Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Posts
    71

    Default Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

    Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

    I received my Sierra 2-EX a week ago. It was originally going to be used as a surround speaker, but since the towers are still being built, I use this pair as mains for now while waiting for the towers.

    Before any serious listening, I followed my usual practice of letting the speakers burn in for a week of continuous music. How much burn-in is actually necessary I couldn’t say; certainly, by the time I started listening, there were no further changes in the sonic characteristics that I could discern.

    My initial reaction to the 2EX is fast. The transient response and accuracy is just off the charts. Leading edges of percussive notes, like plucked strings, piano, cymbals and drums are perfectly rendered, and the resolution and detail impart a sense of realism that just takes your breath away. Consistent with this speed, music seems to flow effortlessly, and the level of rhythmic articulation, especially in the upper bass is simply superb. One fun example of trackI played to demonstrate this is the Passenger from the Daphne Su album.

    Another attribute that grabs you immediately is the soundstage. It is vast and holographic. Instruments are placed with pinpoint precision in three-dimensional space. This becomes even more impressive in dense passages in large orchestral pieces like Copland 100. Rather than sounding congested and muddy, the 2EX takes these passages in its stride and maintains a coherent soundstage.

    Tonality is a little interesting. The upper-mids and highs are just exemplary, with no harshness or edge to speak of. The mids provide what I would characterize as a front-row presentation. The 2EX is not forgiving of subpar recordings or upstream electronics. That said, the only time I heard grunge was when I played it! Which was almost never.

    In the bass region, the articulation of the upper bass is superb. However, there is no getting around the fact that the 2EX is light in the lower and sub-bass. Obviously, the degree to which this matters depends on your sensitivity to this frequency region and personal preference. To me, accurate bass response is vital to all music genres, whether it is a cappella, solo piano, or a massive orchestra.

    Overall, this is an enjoyable speaker, and I am very much looking forward to hearing the Towers soon.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Posts
    860

    Default Re: Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

    Nice review, elan120

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    S.E. La. - USA
    Posts
    255

    Red face Re: Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

    Wonderful review, Kevin! Don't know if you tried blending a sub with the 2EX, but when done well, top to bottom presentation is simply Stunning!

    The Towers should take the Sierra-2EX sonic prowess to another level of realism and enjoyment for you!!

    Ted
    Sierra-2EX, Axiom EP 500, Emotiva USP-1, Emotiva UPA-2, Phillips CD880 (dedicated 2.1 listening room)!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Posts
    71

    Default Re: Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by racrawford65 View Post
    Nice review, elan120

    Thank you, Robert.




    Quote Originally Posted by theophile View Post
    Wonderful review, Kevin! Don't know if you tried blending a sub with the 2EX, but when done well, top to bottom presentation is simply Stunning!

    The Towers should take the Sierra-2EX sonic prowess to another level of realism and enjoyment for you!!

    Ted
    I am running with a sub right now and it is very satisfying. The review was focus on just the 2EX, and you are correct, when augment with a sub, it plays very beautiful music.

    The Morrow speaker cable should be delivered later this week, which will be interesting to see how much difference it makes.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    28

    Default Re: Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

    Enjoyed your review Kevin! I have not heard the 2EX speakers, but I have the Towers W/RAAL and I think you are going to like them. Mid-range is just beautiful and I think you will find plenty of accurate and full representation in the lower end too. The RAAL tweeter.....Well, that is just magical - especially with respect to the music you are using to test the EX2's (which I did try on my Towers). I can listen to these speakers for hours and never get fatigued. Flying Home (live) by Stanley Jordan and Nature Boy (live) by Rene Marie are a couple of tracks that are quite impressive on these speakers.
    Speakers: Sierra Towers w/RAAL, Rythmik L12 sub
    Pre/Amp: HK3490 (120w)
    Source: Schiit Modi 3+, Tidal HD

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Posts
    71

    Default Re: Sierra 2-EX Initial Listening Impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by jimlucci View Post
    Enjoyed your review Kevin! I have not heard the 2EX speakers, but I have the Towers W/RAAL and I think you are going to like them. Mid-range is just beautiful and I think you will find plenty of accurate and full representation in the lower end too. The RAAL tweeter.....Well, that is just magical - especially with respect to the music you are using to test the EX2's (which I did try on my Towers). I can listen to these speakers for hours and never get fatigued. Flying Home (live) by Stanley Jordan and Nature Boy (live) by Rene Marie are a couple of tracks that are quite impressive on these speakers.
    Thank you, Jim,

    I also think I will like the Towers. Meanwhile, I added the two albums you recommend, and they played well on the 2EX w/sub. Once I have the Towers here, I will try them again.

    Regards,
    Kevin

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •