Originally Posted by 4shotB
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.
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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