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post #2461 of 3117
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Originally Posted by kyle454 View Post

I would like to know if the Sierra-1 NrT would be a noticeable upgrade from Mirage os3 floor standing speakers?

thanks in advance!

I'll offer my help with your dilemma as best I can. I've heard the OS3's and own a pair of OMD15's and the NrT's as well. To my ears and my ears alone I would rate them:

1. OMD15
2. NrT
3. OS3

The sound is quite different between the Mirage and Ascend speakers. You can always buy the NrT speakers and send them back during the 30 day trial if you are not happy. The NrT'S offer great detail and can keep up in the bass department surprisingly well. The imaging and clarity for me are two of their strong points.
post #2462 of 3117
In case anyone is interested, I have listed my 3 Sierra-1 NRT's (L, C, R) for sale in the AVS Classifieds.
post #2463 of 3117
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Originally Posted by millerwill View Post

In case anyone is interested, I have listed my 3 Sierra-1 NRT's (L, C, R) for sale in the AVS Classifieds.

What speakers will replace the Sierra-1s?

Bill
post #2464 of 3117
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

What speakers will replace the Sierra-1s?

Bill

Mark Seaton's Catalyst 8C's. I think the Ascends are unbeatable at anything close to their price. But the 8C's (at a price > 5x the Sierra's) take things to a different level.

BTW, my 3 Sierra's have already sold (and there are 3 backup offers!), a real testament to how good they are.
post #2465 of 3117
Does anyone have knowledge of pairing the ascend center and surrounds with the new towers? I know the center is specifically paired for the 1, so will it still work well with the towers?
post #2466 of 3117
Will be doing a comparison between the Veritas v5.1, B&W 685, `Polk LSi7, and my newly received Sierra-1s.

Coming soon...
post #2467 of 3117
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Originally Posted by coN83 View Post

Will be doing a comparison between the Veritas v5.1, B&W 685, `Polk LSi7, and my newly received Sierra-1s.

Coming soon...

I wish you had the 6.3's, im trying to decide if the Ascend Sierra Towers would be a huge upgrade from my 6.3 veritas or not?
post #2468 of 3117
Does anyone know if a Pioneer VSX-1021-K is powerful enough to run the Sierra-1's?

Anyone looking to unload a used set?
post #2469 of 3117
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Originally Posted by joeycannoli View Post

Does anyone know if a Pioneer VSX-1021-K is powerful enough to run the Sierra-1's?

It should be fine. The Sierras do not present crazy loads to an amp.
post #2470 of 3117
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

It should be fine. The Sierras do not present crazy loads to an amp.

Thanks for the input. I am sure i will upgrade the receiver later, but wanted to make sure i would be okay for the time being.

After a lot of research i am either going to pull the trigger on a LCR setup of the CMT-340SE's or the Sierra 1's.

I mainly watch movies and play games, but do listen to music a good portion of the time. I would say 35% Games / 40% Movies / 25% Music. At first thought i was thinking of the Sierra to be overkill but don't want to regret not going with them down the road. Any thoughts or recommendations on what i should do?

How often does a used set of Sierra's come up and what is the usual asking price?
post #2471 of 3117
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How often does a used set of Sierra's come up and what is the usual asking price?

There's usually a pair or two on Audiogon. They usually go for $650-700.

With 75% movies/games/tv my guess is that you'll be satisfied with the 340s. They sound great for music too. They're just not as refined as the Sierras. The Sierras are more attractive as well if that matters to you.
post #2472 of 3117
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Originally Posted by postrokfan View Post

There's usually a pair or two on Audiogon. They usually go for $650-700.

With 75% movies/games/tv my guess is that you'll be satisfied with the 340s. They sound great for music too. They're just not as refined as the Sierras. The Sierras are more attractive as well if that matters to you.

Thanks for the information! Appreciate the help.
post #2473 of 3117
If anyone has a pair of Sierra's and the matching center in natural finish and wants to sell them, please let me know. I am close to pulling the trigger and ordering them brand new but thought I would ask. Thanks!
post #2474 of 3117
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If anyone has a pair of Sierra's and the matching center in natural finish and wants to sell them, please let me know. I am close to pulling the trigger and ordering them brand new but thought I would ask. Thanks!

