Originally Posted by chas_w
If you stick with Ascend have you considered just upgrading to the SE version for the front? Since your room is not large and volume is not an issue you might just replace the 170 mains with SE's (saving the expense of new stands) and go with the 340SE center. On the other hand I understand the itch to try something different.
I honestly never paid too much attention to what the SE version brought to the table. I could look into it. I might guess they offer replacement tweeters from the SE version that would fit, but I'm not sure I'm interested in going that route. It would certainly be the most economical route for a small change-up, but I'm not sure if it would be the best spent money?
I've just been doing A LOT more 2 channel the last few months with high resolution streaming from Amazon and trials with Tidal, etc. The Denon 4500 DTS Neural X up-mixing mode has been blowing my mind with what it can do with some material up-mixed into a 5.4.1 surround speaker setup. Then when I switch over to 2 channel it is mostly very good (and high rez is still mind blowing in some cases), but it just feels like I'm missing out not having some nice floor-standing mains to handle 2 channel duty.
So, I've been watching more of the Youtube reviews and considering what else is available that might do that for me in the more affordable range. I'm guessing Magnepans are too finicky with what you power them with to go that route with a simple receiver setup like I have. The Triangle Borea BRO3 look like an attractive option, but they are somewhat limited in power handling rated to only 90 watts. I'm not sure that would be a problem, but my receiver is 'rated' higher than that and I would hate for a peak during a movie for example to hit one of them and possibly blow it out.
The Sierra 1 could be an option to consider too. I haven't seen much on those. I can appreciate that they have a nicer cabinet, but I'm not really interested in paying more just to upgrade the looks of the cabinets of my mains. I gave the 340SE consideration because there is less worry of it matching my surrounds 'timbre' of sound, but they aren't the SE version for that matter either. They've got no problems with the power handling aspect on the plus side.
I appreciate you guys entertaining my questions. I guess I'm still curious what owners who upgraded found out that they gained going from the 170s to the 340s besides volume? They're moving like double the air of the 170s I guess, huh? So, do you get more 'detail' in the mid-bass and mid-range along with that at the same relative volume? Like better percussion sound for example? I'm guessing the upper frequencies would benefit from that SE version tweeter too.