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I wanted to share my thoughts in listening to the following, the almighty Sierra Towers, the 340's, and 170's yesterday afternoon. Here goes...


The awesome Sierra Towers: WOW, where do I begin, the towers shocked the dog out of me leaving me shaking my head in complete audio nirvana the whole time. The quality of the sound is so resolute and defined with the RAAL high freq units that anything else NOW would just be "short changing" myself! Just complete sonic fidelity!!! The depth, realism, and transparent presentation in full frequency spectrum is absolutely the finest sounding design I have ever heard, and this includes all the crazy stuff auditioned at the past 2 years (THE Show Newport). Never over damped or thumpy, just full frequency spectrum realism that will honestly set the bar and expectation of what true fidelity brings. I do know I want the demo disk that was a bass player who uses harmonics a bunch when he plays, just utter awesomeness (I know thats not a real word)!!! I almost don't even know what to say here with these


The cool 340's: I have always liked the "THX" looking design of the 340's and the powerful looking MTM setup. I have always thought that impressing others when they come over to audition is what the 340's in a HT setup would provide. I dig them!!! The depth in full range listening was also shocking and I couldn't believe how deep they went with absolutely zero midrange breakup or high freq distortion. This is the exact reason when I audition a design that I listen for, even when you may not use them full range in a HT setup, but I expect and almost demand my loudspeakers whether they are tower or bookshelfs to dig deep even though I don't use them that way. The awesome sound that a capable build provides adds to the sonic signature and totally supports the realism they should provide. These rock!


The way cool 170's: OK, I was once again so impressed with the audio signature these provided and the depth in the sound stage and the depth of the low freqs. Zero midrange breakup, zero coloration, awesome full freq presentation, just flat freaking awesome!


I also want to share a huge "Thanks" for the hospitailty within Ascends busy schedule and demand they present. The open door and welcoming experience supports the belief and service they provide to us audio/loudspeaker nuts. Just a mighty thanks!!! I will leave my friends here with this....


my view on audio purpose, The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal: "And ever those, who would enjoyment gain/Must find it in the purpose they pursue" (Sarah Josepha Hale).


Brian in Bakersfield...
 
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Agreed, outstanding products as well as customer service. That's quite a road trip-did you bring any home with you?
 

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Not yet friend, but the Towers we did audition had the Bi-Amping option which is exactly how I would want them. I just want to use as much of my receivers power and options. But, a great set of amps for them would be from my friends at Channel Island Audio. My wife grew up with those gents and they are super awesome people!
 
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If you were to build a 5.1 HT system doing double duty for stereo music, and you were buying Sierra Towers to serve as the mains for said system, are 340s the best choice to fill in the center and surrounds? If not, what speakers would you go with?
 

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Originally Posted by vraxoin  /t/1419959/yesterdays-sierra-tower-audition-at-their-facility#post_22213534


If the budget is an issue, I would put more money into either the matching Sierra Tower Center or Sierra 1 Center w/NrT and use the less expensive, but excellent CBM-170 SE for surround duty.

Thanks for the suggestion! I don't think a 3rd Sierra Tower is a possibility, but a Sierra-1 with NrT may be. It occurred to me after my post actually that a Sierra-1 would probably match a Sierra Tower more closely in terms of sonic characteristics, and therefore be a better center. But having not heard either myself, it's all still theoretical to me. (I have heard the CMT-340 SEs, however, and I think they're fantastic.)
 

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Originally Posted by Thunder240  /t/1419959/yesterdays-sierra-tower-audition-at-their-facility/0_50#post_22214570


Thanks for the suggestion! I don't think a 3rd Sierra Tower is a possibility, but a Sierra-1 with NrT may be. It occurred to me after my post actually that a Sierra-1 would probably match a Sierra Tower more closely in terms of sonic characteristics, and therefore be a better center. But having not heard either myself, it's all still theoretical to me. (I have heard the CMT-340 SEs, however, and I think they're fantastic.)

Yeah, the STC is at least $1000 depending on finish, so it's a chunk of change. Really nice match to the Towers though. I've spent a ton of time with the 340's and 170's. Unless you go with the RAAL option on the Tower, I can't imagine that even a 340 center would be a terribly odd match. Heck, I've heard a 200 center (due to space issues) used with 340 fronts and 170 rears and it was pretty darn seamless.
 

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OP great reporting, and quite spot on costumer service, I did everything over the phone and it was a real pleasure from start to finish ( me being a little uncomfortable on the phone for some strange reason from early age hm gotta ask my parents about this
) But all was gravy speaking to Dina, and my silly request, which weren't that silly to them. I also opt for the bi-wiring for the fronts, DaveF told me that it's truly a bi-wire capable speaker with the Cross over redesigned for, not just same wire to two different speaker binder here
like most speakers out there. I'm extreamly happy with my choice, and I don't think I could have gotten more speaker for my budget, just sonic nirvana




Good luck


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