I'm in the market for some new speakers. I've narrowed down some of my choices, but based on reviews, I'm really leaning towards the CMT-340s for my LCR. I do NOT like Harsh or overly bright speakers and these appear to fit that bill. Many years ago, I had them in my cart and was about to order them and then was deflected to a brand many were raving about. Hindsight is 20/20, but I made the wrong decision and purchased Elemental Design towers and Center. I've never been too happy with them. The only good thing is they aren't harsh. But they are just missing something. I was recently told they had a bad mid range crossover and the tweeters were very poor. So about 12 years later, here I am back to Ascend CMT-340s.
My dedicated budget theater room is 13x19x7.5. I have two 12" SVS Subs. My main listening position is about 12' from the screen, or about 10' from the speakers (not sure how far from the wall they should be). This is 99% BluRay movies (maybe 4K in the future) and 1% Streaming Netflix. No Music in this room. I do have 4" of Bass Traps in the front corners, some broadband absorption Panels at first reflection points, and Velvet Panels with Drywall behind it for the Non first order reflection points up to about 5' from screen one on both sides. My center channel is definitely not in an good position. It sits low to the ground. Tweeter would be about 18.5" off the ground where my Ear in the first row would be 36". I have my current center speaker angled upwards towards the main listening area using rubber door stops.
1- Should I hear a noticeable improvement with the CMT-340s compared to my Elemental Design Speakers? I can't remember the model numbers off the top of my head, but they were their larger mains and center. Company went out of business several years ago for some shady practices.
2- I like to listen fairly loud using my Denon X3400H receiver. Not quite Reference level, but still quite loud. Will these do well at loud volumes for movies?
3- I hate to spend almost as much for their speaker stands as a pair of speakers. Does anyone have any recommendations for a non Ascend Speaker Stand that would work well? I do like the looks of their stands as it makes the speaker appear seamless and like a Tower, but they are pricey. Would something like this Monolith by Monoprice work well....or do most people purchase Ascend's stands?
4- Given my center will be located lower than ideal, and angled towards the listener, do you feel the CMT-340 Center Channel will still perform well? I know it won't be great for the second row, but it is what it is....unless I can figure out a way to mount it above the screen and aim it downward. I've been recommended KEF to work better with the center being so low. I have not contacted Ascend yet, but Chane and Elac have both told me I'd have no problem with their speakers lower and angled to the listener.