Originally Posted by beaveav
In the post I quoted, you clearly compared the towers that you heard at Ascend with the Hsu's you heard in your tv room.
As far as I can tell, no mater how much upgrade one does to a speaker, if the brand and type is the same, the speaker will always have the same sounding foundation.
For example the Energy RC line speakers. It dosent matter if you go from a RC-10 to a RC-70, the foundation of type of brand speaker will be laid back
sounding in that line.
I heard the Ascend CBM 170SE and the Ascend Towers with NrT installed. The difference? The Towers did better with clarity and transparency. However, booth still had the same foundation, laid back or "gentle" sounding.
This is the argument all along.
Hsu's are better for home theatre because they have a huge soundstage and are a bit more forward and in your face than the Ascends. (which IMHO they achieved the better balance) Which ofcourse this would get related to soundstage. (being forward and filling the back of your room all the way from the front)
2. The Ascends are a bit too laid back for home theatre movies.
Any speakers IMHO that are laid back will have more detail than speakers that are forward. Think about it, and this is logical...
If the sound is recessed and kept INSIDE the speakers or along the speakers, ofcourse it will have more detail since its NOT going FORWARD to the rest of the room.
Whereas a FORWARD speaker that fills the room will lose detail because it will hit your acoustics and air and detail will get compromised along the way.
Ultimately it comes down to this. ANd I think this relates to when people say, "what sounds good to your ears"..
The Hsu's are masculine and big in sound.
The Ascends are feminine and articulate in sound. If you are a girl
and like words like "gentle", "articulate", "femininity", and "pretty" you will like the Ascends straight up.
Sorry, but now we know of the members who like to be pretty on the inside.Edited by Brian323 - 6/30/13 at 6:03pm