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post #2701 of 3912
So far so good. Mid bass is much much better. Highs are excellent. We will see in a week or so. I only have the 170's hooked up. The 340 needs a new shelf because it's huge!
post #2702 of 3912
Glad you are enjoying them so far. Mid bass is better than your previous floostanders? Excellent!
post #2703 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

Glad you are enjoying them so far. Mid bass is better than your previous floostanders? Excellent!

Yes. I tried the F2's on full and small. x-crossed at 80hz. It can not match the 170's. The 170's have more of a tight punch. It's also has enough spl for my room. It fills it quite nicely. My sub blends with it really good. You can hear the punch then the subs takes over. I am listening to them as we speak. There are some notes I haven't heard before on the Klipsch's. I played the same songs. Really detailed, deep, and sounds bigger then they really are. It's strange.
post #2704 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Hksvr4 View Post

Yes. I tried the F2's on full and small. x-crossed at 80hz. It can not match the 170's. The 170's have more of a tight punch. It's also has enough spl for my room. It fills it quite nicely. My sub blends with it really good. You can hear the punch then the subs takes over. I am listening to them as we speak. There are some notes I haven't heard before on the Klipsch's. I played the same songs. Really detailed, deep, and sounds bigger then they really are. It's strange.

I have not heard those Klipsch F2's, so I have no reference, but I do know that CBM-170SE is tough to beat in its price range.
post #2705 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

I have not heard those Klipsch F2's, so I have no reference, but I do know that CBM-170SE is tough to beat in its price range.

Trust me, the F2's are in your face type of speaker. Bestbuy sells them religiously. I'm listening to some Jazz stuff on XM and it sounds like there is a live stage in my room. The piano and bass is amazing. They are really hard to beat.

After hearing the 170's, I want the Serria's...
post #2706 of 3912
Glad to hear that you are enjoying the 170's! I love mine and my experience has been the same for the past year and a half of owning them. Very detailed sound with not the slightest hint of coloration. They are subtle when the music or movie is but they can just as easily spring to life when called upon.
post #2707 of 3912
I just cracked one of the grills. They should have made them out of plastic. No biggie, when I put them on, you don't notice a thing.

On to the sound, it sounds good at low levels. It's really clear.
post #2708 of 3912
I was watching Crank2 on blu last night and it sounds fantastic. Very clear and detailed. I don't have to turn up the volume to hear what they are saying. I was also watching the US Open and it sounds like I was there. The way the sounds echo through out the stadium was reproduced exactly. I still don't have the center hooked up yet!
post #2709 of 3912
Hook up the center and calibrate...then get back to us.
post #2710 of 3912
Does anyone have any opinions on the HTM-200 SE vs. the CBM-170 SE as a computer speaker? I plan on building an arcade machine and was going to try the Ascends for the setup. I'm going to be seated 2.5' to 3' away from the speakers and will be using a Denon AVR-1610 to drive them.

Any issues using either in a near field?
post #2711 of 3912
please limit your posts to technical issues
post #2712 of 3912
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Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post

Does anyone have any opinions on the HTM-200 SE vs. the CBM-170 SE as a computer speaker? I plan on building an arcade machine and was going to try the Ascends for the setup. I'm going to be seated 2.5' to 3' away from the speakers and will be using a Denon AVR-1610 to drive them.

Any issues using either in a near field?

Both are excellent near field. It will be about how much real estate you have on the desk and space behind the speaker.
post #2713 of 3912
If you mean arcade machine, as in, arcade cabinet, I think the HTM 200s would be better as the 170SE are rear ported... So if these are to be built into the cabinet, unless you've planned some way to deal with the 170's rear port, the 200s would seem like a more logical choice, being a sealed design. If not, see the above post!
post #2714 of 3912
Thanks for the replies. It's going to be cabinet similar to one below. I should have been a little more specific. The speakers will actually be on the sides of the cabinet on speaker stands. They won't actually be part of the machine.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3580/...c51a36fc_m.jpg

They would probably be about 16" from the wall. Is that enough room for the rear ported CBM-170?
post #2715 of 3912
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Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post

They would probably be about 16" from the wall. Is that enough room for the rear ported CBM-170?

That's plenty!
post #2716 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

That's plenty!

- Awesome. I guess I'll place an order tonight. Can't wait to hear what they sound like since they've had so much good press. From all the reviews that I've read, they sound similar to Paradigms.
post #2717 of 3912
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Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post

- Awesome. I guess I'll place an order tonight. Can't wait to hear what they sound like since they've had so much good press. From all the reviews that I've read, they sound similar to Paradigms.

Your going to like them. I have the 170's and 340 center and it sounds amazing. I finally have the center hooked up. Let me tell you, it doesn't get any better.
post #2718 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Hksvr4 View Post

Your going to like them. I have the 170's and 340 center and it sounds amazing. I finally have the center hooked up. Let me tell you, it doesn't get any better.

Glad to hear you like the SE's!! They play nice with the Dragon don't they? Are you using an 80hz crossover?
post #2719 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Gov View Post

Glad to hear you like the SE's!! They play nice with the Dragon don't they? Are you using an 80hz crossover?

Yes, it blends really well with the Dragon. It sounds like the bass is coming from 170's. Even the deep stuff. It is crossed at 80hz. I have the tv on my wall now and still waiting to put the speakers on the wall as well. After that is done, I going to calibrated everything. I just leveled matched for now with the rat shack.
post #2720 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Hksvr4 View Post

Yes, it blends really well with the Dragon. It sounds like the bass is coming from 170's. Even the deep stuff. It is crossed at 80hz. I have the tv on my wall now and still waiting to put the speakers on the wall as well. After that is done, I going to calibrated everything. I just leveled matched for now with the rat shack.

