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Location: Iowa City, Iowa
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I have indeed heard the Ascend CMT340 speakers, many times! No, I don't own them, but a very good friend does. Me and him do an A/B comparison with my EMP speakers and his Ascend Acoust CMT340 and it was really a wash. We both prefered the EMP speakers for HT, but by a very slight margin and we both prefered the Ascends for music, by a very slim margin. Disclaimer...he lives in an old farm house with high celining and lots of windows. So his place is terrible for acoustics!
Anyway, the AA CMT340 are a very balanced speaker...do lows, midrange and high all very well. If you like bright speakers, these aren't it. If you like warm speakers, these aren't it. If you like a neutral speaker that is very accurate, can play very loud (even in a crappy old farm house) and more important, sound great a low volume, these are a good choice.
Set up #1: EMP e5Ti, e5Ci, and EMP e5Bi surrounds, Outlaw LFM1 Plus sub, SVS NSD SB12 sub, Marantz Slimeline 1504 AV receiver
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and EMPtek10i10i sub, Denon 1910 AV receiver
Set up #3: Philharmonics- BMR in a 2.0 system, music only, Yamaha RXV-363 AV receiver