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Sierra-2 Reference Ribbon Monitor

Sierra-2 Reference Ribbon Monitor

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dkinric
How was the match and look together , kidly share a picture.
Got my shipment notification today. Delivery Eta 10/31
I was so tempted by this one. I'm hard pressed to find a good pair of speakers for my application. The best choices at this price point -- basically these or the Philharmonic BMR's -- will be borderline with respect to sensitivity. My amps are a pair of really sweet modified Dynaco Mark IV monoblocks, fronted by an Audible Illusions Modulus 3B preamp (analog source is a vintage Rega Planar 3 with Incognito rewire kit). The Dynas are probably only good for about 40 watts, so I'm at the low end of the power requirements for just about all quality affordable speakers. I'm currently using a pair of vintage Klipsch Forte's, and they are super sensitive, a great match spec-wise for low power tube amps, but those horns wear me out, and my wife hates the big box look. In the end I think I will pass on these and go for the Philharmonics.
Is this price for 1 or 2 speakers?
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You're lucky I'm giving you one or two seconds of my attention. As a matter of fact, your times up!
We're all going to defer to your expertise on that subject.
Shame that you won't ship to SEA. BOO!
Any thoughts or feedback for those that got in on the last drop? Love to hear your thoughts.
I have the monitor audio gold 100’s with their ribbon tweeter and I really like them. Still would love to get a pair of Sierra 2’s or Sierra Luna’s for my office.
Thanks.
Mepadron
I'm sure you can find a ton of impressions on the Ascend forum.
Very detailed and sweet(not harsh) sound, Wide sweet spot, Pin point imaging
Bamboo cabinets are rock solid and the speaker looks great in both my Natural and Expresso colors
Massdrop purchased speakers did not come with Ascend stickers and hand gloves, which was a bummer but i didn't worry too much about it
UPS shows delivered today. Gonna unpack them this evening
mahee
That's a great story, thanks for sharing!
Tameh
No problem. Glad you enjoyed it
Wow, this drop shipped almost 3 weeks early - not the norm here at MD. Do thanks go to MD, Ascend, or both?
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Yeh, thats all that matters
There should be a magnetic cover on the ribbon tweeter that you need to slide it(upwards?) to take it off. Be careful not to touch the tweeter itself during this
mahee
I'll see how these compare to my P3ESR's. Thanks for the warning about the tweeter.
These look incredible and so is the warranty!
Dave,
Any plans to do a drop on the Sierra Luna speakers any time soon? I am thinking those smaller speakers would be a better fit in my office application. I really want to get some of your speakers. Thanks
I recently got the CBM-170 speakers. They are excellent. Even though these cost a lot more, I would have no problem buying the Sierra-2 without hearing them first.
Can these compete with a pair of Harbeth shl5 or c7es3? How do they compare in terms of soundstage width or depth?
Are these active or passive monitors? I'm looking for a good pair of active studio monitors to sit on my desk. These will be paired with my Mac, as well as a pair of M50X headphones. Possibly with a pair of openback headphones in the future. Thanks!
Ktt2
these are passive, you'll need an external amplification source
ribosradagast
Thanks!
"DESIGNED, ENGINEERED, AND ASSEMBLED IN THE USA" - love seeing this.
Not to seem trollish, but would these speakers sound 5x better than, e.g. the new Monoprice Monolith bookshelf speakers, or the new Emotiva equivalents? Both have a similar RAAL tweeter, smaller, but high quality midrange drivers, are well reviewed, sold direct to consumer, yet cost around $300/pair.
I'm not even sure there are significant build quality differences, either. The Monoprice cabinets, at least, are surprisingly well constructed, feature the nicest binding posts I've ever used, and to me at least, aren't aesthetically inferior when compared to the Sierras.
I'm certainly not golden-eared, and don't engage in any critical listening, but if the Sierra's can be expected to sound significantly better in a 5.1 home theater setup, I might try them.
Can anyone comment on their sound quality versus bookshelf speakers such as those I mentioned above?
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Are the Adam tweeters not ribbon drivers? This is what you seem to imply.
Calaverasgrande
Adam uses an Air Motion Transformer tweeter, commonly know as an AMT.
Another owner here. I bought them with the last drop and have them paired with the Linear Tube Audio Zotl 10 MKII which pushes 10 watts per channel and I cannot go past half volume [someone has to explain that to me]. At any rate, easy to drive and they sound fantastic no matter where you are in the room, but they sound incredible in the ribbon sweet spot which I have found to be fairly large and to be where you would normally sit for a listening session. I bring people into my listening room, sit them down, start a song, and watch that smile come across their face. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have.
KingMob
" sound fantastic no matter where you are in the room" - This is so true On KEF Q100 , if i dont sit in the sweet spot and shifted slightly to the right, i can hear the center image shifted left in the plane of speakers. This means on music, movies, Youtube vids, you always hear the dialogue coming at an angle With Sierra 2, sound comes from the point in the plane between speakers, that is located straight across from your position. This image follows you if you move left or right. This, along with the detailed sound brings the feeling of realism, i think. BTW, speakers are relatively large in size. So 28 inch stands are probably the correct height for most users with sofas/recliners, as it puts tweeter at ear level
Has anyone compared the Sierra's with the LS50's in nearfield desktop? The KEF's with the concentric tweeter are very coherent in super nearfield, but have considered trying the Sierra's.
