Originally Posted by gtpsuper24
I think you would be quite happy with the Arx A1b's and use the $1200 in savings compared to the Sierras for a subwoofer or two. The Arx speakers haven't skimped out of quality components. Large cast alloy frame drivers with huge XBL2 motors, cast frame tweeter face plates, non-inductive wire wound resistors, large poly caps, braced cabinets but with just a basic vinyl finish. As far as its price range I think it surpasses many other speakers in its price for quality of components and sound.
Well, I'm quite happy with the Ascend CBM-170 SE for its savings in cost, even though, in my opinion, the Sierra-1 is clearly better--even more transparent (and the CBM is no slouch here) and detailed (again, the CBM is no slouch here, either). Some folks will think these improvements are well worth the difference in price, while others will completely disagree, especially if they don't even notice them (not meant to be condescending in the least--some people are just more picky and/or sensitive about some things than others, whether it's sound quality or cost).
Aside from its higher price, the only negatives to the Sierra-1, for me, are its lower efficiency, since I still use an AVR (efficiency still mitigates power compression at high volumes even if I used more powerful separate amplifiers anyway, though), and maybe its slightly "recessed" or "mellow" upper midrange and treble, although this is a matter of personal preference (a trait that the A1b reportedly shares, although in comparison the Sierra-1 is less laid-back, relatively speaking).
Originally Posted by cub4bearin
I simply don't see anything wrong about my post. Andrew jones pioneers being compared to more expensive speakers, and you can get front set for less than $160. If I'm going to spend 3 or 4 times more it better WOW ME GOOD. lol
The thing here is that Ascend Acoustics is more like Arx (TAI) than unlike, and the fairest point of comparison--for both the speakers and their manufacturers--would be the CBM-170 SE, on the basis of price. So much depends on how critical the buyer is. If they play recordings of sufficiently high quality and are discerning listeners who are very familiar with the weaknesses of all speakers, then the comparison would be unfair to the A1b. At the other extreme, if they play modern pop music CDs (most of which sound like crap) that have been further degraded by poor MP3 encoding (good MP3 encoding exists, but you have to know what you're doing), and have only ever listened to TV speakers and speakers made by mass market manufacturers, then both speakers may sound equally good to them, pretty much, which would be unfair to the Sierra-1 (and probably to the other speakers of the Ascend product line, which people might assume sound awful due to their much lower prices).
For your money, and taken solely for your benefit as an individual, I don't see a problem with what you're saying, but at the same time I can understand the concern that some have over a lopsided comparison between two highly competent and value-oriented manufacturers.
Originally Posted by gtpsuper24
I'd like to see test results comparing a small bamboo cabinet to a well made mdf cabinet. Seems like its overkill and adds expense, especially for the size of cabinets we're talking about. If MDF works fine for 18" monster HT subs it should be more than enough for a 5.5" 2 way bookshelf. I'd just like to see if its something that is actually noticable in listening or if its something to brag about.
Size matters but so does frequency, and I don't believe that bamboo would offer any significant advantages in the sub-bass range, actually. At higher frequencies, however, lower resonance and recovery times from resonance modes become more critical, and bamboo is measurably superior to MDF in these respects. Whether you could actually hear the sonic difference the material makes is another question, but the Sierra-1 is extremely transparent, and that is something that I can hear, for what it's worth (possibly due in part to the bamboo, although I can't say for certain).