Check on Audiogon too.
post #2475 of 3117
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Originally Posted by YOTR View Post

If anyone has a pair of Sierra's and the matching center in natural finish and wants to sell them, please let me know. I am close to pulling the trigger and ordering them brand new but thought I would ask. Thanks!

They are out of the Sierra 1 Nrt's in the natural finish until the 1st week in February. I have a pair on order.
post #2476 of 3117
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Originally Posted by pongagt View Post


They are out of the Sierra 1 Nrt's in the natural finish until the 1st week in February. I have a pair on order.

I would just be buying the regular Sierras. I can't swing the Nrt version price wise. I believe the regular version is in stock.
post #2477 of 3117
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Originally Posted by YOTR View Post

I would just be buying the regular Sierras. I can't swing the Nrt version price wise. I believe the regular version is in stock.

Yes, i think so too. The regular version is a awesome deal. I can't wait to hear these as i'm using old Paradigm 3se mini's now and i'm sure they don't compare to these.
post #2478 of 3117
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Originally Posted by pongagt View Post

Yes, i think so too. The regular version is a awesome deal. I can't wait to hear these as i'm using old Paradigm 3se mini's now and i'm sure they don't compare to these.

Are you getting the regular one or the NRT version (I assume the NRT by your comments)?
post #2479 of 3117
You guys can always do the NRT upgrade down the road. I just did mine with the DIY kit and it was pretty easy.
post #2480 of 3117
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Originally Posted by pongagt View Post

They are out of the Sierra 1 Nrt's in the natural finish until the 1st week in February. I have a pair on order.

Hi Guys,

We are actually out of stock on Sierra-1 piano black and natural cabinets right now. Gloss Espresso and Dark Cherry Sierra-1 / Sierra-1 NrT are available right now.

Sierra-1 / Sierra-1 NrT in piano black and natural will be available within ten days so it is only a short wait
post #2481 of 3117
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Originally Posted by YOTR View Post

Are you getting the regular one or the NRT version (I assume the NRT by your comments)?

Nrt, It will be most likely be at least 2 weeks before i get them. My speakers are going to be only 6 inches from the wall so i ordered the Q-plug kits also.
post #2482 of 3117
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Originally Posted by MCATUCCI View Post

I'll offer my help with your dilemma as best I can. I've heard the OS3's and own a pair of OMD15's and the NrT's as well. To my ears and my ears alone I would rate them:

1. OMD15
2. NrT
3. OS3

The sound is quite different between the Mirage and Ascend speakers. You can always buy the NrT speakers and send them back during the 30 day trial if you are not happy. The NrT'S offer great detail and can keep up in the bass department surprisingly well. The imaging and clarity for me are two of their strong points.

If you own both the OMD15's and NrT's, why would you place the OMD-15's ahead of them? You mentioned some nice things about the NrT's so I was wondering what it is about the OMD-15's that you find to be "better." I own the OMD-15's and really like them but I also follow the Sierra thread because their speakers seem so tempting. That's why I'm curious - like what sort of difference would I expect to hear.
post #2483 of 3117
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Originally Posted by monkuboy View Post

If you own both the OMD15's and NrT's, why would you place the OMD-15's ahead of them? You mentioned some nice things about the NrT's so I was wondering what it is about the OMD-15's that you find to be "better." I own the OMD-15's and really like them but I also follow the Sierra thread because their speakers seem so tempting. That's why I'm curious - like what sort of difference would I expect to hear.

I can't speak for the owner of the OMD-15s, but I can give my impressions of Sierra NrTs compared to the full size OM-7s that the Ascends are replacing. I've had a Mirage 5.1 system for about ten years, and I've been pleased with them, they are fairly neutral, and no glaring deficiencies.

Comparatively speaking, however, the Ascends easily outdistance the Mirages for dynamics, detail, and accuracy/realism. The best way I can draw an analogy is if you were to go out to a club. Yeah the sound system playing recordings is ok, but nothing like the sound of the live band. That is how I would describe the dynamic differences between the two.

