I enjoyed the review !
Its nice to see that active speakers are getting more and more recognition lately.
These Ascendo are pricey speakers, sure, but there are a lot of other choices if you want active speakers, what you probably know as "studio active monitors". don't mind the "studio" part, you can use it just fine at home.
I had various passives over the years and I decided to try active and went with bookshelf Tannoys as mains for HT (a pair cost me about $500), and I can't see myself wishing/needing to go back to passives in the future.. the quality of sound you can achieve with actives is absolutely insane. phantom center is clear and convincing, human vocals have great clarity, movie soundtracks and effects are much better handled.
you didnt want to get much into movies you watched, but I will be glad to read your opinion with some regard to the differences between sound quality of audyssey 32 & trinnov with some movies. yes, I get that trinnov is great, but was the difference that noticeable for you ? if so then in which aspects ?