it etc" regards dave PS see some extracts below, that make me feel that I am not the only one that has concerns, regards your feedback. Extracts:- un-open in terms of technical information!!!!!!!!! disappointed about the Rega company technical attitude UK Based I have a gorgeous pair of your Rega XEL speakers. Although the wife loves the looks ( rosewood ) I am finding that they tend to be a bit bright and tiring side, of late. I dearly wish to keep them as our main speakers because of their appearance. Now to the naughty bit, I decided to inspect the details of the XOVER units. They look like 1st order of 1995 vintage with 2 inductors and a 3.3uF capacitor. Guessing that the XOVER kicks in @ around 5KHz my theorectical thoughts are to change them to XOVER @ around 3KHz based on a 2nd order XOVER. This may diffuse the brightness and firm up the bass/midrange. Please advise if you found similar needs to affect the performance in this way and if so recommend the best way forward. I am even happy to replace all the drive units with ANY that you feel may be of an upgrade. ( price is not a problem, just perfection ) I hope I haven,t offended with my comments. regards dave PS Equipment used is Naim 250 or AVI Monoblocks with associated pre-amps to suit.

Similar Products Used: IPL transmission lines
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
snaporaz   Audio Enthusiast [May 19, 2002]
Strength:

Very good & tight bass (if placed correclty, which is not easy) Good tonal balance if place in the right room

Weakness:

Boomy bass in reverbering rooms and when placed close to walls Harsh mid-treble (3-7 kHz range), thus my modification proposal

I already wrote a review soem time ago. What I would like to propose here is a quite simple cross-over modification that will smoothen the treble and improve the transition midrange / treble. There is no change of the cut-off frequency, only a slightly different roll-off curve and a slight attenuation in the mid-treble range. Here goes: Change the 3.3 microfarad capacitor for a 3.0 microfarad capacitor and add another 47 microfarad capacitor after the incutance pole, just before the tweeter. What you get is a 3° order cross-over instead of 2° order: 3.0 microfarad in series, then a 0.39 mH inductor in parallel to another capacitor of 47 microfarad in series with the tweeter. I tried at least 10/15 modifications before coming to this conclusion that attenuates the tweeter just where it needs to, without compromising the midrange and keeping the correct phase offset for a still very focused sound in the woofer / tweeter transition. The treble gets less harsh and more refined, especially in combination with my new TAC 34 tube amplifier. Whoever drives these speakers in a rather reverbering room (wooden floor, long flat uncovered walls, windows...) and struggles with a treble that''s a bit too crisp, should try this quite easy modification.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
guy nadeau   AudioPhile [Feb 01, 2002]
Strength:

La basse,le mid,le tweeter,la MUSICALITÉ

Weakness:

AUCUN

Cette enceinte acoustique est splendide dans tous les sens du terme.Elle sonne bien des le debut et continue de s,epanouir à tous les jours.La basse est très presente,profonde,precise et spectaculaire.Le mid et le tweeter sont eux aussi fantastiques.Le mid est neutre et naturel;le tweeeter est lui aussi bien defini,tres naturel et presente une belle etendue.Chaque partie du spectre fait toujours bien son travail de facon homogene;elles sont toutes très efficaces.

Similar Products Used: BW Magnepan
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mike S   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 20, 1999]
Strength:

It "Grooves", perfect synergy with Rega Gear

Weakness:

Treble a bit bright on bad recordings (probably my room/positioning)

After auditioning a slew of speakers for my Rega Mira/Planet combo, I happened upon the brand new Jura. I agree with Luke- total system synergy."Flat-earth" sound at a great price. The system goes for groove, drive and attack rather than soundstage and transparency. It's sorta like a poor mans Naim system- except it trades some "quickness" for bass, which is fine by me.
The treble gets a little bright/hot with poor recordings, but listening to real horns is plenty hot, so its not a problem for me. For 450 GBP, it beats the pants off B&W CDM series, Totem Staff and Naim Credo IMHO.

This system has changed my music sessions from "critical audiophile listening" to just plain having fun.
If you're considering this system, try Naim NACA5 cable. Very inexpensive cable that compliments this system well IMHO.

Ratings reflect synergy in terms of Rega Jura, Mira and Planet.

Similar Products Used: B&W, Mordaunt Short, Totem, ProAc speakers, Low end Naim System.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jeff   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 26, 1999]
Strength:

Like, everything.

Weakness:

None so far.

I needed something smaller than my Genesis Genre 1s, which were overpowering my room. Picked these up at Moondance in Denver.

These sound even better in my home than in the showroom, where they sounded quite good indeed. They seem to combine a level of detail I normally associate with American speakers, with the warmth and lack of fatigue I expect from many British speakers.

Highs are right there, with NO edge, glare, digitalitis, whatever you want to call it. Full-bodied midrange. In fact, the midrange is its best quality. The bass can be a little boomy, but it is rich and round. (A foam plug in the rear port would probably tame the bass, though at the cost of low-end extension.)

I have heard nothing at this price point that's even remotely as good.


