Originally Posted by cuzed2
Nice job on speaker selection. Just visited the Ascend site - some impressive specs you got there! One question: Curious why you chose a Rythmik sub over one of the SVS or HSU offerings?
I had looked very hard at offerings from eD, HSU, SVS, and Rythmik. I did a lot of reading/lurking and research in the owners threads and at their respective sites. The Rythmik for me represented the best bang for the buck and since Ascend have Rythmiks on their site I thought it was a good paring. I know if I had gone with the others I still would have been happy either way.
Originally Posted by smakovits
Why didn't you upgrade to the ribbon tweeter?
It basically came down to price. I was at the very top (actually over) my budget as it was the extra 1k (350 a speaker) was just a no go. The ribbon tweeter gets excellent ratings though. I can't imagine though as good as they sound to me, sounding any better.
I think though that with this price point you are very close to having to spend a lot more money to get minimal performance gains. Law of diminishing returns I'd say. This is purely my opinion though as I know there are speakers out there that are many thousands of dollars more, but I'm very happy and comfortable with the towers.
To address the comment about the "harshness" I have experienced with my Klipsches. I think it is a function of their size and just trying to get a lot of output from them when I want to really jam. I can say that I have not experienced this with other Klipsches I have heard (mostly the THX series) so I think it is my experience with the Quintets. I can say as I was looking at speakers for the HT I did not shy away from considering Klipsch, just the opposite I was very close going with the RF82's as my mains, RC 64, and RB41's as my surrounds. I just went another direction (obviously).