Originally Posted by Banks1
Dave I have 4 different brands of speakers in my home and the Sierra 2 ex is definitely the best of the bunch.I love them.
Hey Dave, sorry I am late with my reply but its been a tough few days as we had to have our dog and my best friend put down yesterday.He was 15 years old and and huge part of our family. Tough is a understatement.
I now have Ascend S2-EX.two pairs of WHARFEDALE,220s and Reva 1.Two pair of Dali zensors 1 and 3,
M.A. RX6,S ( towers),Revel F36(towers).I have also heard Goldenear Triton 7,s and M.L. Motion,s ( folded ribbon,s) but its been a few years.All of the speakers I own have at one time or other got great reviews,and most are entry level except the Reva1,M.A.Rs6s, and the S 2 EX,S.
Wharfedale 220s- great speaker for the money, you can get these dirt cheap. Great mid range, laid back on the top end,easy to drive play loud and good if you have a bright room.They make great desktop set up because the are down ported.
Wharfedale Reva-1, a step up from the 220s, in almost every way except they don't handle high vol. well with only a 4 1/2 inch woofer.Mid range is to die for with these and these are built like a tank, and they look great.They match either my Revels or the S-2 EX,S.They may be a little more detailed than the Revels but nowhere close to the EX,S.I would say these are still laid back as far as speakers go.
Dali Zensor 1,s and 3,s- I was surprised by these, got the 1,s first.For a dome tweeter these are very detailed, they remind me of the two folded tweeter in the Goldenear and M.L. I demoed a few years back.Good mid range, and a lot of bass but they can get sort of boomy, or sloppy on the low end.Overall a very good speaker I have the 3,s set up on my desktop they have a lot of bass 7 inch woofer, but like I said they can get a little boomy.
M.A RS6 Towers-I had these for about 10 yrs paired with a Onkyo 805 and a Hsu 10 inch sub, and then added a second sub.The best thing about these speakers was the bass very good controlled and tight. They were lacking in mid range, Top end had a lot of detail but they could be downright harsh.
Revel F36s- I set a budget of around 2000 bucks, and I really considered both Ascend ( towers) and Salk Songtowers but with either of these to upgrade to ribbons almost another thousand.We have a small audio install company near by and they carry some higher end stuff so I went to check them out.He had the Revels and I was looking at the F 35,s but he made me a very good deal on a pair of demo F36,I took them home without even hearing them.He told me that to get the best from these that I needed a ext. amp, but I had just upgraded to a Marantz 7008 so I kind of blew him off.
The F36,s are really big speakers,They look great and are pretty heavy, but if you rap on them they sound a little hollow,they aren't nearly as solid as either the Reva-1,s or the S-2EX,S.If they were it would take a fork truck to move them.These are the first speakers that my wife really noticed and said that they sounded like a big upgrade over the M.A.,S.Overall these are the second best speakers in the house but by not a huge margin.They are more demanding to drive but the Marantz had no problem getting them to really high vol.Very good mid,s pretty good highs a little laid back, and really good bass.I thought these would last me, I am retired so I have a lot of free time and that really might not be a good thing.
I upgraded to a 15 inch sealed sub(HSU) and it really does great with music.I control audio stuff from the kitchen computer desktop set up.Stream music and can control the A.V.R.S over the network, or can use the IPAD with the apps.I had the Dali,s setup for surrounds in the family room along with the Revels,and I am all over the house listening to music most days when the wife is at work.Most of the time I do 2.1. for music but one day I changed tp 5.1. and the old saying of its like I took a blanket off my speakers.The change in detail was really big.
That got me thinking about trying out a true ribbon.I ordered The S-2 EXS. along with a ext. 2 chan. amp Emotiva a-300 because I really did not know where the S-2 EX,s would fit end.Best case they would be a little better than the Revels,worst case they would either be used a surrounds or at the computer.The amp came about a week before the speakers and I know this may raise some eyebrows but I could really here a diff. on the Revels Highs had better detail mids improved and bass tighten up. Not a huge diff. but to me a least it was noticeable.No way that a cheap 150 w. amp should sound any better than the 125 w. Marantz. Oh well.
The S-2 EX,S are here and set up in the family room.One word Outstanding.The biggest dif. is the ribbon tweeter, super detail with no harshness at all.Shines with female vocals,on well recorded stuff, Fleetwood Mac,Eagles,James Taylor, any singersongwriter it is like you are setting 10 ft. away from the singer.Mids are very good, and really have not ran them without a sub, but they blend very well with my 15 inch sealed sub.Hard to describe, but a few that come to mind are refined,great separation on diff. things that you here on stage.The only thing that would be better would be two pairs.These really sound like a tower when you are in another room.
Although these don't blow away the Revel,s by any means they do give you that 10 to 20% improvement without having to double the amount you spend.Both speakers cost was very close.It allows me to have the Revels set up 5.1 in my master bed room.I have a big master.Thats where me and the grandbabies watch movies.It is really the man cave, and the wifes got her she shed in the family room to watch Hallmark.
Might be a little more than what you asked.By the way I talked to Dina as I had a question about stands she was super nice and down to earth.I can already tell that your customer service sets you apart, that and you make some really nice speakers.