While both the aluminum and wooden horns are rated at 60 degrees in the horizontal, the wooden horn offers a more consistent response across the dispersion patterned which widens the stereo image. In multi channel systems this offers more consistent sound in multiple listening positions. The off-axis response is also better which improves the room integration. The new compression driver on the Noesis 228HT is much larger, more expensive (2x) and goes an octave lower for better intelligibility and integration with the woofers. Also, the new speakers are voiced to have a more full sound (relatively more mid bass). The Noesis 212HT and 228HT are a great value, providing 90% the performance of the HTR versions for 30% less money.
Originally Posted by Archaea
I have a question.
The 228HT I had, versus the 212HT that Sheldon hadwere both excellent, however their presentation seemed pretty different to afew of the KC guys who compared them A/B on a few occassions - at least wethought so.
The 228HT has a focused, smaller, stereo image,and the 212HT had a larger, full front wall stereo image.
Were we imagining those traits? Is that evensensible? We compared the 228HT to the 212HT in several different rooms and thethree of us that did so - carp, stitch1 and I all kind of felt that was apretty reliable takeaway. We never tested that theory blind though.
If that trait was not imagined/placebo, (relatedto someone saying it and we all just starting thinking it, and then causingourselves to hear it) - what would account for that difference in stereopresentation?
Would that be a difference in the size of thehorn? or a difference in the size of the woofer (8" vs 12") or isthat whole trait observation whimsical?
FWIW, carp and I preferred the big wall sound ofthe 212HT for stereo listening, but stitch1 preferred the more focused stereoimage. (not discussing sound quality at all here - just the perceived size ofthe stereo imaging)
For cinema use with multiple speakers none of uscould really tell the difference at all - so we are really just discussingstereo imaging (2 channel music listening).
Last edited by Jeff Permanian; 07-18-2015 at 11:47 AM.