A quick update on my Ascends, the only part of my HT that never inspires upgraditis.... and if you know me, that's VERY powerful statement!
In 2004, I got a pair of HTM-200 Classics, compared them against similarly priced Polks, JBLs, Klipsh, etc.... they easily bested that crowd.
Eventually, I was able to build a listening/Home Theater room, and set up a full 7.1 HTM-200 Classic setup.
Unfortunately, my need to listen to AC/DC in concert at above-reference levels, and my receivers inability to provide the power, blew a couple of 200s. Fortunately, Dave was quick to upgrade me to 340SE's across the front, and their ability to create loud volumes with little power were just what I needed!
My theater AMAZES everyone who hears it, and I've been very satisfied with the Ascends the past few years.
However, new technologies on the receiver front required an upgrade. So the Denon 4311ci with it's 11.2 channel ability replaced my 2004-era Pioneer 1014TX.
I can confirm what others have stated, Audyssey EQ really does a great job of correcting phase issues and making all your speakers work together as a whole.... I will be purchasing 4 more HTM-200SE's for height's and wides (ELEVEN Ascends in the room!!! You can never have too many!) and I'm sure they will perform well, as the HTM-200 Classics that I had in the rear-surround positions are now being used as wides, and they sound great.
Originally Posted by burgmike
Due to space requirements, I am thinking about buying the HTM-200's for my front L/R as opposed to the CBM-170's. I see that most people use them as surrounds and I'm curious about their functionality as fronts.
My listening preference is probably split 50/50 music/movies.
Onkyo HTIB stock speakers and sub
Thanks for your help!
I think it really depends on your volume level. The Onkyo is not a powerful reciever, and the 200s require a lot more power than the 170s to get loud. However, if you don't listen loundly, you will be fine.
Originally Posted by GUIdev
Sounds good...any bracket recommendation for ceiling mount on the 200's?
I've had really good luck with Pinpoint (formally B-Tech) mounts. AM-15 for sideways mounting of a 340SE center, AM-25 for ceiling mount of HTM-200s, AM-30 for wall mounts of HTM-200s, and AM-40s for wall mounts of my CMT-340SEs. No sagging, most importantly.
Originally Posted by dropzone7
Sadly, I'm dismantling my whole system and going with inwall speakers for a CIH setup with acoustically transparent screen. I will miss the Ascend speakers but I don't have the space to give up by placing them behind a screen.
I just couldn't part with my Ascends, so when I put up my new AT screen, I moved it 1.5ft out from the wall so I could place my 340se vertically behind it. Looks and sounds great. I had to turn off the EXBAC circuit in the SE center speaker to have it match the mains. See the Ascend forums for details, it wasn't a big deal.
In summary, Ascend's rock. I don't see myself ever upgrading, except to upgrade my HTM-200 Classics to SE.