Originally Posted by Nuance
For me, its a matter of preference; I think Brandon would agree too. It's too bad the two members that aren't owners of either brand cannot chime in, as their opinions should hold more weight here. I preferred the SongTower RT's, as the top end and upper midrange is more refined and has a smoother transition between crossover regions. Others may agree or disagree, which is why having a direct comparison such as this is so important, and in the same room if possible. I will say this, though: one of the "newb" members left the GTG wanting to order a pair of SongTower's, and the other left still trying to decide to either keep his preorder for the Ascend Towers or cough up another $700 for the SongTower RT's. Both speakers are amazing in their respective price ranges, and I would really love to hear the dome SongTower's compared to the Ascend Towers. Tha
t would be the ultimate comparo!
So I guess my ranking of the ID speakers would be:
2) SongTower RT's
3) Ascend Towers
The good thing (for me), is that I felt the SongTower's were 95% of what the HT2-TL's were. Take into consideration, though, that we listened to all speakers crossed over to dual subwoofers at 80Hz for the entire GTG, so we were judging the speakers from about 80-100Hz and above.
Wait did you just call me a newb? :P
I completely agree with everything Brandon says, and will plagiarize his review and pawn it off as my own.
No but in all seriousness I am now on the lookout for a Pair of Song towers, for me they really were that good. Period. I especially loved the transition (or lack thereof) between the crossover, and the highs just sound truly effortless, its something I've never heard in a dome tweeter and at this point IMO isn't possible to attain in a dome tweeter.
In hindsight I wish I could have listened to a little wider variety of music on the ST's as what I heard was excellent, but not what I would listen to on a regular basis. I guess thats par for the course though when playing back reference material for critical listening. I look at it like bencharking a PC to gauge performance, your not actually doing tasks that you would do on a regular basis, you are getting an idea of what the system is capable of in a "best case scenario".
Thanks again to Terry, Patrick, Brandon#1, Brandon#2, and Jay for coming out and sharing the exploration of our inner geekness. I still laugh when I see the look on my wife's face when I tell her what I was planning on doing on Saturday, "your going to Manitowoc for what?" hehe.