Regardless behind or front, the set up was the same as the Ascends. It sounded better with the same settings, same location, same calibration and same room.
I am talking about the CBM-170SE's compare to the Hsu HB'1. I come to realize that the first 6 posters are the "small group of people" that goes around telling people Ascend 170SE would be a good choice for front stage 5.1. Then people buy into this and buy it, not auditiong or demoing the Arx and Hsu and they miss out big time. If you only heard the Ascends, ofcourse you would be satisfied with them.They hold their own pretty well compare to the Energy CB-10's. Most members that buy the Ascends most likely only had the chance to go to big retailers, and the big retailers do not carry the Hsu's or Arx's.
Come to think of it, I listened to the B&W's that I think retailed for $750.00 each. It was the highest line of B&W towers available. If you were to put the Sierra 1's w/ NrT's installed, I'd go for the B&W's. This is NOT a biased opinion, B&W was simply damn good when I demoed it. I think they both go about the same price.
Anway, I am getting off point. Simply speaking, Ascends themselves say the CBM-170SE are SORROUND SPEAKERS. Yes, they labeled them as the sorounds. Members like you (Ascend owners/ the small group/weirdo's) midlead people and make them make a bad choice. I do know ignorance is bliss, and this is comparison to if you never heard it, ofcourse you wont be able to tell the difference which are the better speakers.
Hsu HB-1's have a bigger cabinet than the Ascends 170SE. This should tell you logically that Hsu will have more POWER and a bigger soundstage than the Ascends 170SE, not to mention there will be less distortion and higher volume levels.
This is simple physics weirdo's.
Anyway, Ascends LABELED the CBM-170SE as sorrounds. Maybe its time for you to upgrade and demo other speakers, and I actually feel bad that you convinced yourselves into believing 170SE's are good for front stage.
Try the Arx's, then try the Hsu's, you wont go back to using the CBM-170SE as your fronts.