Most is who bought the Noesis listen to more music than we anticipated.
Did you get a quote from Jeff on the shipped price of the triple eight vs. 228ht? I'd start there.
The triple eight I'd auditioned before, in several rooms and in my room too. They were very good, but not quite enough to make me open my wallet. However the 228ht audition in my room made me excited to buy and turned me into a JTR speaker owner(I had their subs before). My room was not treated, and the controlled directivity of the Noesis wave guide was a big boon! The triple eight are excellent for movies though in each and every room I auctioned them in, so if that's your bent, look no further.
There is a set of triple twelves in the classified right now for 3100 used so that might be something to consider too - big brother to the triple eight.