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post #7801 of 7913 Old 04-30-2017, 10:54 PM
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So after some more time with these things are opening up a bit in that mid-bass region. Before they felt a little lacking but I find them getting closer to the EMPs. Still fantastic treble that really offers superior detail, but for things like acoustic guitar and some deeper voices, the EMPs set the bar high.

Fleetwood Mac - Big Love (Live) is my benchmark for acoustic guitar, and they don't offer the same experience but it's close.
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Chane Positives:

More defined treble, with better extension and clarity. I hear more detail and it doesn't roll off.
Great low end, the modest bookshelves can rival my E55Ti towers, they play low and it's very accurate bass. I imagine the Chane towers are quite impressive.

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Superior mid-range, the bread and butter of this speaker and it makes guitar and deeper voices sound fantastic. I feel like it blends better with the low end, makes the Chanes sound a touch hollow in the middle.
Sound stage is bigger on the EMPs, I get more of a sense of depth compared to the Chane.
Imaging is better as well on the EMPs, larger sweet spot and I can pinpoint things better.

Both speakers can handle some power and maintain their clarity well when pushed. I think I would like the Chane towers or an LCR front for home theater a bit better, but EMP is my #1 still for music. My genres really take advantage of a nice warm mid-range, I think the Chane sound better with more modern music.
My evaluation led me to the same conclusions. My E5Ti and R5Bi sounded better to my ears, thanks to the great midrange. The Chane A3rx-c had the best tweeter detail I've heard - strings especially were heavenly. And the bass was much smoother and more refined on the Chanes. But the midrange just wasn't there, and I couldn't get them to not sound like little boxes. Well-built boxes, mind you.

Rock music and movies were just better on the EMPs. Guitars, vocals, and drums sound a lot more realistic on EMP. On the Chane speakers they were rather weak, even after 100 hours of break in.

Things really opened up when I upgraded to Reaction Audio CX-10s, but that's another ball game. Looking to upgrade again this year, but I'm not sure what that would be.

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ill try that tomorrow. but i think if i turn audyssey completely off i cant use deq. i definitely think deq makes the biggest difference in sound.

when i tried audyssey flat with deq off, sounded sort of weak and hollow. missing some of that deq bass and fuller sound it gives. this is all using bluray and direct tv.

with music i always set the avr to direct and the towers sound great. if i remember from reading the manual direct mode turns off all sound processing

im just novice to home theater, not an audiophile or wordsmith so dont take what i say too seriously. i could be way off.
Dynamic EQ adjusts the Audyssey target curve based on the volume level. This is to account for the way human hearing works. At low levels, we tend to prefer a boost to the treble and bass for everything to sound "level". As you approach "reference", the boost it gives to the treble and bass are lessened until it reaches zero.

I always use it because I believe it achieves the best sound. For movies, DEQ is known to boost the surrounds too much - use the Reference Level Offset to tame them.
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The Audyssey setting for the sub isn't distance at all. It is time delay. Each subwoofer will have some sort of processing going on that delays the signal. Audyssey makes up for this with a filter shown as distance (for whatever reason). Normally, this delay sets the subwoofer at a greater number, not a lesser number. It's possible BIC isn't using any processing at all, however, I would run Audyssey again to check, or as Zorba pointed out, just set everything up without Audyssey. Audyssey is a good tool, but people have been integrating their subs far longer than Audyssey (or any bass management system) has been around.
Right. The sub "distance" setting in your receiver is really how it sets the phase. And you can only know objectively if your phase is correct by measuring at the MLP. You can of course subjectively listen if you don't have any measuring equipment, for a quick and dirty (but not quite accurate) way.

The distance setting will likely not match its physical distance from you. Mine certainly don't, but they measure perfect.

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New amp arrived yesterday morning! The seller was incredibly prompt and packed it quite well. Honestly it was probably packaged better than the manufacturer could do. Going to get things set up and fire it up here shortly!

That bag in the back is full of packing materials ha!

Just curious how much did u buy that. Theres someone selling at my local craigslist for $195 should i consider it? Will it be good for music or movies

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Just curious how much did u buy that. Theres someone selling at my local craigslist for $195 should i consider it? Will it be good for music or movies

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$195 is basically throwing it away, make sure it's fully working, it may need a service as well. I paid $400 for mine and that was a really good deal...


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My evaluation led me to the same conclusions. My E5Ti and R5Bi sounded better to my ears, thanks to the great midrange. The Chane A3rx-c had the best tweeter detail I've heard - strings especially were heavenly. And the bass was much smoother and more refined on the Chanes. But the midrange just wasn't there, and I couldn't get them to not sound like little boxes. Well-built boxes, mind you.

