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Difference in price between original MSRP and what you are paying for them is not a useful factor in picking out speakers. Many speakers aren't a good deal until you ARE paying half off.
I can't speak for the others, but I own the Ascends. Ascend is an Internet direct retailer, and thus does not have the huge markup that many other speakers may have. The CBM-170 SEs are excellent speakers for the money.
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Living room HT:
Energy RC-50, Ascend Sierra Horizon w/RAAL, Ascend Sierra 1, PSB Imagine XA | PSA V1500 and CHT SS 18.1 | Denon X4200W | modified Dayton SA1000
CBM-170 SE | SVS SB-1000 | Audio-GD NFB-11 | Parasound Zamp | JBL LSR305
Headphone & Portable
AKG K7XX | HE-400i | NAD HP50 | Sony MDR-1A | Soundmagic E50 & E80 | X5ii | DX50 | E12