Just hooked up Sierra 2s
Listened to music for 30 mins
I can tell you Chane's A2.4 very much in the game. Sierra's not as dynamic as I thought, great clarity and detail, even at highs, seems to be the strength of the speaker, more than Chane's but not dramatic difference. I thought it would be a huge difference but I'm not hearing that we shall see as I play around with these for next week or so. How much more clairty & detail than Chane's will be interesting to try and measure. Mids seem on par with Chane's, little better. Bass/Low's very similar. Will do A/B this weekend. Everything seems to be a little better but not as mind blowing as I thought for price. Also, soundstage very narrow. I leave room and all the sound left between my couch length like 8 ft width.
I would say that the difference with detail and clarity is simply the volume executed with those properties, ex. it feels like the detail and clarity volume would be at like a 10, while Chane's 8
The detail and clarity just shine a little more than the Chane's A2.4 at the same db level= 70s to low 80s
so I guess you can say overall initial detail and clarity advantage is probably 20% greater. Sierra's very detailed and clear.
The problem is also, I'm afraid to crank these babies up that the tweeter may blow. I don't have to worry about that with Chane's. Would Chane's be clearer & better detail with higher volumes?
I dont know if I should try that part of the test??
So the Sierra's are very good, but I am only low 70s- low 80s dbs
Let's not jump to any conclusions yet, just 30 mins into this
FINAL ANALYSIS OF THE ASCEND SIERRA 2s VS CHANE’S A2.4
*Disclaimer- After testing 10+ speakers, I decided to purchase/keep the Chane’s A2.4 for LRC and the Chane’s A1.4s for rears based on their performance.
Also, I have a difficult Florida room that can eat up a speaker due to sun, open floor plan, large glass windows etc...
A LITTLE BETTER
I conducted this audition mostly due to my curiosity. The Sierra 2s with the RAAL tweeter is known for mastering clarity, definition, and highs. To this they did not disappoint. Chane’s A2.4, with its “leaf” tweeter for the most part, known for the same characteristics along with maintaining its composure at high volume.
I would bet if you did a 2 on 2 competition, Chane’s A2.4s & Sierra 2s against another 2 speakers, with 1 speaker less than $2,000 and another less than $1,000, that Chane’s A2.4 & Sierra 2s would win hands down based on these 3 characteristics:
As we all have guessed, the Sierra 2s ($1500/pr
) are better speakers than the Chane’s A2.4 ($560). But the question is How Much better?
In my testing I can say with a pretty decent degree of certainty, the Sierra 2s were A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
I originally thought it would be no contest, but the Chane’s A2.4s held their own. It was not as if the Sierra’s underperformed, more that the Chane’s A2.4 overperformed.
But let’s dig deeper…….
I played a variety of songs with the Sierra 2s (S2)
Then I made notes along the way.
Here are some of my findings:
- Details of the S2 is really really good, clarity very impressive, they hit highs with clarity and shine. Mids were very solid, not exaggerated and not recessed. S2 had good lower reaching sound production.
After a few days of playing, I did notice the speakers open up a bit, bass extension started to come alive along with a so-so midrange at first, and diminished treble.
But like I said, it took a few days of playing music for 6 + hrs.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room when it comes to Sierra 2s-
There has been talk about their possible lack of handing volumes at high levels. I had no issues going high 80s/low90s db levels. As I got into mid 90s, they did approach the bright side. I didn’t feel the need to explore into low 100s.
The did keep the majority of their clarity & definition in high volumes.
I still trust the Chane’s A2.4 more in high volume.
- I’m being tough on these speakers, just know that. There are a few things that I noticed:
-Soundstage wasn’t big or full as I thought it would be
-Sound had a very narrow dispersion, when you leave room and the “path of sound”, things got lost and left behind
-In fast music, I felt like something was missing, like things were off, I’m not an expert but felt like the low end was behind??
-I noticed several times where the drums seemed to be somewhat subdued, almost faint
-I didn’t feel everything was as dynamic as anticipated
But in all fairness, it could be that my ears are accustomed to the Chane’s A2.4s and their very good performance so the end result of the Sierra 2s performance not a major difference between the two.
-They didn’t outperform the Chane’s with faster music, Chane’s won that battle.
Sierra 2s perform great with slower music, jazz, easy listening but faster music something is missing to a small degree.
Also, was a little surprised, but I think Chane’s handled female voices better. With male voices Sierra 2s handled them better than Chane’s. But I give the nod to Chane’s on female voices.
Again, is the Sierra 2 a better speaker? Yes they are. How much better?
A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
Sierra 2s- 9.0
Chane’s A2.4- 8.7
Sierra 2s- 9.0
Chane’s A2.4- 8.6
Sierra 2s- 8.5
Chane’s A2.4- 8.9
High Volume Music Playing
Sierra 2s- 8.5
Chane’s A2.4- 9.5
Sierra 2s- 8.5
Chane’s – 9.0
Sierra 2s- 8.5
Chane’s – 8.5
Tie both did good
*The above scores were mostly for 2.0 music
In HT, both excelled at their responsibilities. The Sierra’s did come out a little bit clearer/detailed with background noises. I just heard them a little bit more. As example, with Star Wars Rogue One, I could hear things like footsteps in the speakers as what was perceived a high volume vs. Chane’s A2.4.
With the Chane’s A2.4 the same footsteps seemed faint. Never noticed til my testing vs Sierra 2s. If I had to put a volume mark on the “footsteps” it would be Sierra 2s at 5, Chane’s A2.4 at 3.
Remember, this was the background noise which for the most part is insignificant to most.
The footstep example is just one specific with regards to the clarity and detail.
Other than that, wasn’t much that separated these two in HT. I used both HSU VTF2 MK5 subs in HT.
Overall, two very good speakers. I was much harder on the Ascends Sierra2s. They are very good speakers. From a value perspective, its hard to get anything to match with the Chane's A2.4. It really is.
They just do everything so good.
As I said when I tested all the speakers before, with so many sub $1,000 speakers that perform so well, if you have a speaker over $1,000, you better blow my socks off for me to buy them.