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post #2941 of 3912
Let me blow some of the dust off of my brain cells
My 340s were a very tasty speaker. As a center, there was no chestiness compared to the Bigfoot. I believe the 340 to be more neutral compared to the Bigfoot. My Rockets/Bigfoot definitely had "their" own sound. My Rockets had a warmer sound through the mids. Although, I liked that, I believe the Ascend to be more honest. I for sure preferred the Ascend with music as opposed to HT. With HT, the Rockets had more dynamic punch, as they should with that many drivers. The soundstage was better on the 340s, a bit deeper if you will. The 340s were not afraid to be played loud either. At the time I was using a Parasound and they had no problem gobbling up the power. In the Ascends defense, I did have them cut off at 80Hz compared to the Rockets at 60Hz. The Bigfoot in my set up was for sure "chesty". Not something I liked for music at all. If I had to do it over again, all things considered, I would have some more Ascend. They play WELL above their price point and they do it well. Bottom line, the Ascend are more neutral than the Rockets. Top end was a tie and the bottom I would give to the Rockets, but considering the crossover freq that I used and the Rockets having more low end drivers, they should. With a good sub in the mix, things are much more equaled out. Of course, all of this is just MY opinion and your mileage WILL vary. You are more than welcome to PM me if you need.
post #2942 of 3912
skeeter....I was hoping you were close to being local, buy I see you are in Washington. Ascend is having a listening session this Sunday morning. It is mainly to hear some things that Dave is working on, but I'm sure we could get him to set-up current offerings for some listening.

That said, I have heard the Mini Strata before, and while I thought it sounded good, the midrange was not like Ascend's offerings. Ascend is exceptionally clean/clear/detailed through the mids.

I'd say do a trial on the 340's, spend some time with them, and see if they are to your liking. Three across the front is great....seamless front soundstage is something everyone should experience.
post #2943 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

skeeter....I was hoping you were close to being local, buy I see you are in Washington. Ascend is having a listening session this Sunday morning. It is mainly to hear some things that Dave is working on, but I'm sure we could get him to set-up current offerings for some listening.

That said, I have heard the Mini Strata before, and while I thought it sounded good, the midrange was not like Ascend's offerings. Ascend is exceptionally clean/clear/detailed through the mids.

I'd say do a trial on the 340's, spend some time with them, and see if they are to your liking. Three across the front is great....seamless front soundstage is something everyone should experience.

Thanks Curtis! Where is the listening session being held?

I would like to listen to these myself, if anyone in Western Washington, preferably the general Seattle area (but I'm willing to drive) has 340's and is willing to let me come listen, PM me
post #2944 of 3912
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Originally Posted by skeeter99 View Post

Thanks Curtis! Where is the listening session being held?

At Ascend's offices in San Clemente, CA. You are more than welcome to join.

There will be a proper level matching setup with instant A/B switching. Any/All speakers are welcome for comparisons.
post #2945 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

At Ascend's offices in San Clemente, CA. You are more than welcome to join.

There will be a proper level matching setup with instant A/B switching. Any/All speakers are welcome for comparisons.

That'd be fun, its just a little too far away
post #2946 of 3912
Is this an open invitation to anyone? I live in Phoenix, so not quite the drive from Seattle, but do-able. I also have a pair of Dynaudio Focus that may be able to make the trip....
post #2947 of 3912
How do the Sierra's compare to the 340s?
post #2948 of 3912
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Originally Posted by ravingndrooling View Post

Is this an open invitation to anyone? I live in Phoenix, so not quite the drive from Seattle, but do-able. I also have a pair of Dynaudio Focus that may be able to make the trip....

Yes, it is. Just let me know...I am keeping an informal list. It should be quite a treat. Send me a PM.
post #2949 of 3912
I posted this over at the Ascend forum but thought I would here as well. I'm looking at doing a 340 front setup, can anyone in Western WA or Oregon our Southern BC that wouldn't mind hosting for a small listening session PM me? I'd love a chance to check these out in a HT environment if possible as that will be my systems primary use.

Thanks!

Scott
post #2950 of 3912
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Originally Posted by simple man View Post

How do the Sierra's compare to the 340s?

Definitely a better speaker. What would be your application?
post #2951 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

Definitely a better speaker. What would be your application?

Well about 70 percent movies 30 percent music and I have a pioneer elite sc-35 receiver.
post #2952 of 3912
Does anyone know if the 340, 170, and HTM-200's all use the same tweeter?
post #2953 of 3912
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Originally Posted by kissell View Post

Does anyone know if the 340, 170, and HTM-200's all use the same tweeter?

I believe the 170SE and 200SE use the same tweeter. The tweeter 340SE is a little different for higher power handling. If you are worried about timbre matching, you shouldn't be.
post #2954 of 3912
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Originally Posted by simple man View Post

Well about 70 percent movies 30 percent music and I have a pioneer elite sc-35 receiver.

When going to a nice set of speakers, many people start listening to more music than they had before.

That said, if that is your ratio, I think you will be more than happy with 340SE's. They are great for music too.
post #2955 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

When going to a nice set of speakers, many people start listening to more music than they had before.

That said, if that is your ratio, I think you will be more than happy with 340SE's. They are great for music too.

Thanks. My cousins room mate has 340se and 170 for surrounds and it sound sweet. I need to go back over and listen to them some more.
post #2956 of 3912
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Originally Posted by skeeter99 View Post

I posted this over at the Ascend forum but thought I would here as well. I'm looking at doing a 340 front setup, can anyone in Western WA or Oregon our Southern BC that wouldn't mind hosting for a small listening session PM me? I'd love a chance to check these out in a HT environment if possible as that will be my systems primary use.

