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Greetings Friends, I am considering jumping onboard this purchase. I have been running a pair of Klipsch KG 4.5s for a long time and am looking for something more musical. I have a Denon DN-A7100 Preamp going to an Adcom GFA 6000 (100x3/60x2 8ohm) with a NAD 216 THX bridged (400x1 8ohm) on a JL 13w3v3 in a custom ported box. I will be crossing these speakers at 80hz (not sure of the DN-A7100 slope) with all low end going to my subwoofer. How much output will I be giving up vs the Klipsch? Will the A3rx-c handle the Adcom with no problems? I was hoping so with the high pass crossover in place. I will be upgrading to another pair of these and the matching surround in the future, I am hoping I don't need to move up to the A5rx-c. Oh ya, I am in a medium size room (20x20') and listen to new rock, classic rock and similar. Music is more of a priority than movies, I have my 13w3 to handle the low end. Feedback on choosing between the two Chase models is appreciated, thank you. Mike
I've listened to the smaller sized Chane A1's & A2's with my amp (ATI 1506, 450W/ch) at full range frequency at uncomfortably loud levels with no problems. These A3's can also handle very high SPL's with good amplification.
In my opinion, for a 20x20' room, I believe these A3's are a good fit for normal listeners, especially when crossed over to a subwoofer (normal listeners are those that may listen at loud levels often, but not ear bleedingly loud levels).
I set my mom up with the A2's for her smaller townhouse living room... I set my brother up with the A3's for his medium sized single family living room.... But I set myself up with the bigger A5's for my medium sized single family living room because I often listen at full range frequency ear bleedingly loud levels.
I love the transparent sound of this line of speakers. There is no obvious coloration of sound that many other speakers have.
Are you using a sub with your A5's?
All of the speakers in the Chane line have articulate & balanced sounding bass (even the smallest A1's).
In my living room surround sound set up, for the main speakers, two A5's play full range (with ATI 1506 amp, 450w/ch) alongside several subs (for accurate/balanced sub bass sound, I use the subs 100% of the time for movies & music (I never understood why many people use subs for movies but not for music)) . For the center speaker I use an A2 (with ATI 1506 amp, 450w/ch), crossed over to the sub at 50hz. For the surround speakers currently I am using JBL in-ceiling speakers (due to WAF), eventually I hope to incorporate my A1's as surround speakers.
My master bedroom is using two A2's full range, no sub. My smaller guest bedroom is using two A1's full range, no sub.
My brother is using the A3's (no sub) as main speakers for his TV set up. His bass sounds very full and satisfying, just missing those lower sub bass octaves, which he is fine with.
Is there any reason you are not crossing the lows out of your mains?
The more speakers that are available to reproduce the lower frequencies, the less distortion there is because each speaker has to do less work to produce the same output.
Three reasons why you would want to take the bass out of the mains:
1) The mains & separate subs don't play well together.
2) The mains aren't positioned for good bass response.
3) The main speaker amp isn't powerful enough to handle full range frequency reproduction.
I don't have any of those problems, my whole system works together very well (well, every system has those problems, but I have minimized them).