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    Question CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    Ok, here's the scoop. I replacing the Infinity Primus fronts and center, and I am going with Ascend, but the question is which pair.

    Audio System is... Marantz SR5005 receiver, Denon Network Audio Player, and Infinity Primus fronts and center.

    Our home is a bi-level and coming up a small flight of stairs is our living room. Dimensions are 11ft wide x 14ft deep. Coming up the stairs there is a 4ft wall which is where our sofa is. Between the living room and dining/kitchen, there is a small table with a chair on either side. Across the room from the sofa is the long wall and this is where the audio credenza sits. The two Infinity Primus sit on either side of the credenza with the center sitting on top and center. Flooring is low pile carpeting. Above the credenza is a painting my Mother-in-law painted several years ago when declining health forced her to quit. Across the room from the two chairs is the only window with curtains. These are not thick but they are not sheer. When pulled you can still see out of them.

    This time around, I was thinking about going with the CMT-340s. I think the room is the right size that would complement the CMT-340s. However, the Sierra Tower would be what I'm replacing now but a little taller. The Infinitys are 36 3/4 inches high, where the Towers are 43 inches high.

    There you have it in a nutshell. I hope I have provided enough information for you to determine which would you think would give the best sound quality overall. Those who have a similar size room, you're comments/thoughts/advise is greatly need. I'm hoping to purchase by next Friday.

    Thank you in advance for the help!!

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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    You worded some of that somewhat confusing to me, but I think I get the idea!

    If it is a choice between the 340's and the Sierra Towers, and the big price difference is not an issue, there really is no choice in my mind. TOWERS!!
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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    I think I am more confused than Ed.

    What is your criteria for the speaker? Just size?

    The Sierra Tower is a much better speaker, but it is also close to four times the cost.
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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    Could be an assumption that the Infinity Primus and Sierra Tower's sound similar (as the OP did say he was looking to replace the Sierra Tower's), but if that's the case.. then I'm not quite sure either. You would be saving a lot of money choosing the CMT-340's instead.. tho if size is the main concern rather than cost, then Sierra-1's would be a better option (the 340's are definitely larger than the Sierra-1's).
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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    I didn't mean to confuse everyone. What I'm asking is will the CMT-340s give me the sound quality, and given the size of the room (11ft wide x 14ft deep) would they be a better fit. Or would be best to stick with a tower again? I would think the towers would be overkill, but I could be wrong.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    Comparing acoustic qualities of one to the other, the towers are simply a better option if given the choice. Not overkill by any means
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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    If cost is not an issue, I'd get the Towers. Otherwise you'll always be thinking in the back of your mind..what if.. Just my opinion.

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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    Interesting how there is no vote for the CMTs. Cost is an issue as the Towers are over 4x more than the CMTs. I was hoping someone would comment on their CMTs and how their experience has been. Are the CMTs not strong enough for the size of our living room, and will the sound quality not be as good as the Towers? I'm now wondering whether the sub would be worth the extra money.

    All comments are still welcomed.

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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by 4Play View Post
    Interesting how there is no vote for the CMTs. Cost is an issue as the Towers are over 4x more than the CMTs. I was hoping someone would comment on their CMTs and how their experience has been. Are the CMTs not strong enough for the size of our living room, and will the sound quality not be as good as the Towers? I'm now wondering whether the sub would be worth the extra money.

    All comments are still welcomed.
    There was no vote for the 340SE's because we were unsure if budget was an issue.

    The CMT-340SE is Ascend's best bang for the buck....it is an excellent speaker at its pricepoint. Coming from the Primuses, would be a nice upgrade, especially if you add a subwoofer, and work fine in your room.

    If I could afford it, I would get the Sierra Towers...if not, I would look at the Sierra-1, Sierra-1 NrT, and then the CMT-340SE. Also, the Sierra-2 will be coming in the future as well...and be slotted ahead of the Sierra-1.

    What is your realistic budget?
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    Default Re: CMT-340 SE or Sierra Tower - Need Advice

    As of right now my realistic budget would be less than $800. The end of next month I have a small bonus coming but I was not planning on using it for audio. Also, I want add a turntable between now and then, so money is going to be tight. The square footage of our living room is 1232sq ft... 11ft wide x 14ft deep x 8ft ceiling. There is no mention of the NrT. Is there any information available on these?

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