Originally Posted by D33vious
Have you had the Ascends for awhile? I don't recall seeing you talk about them before, but then again I am not always lurking here. Unsurprisingly, I am curious on how they compare to the q100s. When you say that the 170s aren't as smooth as the q100s, does that mean they sound a little bit harsher? It is certainly interesting to hear that they are more detailed.
it's a subtle dynamic between the two, and yes, i've had them a while *but* was using them as centers (they are great at that)..the 170's aren't harsh ,i have a small room with a bunch of furniture and glass, i think that's the reason they sometimes come off forward/ shouty..the q100's are in a different set up , more off axis .. i often listen to the 170's then q100's just a minute or two after ..the q100's sound a bit warm and polished in comparison(as unlikely as that sounds) in this scenario.. the 170's a absolutely *etched* in detail without being bright , it's hard to describe..the q100's , as you know are rather detailed for a $300 speaker, but aren't as detailed as the 170's.. both of these speakers are better technically than my other speakers... another thing : the 170's image and soundstage are *next level* , best i've heard as a combo... the q100's probably image as well , but the soundstage isn't as convincing in size or depth..ascend has a new fan , as you can probably guess, it took a minute (actually many
) to get used to the sound sig of the 170's , i almost gave up in that room, but it's paying off in spades, i've got a speaker set i can listen to and not guess what it might be to listen to "step up" speakers, these are and i got them at $200 used
...hope i haven't confused you further with my babble
, these are just my random thoughts as i think about listening to them, i don't ordinarily listen to the speakers critically i'm a music fan not a hi fi fan..this speaker analyzing can give a guy a complex about his electronics
.. give me some zep and a good ale and i quit worrying about speaker envy...