Originally Posted by RMK!
OK, last night after a turkey dinner (anyone else do that
) I had a full house in the HT. We started off with The Art of Flight and out of deference to the group, I played it at -15 MV. It was amazingly clear and still had plenty of punch. At these lower levels the resolution and detail of the Noesis CD stood out more than ever. I can't imagine anything sounding better.
I had been concentrating on reference level playback (which is also fantastic
) but they are great at all playback levels. As Luke so succinctly said they are "the real deal" ...
I showed the Art of Flight too to all my in laws, well the first 20 minutes or so. It was sandwiched in between Brave and Madagascar 3 since there are a lot of little kids. I was around 17.5 under reference all day and it sounded great. It seemed louder because I knew many of them aren't used to loud volumes in a HT setting.
In other news, I am panicking a bit thinking I may have made the wrong decision about the Noesis and I'm hoping it's not too late to change my mind. No, no, I don't mean about buying them, I mean ported vs sealed. I've noticed that when I'm listening to music with the subs level matched with the speakers (which I normally don't do, I usually go hot) I get more and fuller bass with the subs turned off and the speakers set to large instead of small.
I'm sure I can get them to play nice with my Submersives, but wouldn't it be easier just to get sealed? The fact that Mark uses sealed speakers to go with his Submersives makes me also think that's the way to go, sealed speakers with sealed subs.
Also, I'll have more space to put the center just a big higher off the ground. The sealed Noesis is actually a bit thinner than my current eD center channel speaker but the ported is 3 inches wider, quite the difference. I left a message for Jeff, I'll see what he says - if it's too late oh well, I guess that will mean I should get ported anyway.