Hello once again people. It has been said on various other forums and the like that the Ascend cbm-170 is on par with the Paradigm Studio 20. Likewise, the Ascend cmt-340m is on par with the Paradigm Studio 40. Furthermore, the Studio 20' s and the 40's seem to offer lower bass extension. My position on that is nill because I have a Paradigm PS-1000 10" sub that provides all the clean undistorted bass I want. Therefore, beside the Ascends lacking a little in the bass end of the spectrum are there any other disadvantages when compared to the studio 20 and studio 40? I must say that the studio 20 has impressed me the most of any speaker in its class. The studio 40 did not do much for me at all. The 20's imaged better, were punchier, sounded much more detailed and controlled. In particular, I really enjoyed the 20's spaciousness more and it never once sounded overly bright to me. More laid back and very competent in what it was doing. It really is an amazing speaker. To say the Ascend CBM-170 is on par with the studio 20 is a HUGE statement to make. Those are awful big shoes to fill. If so, then the CBM-170 would have to be the deal of the century coming in at $328 a pair. The studio 20's will cost at least $750 a pair. So Ascend owners please speak up. Lets just leave bass extension out of the equation so to speak. Does Paradigm offer any other advantages other than bass extension? Please be specific and elaborate. Thank you for your time. Please share your thought with us.