I'm always stunned at the overt hostility in this forum and how, beyond the first couple posts, everyone ignores the Original Poster and his question and spends their time bickering over pointless tangential topics.
Addressing the Original Poster, the first questions should have been, if you have $900 to spend, why are you looking at $150 speakers, and if you only have $150 to spend, why are you looking at $900 speakers?
Next, if you want floorstanding, why are you looking at bookshelf, and if you want bookshelf, why are you looking at floorstanding?
The Monitor 60 are nice but consumer grade speakers. The Ascend are a bit higher end, and their sound will probably reflect that. But, once again, it seem unfathomable that someone had a path of logic that narrowed down their search to these two speakers.
If any of us have any hope of actually helping the Original Poster, there is a standard set of information we need, which so far, no one has bothered to ask.
What are the dimension of the room the equipment will be in?
Is that a closed room, an open floorplan, or something in between?
If an open floorplan, what are the overall dimension, and what are the dimensions of the listening area?
Stereo or Surround Sound?
What other equipment to you have in this system?
How is the system most often used? Both in terms of Movies vs Music, and in terms of the type of Movies and the style of Music.
What are you goals and objectives? That is ... what does the Original Poster hope to accomplish?
I find it hard to believe that anyone is considering both these speakers.
If you have $900/pr
to spend, the answer the above questions, and we will help you with suggestion to get the most for your $900.
If you have $300 to spend ($150/each), then we can help you there too.
As to Bookshelf vs Floorstanding, while both can be good speakers, generally, a Floorstanding has more bass and impact, where as, being a smaller speaker, for equal money, a Bookshelf is likely to be a better speaker.
So, start by narrowing the budget or budget range, then answer the above question, and we will try to help find the best speakers for you.
AND... there is very much a FOR YOU element to this. Comparing random speakers is pointless, we need to try to find speakers that best serve the needs of the user, based on the nature of his use, the size of his room, and his personal preferences and priorities.
It is more about the person and the circumstance than it is about the speakers in isolation.
As to Countrymen not liking Ascend, fine, everybody hates something. Take any equipment from the lowest end to the most expensive, and you will have no trouble finding people who love and those who hate that specific equipment.
Notice Countrymen did say the Ascend would be about 200% better than Polk, then he followed that up by saying he personally does not prefer Ascend. But like I said, for any piece of equipment, high or low, you will have no problem finding people who love it and those who hate it. You can't take that statement as anything more than personal preference, and equally, you will find many who absolutely love Ascend. It doesn't really mean much, and it pointless at helping the Original Poster.
If the Original Poster is asking a sincere question, then he will help up understand his circumstance, and to find the best speakers for those circumstance, budget, and preference.
If he is just trolling to start a heated pointless argument, then well done. But it is not that hard to do on this forum.
I've yet to see anyone offer anything that might be of remote value to the Original Poster, and am stunned that the Modeartors don't step in and force everyone back on track, or alternately shut down the pointless discussion completely.
Curious, does anyone have even the most remote interest in addressing the Original Poster and his question ... odd as that question might be?