Originally Posted by Erich H
I don't believe there has been a comparison between the Fusion-15 and the Single-8HT. But they really aren't in the same class and are totally different beasts. One uses a 15" B&C woofer, and larger waveguide for playing full range with authority. The other is a very nice coaxial model not intended to play full range. They really aren't in the same class. Both are good, but the 8" coaxial simply can't compete with the 15" model.....it was never designed to do that.
Now if you had a smaller room, not crossing low to a subwoofer, and didn't need the constant directivity of a larger waveguide, then you would be bringing things closer together. But you would also be changing what the design criteria was for the larger model.
As far as the comparison goes, I was referring to the NE Spring Speaker Shootout
link from above. Indeed, it was not (nor was it intended to be) a proper A/B test. It was also very music centered vs HT focused. There did seem to be a lot of consensus on the subjective quality of the speakers, though. I realize, though, that I may have been confusing the JTR Noesis 212s with the Single 8HT -- two very different speakers.
So yeah, I get now that it's important to directly compare speakers based at least on the size of their components. I would surmise, then, that we'd expect the Noesis to sound even more "full" than the Fusion-15 if only because it has dual 12" woofers vs the single 12" woofer in the Fusion? The informal shootout participants did appear to agree that the Noesis speakers sounded "better" than the Fusion.
Maybe a better direct comparison, then, would be the Alpha-8 Minions to the Single 8HT? They both have an 8" woofer.