Ascend Acoustics Center Channel Question

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  1. Ben_wood

    Ben_wood Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm planning on ordering a 5.1 set of speakers from Ascend Acoustics and had originally intended on getting all CBM-170s to go along with the VTF-2 sub. My problem is I don't have enough space between the top of the tv and the component shelf above for a 170 to fit horizontally.However,a HTM-200 will fit just barely.I don't want to have to compromise the audio portion of my system any more than I have to.Will I be satisfied with a HTM-200? If you have this system or have any thoughts about the HTM-200 as a center channel let me know. Thanks.
     
  2. EricE

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    Check out Cheap Home Theater, they've got a review of the Ascends. I think they said that they perferred the CBM-170 for the center channel instead of the HTM-200.
     
  3. Denis K

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    Ben,
    I have/had the same question as I am also considering the Ascends. Go here: HTM-200 and scroll down to my question. Then see Kevin's reply just below. Hope this helps.
     
  4. Ben_wood

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    Thanks Eric and Denis, from what I've read CBM-170's all the way around is the best way to go, but if a 170 won't fit on top of my TV just how much of a drop will I experience in audio quality? I just ordered two 170's today and when they arrive I'll see if I can find some way to fit one in as a center channel. Depending on what happens I'll then know which type to buy to complete my 5.1 system consisting of the Ascends, an Onkyo 595, an Sony DVP-NS500 player, and Hsu VTF-2 sub. (inexpensive but satisfying!)
     
  5. RandyKudor

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    Hi Guys,

    I too had the same concerns regarding my future purchase with them. In fact, i had two concerns. First was the VTF-2 sub, I want MORE BASS.. solution? The new Hsu VTF-3, although I haven't yet heard this sub, I trust its performance.

    Regarding the center, I emailed ascend expressing my concerns (I have a BIG room) and I wanted a much larger center. I was even considering two CBM-170s on their sides for this channel. They told me that they will have a new step up center channel in the coming months, even a step up from the CBM-170, which I love. They also told me that I could upgrade my current center to the new offering so I wouldn't have to wait to buy my system.

    This locked in the sale for them and I will be purchasing next month for sure.

    I recommend you email ascend and ask 'em about the new center.
     
  6. Ben_wood

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    Thanks for the heads-up on the new center channel Randy! I'll be sure to look into that. And VTF-2 vs. VTF-3 I also can't decide yet. One thing is for certain, both Ascend and Hsu seem to have their acts together!!!
     

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