Oh boy, if you're going to compare a nice bookshelf 2.0 system to some TV speakers, you're in for a treat. I wish I was you. (BTW, even the Ascends will wreck the TV in terms of bass output.)
If clarity is important, you might want to move the Ascends up on your list. They are insane clear. If you look up some reviews on these forums, I believe at least two people have tried doing ABX testing with CBM-170s vs. other well-regarded speakers and they were able to distinguish between MP3 bitrates much better on the Ascends vs. the competition. That's not an easy thing to do on any speaker, but you can do it with the Ascends.
Also check out Aphex Twin, the album Drukqs, track 2, song title Vordhosbn. The CBM-170 SE is the only speaker I've ever heard that I feel like could keep up with this song. Every other sound system (including my Infinity towers) sounds to me like it struggles in comparison...
first of all just knowing/liking Aphex twin you moved up on my list of cool ppl...i also think that he is die antwoord’s dj hi tek/god
yah i absolutely can’t wait to get the system but i’m trying to take is slow an learn a bit first.
the Ascends, q350 and polk as are definitely in my top interest.
-wouldn’t the polk ss be a level under the ascend and kef’s??
but just be a really great speaker for their own price range?
i don’t mind going over budget a little to get a better end result. i know that can be a slippery slope tho, i’m sure every $50-$75 there is a “BETTER” speaker out there tho...