Rock music and movies were just better on the EMPs. Guitars, vocals, and drums sound a lot more realistic on EMP. On the Chane speakers they were rather weak, even after 100 hours of break in.

Things really opened up when I upgraded to Reaction Audio CX-10s, but that's another ball game. Looking to upgrade again this year, but I'm not sure what that would be.
You and trans have echoed my buddy Ray's thoughts, about a year ago...of course, he was comparing the Chane's to his AA CMT340s. On the Chane towers, and I think he had the smaller tower which was discontinued, he loved the high end, was suprised by the bass (but he didn't think it was better than the AAs) and felt something was missing. Sent them back, end up upgrading to the Sierra 2 with ribbons.

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So I finally got around to hooking up the EMPs to my new Parasound amp and it is pretty impressive, at higher volumes the distortion is nonexistent and the bass seems more impactful. I can really see how my receiver runs out of steam when I push things.

Still prefer that rich mid range for certain music, compared to the Chane's, but I do miss that excellent detail and clarity.


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I have always wished EMP/RBH would offer a "premium" Impression speaker with a ribbon tweeter. For me the Impression series has impressive woofers and midrange drivers at that price range, but a tweeter that is average for the price range.

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I have always wished EMP/RBH would offer a "premium" Impression speaker with a ribbon tweeter. For me the Impression series has impressive woofers and midrange drivers at that price range, but a tweeter that is average for the price range.


I think they don't want to encroach on their signature series, and with the new AMT tweeters they seem like a natural upgrade. My local RBH dealer is considering getting a pair of the new AMT 6300 towers, so if he does I'll go have a listen.


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yes, I get it and the fact they wouldn't be able to use the existing cabinet modified for a ribbon tweeter would make it an entirely new speaker. Not going to happen...and while I am intrigued the AMT 6300, it lists for just under 3,000/speaker.

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yes, I get it and the fact they wouldn't be able to use the existing cabinet modified for a ribbon tweeter would make it an entirely new speaker. Not going to happen...and while I am intrigued the AMT 6300, it lists for just under 3,000/speaker.
Yeah it's big money for those, but the bookshelves are within reason.

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I'm back again to poke around this thread. I am close to selling my polks this week (I never thought it'd be this difficult). I am going from RTi12 towers to the R5Bi bookshelves and the R56Ci center. I am really concerned about the perceived sound stage both in depth and width when leaving a tower for a bookshelf. Can anyone here comment on the R5Bi as main L/R? Do they sound 'large' enough?

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I'm back again to poke around this thread. I am close to selling my polks this week (I never thought it'd be this difficult). I am going from RTi12 towers to the R5Bi bookshelves and the R56Ci center. I am really concerned about the perceived sound stage both in depth and width when leaving a tower for a bookshelf. Can anyone here comment on the R5Bi as main L/R? Do they sound 'large' enough?


Not in the opinion of the lady and I, but since it's the internet many will disagree and say pair with a good sub and you wouldn't be able to tell.


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I'm back again to poke around this thread. I am close to selling my polks this week (I never thought it'd be this difficult). I am going from RTi12 towers to the R5Bi bookshelves and the R56Ci center. I am really concerned about the perceived sound stage both in depth and width when leaving a tower for a bookshelf. Can anyone here comment on the R5Bi as main L/R? Do they sound 'large' enough?
I’m not sure what you mean by ‘large’ enough. Large, as in upper bass/lower midrange slam? Or large as far as soundstage size? If it is soundstage size, then they have a very large soundstage. Larger, in fact, than their tower counterparts and larger than any bookshelf speaker I have auditioned. If you mean mid bass slam, then no. There is only so much a 5-1/4” driver can give you.

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I’m not sure what you mean by ‘large’ enough. Large, as in upper bass/lower midrange slam? Or large as far as soundstage size? If it is soundstage size, then they have a very large soundstage. Larger, in fact, than their tower counterparts and larger than any bookshelf speaker I have auditioned. If you mean mid bass slam, then no. There is only so much a 5-1/4” driver can give you.
Soundstage size. I'll cross them at 80hz, probably. I'm glad to hear your thoughts on them

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man these towers would be perfect for music (for me) if they were a little brighter up top. for movies i can turn deq off, use tone control and turn treble up a bit. that helps some
for music in direct mode i cant do anything. these speakers sound awesome just the way they are though
Your ears will get used to them, and/or in a little while the tweeters will open up. I felt the same way when I first got my Wharfedales.

I listen to very midrange-dominant music, so I'd probably love these EMP towers.

