Originally Posted by YOTR
I was also looking at the Sierras and really like those but they are quite a bit more than the 340's. I doubt I would get the NRT upgrade because it simply is to expensive at this time (maybe down the road but I have a feeling I would be more than satisified with the stock Sierras). I could swing the Sierras but the 340's are quite a bit cheaper. The Sierras look way nicer but I am used to black box speakers so I could live with the 340 style (plus I would buy the pedestals to put them on).
Any opinions? I don't want to have to buy an external amp to help power either one of these (just the denon/yamaha receiver). I have gone back and forth between them so many times and can't seem to come to a decision.
IMO, the "value" cutoff with Ascend speakers stops with the 340s. I personally own Sierra-1 for L/R, and I did notice a slight improvement in warmth vs. Sierras but, (smiling), to tell that difference, I naturally turned the sub off for the comparison. With the VTF 3.3 on, basically say goodbye to the "improvement" unless you are a very trained listener.
Said another way, there is typically diminishing returns as you go up in price on speakers. From 200s to 170s to 340s, I notice a pretty big jump, for a relatively small price increase. Going from 340 to Sierra you pay a LOT more and get a "modest" improvement in sound. And that's about as strong a word as I'd dare to use. Again, if your setup is going to include a sub, you're mostly just paying for a shiny elegant looking, bamboo speaker that looks higher end.
To be clear, I mean my comment to be taken as a compliment to the 340, not as an insult to the Sierra-1.
What would I get? Well, obviously the Sierra-1's. But good fortune has smiled on me, and I have the money to blow. But even I have my limits. For me, that limit is - if even Ascend won't put a speaker into its standard selling lineup (reference Sierra NrT), then neither will I. I see it as me taking their unspoken advice.
Besides, I'm not so good at construction, and I would dare send my babies through the hell treatment otherwise known as UPS.