Thanks!

Scott

Quoting myself for a little bump to see if anyone wants to let me come have a listen
post #2957 of 3912
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Originally Posted by skeeter99 View Post

Quoting myself for a little bump to see if anyone wants to let me come have a listen

Come visit SoCal, and we can set something up.
post #2958 of 3912
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

Come visit SoCal, and we can set something up.

Ok let me rephrase, anyone in the NORTHWEST wanna come let me have a listen No SoCal visits for me coming up anytime soon
post #2959 of 3912
Ask on the Ascend forum.

There was also a site that mapped out where everyone was who had Ascends.
post #2960 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post

Ask on the Ascend forum.

There was also a site that mapped out where everyone was who had Ascends.

That was the old Frappr stuff that is no longer available.
post #2961 of 3912
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Originally Posted by Grayson73 View Post

Ask on the Ascend forum.

There was also a site that mapped out where everyone was who had Ascends.

Already did:

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Originally Posted by skeeter99 View Post

I posted this over at the Ascend forum but thought I would here as well. I'm looking at doing a 340 front setup, can anyone in Western WA or Oregon our Southern BC that wouldn't mind hosting for a small listening session PM me? I'd love a chance to check these out in a HT environment if possible as that will be my systems primary use.

Thanks!

Scott
post #2962 of 3912
Anyone use the cbm-170 se as a center channel in their setup? Ascend is one of the brands I am considering purchasing but I am unsure of the center. I would be going with the 170's as my left and right and and a third one as the center (3.1 setup). I am trying to avoid a big center channel and the 340 center is pretty big. I was actually set on the 340 center awhile back but have been having second thoughts now. Our living room is really small (10X15) so I am wondering if I would notice much difference sound wise going from a 170 to a 340 for the center. I have enough clearance under my tv to have either one and can actually stand up a 170 if I chose that.

Any help or ideas? Should I just suck it up and go for the 340 center? Would it be strange having three 170's? Thanks!
post #2963 of 3912
I used to have 3 170SE across the front. Just had the center sitting on it's side. It sounded great!
post #2964 of 3912
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Originally Posted by YOTR View Post

Anyone use the cbm-170 se as a center channel in their setup? Ascend is one of the brands I am considering purchasing but I am unsure of the center. I would be going with the 170's as my left and right and and a third one as the center (3.1 setup). I am trying to avoid a big center channel and the 340 center is pretty big. I was actually set on the 340 center awhile back but have been having second thoughts now. Our living room is really small (10X15) so I am wondering if I would notice much difference sound wise going from a 170 to a 340 for the center. I have enough clearance under my tv to have either one and can actually stand up a 170 if I chose that.

Any help or ideas? Should I just suck it up and go for the 340 center? Would it be strange having three 170's? Thanks!

I think the 170 could be quite adequate for a center; they are excellent speakers. OTOH, the center speaker is by far the most imp speaker for HT, so if you are able to splurge anywhere, the center speaker is the place to do it. The 340C is truly a fantastic center, and I think the extra 'dimension' it brings would be worth it.
post #2965 of 3912
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Originally Posted by xcjago View Post

I used to have 3 170SE across the front. Just had the center sitting on it's side. It sounded great!

Thanks for the reply! Where you happy with it as a center? Did you upgrade to the 340 center?
post #2966 of 3912
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Originally Posted by millerwill View Post


I think the 170 could be quite adequate for a center; they are excellent speakers. OTOH, the center speaker is by far the most imp speaker for HT, so if you are able to splurge anywhere, the center speaker is the place to do it. The 340C is truly a fantastic center, and I think the extra 'dimension' it brings would be worth it.

Thanks! I was also a little concerned about the 340 center overwhelming the 170's. I don't think it would but it's something I thought about.
post #2967 of 3912
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Originally Posted by YOTR View Post

Thanks! I was also a little concerned about the 340 center overwhelming the 170's. I don't think it would but something I thought about.

I don't think that would be an issue, but I will defer to others that have more experience than I. I had 3 340's across the front (until I replaced them with Sierra-1's) and had the feeling that the 340's were actually overkill for the L and R (not at all bad, but just not necessary for my medium size room of ~ 2000 cu ft). Were I starting from scratch, and wanting the best setup for the price, I would go 340C, 170's for L and R, and HTM-200's for surrounds.
post #2968 of 3912
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Originally Posted by millerwill View Post


I don't think that would be an issue, but I will defer to others that have more experience than I. I had 3 340's across the front (until I replaced them with Sierra-1's) and had the feeling that the 340's were actually overkill for the L and R (not at all bad, but just not necessary for my medium size room of ~ 2000 cu ft). Were I starting from scratch, and wanting the best setup for the price, I would go 340C, 170's for L and R, and HTM-200's for surrounds.

I thought about getting the 340's for the fronts but thought they would also be overkill. Plus our living room is really small ( which is why I was thinking about using a 170 for a center). I will only be doing a 3.1 setup.
post #2969 of 3912
The 170 is pretty big as well. It is shorter than the 340, but wider. I would go for the 340 center.
post #2970 of 3912
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Originally Posted by millerwill View Post

Were I starting from scratch, and wanting the best setup for the price, I would go 340C, 170's for L and R, and HTM-200's for surrounds.

This is my exact setup. 7.1 with (4) HTM-200SE's in surround duty. I have thought about upgrading the 170's to 340's to match my center but it all sounds so good I don't know if I would gain much.
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