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I have always wished EMP/RBH would offer a "premium" Impression speaker with a ribbon tweeter. For me the Impression series has impressive woofers and midrange drivers at that price range, but a tweeter that is average for the price range.

Now-a-days, a decent woofer isn't very hard to come by - not to mention those with subs aren't demanding a lot from the woofers 3-way designs. But these speakers offered a midrange well above price point. I agree, and still hold my opinion that the tweeter used was not my favorite. Would have loved to see a better tweeter used. Even if the company released a new tweeter and we could install in ourselves. Like an upgrade kit Ascend Acoustics had for some of their speakers.
Shipping those tweeters isn't expensive at all. I probably would have 7 of their towers with a very improved tweeter.

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So that guy Zeos finally got a pair for review, and they are his best sub-$500 speaker.


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So that guy Zeos finally got a pair for review, and they are his best sub-$500 speaker.
Thanks for the post, Trans. But wow, his reviews exhaust me. He always seems higher than a kite .

Oh, btw, I've never had port chuffing, but I don't play them at 100 dB either.

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Thanks for the post, Trans. But wow, his reviews exhaust me. He always seems higher than a kite .



Oh, btw, I've never had port chuffing, but I don't play them at 100 dB either.


Yeah I agree, but he has a big following so it will be good exposure for RBH. And yeah never heard any port chuffing on mine even when cranked with the Parasound.


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Thanks for the post, Trans. But wow, his reviews exhaust me. He always seems higher than a kite .

Oh, btw, I've never had port chuffing, but I don't play them at 100 dB either.
I guess he heard port chuffing because he was listening to them in 2.0.

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I guess he heard port chuffing because he was listening to them in 2.0.

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Yes. Pretty much any speaker/subwoofer with a port has a potential to chuff. When auditioning these speakers at home, I ran them in 2.0 mode for two weeks and didn't hear anything amiss. Not that they aren't capable of chuffing (from his review, they are). I just never heard it. That was his only complaint on the JBL 530's. I didn't hear port chuffing on those either, but only had them for a day because a tweeter gave out.

I am happy that he no longer claims that every speaker he tests is the best speaker in the world .

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Thanks for the post, Trans. But wow, his reviews exhaust me. He always seems higher than a kite .
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I guess he heard port chuffing because he was listening to them in 2.0.
Yep, which is a PARTICULARLY silly thing to do with such a bass-light speaker like the R5Bi...as much as I love them I would *never* recommend them for anyone looking to build a 2.0 setup.

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I have been thinking of buying a pair of R5Bis. But, I would need to carry them over flight, and IATA has certain regulations regarding magnetic field. They limit it to 0.00525 Gauss at 4 m / 15 feet.
Can any of the owners of these speakers, measure the magnetic field to see if they are check-in friendly.
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I have been thinking of buying a pair of R5Bis. But, I would need to carry them over flight, and IATA has certain regulations regarding magnetic field. They limit it to 0.00525 Gauss at 4 m / 15 feet.
Can any of the owners of these speakers, measure the magnetic field to see if they are check-in friendly.
Sheesh, call up RBH and ask them to do that for you, I would be surprised if anybody here has any idea how to do that.

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Sheesh, call up RBH and ask them to do that for you, I would be surprised if anybody here has any idea how to do that.
I looked up online, and many of the forums suggest that there should be a deflection of 2 degrees in the magnetic compass.
Magnetic compass, are I guess common place. iPhone also gives a decent estimate in their application.
I have already mailed RBH, but I am not sure if their customer service would know these things, which are not even mentioned in their manuals.
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I have been thinking of buying a pair of R5Bis. But, I would need to carry them over flight, and IATA has certain regulations regarding magnetic field. They limit it to 0.00525 Gauss at 4 m / 15 feet.

Can any of the owners of these speakers, measure the magnetic field to see if they are check-in friendly.


Oh geez, I'd be really surprised if you could even measure magnetic field of these at 15ft, as magnetism follows the 1/r^2 law.

That rule probably more applies to super neodymium magnets.


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Hello everyone. I've received a set of R55TI towers, R56CI center and R5bi bookshelves and compared them to my old Definitive Technology speakers a bit at low volumes as I have a toddler and it's a living room set up if members are interested. I understand it may be moot point as the current line is going away.

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Hello everyone. I've received a set of R55TI towers, R56CI center and R5bi bookshelves and compared them to my old Definitive Technology speakers a bit at low volumes as I have a toddler and it's a living room set up if members are interested. I understand it may be moot point as the current line is going away.
Not moot at all. How do you like them compared to your old DTs?

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