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    Default Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    Currently in the process of designing a home office setup and have been picking out all of my components while working on getting a desk built. I had the thought cross my mind of quite possibly using the Ascend brand for near field listening.

    Has anyone on this forum done this? What is your feedback? I'll be sitting anywhere from 2.5 - 4 feet away from the speakers based on placement. My desk dimensions will be 60-63" wide and 24" deep.

    What do you recommend and what are you using to run them? I currently own a 27" iMac desktop and will be doing everything from scratch so I need all the help and recommendations I can get.

    Thanks and be well!
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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    What's the budget?

    So many options. I think a pair of Lunas would be awesome on the desktop. Even a pair of HTM-200SE's.

    I would look at something like this to drive them with the USB output of the Mac.
    https://www.amazon.com/SMSL-Q5-Pro-D.../dp/B017W12UCU
    Last edited by curtis; 01-22-2021 at 06:16 PM.
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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    Budget would be as high as the Sierra 2EX but not sure if theyd be overkill for near field listening

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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    I'm using the HTM200's in my office - not exactly near field, though. I've placed them on top of bookshelves to provide ambient music whilst working from home.

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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by racrawford65 View Post
    I'm using the HTM200's in my office - not exactly near field, though. I've placed them on top of bookshelves to provide ambient music whilst working from home.
    Sounds very nice! However, I would be using mine in traditional desktop fashion at a 63 w x 25 d desk.

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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    The thing with near-field listening is that given the short distance between speakers and listeners, the sound coming from each driver may not "merge" by the time it reaches the ear.

    That is why generally small speakers (with smaller drivers and closer to each other) works best for near-field.

    I would go with the HTM-200 and if necessary supplement them with a small sub.

    The other advantage of the HTM-200 is that not being ported are easier to position on a desk, especially if close to a wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicHead View Post
    The thing with near-field listening is that given the short distance between speakers and listeners, the sound coming from each driver may not "merge" by the time it reaches the ear.

    That is why generally small speakers (with smaller drivers and closer to each other) works best for near-field.

    I would go with the HTM-200 and if necessary supplement them with a small sub.

    The other advantage of the HTM-200 is that not being ported are easier to position on a desk, especially if close to a wall.
    Great points, IMHO. I'd expect the Luna to be even better, though at much higher cost.

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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    Im in a 10x10x8 room so its not too far from near field, with the Sierra-2 being about 8 from me. Check my signature for gear used.
    Current Setup:

    Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2 Front LR
    Emotiva DC-1 XLR DAC
    Emotiva 2 PA-1 XLR Mono Block Amplifiers
    PS Audio P3 Power Plant AC Regenerator


    Future Upgrades:

    Ascend Acoustics NrT Sierra Horizon Front LR vertically oriented
    PS Audio Stellar GainCell XLR DAC

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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    If I was to edit the above post Id lose my signature. I was going add tho that the Sierra-2EX is a fantastic bargain for not much more than the Sierra-2.
    Last edited by choirbass; 01-24-2021 at 07:34 PM.

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    Default Re: Is anybody using Ascend Acoustics at their desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by markgoebel View Post
    Currently in the process of designing a home office setup and have been picking out all of my components while working on getting a desk built. I had the thought cross my mind of quite possibly using the Ascend brand for near field listening.

    Has anyone on this forum done this? What is your feedback? I'll be sitting anywhere from 2.5 - 4 feet away from the speakers based on placement. My desk dimensions will be 60-63" wide and 24" deep.

    What do you recommend and what are you using to run them? I currently own a 27" iMac desktop and will be doing everything from scratch so I need all the help and recommendations I can get.

    Thanks and be well!
    At a minimum of 2.5 feet away, I would strongly recommend going with our Sierra-2EX or Luna. If you will not be using a subwoofer, for sure Sierra-2EX. Sierra-2EX has extremely tight phase integration between woofer and tweeter and the exceptionally wide horizontal dispersion of the RAAL ribbon is a real blessing for listening near-field as this makes the speakers sound a bit less directional (beamy) at close distance. We have hundreds of customers using Sierra-2/Sierra-2EX in the nearfield (which is generally considered listening at less than 1 meter)
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