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Chane A2rx-c 5.0 Loudspeaker Review Discussion Thread​


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Chane Music & Cinema has introduced the third evolution of their popular Arx series, now going by the alpha numeric '"Arx-c" designation. Using technologies not typically found at these prices, and utilizing an internet direct business model which allows customers to avoid paying dealer mark up, Chane looks to offer the public exceptional value for the money.


 

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Thank you for this informative and well written article.

You mentioned going through several iterations of setup to integrate the center channel. Jon Lane has remarked that using these MTMs in the vertical orientation can produce the best sound.

Have you decided if you are leaving the center speaker horizontal?
If you experimented with a vertical orientation, do you have any notes to share if there were noticeable differences between horizontal/vertical?
 

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Good stuff Dennis! Thanks for the really thorough write up.
 

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Good stuff Dennis! Thanks for the really thorough write up.
Thank you, Jim! I had a blast with these speakers.

Thank you for this informative and well written article.

You mentioned going through several iterations of setup to integrate the center channel. Jon Lane has remarked that using these MTMs in the vertical orientation can produce the best sound.

Have you decided if you are leaving the center speaker horizontal?
If you experimented with a vertical orientation, do you have any notes to share if there were noticeable differences between horizontal/vertical?
Thank you, Glenn!

I only set the A2rx-c center up one way, as pictured. I have no other options without blocking the HDTV. Someone with an AT screen would indeed be best served by a vertical A2rx-c at the same height as the L/R. If nothing else, because the center would be further from the floor (or ceiling).

Judging by the 2 channel sound I heard, and based on what we know about MTM designs, I am confident that vertical orientation is best for the center, especially for off axis listeners.

If I have time this weekend, I'll rotate the tweeter, see if I can get the center elevated to the same height as the L/R, and listen to some hi rez 5.1 music. Being directly on axis with the center, I do not expect a vertical placement to make as big a difference as simply elevating the center, but it will be interesting to experiment with it.
 

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Your impressive review is much appreciated! The Chane A2rx-c doesn't seem to have any wall-mount provision. Approaching 30+ pounds, I understand why unicorn mounts need not apply. Can you please share, or can you recommend a wall mount for surround purposes? Maybe something similar to Willis7469's clamp-type mounts (discontinued)? TIA! :)



 

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I like the concept and size, prices? They certainly seem worthy of a audition after that review.
$229 ea as per Chane website. Not unreasonable at all...
http://www.chanemusiccinema.com/A2rx-c

Also notable Reddit posted a $189 price point that might be repeatable at MassDrop.com
MassDrop is a bulk buy community they maintain a request system to bring back past deals or perhaps we could re-create a mass buy here with enough interest as Chane has done this before.
https://www.reddit.com/r/hometheater/comments/3056iq/chane_a2rxc_on_massdrop_going_down_to_189_ea/
 

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Vogel clamp mounts. Those are neat, nothing out there anymore that uses a similar design (that won't cost more than the speakers)?
 

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Great review, Dennis! I enjoyed reading it very much, and I'm glad to hear that the Chanes are living up to their reputation, especially the reputation they have on this forum.

It's interesting to note how at times, with some recordings, you thought perhaps the tweeter was held back just a smidge, but later on other recordings decided maybe it was right where it should be. Did you feel the slight lack of resolution was the result of a tweeter intentionally brought down in level as part of the design, or was the tweeter itself not quite capable of the last bit of resolution regardless of its level relative to the rest of the system?

Out of curiosity, is anyone at HTS getting a pair of A5rx-c for review soon? I know they were on the docket to be reviewed when they were released this past spring, but I also see that Chane is (already) out of stock on them. I'd be quite interested to read about how they compare to the A2, since the A5 is a three-way speaker. Also I'm interested to find out what sonic differences there are compared to the original A5.
 

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Chane speakers on Massdrop...

Yes Massdrop has had several rounds of sales for the A1rx-c & A2rx-c.
Massdrop did it several months ago and another sale just ended this month for both models. I ordered (2) A2rx-c's for my mom, they ended up being a total of $407/pair including shipping.
I also ordered another pair of the A1's through this latest drop.
A great combination: Chane & Massdrop (sittin' in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, first comes love then....).


I use Chane A5rx-c's as my main L&R speakers. Temporarily using the A1rx-c as a center speaker. Contemplating on getting an A2rx-c for my center speaker.
 

