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Ascend Sierra-1 V2 Speaker Review

Rate this speaker:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 2 0.6%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 8 2.4%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 49 14.7%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 275 82.3%

  • Total voters
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Who the hell voted "poor"??

Graphs look well optimized. Really curious to hear how they perform IRL. Too bad they're impossible to audition here in Europe, so the chance of me ever hearing a pair is zero.
 

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Who the hell voted "poor"??

Graphs look well optimized. Really curious to hear how they perform IRL. Too bad they're impossible to audition here in Europe, so the chance of me ever hearing a pair is zero.
It's never Zero lol
At least while you're alive
 

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It's never Zero lol
At least while you're alive
Hahaha, fair enough. I was being a bit dramatic, I suppose. Still... Would love to hear what these sound like in the real world.
 

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I find the LX interesting due to its high power handling for a stand mount.
 

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Who the hell voted "poor"??

Graphs look well optimized. Really curious to hear how they perform IRL. Too bad they're impossible to audition here in Europe, so the chance of me ever hearing a pair is zero.
I've known some people who just hate speakers that are not efficient, the sensitivity is not exactly high..
 

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I've known some people who just hate speakers that are not efficient, the sensitivity is not exactly high..

Then those people need to build us some small, very accurate, and high sensitivity speakers with good bass output...
 

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I hope to get a chance to hear a pair myself. Based on measured performance vs price, this could be my go-to recommendation for bookshelf speakers, although I have to hear it first beforehand.
 

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No apology needed since that is not true. :) Here are the latest stats:

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We dwarf traditional press and compete for top spot for the most popular audio site in the world.
I find it quite a surprise that Steve Hoffman is so big. I just went and took a look after being absent for 4 or 5 years. It's real heavy on vinyl but otherwise seems to lack a focus.
 

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I find it quite a surprise that Steve Hoffman is so big. I just went and took a look after being absent for 4 or 5 years. It's real heavy on vinyl but otherwise seems to lack a focus.

I'm also surprised that forum is still so popular. Loyalty I guess. I was into his CD remasterings pre-internet age and happy someone was trying to do a better job.
 

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When you factor in the price and the looks, seems it must be on any short list if it's in line with a small bookshelf goals. I too would be interested in the larger version and or the ribbon tweeter version.
 

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I find it quite a surprise that Steve Hoffman is so big. I just went and took a look after being absent for 4 or 5 years. It's real heavy on vinyl but otherwise seems to lack a focus.
It's a cray-cray place. Absolute ban on anything even remotely related to DBT, and they're tube-crazy, cable believers, and ultra-ultra subjectivists who almost totally despise ASR.
 

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It's a cray-cray place. Absolute ban on anything even remotely related to DBT, and they're tube-crazy, cable believers, and ultra-ultra subjectivists who almost totally despise ASR.
Many (most?) audiophiles are anti science without even knowing it.
 

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I suspect based on experience that, in A/B comparison with a speaker with similar midband dispersion and headroom that does not make the same tradeoffs - i.e. a more tailored waveguide geometry allows on-axis is flattish and smooth, with the horizontal directivity is well matched at the crossover - the latter would be preferred by most. That few such speakers exist, let alone at a similar price point with like quality components and build quality, is a fair retort.
Give me such speaker and take my money or shut up :) In fact, I strongly suspect none exists, at any price level. At least none were measured with the Klippel NFS so far (check spinorama.org).
 
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