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1 Pair Sierra-2 vs 3 Pair CMB-170 SE

For a 900 square ft room 8 ft ceilings would you recommend 1 pair of Sierra-2 speakers and one ascend LV12R Sub or 3 pairs of CBM-170 SE speakers and two LV12R subs? Both packages come in right around $2,000 with shipping...

This would be for music only, all types.
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I'm a little confused- is this for a home theater or just for stereo listening? Why would you want 3 pairs of the 170's? My guess is your best bet are getting the Sierra 2's with the Ascend sub.
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I'm a little confused- is this for a home theater or just for stereo listening? Why would you want 3 pairs of the 170's? My guess is your best bet are getting the Sierra 2's with the Ascend sub.
Its just for stereo listening. I was thinking that it was a fairly large room and the 3 170s might disperse the music more evenly throughout.
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No question - 2 Sierra 2s with the LV12R - which by the way is not an Ascend sub
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You definitely don't want to have 6 speakers like that driving the front soundstage. The Sierra 2's should be plenty for the L/R, although the sub will be dwarfed in a room that size. The other option is buying the Sierra towers and save up to get subwoofers later. Could you see yourself either upping your budget or spending more down the road?
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I could see myself saving up more before purchasing to get the optimal setup, within reason, for sure.
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If you decide on the Sierra 2's there is a five week wait on the Raal tweeters. I know this because I just ordered a pair this morning!
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If you decide on the Sierra 2's there is a five week wait on the Raal tweeters. I know this because I just ordered a pair this morning!
Ha, congrats on the purchase and sorry about the wait!
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I waited 3 months for a Ascend Horizon with RAAL. Well worth every day. Ascends cabinets are built by a cabinet maker here in the US (even though at least once they sourced from out of the country). Keep in mind that Salk and others take time to build their cabinets as well. Depending on inventory you may experience a similar wait or longer when ordering a speaker from someone using something other than MDF. In fact Salk charges extra for bamboo, unlike Ascend. Bamboo cabinets whether natural or some other finish are amazing and solid - unlike MDF used by a lot of speaker companies. It's the attention to detail that sets Ascend and others like them apart from the competition.
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I could see myself saving up more before purchasing to get the optimal setup, within reason, for sure.
Then get the Sierra-2s and the LV12R--and then add another LV12R later
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Then get the Sierra-2s and the LV12R--and then add another LV12R later
Actually in a room that size he should start with the FV15HP. Maybe a pair of PSA XV15SEs or pair Reaction Audio PV15X.
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