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Excellent review, Dennis. Thank you for bringing the A2 system to life for us. I got to listen to them for an hour on the 4th at Dennis's place, and can only offer a hearty Amen to everything Dennis has said.

Out of curiosity, is anyone at HTS getting a pair of A5rx-c for review soon? I know they were on the docket to be reviewed when they were released this past spring, but I also see that Chane is (already) out of stock on them. I'd be quite interested to read about how they compare to the A2, since the A5 is a three-way speaker. Also I'm interested to find out what sonic differences there are compared to the original A5.
We have been asking Jon Lane for a crack at the new A5 for awhile now. He has had the wonderful fortune of having such high demand for them that he has been unable to hold back a pair for us yet (which of you customers would have accepted a "Sorry, all out" for our sake?:rolleyesno:). We would never wish for anything less than that for him, but will continue to hope he finds a way to send us a pair before too long for review.
 

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Yep, getting reviews is and should be a bit lower on the priority list than getting them in customers' hands. Especially when they sell out faster that you can bring them in. Anyway, he is supposed to be stocked up "this summer" so hopefully that means there will be a pair for you guys in the next month or two. Fingers crossed . . . :D
 

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I just emailed Dennis thanking him for his effort and commending him on a particularly clear and pleasant review. It's one thing to find favorable remarks about your product in the press, but it's another to see such a nicely written and presented piece. Thanks again, Dennis. This is genuinely good reporting.

To address another interest in this thread: Chane has undertaken a hopefully brief update program for the next - and likely to be final - A5 platform. Many of you know that we continually look for minor updates and improvements and this next cycle will be no different. I think we'll be very hard pressed to do better than it without appreciable cost and price increases, but there are a few elements I'd like to try to pass on to customers as value adders for the A5.

Our new website should launch soon and will include more details.

It's a pleasure to be a small part of a community of such dedicated, competent enthusiasts. Thank you again Dennis and HTS, and we look forward to more good things soon.
 

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Thanks Jon. Just to be clear, are you referring here to an update to the most recent release of the A5rx-c, or the addition of a model to the A-series (for lack of a better term)?
 

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I just emailed Dennis thanking him for his effort and commending him on a particularly clear and pleasant review. It's one thing to find favorable remarks about your product in the press, but it's another to see such a nicely written and presented piece. Thanks again, Dennis. This is genuinely good reporting.

To address another interest in this thread: Chane has undertaken a hopefully brief update program for the next - and likely to be final - A5 platform. Many of you know that we continually look for minor updates and improvements and this next cycle will be no different. I think we'll be very hard pressed to do better than it without appreciable cost and price increases, but there are a few elements I'd like to try to pass on to customers as value adders for the A5.

Our new website should launch soon and will include more details.

It's a pleasure to be a small part of a community of such dedicated, competent enthusiasts. Thank you again Dennis and HTS, and we look forward to more good things soon.
If this update involves a "Atmos" module, I'm quitting my life.

Just kidding.. I really hope that's not going to be the case.. either way I'm a superfan of the A5rx-c's... I cant wait to see what's next.
 

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I'm really lost as to which ARX to choose for a small 13'x16'x10' room with a servo sub.
My heart wants the A5rx-c but I heard the A3rx-c for some reason are the best for 2 channel music.
I'm a music guys so it's a no brainier to get the A2rx-c for my side channels for the rare occasion I listen to SACD's. I will be running 3 of the same up front or maybe just 2 as I just have one LP.
 

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I'm really lost as to which ARX to choose for a small 13'x16'x10' room with a servo sub.

My heart wants the A5rx-c but I heard the A3rx-c for some reason are the best for 2 channel music.
I'm a music guys so it's a no brainier to get the A2rx-c for my side channels for the rare occasion I listen to SACD's. I will be running 3 of the same up front or maybe just 2 as I just have one LP.
With a room just a hair under 2100 ft^3 I think the A3rx would be more than sufficient for your needs. The bonus is they're in stock now, so you can get up and running immediately.

When you say 'servo' sub, are you referring to a Rythmik by chance?
 

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I'm really lost as to which ARX to choose for a small 13'x16'x10' room with a servo sub.
My heart wants the A5rx-c but I heard the A3rx-c for some reason are the best for 2 channel music.
With a room just a hair under 2100 ft^3 I think the A3rx would be more than sufficient for your needs. The bonus is they're in stock now, so you can get up and running immediately
I agree with Jim. The 3 is really happy in a modest-sized room and with a good amp, can really energize the place.
 
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