Originally Posted by cschang
Jon, how did Craig know about the 930's? They are not on the website, and you clearly stated in the link I posted to that they will not be in the near future, and that they were being held close to the vest.
Curtis, There was a pair for sale on the Canuck Audio Mart, and I asked Jon about them, as I had not seen them on the site. He told me they would be selling for $1495 a pair, and asked if I wanted to try them out. I do believe you could order a pair if you wanted.
What is funny is I was asking Jon about the 680's, which ARE on the site, but not available, before I asked him about the 930's.
If you are still confused, PM me your number, and we can chat via phone.
As for Ascend, I have owned 170's, 340's, 340 center, 170 SE's, Sierras, Sierra center, and now 340 SE's. Clarke had this to say about my position on the Sierras:
I do sincerely believe that the Sierra-1 is the least compromised speaker currently available under a grand! You may believe something different, and that's fine.
I never made any comments about how the Sierras sound compared to other speakers, so his comment that I may believe something different deserved a response about my tenure with Ascend's products.
He also said this ...
However, your point about the Rocket 450s is exactly why I included the "challengers are welcome" statement. My review queue is currently empty for next year, and I'm looking to my readers to point me in the direction they'd like to see...I consider this one vote for the 450s.
My response to this is pretty simple, I never asked for the Rockets to be tested, and I don't know how anyone could decide I was "voting for the 450's" to be included in a Future Clarke review.
I have never even heard the 450's. However, if I did, and declared they were the least compromised speaker (which, by definition, means the best) speaker for under $1000, when it was clear I had not heard ALL or even CLOSE to all the speakers in that price range, it would be an irresponsible statement.
Make no mistake, the Sierras are an excellent product, and I like owning them. However, I have never heard any speaker which I would call the "least compromised for under $1000".