Originally Posted by CDLehner
OK, well obviously I'm getting shouted down here...and that's cool; debate and dissent is welcome. I just want to make my point clear; I never said "just get sh*t speakers because it's an HT, and it doesn't matter". However, as opposed to a 2-channel system, I do think there needs to be balance
in an HT.
Like most of us, I'm the AV guy in my group, and if a buddy of mine came to me and said "hey man, after hearing your set-up, the $500 HTIB is starting to leave me feeling short. I just got $1100 to spend...what Fronts would you recommend"...I wouldn't have him put it ALL in the Fronts, and leave his sh*t Center, Sub, and Surrounds.
The OP has Ascend all across the front, and god knows what HTIB left-overs in the back; shadyJ, don't you want some seamlessness in your HT set-up? To me, if I have sweet, musical, natural playback across the front...and grainy, stringent effects in the back...that's
I'll admit, I've never heard the Sierras; like I said, I just know they're highly thought of, and usually
where's there's smoke there's fire. But to me...again...not that quality speakers aren't quality speakers, but I do look for different things in a 2-channel rig. In music
, nuisances are so subjective; do you like forward sounding, or more laid back? Tight bass of solid-state, warm mids of tubes? How does this speaker make Hope Sandoval or Margot Timmins vocals sound, as opposed to that one...and that other one? How's the "voicing"? You get my point.
Sorry; I love my HT, and have pretty decent gear there...but I just don't see the same nuance in getting Christian Bale's dialogue right, or reproducing a missile or gunshot. Again, I put more stock in the Center, and the Sub for a demanding movie sountrack, and realistic
theater experience. But all the speakers are important, and creating a realistic, seamless soundfield is at least half the battle as well.
From what I know of the Sierras, they are highly neutral
sounding; that's something you really strive for in musical
reproduction...well, that some people do (again, that's subjective). $1100 for a pair of speakers is not a small investment to some. For a really accurate, neutral, speaker is it worth it; good bang-for-the-buck? Absolutely! And it's not to say you don't want a neutral-sounding speaker for HT, I personally just don't think there is such
I'm a restaurant consultant, and a former chef. One of the things that really causes me to roll my eyes is when I go into a little coffee and sandwich shop...usually being opened by a bored, rich housewife, who's husband is throwing a little money at a business in order to give her something to do...and I see top-of-the-line, $400 Japanese sushi knives to cut the Pananis (don't laugh...it's true).
Are the Sierras that kinda overkill for HT; no. And again...just to be clear...if the OP had said "I'm coming from HTIB, and I'm looking to upgrade ALL of my speakers...and I'm starting with Sierras because I've heard
them and liked them...and then the rest of the system will get upgraded accordingly" I would have smiled and thought he'll likely really enjoy that upgrade; he doesn't know what he's in for.
But he never mentioned a Center (still scratching my head about how he's only out $50 if he doesn't like his Sierras)...I don't know much about that Outlaw sub, and admits he's still using his crappy HTIB surrounds. And he only got the Sierras, in the first place, because other people told him they were good. All I was suggesting...is that coming from HTIB, I bet I could put 3 Paradigms across his front that would blow him away, and
save him some money.
Will he like
the Sierras? I would imagine so...and then I guess I look like a jacka** by saying I thought it was maybe overkill for him. But just because he likes them doesn't prove anything; he'd need to like them more than something comparable, or even that cost less...and there's no mention of any listening
process. Just you guys saying "yeah, yeah...the Sierras are great"; which is how he got here to begin with.