I know, we all like to give reviews... but please...95 % of them are worthless, moreover, misleading. They can do more harm than good by steering people away from certain options. I just read a review of Ascend speakers here. It really amazes me when people review speakers having low end receivers and el-cheapo Monoprice speakerwire with the cheapest banana plugs...AND without having the speakers properly broken in first. And having all that they proclaim that the speaker was bad. How can this review be possibly objective when no matter what speakers you use in this particular setup , they will all sound bad ? What kind of soundstage can this receiver possibly put out? To review ANY speaker one has to reveal ALL OF IT'S POTENTIAL..and in most cases there are so many bottlenecks that the speakers cannot possibly sound good.
Also, are you aware that speakers demand some time and effort when it comes to positioning, amplifying choices, cables.. Some speakers sound great with one amplifier and totally suck with the other...Oh, I forget.. the receiver was used. It took me almost a year to make my speakers glow...I started from dedicated powerlines and filters, then moved to acoustic treatment of my room, then got 2.5 inch thick granite vibro-isolated slabs ( each weighing close to 100 pounds ) to put the spiked speakers on.. then went through half a dozen amps and preamps before I got the sound I was looking for ( ended up with class A SS monoblocks and a tube preamp), then I started perfecting it with cables. Power cables have a tremendous effect on the equipment as they work as additional filters, so do interconnects and speakercables...they all sound different and a high price is never a guarantee that this or that cable will work well with your equipment. There was a day when I had a whole lot of cables ranging from 200 bucks all the way to 7k... and the one that sounded best in a blind test cost 600. One more thing - every decent cable requires breaking in. During this period the sound may change from good to worse and back... but 100 hours is a safe bet, some cables require more. The first 30 hours is when changes are most noticeable, then they become more subtle. A cable is just as big of a component as everything else. I didn't believe it myself untill was proven otherwise. Of course, all this applies to transparent systems. You can't hook up Audioquest Guibraltar to Onkyo 307 and expect wonders.
So... what this was all about is - only now I finally got my speakers reveal their full potential.. I can easily tell what material is drum plate made of - copper or brass, I can easily tell if the drummer hit the edge or the middle of a snare-drum, i hear the drum membrane vibrate, fingers touching the fleute, Patricia Barber licking her lips...And it's not just the details, it's the depth of the soundstage , the width, the height...It took me a year ,a lot of research and a lot of money. But now I know what they can sound like, now I CAN write a review. So, please, if your setup does not allow to reveal the speakers' potential...don't write a review, as you will do more harm than good.
Out of curiosity a couple of days ago I hooked them up to a top of the line Integra receiver... it sounded OK for HT ( I usually use it for powering center and surrounds, the front channels go to amps )., music in stereo was considerably worse... and this is with almost 2K invested in cables alone.
I am not mentioning my equipment, I don't want to have IT discussed and the subject of the thread forgotten. Let's just say, it's quite adequate.