Originally Posted by monkuboy
If you own both the OMD15's and NrT's, why would you place the OMD-15's ahead of them? You mentioned some nice things about the NrT's so I was wondering what it is about the OMD-15's that you find to be "better." I own the OMD-15's and really like them but I also follow the Sierra thread because their speakers seem so tempting.
That's why I'm curious - like what sort of difference would I expect to hear.
I can't speak for the owner of the OMD-15s, but I can give my impressions of Sierra NrTs compared to the full size OM-7s that the Ascends are replacing. I've had a Mirage 5.1 system for about ten years, and I've been pleased with them, they are fairly neutral, and no glaring deficiencies.
Comparatively speaking, however, the Ascends easily outdistance the Mirages for dynamics, detail, and accuracy/realism. The best way I can draw an analogy is if you were to go out to a club. Yeah the sound system playing recordings is ok, but nothing like the sound of the live band. That is how I would describe the dynamic differences between the two.
As far as detail, the Ascends are just so clean sounding without cabinet resonances, and other detail robbing acoustic artifacts that the smallest details are to be heard for the first time, in my case, with material I'm very familiar with.
They do drums, and percussion, for instance, better than anything I've heard. Bongos, snare drums, toms, they all sound so real and have that whack you in the chest attack that you would not expect from a 5.25" bass driver. I was thoroughly surprised with the NrTs, as well as thrilled I bought them. There is a lot of hype in the audio world, I am here to tell you the Sierras are the real deal.