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    Quote Originally Posted by racrawford65 View Post
    Yes, the ELX is the same cabinet. You'll need to check the woofer cut-out size - if it's a bit small, you will likely have to either sand around the cutout or (better) the drivers. Mine were ok. If memory serves correct, you'll need 156.4 mm diameter at a minimum. The instructions are really clear and there are some tips/tricks in this thread, as I recall.

    Not sure what the current ELX upgrade cost is. I bought mine towards the end of last year at the introductory pricing. It was like $1000 per Tower (V1 to ELX upgrade, keeping the RAAL) and $1060 for the Horizon. Plus shipping. Total for all 3 speakers was like $3130. Worth every penny.
    It's $2198 plus shipping for the tower pair to go from Raal V1 to ELX Raal. My upgrade kits just shipped. Super excited.
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    Considering how happy I've been with my original Sierra Towers w/RAAL ribbons, if anything, I'll upgrade the crossovers only. Spending another $1,000++ isn't in my tower's future.
    Maybe, just maybe, if I wasn't shopping for a new AVR..... Lol!

    I can only imagine how awesome the new Towers must be! But, If I cannot hear them, all is swell!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw Cajon View Post
    Considering how happy I've been with my original Sierra Towers w/RAAL ribbons, if anything, I'll upgrade the crossovers only. Spending another $1,000++ isn't in my tower's future.
    Maybe, just maybe, if I wasn't shopping for a new AVR..... Lol!

    I can only imagine how awesome the new Towers must be! But, If I cannot hear them, all is swell!



    There always will be something bigger and better!
    I think upgrading the crossovers is a great option for you. Dave has said that it gets you about halfway to the ELX, so great value in that sense.
    Nate

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    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia0287 View Post
    I noticed there is now a v2 of the towers, was curious what changed. Also saw talk of an upgrade kit a few pages back, was curious what is changed. Though I dunno if it will even be worth it though as Iím not sure I can imagine using the towers as surrounds, and I am quite sure eventually I will cave and order the ELX, though Iím super torn about which tweeters to go for (and of course same for upgrading my -2ís to EX or LX lol).

    I am also curious how the two tweeters might sound together? Is the sound signature close enough that it wonít be an issue to for example use raal for mains and center if I ever add one, but the titans for the surrounds and eventual wides?

    I love the raal for music and they do great with dialogue, but in a lot of ways I suspect the titan and lx are more suited to my main use which is HT especially given the midbass punch and subwoofer to cover the bottom end, I just dunno if I can sacrifice the clarity on the mains.

    I also just dread the effort involved in shipping my current towers, but if I get ELX it would make no sense to keep them as I have no space or extra rooms to put them in. I guess if nothing else upgrading to v2 would make em easier to sell and probably help me delay buying ELX lol.
    Please be sure to read this thread. It contains all of the information you are looking for:

    https://forum.ascendacoustics.com/sh...-Best-For-Last!

    Yes, the RAAL ribbons and the Titan dome tweeters do blend very well when used together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw Cajon View Post
    Considering how happy I've been with my original Sierra Towers w/RAAL ribbons, if anything, I'll upgrade the crossovers only. Spending another $1,000++ isn't in my tower's future.
    Maybe, just maybe, if I wasn't shopping for a new AVR..... Lol!

    I can only imagine how awesome the new Towers must be! But, If I cannot hear them, all is swell!



    There always will be something bigger and better!
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    Default Re: The Tower Discussion Thread!

    Anyone who has experienced Magnepan ribbon speakers(3.7i and up) how do they compare to Sierra tower RAAL
    I have listened to Sierra 2 and LRS+(quasi ribbon) and feel the treble sounds VERY nice and similar on both. But when thinking of upgrade i want to consider the big RAAL in towers and maggie ribbons

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    Quote Originally Posted by davef View Post
    How can I be of assistance?

    Morning Dave! I am definitely considering upgrading the crossovers in the next few months, and possibly the drivers on down the road.
    - Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw Cajon View Post
    Morning Dave! I am definitely considering upgrading the crossovers in the next few months, and possibly the drivers on down the road.
    I would advise against that sequence of upgrades. If you swap crossovers with the current drivers, you will need to swap crossovers AGAIN when you swap drivers. Wasting your time and money that way. If swapping drivers is your end goal then just save up and do it all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mag_Neato View Post
    I would advise against that sequence of upgrades. If you swap crossovers with the current drivers, you will need to swap crossovers AGAIN when you swap drivers. Wasting your time and money that way. If swapping drivers is your end goal then just save up and do it all at once.
    I agree unless you really might be satisfied with just the crossover upgrade and not have FOMO. You're going from very good speakers to even better speakers. Dave has mentioned that the crossover upgrade gets you about halfway to the performance of the ELX, so an excellent value there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mag_Neato View Post
    I would advise against that sequence of upgrades. If you swap crossovers with the current drivers, you will need to swap crossovers AGAIN when you swap drivers. Wasting your time and money that way. If swapping drivers is your end goal then just save up and do it all at once.
    I guess, I am confused. I thought once the new crossovers are installed, if I later wished to swap out to the new drivers, I would just remove the old drivers, and mount the new drivers, plugging those into the new crossover.
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