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So not too long ago I was a very satisfied Sierra-1 owner. Paired those bad boys with a Martin Logan Dynamo and was beyond pleased with the result. Then the recession happened, lost my job and decided that I couldn't justify keeping the speakers, so sold off the lot. Had to revert to my sad Sony speaker setup.



Well it's now time to upgrade again, and I just wanted some input from you guys (and girls!).


Budget: ~$1500 for a pair of fronts, bookshelf or floorstanding (will only buy used - get more bang for the buck that way)

Usage: Music

Amp: will be adding tubes to my setup


I really enjoyed the Sierra sound, so should I just buy myself a pair of those and be done with it, or can my budget buy me even better sound?
 

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No, just had some old Sony speakers in storage. Begrudgingly dusted them off and have been using them for a little while now...


My ears have lodged an official complaint, and it looks like my wallet needs to take some action
 

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So what you're saying is.. You had a great life with a great girl.. you got hit by a bus and slipped into a coma for a few months.. and now when you finally emerge from it, you think you can do better than her?



(j/k...)

 

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So what you're saying is.. You had a great life with a great girl.. you got hit by a bus and slipped into a coma for a few months.. and now when you finally emerge from it, you think you can do better than her?



(j/k...)


She'll take me back anytime



Now the question is whether I should play the field for a bit...
 

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Looks interesting... any experience with these speakers?

I heard them in a show environment. They're sensitive and tube friendly with some really nice get-out-of-the-way design features. I was lusty for them for a long time. The MM DeCapo is pretty cool too.
 

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Play the field.
 

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The Sierra's are nice for the price but with $1500 for the fronts buying used you can do better. Plus I rarely see Sierra 1's used. Which might tell you something. You might be patient. I know often times Paradigm signature's will sell around $1200.

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....oni&1255569985
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....6207&/KEF-XQ40

I think I know the guy selling those Ushers. You can bet he is fair and the speakers are in good shape.....and that is an outstanding price!
 

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Play the field.

Any specific recommendations?


I've been looking at Tyler Acoustics, Selah, Usher, VMPS and a few others. I've heard NONE of these speakers, though. I HAVE heard B&W, Focal (Chorus), Monitor Audio, Ascend, Audio Physic, Vienna Acoustic, Totem, Dali - all this when I first shopped around. Of the bookshelf speakers I listened to, the Sierras provided the most aural satisfaction. Wrt floorstanders, the Focal 816v also hit the spot, but was beyond my budget at the time.
 

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I think I know the guy selling those Ushers. You can bet he is fair and the speakers are in good shape.....and that is an outstanding price!

I was a tad hesitant, given that he doesn't have any feedback on Audiogon. Can you possibly confirm that this guy is legit...?
 

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Any specific recommendations?


I've been looking at Tyler Acoustics, Selah, Usher, VMPS and a few others. I've heard NONE of these speakers, though. I HAVE heard B&W, Focal (Chorus), Monitor Audio, Ascend, Audio Physic, Vienna Acoustic, Totem, Dali - all this when I first shopped around. Of the bookshelf speakers I listened to, the Sierras provided the most aural satisfaction. Wrt floorstanders, the Focal 816v also hit the spot, but was beyond my budget at the time.

I thought the girl took a walk too. That's what I was commenting on
 

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I was a tad hesitant, given that he doesn't have any feedback on Audiogon. Can you possibly confirm that this guy is legit...?

I will check to make sure it is who I am thinking about and get back to you. BTW...he also owns Sierras.
 

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Just so you know....there is a pair of used Sierra's on Audiogon...

http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....Beautiful-bamb


I think these are actually the pair I just sold... I was the second owner, and they were in great condition... The new owner had mentioned he might sell them since he was getting too much bass in his room with them and his sub...



But if you have up to $1500 for fronts only...what about trying to find some used Salk Songtowers?
 

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I think these are actually the pair I just sold... I was the second owner, and they were in great condition... The new owner had mentioned he might sell them since he was getting too much bass in his room with them and his sub...

Interestingly, I was having a similar issue with sub-bass from the Sierras. Due to idiosynchratic room acoustics, excessive comb filtering was causing unwanted boominess. Solved the problem by adding a downward-firing ML Dynamo (crossed the Sierras @ 80Hz) and acoustic absorption panels behind the fronts. Results was phenomenally satisfying
 

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I'd forget about used Salks Songtowers... My guesstimate is that there's a lot more Sierras out there than Salk STs, and the Salks haven't been out as long as the Sierras have, so they should be even rarer on the used market...


When you say you'll add tubes, will you still be using the sub?


There's a couple Totem Hawks for 1000$ on agon which might not be a bad deal... Quite a few Magnepans for pretty darn cheap compared to what they cost here in Canuckistan, if these float your boat...


Random possibly interesting (not saying they'd be better than Sierras, possible I haven't even heard, don't remember hearing or what they sound like some):
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....delity-Super-8

* http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....-203-Reference
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....93&/Revel-F-30
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....ce-Signature-2 (haggle price)

* http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....rfedale-Opus-1
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls....SB-Platinum-M2


(with * in front, not that serious)


Ok I'm bored browsing the classifieds



You're not considering DIY? Now would be the chance!


And btw, you have a typo in the title: "Life ater the Sierra-1..." you put an 'r' after 'ate'.
 
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