Why do you think you made the decision to go with the A45's? I hope you don't read this as me being derisive of you, because that is the last thing I would intend. You did this right and setup and compared these speakers in your home. IIRC, you did not rush it. I know you are a careful and experienced listener and just want to understand your thoughts on how and why things went wrong so we can learn from that!\n\nDon't get me wrong, I love my Canton's more than the Ascends. The balance and overall sound stage is better to me. I do really like the tone and clarity of ribbons.