As far as detail, the Ascends are just so clean sounding without cabinet resonances, and other detail robbing acoustic artifacts that the smallest details are to be heard for the first time, in my case, with material I'm very familiar with.

They do drums, and percussion, for instance, better than anything I've heard. Bongos, snare drums, toms, they all sound so real and have that whack you in the chest attack that you would not expect from a 5.25" bass driver. I was thoroughly surprised with the NrTs, as well as thrilled I bought them. There is a lot of hype in the audio world, I am here to tell you the Sierras are the real deal.

Jay
post #2484 of 3117
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Originally Posted by Pet Motel View Post

I can't speak for the owner of the OMD-15s, but I can give my impressions of Sierra NrTs compared to the full size OM-7s that the Ascends are replacing. I've had a Mirage 5.1 system for about ten years, and I've been pleased with them, they are fairly neutral, and no glaring deficiencies.

Comparatively speaking, however, the Ascends easily outdistance the Mirages for dynamics, detail, and accuracy/realism. The best way I can draw an analogy is if you were to go out to a club. Yeah the sound system playing recordings is ok, but nothing like the sound of the live band. That is how I would describe the dynamic differences between the two.

As far as detail, the Ascends are just so clean sounding without cabinet resonances, and other detail robbing acoustic artifacts that the smallest details are to be heard for the first time, in my case, with material I'm very familiar with.

They do drums, and percussion, for instance, better than anything I've heard. Bongos, snare drums, toms, they all sound so real and have that whack you in the chest attack that you would not expect from a 5.25" bass driver. I was thoroughly surprised with the NrTs, as well as thrilled I bought them. There is a lot of hype in the audio world, I am here to tell you the Sierras are the real deal.

Jay

Thanks, Jay. I've never owned Sierras but I have a very favorable impression of the company based on everything I've read, and also from sending a few e-mails to Dave. I should really try and stay away from reading about the Sierras (especially the towers). Not good for the wallet. I do like my Mirage speakers but have always been curious about the Sierras.
post #2485 of 3117
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Originally Posted by monkuboy View Post

I do like my Mirage speakers but have always been curious about the Sierras.

monkuboy, where do you live? Maybe you can find a local Sierra owner.
post #2486 of 3117
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

monkuboy, where do you live? Maybe you can find a local Sierra owner.

San Gabriel Valley. I know a while ago you offered to let me hear them at your place but I had already purchased something else. I'm not ready to buy anything just yet (and therefore shouldn't be tempted, haha) but I know the headquarters isn't that far away down in Orange County. I'm really not intending to buy anything in the near future but on the other hand, this summer it would make for a nice little trip to head down south for a mini-vacation and heck, why not see if they have time for a little demo?
post #2487 of 3117
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Originally Posted by monkuboy View Post

San Gabriel Valley. I know a while ago you offered to let me hear them at your place but I had already purchased something else. I'm not ready to buy anything just yet (and therefore shouldn't be tempted, haha) but I know the headquarters isn't that far away down in Orange County. I'm really not intending to buy anything in the near future but on the other hand, this summer it would make for a nice little trip to head down south for a mini-vacation and heck, why not see if they have time for a little demo?

HA! I work in Rosemead. Without traffic, it will take you 30 minutes or so to get to my house.

Of course, and trip to Ascend would be nice too.
post #2488 of 3117
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Originally Posted by cschang View Post

HA! I work in Rosemead. Without traffic, it will take you 30 minutes or so to get to my house.

Of course, and trip to Ascend would be nice too.

From the beach to Rosemead can't be a fun daily commute

Monk-I'm towards the end of the 210 West. Pop over for a listen sometime.
post #2489 of 3117
Curtis and Holt7153 - thank you for your offers! I may just take you up on them..

30 minutes from Rosemead to the beach area with no traffic sounds about right but the key is, "no traffic." A rarity!
post #2490 of 3117
I think holt has the NrT's. So you can get a taste for both.
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