I have had many NHT speakers, including the NHT 3.3 bi-amped with Krell amps. Had to downsize years ago, and with the C 1s I dont feel I miss a thing. No, there is no pants fluttering bass, like the 3.3s but much of the music I listen to, does not have that type of bass anyway. I did not realize how good the c 1s where, until I did a direct comparison with the more expensve Bryson speakers. The detail and openness of these speakers for the price is amazing.