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I would really like to hear some people suggestions on upgrading my front 3 speakers. My current setup I've had for a few years now consist of Infinity Primus PC351 (Center) and Infinity Primus P363 (Floorstanding). I just purchased Power Sound Audio XV15 subwoofer and looking for the best speaker to go with it. I've been considering going with Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1. Has anyone heard this before or know of a better option around the same price range.

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The Sierras are a big upgrade over the Infinity Primus you were thinking about. smile.gif

Here is the official owners thread for the Sierra series if you want to learn more or ask questions:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/849859/the-official-ascend-acoustics-sierra-thread

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Before I go posting and asking questions over there I just want to make sure Sierra-1 is the route I want to go. So I'm looking for suggestions on other loudspeakers.
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The Sierras are kind of hard to beat at $798 for a piano black pair (on sale but not for much longer). There are quite a few other choices for speakers in the same price range (just some of the options below).

Monitor Audio Silver RX-2, $850
NHT Classic Model 3-$900
PSB Imagine B-$1000
Focal Chorus 814V (floorstanders)-$800 at accessories4less.com
KEF Q300-$650
KEF Q700 (floorstanders)-$1000 or KEF Q900-$1350 at accessories4less.com

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The Sierras are kind of hard to beat at $798

That's a good way to state it, too. The Sierra's are not outclassed by anything at else at $800 or less. Personal listening preference--which can't be judged over the Internet--is what would be the main deciding factor of whether or not the Sierras or one of the other speakers you listed are better.

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Yep. I wasn't trying to imply any of the other speakers mentioned were better. I was just providing other options in the price range that the OP could potentially listen to if interested.

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Yep. I wasn't trying to imply any of the other speakers mentioned were better. I was just providing other options in the price range that the OP could potentially listen to if interested.

I knew that. Just following up on what you said for big joe. smile.gif

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Sounds like Sierra is definitely the route I want to go from what I'm seeing. My only complaint about the Sierras is the appearance. I just like that aggressive look again. Lol. But oh well...
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In an attempt to try to introduce some totally independent third party apples to apples objective data here, FWIW Soundstage has measured both the Sierra1 and the NHT Classic Three at the NRC. Not saying that Sierra's measurements were bad, in fact, they were actually quite good. With that said however, the Classic Three's measurements were clearly even better. Also take note that the the Sierra's distortion levels apparently were not low enough to warrant a second set of measurements 5 dbs higher as the Three's were.

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In an attempt to try to introduce some totally independent third party apples to apples objective data here, FWIW Soundstage has measured both the Sierra1 and the NHT Classic Three at the NRC. Not saying that Sierra's measurements were bad, in fact, they were actually quite good. With that said however, the Classic Three's measurements were clearly even better. Also take note that the the Sierra's distortion levels apparently were not low enough to warrant a second set of measurements 5 dbs higher as the Three's were.

Sierra1

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I think you might over-generalizing things a little. The NHT has a 6.5" driver, the Sierra-1 a 5.25". Assuming equivalent quality of drivers, because of the larger size, the NHT probably should be able to go a little louder before beginning to lose composure. Nevertheless, according to those measurements, the Sierra-1 driver has less midbass distortion than the NHT does at 90db.

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How about a pair of Swan D2.1se+ comes to mind. Quality drivers, a very nice cabinet and they get plenty loud. They do need some room to breath though. I had mine about 4' away from the walls just to control the bottom a bit. I personally liked those Swans better than the SIerras, but, at that point, it's a matter of taste. Jon is a super nice guy to deal with as well. Right now, you can get the 2.1se's AND the matching center for about the same money as the pair of Sierras. I owned a Sierras across the front with 170s in the back and it was a very sweet set up. The Sierras are VERY easy to set up. If you take the time to set them up properly, you will be rewarded with speakers that just disappear into the music. I would never steer anyone away from Dave and Ascend...just GOOD stuff. Aside from the Sierra set up I also have had 2 complete set ups with 340s and 170s...I have had a pair of 170s in different systems now for going on about 10 years. I have Dynaudios now but would be very happy with any of the above. If you look and are not opposed to buying used, you can find killer buys on others as well. Another ID only that I have not had the pleasure of playing with(from AudioInsider as well) are Danas....YMMV

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Big Joe, here's another suggestion: http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?p=arx-a5-floorstanding-loudspeaker&products_id=227&

Arx A5s... $749+ Shipping, these are floorstanders as well, so you don't need to waste money on stands. I own these and think they are amazing.. I am sure the NHT Classic Three and Sierra 1's are great speakers as well, so it'll come down to your preferences. If I were you I would post in each of the owner's threads and see if you can get someone in your general area to let you hear the speakers first hand if possible.
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The Sierras are kind of hard to beat at $798 for a piano black pair (on sale but not for much longer). There are quite a few other choices for speakers in the same price range (just some of the options below).

Monitor Audio Silver RX-2, $850
NHT Classic Model 3-$900
PSB Imagine B-$1000
Focal Chorus 814V (floorstanders)-$800 at accessories4less.com
KEF Q300-$650
KEF Q700 (floorstanders)-$1000 or KEF Q900-$1350 at accessories4less.com

Specs are great and certainly it's worth your time to read all the reviews. On top of that visit some places and listen, because as noted above there are many options.
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