Originally Posted by smurraybhm
Sorry about the article - hopefully you picked up a couple of things from the written portion.
Dina is great.
I have to ask why you would go with the NrTs when for $100 more (total, not each) you can have the RAALs. Not dismissing the extra as significant but you can save up a $100 quickly via lose change, cheaper coffee or packing a lunch for a few weeks, etc.
If at all possible no way would I not get the better tweeter, woofer and crossover for $100. You have to remember the Sierra 2 has a few other upgrades besides the RAAL. It's an even better deal when you look at the whole. Just don't focus on one great feature, which is easy to do because we all rant about the RAAL, there are 2 other big upgrades Dave made when he designed the Sierra 2.
If funds are limited I would get the standard Sierra 1s and look to upgrade them later when your budget allows. For under $600 pair they are a incredible deal. There is a reason I still have mine and plan on keeping them in use in some capacity for a long time. Then there is the bamboo cabinets, other speaker makers add significant up charges for bamboo - a lot more than the $100 we started out talking about.
Just my $100 worth
I didn't think there was a RAAL option with the Sierra 1's. I could have sworn when I asked earlier I was told that introducing the RAALs just made them Sierra 2's. In which case it would become $1500/pr
+ the horizon center w/ RAAL at $1500 which makes a front 3 RAAL set up $3000 minimum.
What I'm seeing as options are
Sierra 1 Mains w/ NrT upgrade - almost $1,100 (shipped)
Sierra 1 Center w/ NrT upgrde- around $650 (shipped)
Sierra 2's Mains (RAALs) - almost $1500 (shipped)
Sierra 2 Center (RAAL) - around $750 (shipped)
Sierra Horizon Center -$1100 (shipped w/ NrT and matching finish) or $1450 (w/ RAAL)
The center was the component I was most lusting after, and to go big on that means I would be in for at least $1100 already. If I added NrT mains, I would be at $2200 total (for now) which is do-able. It would also allow me to have a clear upgrade path in the future in which I could move those Sierra 1's to surround duty. Although anticipating the future always seems to bite me and It's likely 2 or three yrs down the road I would want the by then available and relatively inexpensive RAAL satellites for a fully cohesive field.
As much as I love the ribbon variation on my desktop, It might be to my advantage just going NrTs all around.
In any case, as I said earlier, I still enjoy the basic sound field I get from my classic (non SE) CBM-170s, so I can afford to chew on this, and save up, for a good while longer yet.