Originally Posted by countryWV
Man that is Nice. That computer set-up is sweet looking. Take your time and get fully aquainted with the new equipment then when ready please tell me what the overall improvements are over your T12's.
You have a Very Nice room.
Here are my impressions and comparison of the Noesis212HT and the T12LP's I used to own. In some cases I have measured room response differences and in others I have given speculation about design differences leading to what i am perceiving as sonic differences so take them as my opinion only.
So I have had more time with the Noesis LCR in my system and have tweaked the settings vs my original "drop in" almost a week ago. The biggest change I made was moving the crossover lower from 80hz,12db/oct to 60hz,12db/oct. I played with every combination in 5 hz increments and slope settings and settled on 60hz due to a smoother transition and less localization of my nearfield sub next to the couch, Just wanted to qualify that before giving further comparison between my T12lp and my Noesis 212HT. As posted in earlier graphs the vented is about 8-10hz stronger in the 50-80hz range which is about how they measure in free space also.
Smooth sounding mids and highs [/B]- So as stated earlier the biggest difference in sound is a smoother mid range and high end. I have found this to be true for both 2 channel music and blu ray movie content. It seems more noticeable on rock music where there is less dynamics and sustained higher spl's and frequencies. It leads to a lower fatigue factor on music that might be considered somehwat brighter or more harsh. I find my self actually lowering the bass (which I am addicted to) and becoming more addicted to the mid and higher end. I was running my house curve pretty steep with the T12lp, and I now find myself running it a little less aggressive towards the bass. I think this is something Carp also mentioned in some of his reviews.
Clarity- slightly more than the T12lp which is already outstanding. I have watched and listened to many familiar tracks and have noticed subtle things that were not percieved before. Measured less room reflection which could be a factor too.
Dynamics - Just as good or slightly better. The T12lp is already so good in this dimension, the only reason I say slightly more is the high end is voiced a little flatter on the Noesis and you can tell the difference but it does not sound harsh as explained above. I think part of what is going on here is if you look at the specs for the more expensive compression driver used in the Noesis it is never getting worked that hard and in fact could be driven to over 140dB and have sensitivity in the 115dB/watt range if set up that way. So the way it is set up in the Noesis it is only jogging even when hitting 120+ spl's. again the T12 is already awesome at this but slight advantage to the Noesis.
Imaging ((main seating positions)- Too close to call,without side by side A/B test. Less toe in with the Noesis due to space constraints behind the false wall..
The last thing that I noticed as a big improvement in my room was sound quality in the rear of the room. As previoulsy stated the sound, energy, imaging and clarity was much better about 20-25ft back. Obvious advantage of the horn design. For my multi purpose room this was a huge advantage as most of the music listening goes on in the rear of the room at the gaming table.