Owner for 2+ years. Paired with Anthem 310 and either streaming through Bluesound node or vinyl on a Rega Planar 3 for sources. Couldn't be happier. The customer service is stellar. I can't believe people are complaining on the price... these are rarely this cheap unless you buy B-stock (which I did; I never found the flaw). Things that standout to me are the accuracy, soundstage, and bass. Probably the single best audio purchase I've ever made.
@AscendAc Dave i dont know if you send review samples to youtube reviewers. If yes, Z Reviews shud help get the word out on these amazing speakers. Zeos is also on massdrop @ZeosPantera
mahee
Thanks -- I will consider it!
Can anyone confirm if these include the 30 day trial period from Ascend? Or is that only if purchased from them directly? Would love to audition them, but nervous that I wont be happy paired with my amp.
Also, has anyone used tube amps with these speakers? I run a Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum 2 (KT-120 power tubes, roughly 100 watts per channel output). I am curious if this would be a good pairing but haven’t been able to find anything online .
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Class A brings in a whole new bundle of improvements as well... given my somewhat inefficient speakers the lower powered amps are a bit outside of my use case right now. Wouldn't mind building some full range, high efficiency speakers in the future but I'm gonna need more space for that :)
ElectronicVices
I have a few full range I run open baffle. Highly recommended. Zenith 49cz852 is unreal. You'll think Etta James is in the room with you. The dynamics are unreal. And that's just with them laying on the bed with no baffle. For real! Coral Holey Baskets are great if you don't have much room. I own two pair I like them so much. Very efficient for small speakers, and they actually do a little bass. Can find a pair for $100, and build some small vented cabinets. I assure you. They don't need much power at all. They get loud on my low powered 6L6 SET/SEP (it's switchable) in an open baffle. So ported they should get really loud.
I own the Towers and Horizon Center from Ascend and can't recommend their gear highly enough. I've been more than happy with them for a couple years now and the system has cured my itch to upgrade, which is really not an easy thing to do.
sludgeogre
Same here. Just came back from RMAF in Denver and my 5.1 system held up well in comparison to more expensive systems (up to a certain point)
I've had these in Satin Espresso for about 3 years. Hooked them up to an AVR, and several quality integrated amps (Marantz, Teac and Plinius). These are phenomenal speakers with incredible detail and surprisingly good bass.
I have the Monitor Audio Gold 100 speakers with their ribbon tweeter and love them!
Seriously thinking about getting a pair of these for my office. Everything I have heard about them is very positive.
Hoping they do a drop on the smaller Ascend Acoustic Luna speakers, I really liked the way those looked in the photos I found online.
While these run fine from a AV receiver, they sound better from a 2 channel power amp. Even something small like Basx A-100 can improve the sound of these and make them more dynamic sounding
I own these speakers and they are amazing. I compared to a few others including the the KEF LS50 and strongly preferred these Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2 speakers.
MikeTRON
I am using the LS50's in super nearfield on my large desktop with good results with the concentric tweeter array. Did you ever try the Sierra's in nearfield like that?
Audionut22
I have not, but even still I generally prefer to buy from smaller companies that are privately owned and operated. I believe someone on AVSforum compared about 10 different bookshelves for nearfield and ended up with the S2s.
I do think the white kefs are pretty with the blue drivers.
I've been using Sierra Luna's (RAAL driver, smaller cabinet than the 2's) since they came out. Love them to death, they sound great with a $500 SVS sub. I don't know why Ascend has not updated their webpage to show them..... are they still even available?
Jodet
I thought Lunas can be ordered only by contacting Dave. Not sure why they don't sell it directly on their website
Jodet
Happy to hear that you have been enjoying the Lunas! A shortage of bamboo from our West Cost source forced us to choose between either building our Sierra Towers or the Luna's and we decided to build the towers from our last shipment of bamboo. Good news is that more bamboo is now available and Luna's will be on our site by the end of this week... We currently have Luna's in stock but small numbers of each finish.
Has anybody listened to these and other speakers with ribbon-tweeter ? For example - GoldenEar Aon series, Martin Logan Motion series, probably in different price range - Legacy?
Is there a possibility to listen to the Sierra-2's in the Atlanta, GA area? Thanks:)
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franzik
I’m in Atlanta
bgbkt
Hello, Thank you for your quick response. Is there a possibility to listen to your Sierra-2? I am really curious how they sound and would highly appreciate a short listening opportunity. I am old school and like all kind and genre of well recorded music (from Abba - Zappa) jazz, classical). Best, Franz (404) 453 9315 mobile
The Sierra-2's arrived today! I have not yet had the time to properly set them up... but did hastily connect them to the MicroZotl 2 and they sound fantastic. I've spun Kind of Blue three times now and I'm already in love with the speakers. Cannot wait to give them a proper set-up and parade friends in front of them. Thanks for the opportunity MassD!
KingMob
What was the total cost on these from Massdrop?
taz1811
$1286. $1250 + $36 shipping. I understand that the company has offered them direct for about the same price.