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Thanks for the reply.

I have an older paradigm sub.

Have an Emotiva XPA-2 and the Emotiva PT-100
Depend on your room and placement, Sierra-2 may begin roll off anywhere between 60Hz to 40Hz...

If I have the choose between the 3 choices, I would say 70Hz HPF with 55hz to 65hz range for LPF would work well in most situation (assuming you have selectable LPF on your sub)

However, I would probably try without any HPF and port plugs first to see if you can naturally blend the Sierra-2 and subwoofer

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Thinking about buying a used pair. Is the order confirmation sufficient to transfer the warranty?
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Thinking about buying a used pair. Is the order confirmation sufficient to transfer the warranty?

"ASCEND ACOUSTICS, INC., herein referred to as "Ascend," warrants its products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship (subject to the terms set forth below) for a period of five (5) years from the original date of purchase.

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Trying to plan a 2.1 music only system for my new Sierra-2s (not yet ordered). Will be using a 12" powered sub. I do not have dedicated subwoofer controls in my pre-amp/DAC.

Would you use a crossover to roll off the Hz for the lowest Hz?

For instance which of these would you use:

1. Harrison Labs FMOD 50 Hz high pass filter
2. Harrison Labs FMOD 70 Hz high pass filter
3. Sierra Q-plug A (link)
4. None

Thanks in advance.
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I have just such a set up with S2s.
My solution was to integrate a sub (SVS SB-12 NSD) which has a low pass filtered (80 Hz) output and feed this signal to the power amp then to the main speakers.
Another solution (old school) is to use a sub that accepts speaker/high level inputs and provides bass management in the sub enroute to the main speakers.

BTW, S2's with a competent sub kick-a for 2-channel music!!
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With a 2-month-old in the house, I don't get much time to myself lately. Anyway, tonight I had a nice hour long session of uninterrupted listening on my sierra raal towers. I was playing mostly classic rock (stones, zeppelin, rush) and was really in awe the whole time. These really excel at classic rock. Guitar notes especially are perfectly clear to me, and the great stereo effects really pulled me into the music. The word awesome is so common anymore, but they do leave me in awe after a nice session like this.

I would like a set for every room in the house, since I don't always get a chance to go relax in the basement media room. Hey, maybe a set of s-2's for the living room is in my future at some point.
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Thinking about buying a used pair. Is the order confirmation sufficient to transfer the warranty?
Ascend customer service is top notch. You don't even need the original invoice, as the serial number on the speakers is enough for Ascend to confirm the original purchase date. However, barring some self-inflicted catastrophe, I can't imagine any warranty related issues as the components in use are really top notch.

I own five pairs of Sierra speakers, and the only issue I had was a split in the bamboo in one of the high gloss finish bookshelf enclosures (no longer produced) which looked superficial but was apparently structural. Ascend responded by sending me brand new American-made cabinet speakers after I sent the defective one back.

I have two pairs of Sierra-2 bookshelf speakers I'm definitely selling, but I haven't gotten off my lazy arse to list them.

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Reflection from piano black finish

Does anybody have a problem with the reflection off this high gloss finish from the TV screen?
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Thanks for all the help AVS! My Emotiva XPA-2 and I are waiting for our Sierra-2 in piano black to be shipped! Can't wait!

Anyone know how long Ascend typically takes to ship?
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Thanks for all the help AVS! My Emotiva XPA-2 and I are waiting for our Sierra-2 in piano black to be shipped! Can't wait!

Anyone know how long Ascend typically takes to ship?
I placed my order on a Sunday afternoon and they shipped out
Tuesday. Got them Friday AM. Of course I'm pretty close to
California.

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Thanks for all the help AVS! My Emotiva XPA-2 and I are waiting for our Sierra-2 in piano black to be shipped! Can't wait!

