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    Default New Guy on the Block

    Another forum, another membership

    Thanks for granting me access to these discussions - I will echo what I've read from dedicated members of this forum: It is a very welcoming, friendly, and informative place unlike some of the other "big name" boards out there. Not once, in several hours of perusing, have I seen any bashing, hate, or rude immaturity in any of the threads. That is so refreshing.

    I live in Orange County with my boyfriend. We are renters now with a super entry-level setup in a small room that used to be our office. We converted it into our movie room (hesitant to call it a theater given it's shoe-horned size).

    We are thinking of relocating and buying our own home in the next year. Ascend has quickly risen to the top of my list as the go-to brand to acquire for the dedicated space I plan to have when we move. Tentatively thinking of doing Horizon's all across the front stage, but we will have to wait and see what the room will end up looking like.

    If you want a brief history of my coming into the AV world, read on (I tried to make it in a spoiler tag, but no luck). Current gear in my signature. Thanks for reading!

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    I'd always dabbled with having sound equipment. At one time, I was using an RCA something-or-rather receiver (which didn't have a working center or FR preout) linked through a Sony HTIB AVR (which ONLY had a working center and FR preout) running an almagation of speakers, ranging from some no-name sub I had in an old car to a hacked-up set of Insignia satellites to a series of AE 3311's I got from an uncle...it was kind of a mess.

    When I first moved out to the OC, I had some fun, and put this together:

    ...which mostly consisted of almost everything I mentioned above.

    In my 4th year of college, I decided I wanted a kick-butt HT system. This was before I knew anything about true AV, obviously, or my first HT room wouldn't have looked like this:

    But it was my first legitimate system. The TV was a pass-along when I moved out of home; it was a Vizio plasma-something-heavy. I had just picked up an Onkyo 636 and a set of Monoprice's basic 5.1 HTIB. I was using the AE 3311's as mains and a pair of old Sony rears from an HTIB. I also purchased MP's 12" 250w sub, making the system a "full-immersive" 5.2.2 experience. Now per that photo, it looks like I was running 7.2.2...but I'm not exactly sure how Oh well, it was over a year ago and I've moved on!

    So when I finished college we moved, and upgraded some things a bit.

    Namely the decor, TV, and additional audio gear. This system was in our new living room, which measured roughly 14'x17'x7'9". I was still using the 636, but the TV was a Polaroid 55" 4K, and I purchased Onkyo's up-firing modules (mounted above the L and R). I did away with the 3311's as active mains and instead turned them into the entertainment center - they act as a shelf that everything sits on! Inside the upper part of the housing was the MP Center speaker, the 636, a Sony BDPS6500, PS4, MP 4 ch speaker selector (for switching between 5.2.2 or 7.2), Rocketfish's Wireless Rears transmitter, charging docks, games and BDs, and a dual 4" fan with thermal sensor and temp readout to keep things cool-ish. The back of the housing was open, but there were lots of cables back there The upper face was hinged to fold down. On the floor left and right were the MP subs (both HTIB models...the little satellites were starting to stack up FAST).

    The rears were mounted above the bar, which faced the TV.

    I had to build out the beam and "soffit" or wall or whatever you want to call it to help conceal the wire path, which ran down the support beam and under the bar top, where the Rocketfish wireless receiver was hidden. It was painted to match the rest of the walls.


    By the way, everything I make, from the wire path cover to the subwoofer enclosures to the entertainment center, is all just balsa wood. The elements that cover speakers that wrapped in AT fabric.

    So why the move to a smaller room with MORE speakers? Well, we live in a condo on the second floor. Technically, beneath us is just garages, however where the living room was situated just happened to be over a garage that was converted into a living space. We were always worried about noise and being too loud for the neighbors downstairs, thus we never really took anything to 11. In a year there haven't been any complaints yet, and they seem like nice enough people....but I really want to go to 11...and not hear an complaints from it (except from my boyfriend maybe).

    We had a second bedroom (the smallest of the rooms) that was used as an office/transition space for my decor projects. Big desk, lots of room, I tricked out some IKEA floating shelves and made it look very pretty. Upon his suggestion, we moved the AV gear into this office so that it would be a dedicated movie/entertainment space for just the two of us.
    Prospective Ascend Owner
    7.1.4 - LG OLED 55B6 - Marantz 6011 - HTD Level 3 - Oppo 203

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    Default Re: New Guy on the Block

    Hi Jaurhead,

    Welcome to our forum and I hope you enjoy your time here. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
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    Good Sound To You!

    David Fabrikant
    www.ascendacoustics.com

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    Default Re: New Guy on the Block

    Thanks Dave!

    At your current production facility, do you offer demos to potential Ascend owners? Just curious as you aren't too far from me.
    Prospective Ascend Owner
    7.1.4 - LG OLED 55B6 - Marantz 6011 - HTD Level 3 - Oppo 203

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    Default Re: New Guy on the Block

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaurhead View Post
    Thanks Dave!

    At your current production facility, do you offer demos to potential Ascend owners? Just curious as you aren't too far from me.
    They will demo all their speakers for you. Call Dina and set up an appointment. Oh, and bring your checkbook, credit card or PayPal enabled device!

    Welcome to the forum and enjoy the ride!

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    Default Re: New Guy on the Block

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaurhead View Post
    Thanks Dave!

    At your current production facility, do you offer demos to potential Ascend owners? Just curious as you aren't too far from me.
    Yes, absolutely and we are happy to accommodate you. Simply give us a call and speak with Dina to schedule an appointment.

    Take care!
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    David Fabrikant
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    Default Re: New Guy on the Block

    You made a good choice with Ascend.

    Now full speed ahead in full confidence that your speakers will not be the weak link in your system.
    If your Ascends don't sound good, look elsewhere.

    At 1rst, my CBM-170SE's sounded good, but fell short of what I expected from the hype.

    I started paying some needed attention to sub integration and especially room acoustics and man, the 170's are really starting to shine and punch well above their weight.

    I'm starting to get lost in the sound to the point a few times I've been well into the 2nd round of a cd and hadn't realized the 1rst time through was done!

    Live it up.

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    Default Re: New Guy on the Block

    Hey people, how u all doing ? i am new and wish to enjoy it!! i have some health issues making me search for hgh reviews. but that's another story. hopefully we would be friends here.
    Last edited by Reell1980; 08-18-2017 at 08:48 AM.

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    Default Re: New Guy on the Block

    Hey, Reell

    Doing well, better than usual as a matter of fact.
    You've got the right idea, my friend-enjoy it no matter what it is.

    Do you have some Ascend stuff?
    Tell us about your rig and your usage of it.

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