Originally Posted by kissell
Has anyone made the upgrade from the 340's to Sierras? What were some of the biggest differences besides more high end detail and ability to play lower?
I'm considering upgrading now that the sierras are on sale but I want to make sure the upgrade would be worthwhile. I need someone to give me a sales pitch on the Sierras.
My listening habits are 75% music and 25% games/movies. Also, I will be using a sub at all times so the ability to play lower really isn't much of an advantage to me.
Thanks in advance.
I don't own the 340SE, but I seriously considered them. I imagine the improvement would be overall clarity across the board, not in just the high region. I'm auditioning the Sierra-1s now, too, because of the sale, and I'm surprised at how it's picking up all the small, low-level details of recordings and the imaging is superb, and I already had great monitors.
From talking to other Ascend owners and reading posts, it seems if HT is your main thing, then the 340SE are recommended, but since it sounds like you do a lot of music listening as well, like me, then I would you definitely like the advantages of the Sierra-1, which of course can do HT well. The added clarity, detail and bass extension makes music listening so pleasurable. This is my 4th pair of audiophile speakers in the past 13+ years, plus listening to a lot of my friends various high-end speakers, and the Sierra-1s, by far, are my most favorite. It's surprising at how revealing they are without being fatiguing.
Plus if you have the Sierra-1s, you now have the option to further enhance them later with the NrT Tweeter Kit (once Ascend has them in stock again). I just have the stock Sierra-1s tweeters and I really think they are great as is, and this is coming from someone who usually likes the sound of metal tweeters instead of soft dome ones.
Here are a couple links to reviews of the Sierra-1 by former 340SE owners. In both cases, they elected to keep the Sierra-1s.
Ah...it looks like I'm not allowed to post links yet. Look in the forums at forum.ascendacoustics.com and in the review section, find the posts titled "Another new Sierra owner" and "CMT-340se + Sierra-1 + 30 Days"
Or copy and paste these urls.
Hope that helps.