Anyone know how long Ascend typically takes to ship?
It can be very quick or very long, it all depends on how much stock they have. Some people are waiting several weeks for Sierra Towers in a couple finishes that ran out quickly. Their cabinets are done in batches so it just depends on what they have in stock. I don't think piano black is that popular due to the price so you should probably get yours rather quickly. The Satin Espresso stuff seems to be extremely popular right now so they sell out fast.

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Your setup looks great, which finish is that and how are you liking them?


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They are Satin Expresso and I love them, a lot!! These speakers are in another level compared with my old speakers (Polk Audio LSiM 705s)
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Does anybody have a problem with the reflection off this high gloss finish from the TV screen?
Well, I suppose I could place the speakers in line with TV so there would be no reflection but they might end up too close to the wall for port consideration.
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Well, I suppose I could place the speakers in line with TV so there would be no reflection but they might end up too close to the wall for port consideration.
You could also slightly toe the speakers in so you wouldn't see the reflection.
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I decided to go with another pair of HTM-200 for a 5.1.4 system. I really liked the way that the 5.1.2 system sounded, but more panning from the front to the rear height would be even better. I was afraid that the HTM-200 wouldn't be a great match with a Sierra-2 setup when used as height, but they sound great.

I also own the CBM-170 and think they're a great speaker, but I'm surprised at how good the HTM-200 actually are. Especially considering the price.
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All I can say is WOW!!! These speakers sound and look AMAZING!! Thanks to Dave and Dina for making this happen
Looks great, Enrico! Where did you purchase your acoustic wall panels?
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Does anybody have a problem with the reflection off this high gloss finish from the TV screen?
My first Ascend Sierra Towers were piano gloss black, and this problem bothered me enough to sell them to purchase another pair in satin espresso.
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My first Ascend Sierra Towers were piano gloss black, and this problem bothered me enough to sell them to purchase another pair in satin espresso.
Thanks for that. The 15% off for the S2 is enticing though.
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Received my first ever pair Ascend speakers. Bought S2 secondary and had some time to setup the other night. Going with a phantom center until I can buy another one. Also need to replace my surround with HTM. Sound qaulity different from my B&W 603 s3 bass heavy compare to the S2. Did notice more details in midst and highs. Going to run audyssey this weekend. Even my wife notice how clean it sounded.
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They are Satin Expresso and I love them, a lot!! These speakers are in another level compared with my old speakers (Polk Audio LSiM 705s)
What kind of stands are using with your Sierra 2's?

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Ordered 5 Sierra 2's last night to replace my B&W's. Hopefully they ship soon! Cain't wait to hear them.
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Does anybody have a problem with the reflection off this high gloss finish from the TV screen?
Maur53,
I have Sierra-1s in High-Gloss Cherry finish in a HT room.
No issue what so ever, except of course, not wantimg to dim the lights because the speaker cabinets are such a joy to behold

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GAH! Trying to decide if I want to take advantage of the piano black S2 reduced price or hold out for Espresso Lunas to replace my 170 surrounds.

Decisions decisions!

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GAH! Trying to decide if I want to take advantage of the piano black S2 reduced price or hold out for Espresso Lunas to replace my 170 surrounds.

Decisions decisions!
I am posting this here for you Sierra owners...these speakers are amongst the most favorably reviewed speakers I have ever encountered. seems like almost no one has anything to say about them that I can find. The Sierra 2's represent a stretch for what i might spend on a front L & R (looking mostly now fr a 3.0 or 3.1 HT set up. But I have never heard them. Nor know anyone who owns them to let me audition them. So the question I have, what did you have before your Ascend product? Did you buy on a leap of faith or had you heard them before purchase.If you ever had the means or desire to upgrade, what would be the next step up? For those who have owned both, can you comment on the differences between the S1 and the S2's? Thx.
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I have not heard the S1 or S2 yet but prior to owning the Sierra towers I had Klipsch KG series, Polk Monitor, Aperion Verus Grand tower, PSA 210, SVS Ultra tower, Klipsch RP280. I tried the towers on a leap of faith.

