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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
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First, I have never done an A/B with the Ascend and the EMPs, so EMPs in my room, CMT340 in my freind Rays room...and in this case, Ray spent more on one speaker than I spent on my pair (E5tis), so this is not really a fair fight!
Definately, the Ascends hit the low end better and really have some punch, even with out a sub! Ray will sometime shut his sub off and then just listen to the CMT340 in 2 channel for music. From a stand point of a better balanced speaker (hits lows, mids and high all really well), the Ascends win. If I was buying speakers to upgrade my music set up (currently 2.1 with Def Tech SM450s)...this would be my choice!
For HT, I would NOT trade my EMPs for the Ascend, although that is NOT saying the EMP e5tis are better...just that it is close enough that for the money, I like what I got! I would call the EMPs as more dynamic in the mid and clear and crisp at the highs, The Ascend maybe a little brighter, but not in a bad way.
Anyway, the big issue is Ray lives in an old farm house with 10 foot ceiling, my house is in town with 8 foot ceiling (so really hard to do a comparison considering the room differences). That make the performance of his ascends as even more impressive, as he has alot of "room" to fill and they do so very well
Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
Set up #3: JBL130, JBL120C and Klipsch synergy sub