I just wanted to thank you guys for all of the information here.
I have been reading this thread for about a month now, and I have learned a lot.
About 2 years ago I purchased a HTIB Onkyo HTS 760 after reading good reviews online, and on CNET. It was paired up with a Denon DVD 2900, I like listening to SACD and DVD Audio, as well as the home theatre experience. It was all good. After a year or so I upgraded the receiver to a HK AVR 7300. Sounds great but the OSD was not too user friendly IMHO. Anyway, this year for Christmas I swapped out the HK for a Denon AVR 4806 and got the Denon DVD 2910. I am still using the 6.1 set up from Onkyo for the speakers. I feel like I am driving a Ferrari on retreads.
Sound is ok, but I know I am not receiving the full benefit of my amp.
After much debate with my GF I decided to purchase new LCR and Sub (keeping rear surrounds until a later date). After much looking and another good review on CNET, I ordered some Aperions. they seemed to have decent pricing, looks, and good reviews. They also were backordered for 2 weeks. The same day I ordered them I stumbled upon your thread. I read it in it's entirety, as well as Ascend forums. I was now VERY interested in Ascends. I am also about 20 minutes drive from there company. I called them and placed an order for 340's LCR and the Hsu VTF-2 MK 2 Sub. Much to my dismay, I found out about the backorder until late April. I ordered the set up anyway, and was planning to compare both Ascends and the Aperion. After about a week of daily reading this thread and others I decided to take the plunge, and cancel my order with Aperion. I noticed that most of their good feedback came from magazine or website reviews, whereas Ascend reviews mostly come from actual buyers. I felt the buyer to be more truthful and less likely to have ulterior motives. Don't get me wrong, the Aperion people were very nice and courteous, but I value buyer opinions slightly more
So now I am waiting like everyone else. I expect there to be a huge difference over the Onkyo speakers I am currently using. I think the Ascends will be a great choice and I am very grateful for all of the information you all have shared here with me, and many others.