I have been using 100hz crossover with my 340SE L/C/R and my Phoenix. No localization and it sounds great! I really love these speakers!
post #2721 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Hksvr4 View Post

I just cracked one of the grills. They should have made them out of plastic. No biggie, when I put them on, you don't notice a thing.

On to the sound, it sounds good at low levels. It's really clear.

I am very pleased that you are enjoying the speakers! You mentioned that you cracked one of the grilles... Please give us a call, we will take care of this for you.

Enjoy!
post #2722 of 3912
Anyone know how the 340SE compares to the Energy RC10?
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post #2724 of 3912
I placed an order for the CBM-170 SE. Now I just have to wait for UPS to deliver them next Wednesday. Can't wait!
post #2725 of 3912
Hksvr4, looks like you did a nice job of wire management there! I like the little shelves and how things "float" on the wall. Maybe I missed it earlier but are you using anything for surrounds? If not then I highly recommend the Ascend HTM-200SE's. Awesome little speakers and lots of people even use them for front channels. I did some experimenting a while back and set some pretty low crossovers on the HTM's just to see how they handled it. It was bass everywhere and my Ascend setup would be pretty respectable in the low frequency department even without a sub. Granted, they shouldn't have to do all that deep bass work and I do have a sub for that but it was nice to know that even the smallest of the Ascend speakers can be so well rounded, crisp highs and very surprising bass. There are very few things in my home theater that I can honestly say I would be happy with forever. My Ascend speakers are most certainly one of them. If I were to change anything then it might be an upgrade to Sierra's but that would be a splurge and not necessary at all at this point. My combo of CBM-170se's, CMT-340se, and HTM-200se's in a 7.1 configuration never ceases to put a smile on my face. Dave and the folks at Ascend should be very proud of the quality products they have made available to us. I never miss an opportunity to sing the praises of Ascend to friends, family and those considering their next speaker purchase.
post #2726 of 3912
I have made the decision that I'd like to purchase the 340SE speakers for my new home theater room to serve as the L/R/C channel speakers, with the 170's as the surrounds. My question regards mounting of the 340SE center channel.

The wall where my screen will be located is only 72inches from the top of the kickboard to the lower edge of the crown molding. My screen is about 52inches tall, leaving me with roughly 20 inches to place the center channel.

I presume placement above the screen would be best in this scenario, since I have two rows of seats, the second row located on an eight inch high riser.

After researching the net/AVS Forum, I'm considering placing the center on a wooden shelf above the screen and using doorstops to angle it downward. Alternatively, a TV mount could be used to mount the speaker above the screen, though the ones recommended for this purpose in the past seem to be unavailable currently.

I think some have used this tv stand?: http://www.racksandstands.com/Peerle...27-PE0346.html

Just wondering what the best solution might be in this scenario. thanks
post #2727 of 3912
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Originally Posted by dropzone7 View Post

Hksvr4, looks like you did a nice job of wire management there! I like the little shelves and how things "float" on the wall. Maybe I missed it earlier but are you using anything for surrounds? If not then I highly recommend the Ascend HTM-200SE's. Awesome little speakers and lots of people even use them for front channels. I did some experimenting a while back and set some pretty low crossovers on the HTM's just to see how they handled it. It was bass everywhere and my Ascend setup would be pretty respectable in the low frequency department even without a sub. Granted, they shouldn't have to do all that deep bass work and I do have a sub for that but it was nice to know that even the smallest of the Ascend speakers can be so well rounded, crisp highs and very surprising bass. There are very few things in my home theater that I can honestly say I would be happy with forever. My Ascend speakers are most certainly one of them. If I were to change anything then it might be an upgrade to Sierra's but that would be a splurge and not necessary at all at this point. My combo of CBM-170se's, CMT-340se, and HTM-200se's in a 7.1 configuration never ceases to put a smile on my face. Dave and the folks at Ascend should be very proud of the quality products they have made available to us. I never miss an opportunity to sing the praises of Ascend to friends, family and those considering their next speaker purchase.

Thanks. The wire management was the hardest part. One of my HDMI cables went dead and had to do it all over. I'm using some bic venturi dv32's for surrounds. Maybe later I'll get the HTM200se's. Right now, funds are keeping me from doing so.

I am really happy with the 170's and 340. As I said before, they are clean, crisp, clear and detailed. More so then the Klipsch. I was watching "State of Play" on DVD last night and noticed one thing. I noticed if the recording was done in a studio or live. The "live" recording was more crisp that had a room echo. The "studio" recording had a muffled or filtered kind of sound. That's the only way I can describe it.
post #2728 of 3912
Does anyone run the 170's and 340 center together for music? When I just run the 170's and it sounds more clear and direct. When I run the 340 and the 170's together, it sounds further away. But during a movie or tv it sounds great. I just find that strange because the klipsch sounds the same.
post #2729 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Hksvr4 View Post

Does anyone run the 170's and 340 center together for music? When I just run the 170's and it sounds more clear and direct. When I run the 340 and the 170's together, it sounds further away. But during a movie or tv it sounds great. I just find that strange because the klipsch sounds the same.

That sounds like a function of your receiver's DSP mode. What mode are you running when listening to music?
post #2730 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

That sounds like a function of your receiver's DSP mode. What mode are you running when listening to music?

Straight then on neural surround.

Edit: I think I'm going to run then on straight for music from now on.
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