Originally Posted by Grayson73
Xcjago, Can you give us your thoughts regarding the 170SEs and Sierras?
Well, I haven't put the 170SEs back up since I got the Sierras. The 170SE is a great speaker, especially for the price, but the Sierra is in a whole different league, as it should be for more than twice the price.
First the build quality on the Sierra is outstanding. I have the piano black finish and it is beautiful. If you tap your knuckles on it, it feels very solid with no resonance. The 170SE cabinet feels very hollow in comparison.
The next big difference is the bass. With the 170SE, you could barely live with them without a subwoofer, IMO. The Sierras are a whole different story. I have no desire to turn on my sub with them for music. A sub would probably help if you wanted to play at very high volumes, but I don't usually go above 95db or so.
Lastly, I always felt the 170SE was a little weak in the soundstage/imaging department. Imaging is a little fuzzy and the soundstage doesn't extend much beyond the width of the speakers. Although, I don't know of any speakers for $350 that are any better. The 170SE is very neutral and that is what I really like about them. I still think they are the best speaker for $350. The Sierra, however, has excellent imaging and soundstage. I was listening to Tool's Jambi from 10,000 days and the electric guitar solo around the 4 min mark sounded like it was going to burst out of my TV. Razor sharp imaging.