Originally Posted by Rob from NJ
I have a question about subwoofer requirements needed to support the Noesis 228s. This one could fit in either this thread or the JTR Captivator S thread. Let me give you some background and I apologize in advance for this long-winded post to get to a simple question.
Noesis Listening Impressions:
I listened to the Noesis 212s (with dual Cap S2 subs) with music at the NE GTG a few weeks ago. Putting the 212s volume output aside, I was shocked at how crisp and clean the 212s sound was. The crisp and clean sound indicated to me this speaker’s ability to provide incredible detail regardless of volume. My thoughts immediately turned to how these speakers would be awesome for home theater (both dialogue and action movies), playing movie soundtracks due to their dynamics and clarity.
However, I have to admit the sound of the Noesis is a sound my ears are not used to and there is concern about treble sensitivity, even though there was not a point while listening to the Noesis that would lead me to confirm such a problem would exist (this is based on a past experience demoing a Klipsch horn based compression driver). Also, I’m not so sure the Noesis would be the right speaker for me if I was a music listener. The sound is just very different to me and of course this is a matter of subjectivity.
Theater Room :
I have an approximate 3,500 cubic feet theater in my basement. My screen is mounted on a wall and is not an AT screen. Even though my current front stage is visible, speaker aesthetics is no longer an issue for me (not that the Noesis look bad). I care much more about function as opposed to beauty.
I’m currently thinking about replacing my current audio system later in the year and moving my Ascend Sierras upstairs to the family room for music listening and flat screen duties. My timing of this move is toward the end of this year and I’m researching and listening to a some different systems solely for movies in mind, including the Noesis 228s and the Cat 8s.
Since the use of my audio system in my home theater is 100% movies (and some TV), what’s become important to me is dynamics and clarity (from a range of low - moderate volume scenes to the high volume action scenes), more so than planning for a speaker that would better fit my needs for listening to music.
Sub Needs: I have a preference for sealed subs that provide quality sound (tight and punchy setup is always a goal) as opposed to subs that are good for solely sheer output and the boom. Even though I would love the S2, it’s not an option because (a) getting the sub down in my basement would be the ultimate nightmare; (b) I will not be able to sneak a 200 pound sub past my wife (she may not care about the looks of the speakers in the basement, however, she hates subs and I’m adjusting her attitude 1 sub at a time); and (c) financial resources.
However, one S1 to start would be ideal in terms of size (movement and WAF), real estate footprint and financial resources.
Question: Is one S1 able to support a Noesis 228 front stage or is this just not enough output based on my theater’s room size combined with the sensitivity of the 228s? My concern is about the potential for brightness if the bass output is not enough to keep up with the 228s. Let me know your thoughts.