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Chane Music & Cinema Offers a Sweet Deal on its New A5rx-c Speaker

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Two years ago, Home Theater Shack hosted a $1,000 Speaker Evaluation Event that squared-off eight different speaker models (costing $1,000/pair or less) in a home audition showdown. Among the entrants were the Magnepan MG12/QR, MartinLogan Motion 12, Vandersteen 2Ce, Tekton Model Lore, Klipsch RF-62 II, HTD Level THREE, Focal Chours 716V, and the Arx A5 (then sold under the name: The Audio Insider). As the field was whittled down, the listening panel gravitated to the Motion 12s and A5s, eventually crowning the Arx A5 as the champion.

Chane's new A5rx-c shares similar looks to the A5 (above), with quite a few internal improvements.

Reviewers present at the event found the A5s to be forgiving in placement and sonically superior (if not just slightly better than the Motion 12s) to the rest of the group. A definitive theme amongst the review crew was the A5’s ability to seemingly disappear while being played. Other descriptors included “detailed,” “airy,” and “truly amazing.” Pairing their impressions with the A5’s modest price class speaks volumes about the speaker’s ability to deliver show stopping sound. Of course, this all goes without mentioning that the review team felt the A5s were every bit a winner in a follow-up Evaluation Event that featured speakers worth $2,500/pair.

The Audio Insider has since changed its name to Chane Music & Cinema and the A5 has recently undergone a revision. In its new iteration, the A5rx-c ushers the A5 model forward with quite a few changes while keeping the same outward looks and TMWWW array. Chane says the A5rx-c has improved thermal power handling in the treble, increased high-frequency extension, and enhanced acoustical matching throughout the design. The crossover has been redesigned to allow for tighter integration, improved mid-bass texture, and better overall slam. Internally, the cabinet has been tweaked to be “slightly quieter” with a few design alterations.

“The end result is a more refined and transparent sound as compared to the original,” says owner Jon Lane. “I wanted a little more sonic X-factor from the model, and, like the other three rx-c models in the lineup, the 5 came through.”

The A5rx-c's dedicated midrange driver is designed for high resolution at higher frequencies.

In just over a month, the A5rx-c (and its sibling, the A3rx-c) will be fully stocked and ready to ship to buyers...and here’s where it gets interesting. Chane Music & Cinema is offering an enticing Group Buy deal to early adopters. Now through the end of February 2015, Chane Music & Cinema is offering the A5rx-c for $379 each (normally $429). In addition, customers who commit to the Group Buy will earn an additional discount of $40 for each pair of the A1rx-c and $34 for every A2rx-c purchased. Matched with this deal is Chane’s 30-day in-home satisfaction guarantee.

Chane Music & Cinema is a valued Sponsor of Home Theater Shack, and we’re happily hosting an A5rx-c Group Buy thread, here. Feel free to click on the link to discuss the Group Buy with other forum members.

For more information about the A5rx-c (or other Chane Music & Cinema products), visit their website at chanemusicandcinema.com.

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Re: Chane Musc & Cinema Offer a Sweet Deal on its New A5rx-c Speaker

Leonard nailed it perfectly, not a better bargain to be had! I liked them so much that I was gonna buy that pair if Leonard did not! But to my happiness Jon has created an improved model & is offering them to us with a rare, not to be seen again, discounted group buy price. I've already bought my 7.0 system from Jon, just waiting on shipping now. I got 2 A5rx-c's (mains), an A2rx-c (center) & 4 A1rx-c's (surround & rear duty). Gonna be a nice upgrade! If you've been on the fence about which speakers to buy, I highly recommend the A5's, just don't wait too long as this group buy is only till the end of the month.
Yep, and the killer thing is that Jon put his L7 (the A5's much bigger version) on hold to finish this roll out. I suspect that will be a serious contenter in the $3-5K bracket! He was prototyping cabnets/crossovers at his last post, mentioned he will be picking up on some unfinished endeavores after this roll out.

Jon wrote:
In terms of manufacturing costs, this model is top-heavy in the extreme. A pair houses six large exotic midbass drivers, four special midranges, and the usual Chane tweeters. This level of parts cost tends to be found in loudspeakers over $5,000 a pair.

We've had to develop about half a dozen driver prototypes so far, which has also added time. I want the parameters balanced well so the model they're in falls into place well too. I'd like to wring all we can from it.
Boy do I want to hear those. We can only expect deeper extension & increased SPL with smoother dynamics. I think he's proving to be quite the contender. At least in my non-professional & humble opinion. :TT

Edit: I checked his forum just now & he has reopened the L7 thread. It's on!

Done (added into my post above).

When you enter the Forum, scroll all the way down to the "Skunkworks" section. Click into that to find the thread. It doesn't delve into design philosophy to much. In my opinion, he uses these threads more to gauge interest. There are some of his threads however, that really offer some good reading & insight into his designs. His writings liken him to an artist of sound with his speakers being his canvas. This L7 should be special.
Wow! There's a FedEx truck pulling up in the front yard...what could it possible be?

Wouldn't you know, it's four A1-rxc's & an A2-rxc! The FedEx driver was very nice, helped me unbox them & check for damage. They look flawless. Don't have time to listen now, but I'm really wanting to get to it sooner than later. Gonna have to download REW & figure out how to measure them. I have the XTZ room analyzer pro, will have to figure that out as well. I think I remember a thread about using them together...time for a little research.

Thanks Jon!!! :yes:
Yep, the A5's will be the next thing to arrive, hopefully by the end of March! I thinking I can finish my theater by the end of the year. I have a $10,000 roofing repair to make 1st. Should start that next month. Then it's wire & stuff my riser. Paint, carpet & decide on the PJ, AVR & BDP. Getting there bit-by-bit.
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