Originally Posted by Ascend
All reasonable concerns and I would be happy to address them...
At the time the 340 was designed, it seemed bi-wiring was very popular. Many customers requested this feature and after thorough evaluation of implementation details, it was realized that we could implement the option to bi-wire with relative ease
Many years later, we determined that less than ½ of 1 percent of our customers are actually using this feature. Instead, the feature actually becomes somewhat problematic as many consumers don't understand it and have actually caused problems due to improper wiring.
Bi-wire implementation on the Sierra would be a bit more complicated. You see, on just about every bi-wireable speaker, a crossover cup or plate is used on the back of the speaker (often a large one). This requires a large section of the rear baffle of the cabinet to be removed and actually compromises the integrity of the cabinet. Since one of the design goals of the Sierra was an extremely inert cabinet, using a binding post / input plate on the Sierra was quickly ruled out. Hate to waste all of that magical bamboo
Additionally, cost does come into play. Bi-wire implementation on the Sierra would be expensive - the binding posts we use are top grade and adding this feature would have added at least $60-$70 retail cost to each speaker ($120-$140 pair), something I don't consider fair to those customers who would never use the option (which is at least 99%)
If bi-wiring is a must, we can make a special-order bi-wireable pair for you
This surprises me a bit.. As Curtis mentioned, our CBM-170 was on the market, completely unchanged - without a single revision for nearly 6 full years. That is unheard of in the loudspeaker industry. New revisions of existing loudspeakers hit the market almost every year, at least every 2 years.
The 1 designation is not meant as a revision More so that it is the first model in our Sierra line. The Sierra-1 has been very well received and a tremendous success for us so far. Of course our intention is to eventually offer a Sierra-2, Sierra-3 - heck, if I had the resources and manpower, I would shoot for a Sierra-10.. But these would not be updates or revised versions of the Sierra-1, just different models altogether. Bookshelf speakers are only a small percentage of the market, why deny consumers the chance to experience the Sierra where a speaker of this size will simply not work for them?
Seriously, how many loudspeaker companies only offer 1 model in a line?
However, those that know me, know how meticulous I am about performance (bordering obsessive).. It could be years before we release a Sierra-2, whatever that speaker may be. I can assure you though, when a Sierra-2 or 3 or 4 etc. are released, they will be designed to complement the Sierra-1 - NOT replace it by any means.
I spent over 4 years working on this loudspeaker -- there is just no chance I am going to make any dramatic changes to it for a very long time.
To be honest, right now my primary concern is finding bamboo suppliers and factories that can manufacture the unique cabinets for us well into the future.
Hope this eases your concerns!