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Am I suffering from SAS or is there more to it? I am currently using A/D/S L1290 speakers in a 2.0 config and have a set of Dahlquist DQ-20s available if I ever finish refurbing them. I also have a set of Snell A/iii are just too big for the living room -- they live in the cave. Anyway, I really wouldn't mind having speakers with a smaller form factor than either the A/D/S or the DQ-20s. I am currently in a mid-life phase of getting rid of my piles of accumulated junk/toys and swapping out big stuff for smaller stuff. What I really want to know is how these Chanes will stack up against either of the aforementioned speakers. I do have a nice sub or two that I could mix in if need be but I really only care about listening to music. Feeling explosions in movies is about the last thing I care about. To drop or not to drop?
That's an interesting representation of great 2.0 designs, DM; everything from classic Danish sound to American phase/time sensitive theory with a stop at large format minimalism. Chane was influenced by just these sorts of classics, with Spica, early Mirage, the Snell E, and Dynaudio/Morel too, plus WE and VOT theater formats for necessary reference. Our licensed XBL2 bass drivers and flat panel treble driver have appreciably more linear output than anything in the class and well beyond, and the designs are done for high dynamic range and excellent 3D imaging, not bass-treble bombast and sensationalism. The XBL2 woofers can cut distortion by more than half so these models will go loud but they'll hold together and almost never break the image plane unless abused or fed poor program. A listener with your references will likely find them a familiar sound, and for relative peanuts. They're diametrically opposed to Big Box Brand sound and are intended to be a distinct alternative to it.
Compare these to Definitive technology BP10Bs to get a general idea of what you're getting for your money
Not familiar with those. I did own some Paradigm bi-polars for a while -- Eclipse or Espirit, only remember that it was the smaller of the two models. They were too laid back for my tastes.
I have a pair of Totem Arros, powered with a Yamaha A-S300. No sub. Although I love the look of the Totem's and the imaging is spectacular, they bottom out constantly. When I initially fell in love with these I was only listening to music. But gaming and movies have tainted my opinion of them. My B&W DM602 have been with me for 15+ years, and now live in my bedroom. Again, no sub, and no complaints from these. (Prefer floor standers to bookshelf in the living room) With that said, do you think the A3rx-c will give me what I need?
Vince does a fantastic job and while the Arro is acoustically tiny, I can see how you'd love it. The A3rx-c is in a larger acoustical class then either it or the classic DM602 and will play with renewed dynamics and slam. Musically you'll find it well on-par...
I have a pair of Totem Rainmakers on mass-loaded stands, I know the "bottoming out" you're describing... and they're bigger drivers than the Arro. I picked up a subwoofer (Kanto sub 8) and now the Rainmakers are happy to blast out games and movies at alarming volume levels I wouldn't subject them to before.