just got some Ascends in today, 3 cbm-170 , with one being used as the center channel. Right out of the box, i have to say with music at least they are quite impressive. being driven right now with just a lowley $200 Kenwood reciever they actually sound great. i do however notice some distortion in the highs. for those Ascend owners, did you notice much change after a period of break-in? if so how much of a change, and how long did it take? for HT, i'm less impressed, but can't really evaluate it until i hook up a better reciever.