Chop, great write up!!
Your reaction to the Cat 12's reminds me a lot of my own when hearing the Noesis the first time. So, it makes me nervous that I'll be hearing the Cat 12's soon!
Ah, I shouldn't worry about it too much, the Noesis were the absolute end of my budget and then some, so basically I tried to do the absolute best I could for a little over 2 grand per speaker (hmmm actually that wasn't my thinking, my thinking was somehow I need to figure out a way to own these even though I can't afford it). I need to accept that if I like ta speaker better that's more expensive, so be it - it's out of my range and it ain't happening.
LOL.... well if it does happen I call dibs on buying your 212HT's!
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