I have the reference monitors. Of the three pairs of speakers I have now, these are the ones I am not selling. Smooth,nice bass and punch. Non fatguing all day long. I have never heard the Ascend. Hope this helps.
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I know I'm late to the party here, however thought I'd chime in. I have the Odyssey Audio's newish floor standing "Liquid" speakers and think they hit way above their price range. In agreement with "giantsalami" above, they are smooth, detailed, musical and have excellent PRAT and punch. To me, in my room, these are better than an (unnamed) pair of speakers I had before which retailed for over $40,000.
I've had various Ascend speakers and, to me anyway, there's no comparison.