Originally Posted by echopraxia
I am asking about RAAL Towers vs Sierra 2EX because I actually just put in an order for Ascend RAAL Towers today, to fill the role of dedicated music listening setup (with a subwoofer: I find that <40hz frequencies are extremely important to my ears, and as such I cannot do without a subwoofer because otherwise I would be losing those frequencies).
So towards that goal, I just now realized that these Sierra 2EX’s might be a better (or equal for less price) choice. It’s not too late to change my order though, but I’d need to do so within a few days. I’ll probably call Ascend tomorrow and ask what they think, as well.
I've not heard the S2-EX, but went from the S2 to RAAL Towers recently. For music (with or without subwoofer), I found the Towers to be a good upgrade. I, too, use a sub (Rythmik E15HP). I posted my thoughts on the Ascend Forum here http://forum.ascendacoustics.com/sho...901-New-Towers
In case you aren't registered on the Ascend Forum, here's the relevant post:
As mentioned above, I think the S2's are really great speakers, particularly when used with a subwoofer. I was amazed with them when I first got them a few years ago. At the time, I had seriously considered the towers but decided to save a bit of money, figuring if I did move to the towers later, I could use the S2's as surrounds or set up a second system.
To me, the towers take everything the S2's do well (eg detail, transparency, natural/airy sound, etc.) up a notch. Obviously, they play a bit louder as more efficient and can play lower (not really an advantage if using a subwoofer). I think the towers are clearer and more detailed, particularly at lower volumes. A bit easier to hear different instruments. This is a big plus for me as my hearing isn't what it used to be and for WAF as she doesn't like to listen loud.
Another plus is the soundstage -- the towers have a wider / bigger soundstage. I feel more as if I'm in the front row instead of row 3 or 4.
Finally, the towers sound "fuller" to me, likely because of the dedicated mid-range, especially with vinyl (which is about 90% of my listening). . The S2s were very good with vinyl, the towers just sound better with this source. OF course with either speaker, poor pressings still sound poor.
I've only watched one movie with the Towers -- and they are also great for HT.