I've been fortunate enough to finally find my sonic nirvana. Wouldn't trade my Sierra towers/Horizon... unless Dave said he outdid them with his newest speaker and I'm not so sure I'd care even then
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I am posting this here for you Sierra owners...these speakers are amongst the most favorably reviewed speakers I have ever encountered. seems like almost no one has anything to say about them that I can find. The Sierra 2's represent a stretch for what i might spend on a front L & R (looking mostly now fr a 3.0 or 3.1 HT set up. But I have never heard them. Nor know anyone who owns them to let me audition them. So the question I have, what did you have before your Ascend product? Did you buy on a leap of faith or had you heard them before purchase.If you ever had the means or desire to upgrade, what would be the next step up? For those who have owned both, can you comment on the differences between the S1 and the S2's? Thx.
For me it was a leap of faith 7 years ago. Big part of it was the overwhelmingly positive reviews. I have no regrets. The Sierra Ones
Replaced B&W 685's. Also compared them to Paradigm Mini-Monitor,
And (gasp) Bose 201. All of the other speakers are gone now (sold!)

I recently (in January) decided to upgrade the One's to.....
Sierra 2's. I've always wanted a pair of speakers with the ribbon
Tweeter. To me the differences are subtle in a positive way. To
Me the difference wasn't night&bday. IMHO the Sierra 2s are best
Suited to classical music, jazz, acoustic rock and female vocals.
With the ribbon tweeter the highs almost 'sparkle'. The new bass
Driver is good too, it seems quicker and a bit tighter.
As with any high quality speaker the source material matters.
I.e.-if you listen to the low bit rate version of Pandora thru your
Cell phone you might miss the benefits of the Sierra Two.

Be advised my Sierra's have always been used in a 2-channel music
Only system...no Home Theater! Can't comment there.

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Thanks for all the help AVS! My Emotiva XPA-2 and I are waiting for our Sierra-2 in piano black to be shipped! Can't wait!

Anyone know how long Ascend typically takes to ship?
If I recall correctly, did you get your Sierra 2's today????
Wondering your impressions so far??)

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I am posting this here for you Sierra owners...these speakers are amongst the most favorably reviewed speakers I have ever encountered. seems like almost no one has anything to say about them that I can find. The Sierra 2's represent a stretch for what i might spend on a front L & R (looking mostly now fr a 3.0 or 3.1 HT set up. But I have never heard them. Nor know anyone who owns them to let me audition them. So the question I have, what did you have before your Ascend product? Did you buy on a leap of faith or had you heard them before purchase.If you ever had the means or desire to upgrade, what would be the next step up? For those who have owned both, can you comment on the differences between the S1 and the S2's? Thx.
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What an excellent question. I do not have a definitive answer, but here is my journey towards the S2s.
Started my serious HT/music journey with Def Tech 1000s, a major jump in performance at a price I was willing g to afford ATT.
- They did not quite fill the room as I wanted (18x12x8').

Followed with an excursion into towers, PSB Image T45s with matching center and B15 surrounds.
- Good speakers, but there was always an element I did not completely enjoy. I now believe it is their metallic tweeter, but this is probably a querk in my listening preference. I still use the PSB B15s as surrounds, in part because they have front ports (wall mounted).

My big leap was replacing the HT front three with a used (but near perfect) set of S1s (non-NRT). This was based on the reviews, not a listening test.
The S1s immediately sounded outstanding; smooth, accurate, and reinvigorated my appreciation for music I was very familiar with.
- I have no fault with the S1s, but was curious about what the S2 would bring to the party.
- The S1s are still the core to my HT.

Jumped on a set of B-stock S2s and I am convinced these are the final step for me. They are my 2-channel music set and are here to stay.
- The RAAL is mind blowingly accurate with no fatigue to my ears.
All the above are used with SVS subs of different types.

The last speaker I am curious about is Philharmonic's BMR for use in a room where a sub is not an option. They are a large 3 way bookshelf with RAAL and extend down to 30hz.

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