Writing these as I listen....
Alabama - Born Country (instruments seemed alive-touch better than the SHO-10)
All 4 One - Love you Like that
Josh Groban The Prayer (highs seemed a bit airy with char church at the beginning-could be the copy quality...josh grobans voice very rich and impressive sounding-depth was great seemed a bit more whole than the SHO--the Noesis at volume/reference is just fantastic)
Kanye West -Diamonds are forever - (bass baby. Maybe these are the UXLs for the most part. I dont have time to run speclab.
Crossing the Noesis at 60hz)
If you just want to listen to Alison Kraus all day, maybe you should build some LS-X kits. If you want something for HT and multi use, even take them outside for a party, these are the ticket!
Garth Brooks Double Live - The Dance (guitar sounds alive and the crowd sound doesn't come over the top too much. Garth was and is my favorite country star, I don't subscribe to those calling him a sell out. Wish I could see him live still.)
Garth Brooks -Unanswered Prayers (Clarity and Detail sound great.)
Linkin Park Somewhere I Belong /Papercut (This type of music sounds phenomenal on the Noesis pair. A/B with the SHO10 this is one of those rare songs (Papercut - intro) where I definitely know a difference).
Replayed some of these above without subs. The UXLs were definitely blending well with the Noesis pair.
Macy Gray - 8 Mile - Time of your Life (This track just sounds great on the subs and Noesis pair. I would like to have them for music like this.)
Maroon 5 - Acoustic - She will be Loved
Sara Evans - Born to Fly
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
Sarah McLachlan - I will remember you - JUST KIDDING. I don't listen to this crap because she does those depressing humane society/dog adoption whatever commercials.
Shania Twain - Any Man of Mine.
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Timbaland w Justin Timberlake - Carry Out
Seven Bridges Road - The Eagles - Sounded awesome. I wish I could hear this on the LS-6/9 then the Noesis back to back.
The Noesis speakers surprised me. I didn't think I would notice that much difference when I was listening just them before I A/B with my SHO-10s. I initially had a hiss coming from the JTRs, so I turned the AVR gain down 15 dbs and upped the gain in J River. Went away.
When I A/B with the SHO-10 I was bypassing the AVR and only using J River - I adjusted the level for the right speaker (SHO-10) back to where I had it and left the left speaker (Noesis) about 5-6 db down from the SHO-10 channel. I didn't have my SPL meter since Desertdome stole it and hasn't returned it so this was a guestimate at levels being fair and even. The Noesis pair just get to volume so fast.
I thought the SHO-10 and Noesis, for me, didn't show as much a difference on material without a lot of "stuff" going on. Songs with just instrumental, not a lot of quick action, or mostly dialogue scenes were fairly equal (all ran with phantom center and speakers toed in).
When I played back "club" music, or music that was quite complicated I really enjoyed the Noesis speakers. They fit right in to my setup and sounded very dynamic. I'd like to keep them but can't.
I think I'm meant for a horn speaker. I loved the music on the LS-6s but when you open up Casino Royale on the horns to me it just sounds more right. Brass instruments sound great. I need to go watch the same film material with the LS-6s to make sure I know what I think I know.
I didn't have time to do these justice outside or louder than reference so far. I did run Audyssey XT at four positions. I preferred the Audyssey settings overall much better than my J River settings while watching DirecTV sports/movies. Audyssey probably just upped my subs 10 dbs as usual so maybe that was it.
I'm not sure if I'd keep these crossed at 60hz. 80hz might be the best compromise since I like letting the UXLs play up a bit.
Overall, quality looking and sounding speaker. The binding posts are big enough to put a cat's tail in, so no one has to worry about fitting the 10 GA wire they pre ran into these suckers.
I'll get to enjoy these another day I assume until I see the shipping notice for the KC group. Fun speakers. Well done Jeff.