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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
looking to upgrade my ascend acoustics system
i have
Ascend acoustics 340SE's (LCR)
and
Ascend acoustics 170SE's as surrounds



looking at the Polk Audio TSI500's (LR) not sure which polks to get for center and surrounds


Are these considered upgrades?

what do u recommend?

budget up to $1500 for a 5.0 system
100% HT movies
post #2 of 17
That would be considered a down grade. It's going to be very hard to best that $1100 Ascend setup for only $400 more. What exactly do you think you're lacking from your current setup?
post #3 of 17
Polk TSi's wont be an upgrade over those Ascends. What's wrong with your Ascend setup?
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
nothing wrong with them,but i am getting upgrade fever
what would u consider an upgrade?
or maybe i should just stick with the ascend acoustics and get another pair of 170's and go 7.1 or even 7.2?

how about the Klipsch RF-82 II Reference Series or the
Energy RC-70 Floorstanding Speaker

thanks
post #5 of 17
What are you running for a sub? Dual subs can give a large upgrade to bass quality.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by domingos38 View Post

how about the Klipsch RF-82 II Reference Series or the
Energy RC-70 Floorstanding Speaker

I would still aim higher > look at subs, or save up for Ascend tower speakers.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jay1 View Post

What are you running for a sub? Dual subs can give a large upgrade to bass quality.

i have 1 Outlaw LFM-1 EX sub thinking about getting another soon
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by domingos38 View Post


i have 1 Outlaw LFM-1 EX sub thinking about getting another soon

Get two!
post #9 of 17
In order to actually upgrade and not go sideways or downward (like with the Polk's) from where you are, you must first raise your budget... tack on at least another grand or so.

I'm very serious here. Otherwise, you'll just be gnawing around the edges rather than getting speakers you'll truly be happy with.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

In order to actually upgrade and not go sideways or downward (like with the Polk's) from where you are, you must first raise your budget... tack on at least another grand or so.

I'm very serious here. Otherwise, you'll just be gnawing around the edges rather than getting speakers you'll truly be happy with.

ok then ,say i up my budget another $1000 to $1500 what do u recommend?
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by domingos38 View Post

ok then ,say i up my budget another $1000 to $1500 what do u recommend?

Eh still don't see any viable upgrade that could bring a smile to your face...unless you want to buy old speakers that are considered good lol
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
damn i didn't know that my ascend acoustics are THAT GOOD
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by domingos38 View Post

damn i didn't know that my ascend acoustics are THAT GOOD

Hahaha well if you give me $1000 more I can find you something better . Get those triad golds on sale in the sale section for $3000ish
post #14 of 17
Focal:

Chorus 716v (Front), Chorus CC 700v (center), Chorus SR 700v (surround).

Aperion Audio:

Verus Grand Tower (front), Grand Center, Grand bipole/dipole (surround).

PSB:

Image T6 (front), Image C5 (center), Image S5 (surround)

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Just a few suggestions in that price range.
post #15 of 17
Id still recommend another sub
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
after much thinking i decided that i am going to save up and buy the sierra towers
maybe soon
but i am getting another EX sub

thanks for all the suggestions
post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by domingos38 View Post

damn i didn't know that my ascend acoustics are THAT GOOD

For the price, they certainly are, and a worthwhile upgrade is going to cost substantially more.

Quote:
Originally Posted by domingos38 View Post

after much thinking i decided that i am going to save up and buy the sierra towers

Good idea, as the Sierra Tower is a tremendous value for its class, and there is also the Sierra STC, better known as the Horizon, if you need a horizontally-oriented center speaker to match:

http://forum.ascendacoustics.com/showthread.php?t=4914

The CBM-170 SE is more than sufficient for surrounds, and if you plan to go to 7.2, then you could buy another pair, buy a pair of HTM-200 SEs, or move your 170s to the back channels and use your 340s for the side surround channels.
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