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Thread: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

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    Default PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Disclaimer I really love the speakers I have now, looking to upgrade down the line. I have Definitive Technology Studio monitor 65 mains, and center channel, Studio monitor 55 surrounds. You probably guessed I'm a huge fan of bookshelf speakers. I've been researching and looking at different speaker brands and types. I'm between the above brands. With Ascend I was at first thinking of Sierra 2 mains and center, sierra 1 surrounds, then I was thinking why not go the extra mile and go 5 Sierra 2's. Would that just be overkill, any other combination suggestions? Any thoughts on these brands, and what they do as compared to each other would great? Thanks for any help or info.

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Quote Originally Posted by JC1 View Post
    With Ascend I was at first thinking of Sierra 2 mains and center, sierra 1 surrounds, then I was thinking why not go the extra mile and go 5 Sierra 2's. Would that just be overkill, any other combination suggestions?
    I'm running exactly that right now. Sierra-2 mains and center, and Sierra-1s as surrounds, with a pair of Rythmik LVX12 subs. So I'm somewhat prejudiced.

    If I were buying today, I'd do almost the same thing, replacing the Sierra-1 surrounds with Lunas. Since the Lunas sound almost exactly like 2s, that's like 5 Sierra 2s. Except the Lunas are even smaller.

    No, I don't think it's overkill. Unless you think knocking your socks off is overkill.

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    I agree with Bruce regarding Sierra Lunas as Surround speakers. I made my purchase of Sierra Towers, Horizon and Sierra 2s back in January. By that time the Lunas were not available yet. Two weeks ago got a pair of Lunas to take my 5.1 system to 7.1 and all I can say is the Lunas are fantastic speakers for Surround duties. If I have to make my purchase right now, I would go this time with Lunas for Surround and Surround Back. Bellow 80Hz the Lunas sound identical to the Sierra 2s which is amazing for such a small speaker.
    Enrico Castagnetti @ Rythmik Audio
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    Desktop: Dynaudio BM5 mkIII | Rythmik L22 | Apogee Quartet | 27" iMac|
    Bedroom: B&W 685 S2 | Rythmik LVX12 | Marantz NR1606 | Emotiva XPA-200 Gen 2 | Samsung UN50JU6500 |

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the replies and advice. I keep reading on here about the Luna's but I don't see them on the website, what am I missing?
    The Sierra 2's sound really incredible. The way you guys describe them is awesome. Would you say they are equally good for music stereo/5.1 and Home theater? Detailed and accurate with both? Thanks for the info again guys.

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Quote Originally Posted by JC1 View Post
    Thanks guys, I appreciate the replies and advice. I keep reading on here about the Luna's but I don't see them on the website, what am I missing?
    The Sierra 2's sound really incredible. The way you guys describe them is awesome. Would you say they are equally good for music stereo/5.1 and Home theater? Detailed and accurate with both? Thanks for the info again guys.
    The Luna's are not on the website yet, but they are available and info is in the Luna thread. They truly remarkable for their size.

    That said, I have three Sierra-2's in front, with HTM-200SE's for surrounds. Rythmik F15HP is the sub. Music and HT sound fantastic. If I were to change anything, it would be to replace the HTM's with Lunas, but I will go 4K video first.
    -curtis

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Thanks for the reply. I've been reading from different sources like Audioholics how awesome these Luna speakers are. 3 Sierra 1s and 2 Luna's for surrounds would be pretty potent. When they are on the website I'll be sure to read everything about them. Any thoughts Ascend acoustics speakers Vs the other speakers on my lost especially PSA? I really like the MT-110s too. Thanks again for all the replies.

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Ascend Acoustics and PSA are completely different kinds of companies. The two companies design speakers differently, have different goals, and different business models.

    Just from looking at their respective websites, you can see the philosophies are different.

    As for speakers, what are you looking for? What do you want in a speaker? What have you heard that you like? What is it about your current speakers that you want to improve upon?
    -curtis

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Quote Originally Posted by JC1 View Post
    Any thoughts Ascend acoustics speakers Vs the other speakers on my list especially PSA? I really like the MT-110s too.
    Speakers are difficult to judge because they sound different in different environments. The only way to tell how they'll sound in your personal listening area is to test them there. Ascend Acoustics has an excellent program that lets you listen for a while and return them if you decide they aren't for you (your only out of pocket expenses are for shipping). Other speaker manufacturers have similar programs. Many brick-and-mortar dealers (your local stores) will also let you take speakers home and return them if you don't like what you hear. If they won't do that for you, why are you dealing with them?

    IOW, you'll have to try them out. Pick what you like. Return the rest. Yep, it's a big hassle. But it's certainly doable.

    Many of us in these Ascend Acoustics forums have done this. We're here because we kept the Ascend speakers. Just sayin'.

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    Thanks again I appreciate all the replies. I guess I'm looking for a healthy step up in overall sound quality from what I have now. I'm not looking to play so loud my ears blow out, that ain't my goal. I'm looking for extremely detailed, accurate, a speaker where you hear everything in crystal clear definition. As I said in my first post, I have no complaints about the speakers I have, I love them, but I'm sure there are better. The RAAL ribbon tweeter I read is crystal clear. One of the reasons I'm looking hard at Ascend. Then again if its not a huge step up from what I have I won't be doing anything. No way for you guys to answer that one I guess.

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    Default Re: PSA, Aperion, Salk or Ascend upgrade questions

    My guess is that you would, in fact, find the Sierra-2s a huge step up from the DefTechs. My guess is you would also find the Salks to be a huge step up. Not so sure about the PSAs, though.
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    Very pleased Sierra-1 NrT and Sierra-1 owner

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