Similar Products Used: NHT 2.5i, 2.9, Genesis Genre 1, Paradigm Reference Studio 60.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
scott   Audiophile [Nov 25, 2001]
Strength:

very musical, midrange,deep bass, non fatuging

Weakness:

can be boomy, corrected with cabling and quality amplification

Can't miss with other Rega products--synergy, period.
This is a sophisticated two way speaker that I think represents value for your money, and I tend to take that approach with all products that I purchase. These speakers sound especially fine with Jazz, solo vocalists with big bands, pop and rock. I think the most impressive thing with the Jura's are they are so easy on the ear and that can be hard to find at this price point or even double. Definately worth a listen.

Classe Ca-101 amp
Classe Cp-35 preamp
rega jupiter cd transport with IO DaC
Carver tuner-would like to upgrade to a Magnum Dynalab (someday)
Interconnects-Van de Hul the first, Mit terminator2, pbj Kimber Kable
Speaker Cable- Mit Terminator4 (note: total bass master for these speakers)
Accessories-black diamond racing pyramid cones sitting on Mdf shelves isolated on rubber (because the stand is an antique pine dry sink)

I would also like to upgrade to Gershman Acoustics Avan Gardes speakers $3500.00 U.S. but I've been thinking I'm very satisfied with the set up I have now, so this upgrade may not come!

Similar Products Used: Castle Severn
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Lewis Graham   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 17, 2002]
Strength:

A clear, expressive speaker that took on my CD of Messiaens Tuaranglia Symphony and won!

Weakness:

Build quality (Speaker mesh coming away from frame)

I auditioned these speakers, along with six other pairs, at the dealers over a two hour session and they stood out for what I listen to (orchestral, opera, chamber music) as being perfectly capable.

Having my wife (a non-hifi person) along proved interesting: within a few minutes of hearing these, she turned to me ans said that she could hear the difference and she loved them.

They were more perhaps a little more than I'd planned to spend, but they have proved a pleasure and should cope with my next upgrade of CD/Amplifier.

Similar Products Used: Several products at the dealers (similarluy priced Mission, KEF)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
D Morrison   an Audio Enthusiast [Dec 29, 1998]

Seems to me that these reviews have some obvious limitations and prejudices; I think that they may be more useful if people identify which of these general categories they fall into:
Category 1: "I own this thing." Obviously, if you plunked down good money, you're likely to defend your purchase, rather than using this forum to announce to the world that you're a sucker.

Category 2: "I heard this in the store, and didn't buy it." Quite a few reviews seem to be based on a twenty-minute audition in an audio store. Because these folks didn't buy the thing, they probably found something wrong with it. I don't think that this qualifies someone to write a review, no matter how casual. For example, the store in my area that carries Snell products seems to have a terrible auditioning room. I can't explain how else the Snells I've auditioned could sound so utterly terrible. I will not blame the product, however, and use this forum to trash a product I have minimal experience with.

Category 3: "I'm a know it all and the rest of you are stupid." These reviews crop up when a product has been gloriously reviewed elsewhere or otherwise promoted: there are always plenty of people wanting to demonstrate how wise they are by chopping down a well-reviewed product. Example: Rega Planet. (I don't own this, by the way). So far as I can tell from listening to it, it's a good cd player, especially in its price class; however, the over-hyped reviews in the audio press prompts these little egos to react and trash it. (This is most apparent in the Bose reviews - geez, as if you have to be sophisticated to trash Bose and its direct/reflecting technology: give it a rest, nobody's impressed or even amused).

As to the Juras, I fall into category 1: I bought these things about two months ago and have no regrets. They are a beautiful compromise for a small to midsized room at the $1000 price point. To me, they sound remarkably neutral. They are relatively easy to place in the room, and project a clear, though not grand soundstage. Given their relative lack of size, the bass is tight and satisfying. They are definitely worth a careful listen (they're a little hard to find) especially if, like me, you have a relatively small room, suited to bookshelf speakers, but like a bit of bass. Truth be told, I love these babies!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
floyd   an Audio Enthusiast [Jul 25, 1999]

Picked up a pair of these little floorstanders. They don't try to do too much and have fairly good bass extension and clarity for their size. the mids and highs are beautiful and don't wear on the ears. i am satisfied with the soundstage and listen to all from miles davis to dj krush to sarah mclachlan to the cure and drum and bass. listen to these...for the money there intended use i give a four out of five.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Mark   Casual Listener [Nov 18, 1999]
Strength:

dynamic base, good price

Weakness:

Bright tweeter, midrange not as sweet as cheaper rega alya

I've tried these speakers back to back with rega's smaller alya.

The highs are much too crisp for my liking; even after breaking in extensively, there's still a raw lispy character. Midrange is less "warm" and coherent than alya, probably due to larger driver. Slight nasalness at times. Base is well defined, tight, a little loud at times.

Alya is much easier to listen to in long run, except for lack of low bass.

Not too good a match for my system (naim nait3) but will most likely do better with rega amp/preamp setup.

Linn Keoso will probably be a good alternative.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
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