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Lane 103 Matinee VS Octane XL700

I have the Octane XL700 seats in my current home, and we've enjoyed them. We just built a new house, and sold the Octane seats with the old house so I need to buy new ones. I remember hearing a while back that Lane 103 Matinee and Octane XL700 were the same exact seats. They sure look that way from the pictures.

Does anyone know if there is a difference between the two? I can get the Lane 103 Matinee for about $1,000 cheaper for my 8 chairs.
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make sure you aren't comparing bonded leather Lanes to the real leather Octanes.
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They're both bonded leather. Bonded leather is what I have now, and I think what I prefer as long as I have my 4 boys in the house being hard on stuff.

So can you confirm that they are in fact the same chair?
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I have no idea if they are identical. Bonded leather is not a logical choice if this is a long term investment.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/32-th...l-leather.html

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I have the Octane XL700 seats in my current home, and we've enjoyed them. We just built a new house, and sold the Octane seats with the old house so I need to buy new ones. I remember hearing a while back that Lane 103 Matinee and Octane XL700 were the same exact seats. They sure look that way from the pictures.

Does anyone know if there is a difference between the two? I can get the Lane 103 Matinee for about $1,000 cheaper for my 8 chairs.
This thread may also interest you on Lane bonded leather experience

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/32-th...s-peeling.html
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I would never buy bonded leather furniture. Bonded leather doesn't last very long.
Looks real nice at first, but a couple years later it starts peeling off. Top
grain leather 7000 (which is used in my Seatcraft Serenity seats) lasts for
many years.

A friend of mine bought bonded leather couches and recliner, and it started
peeling of after a couple of years.
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Interesting. I'll take another look at the top grain 9000 leather. Not opposed to it, just was sold the bonded as they said it was a more durable product. I've had mine for about 5.5 years, and while they don't get a TON of use, they still look like they did the day I unboxed them.
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I would avoid Octane seating at all costs. I went with the Curve HR which has a confirmed manufacture defect in the control unit - unreliable, bright blue lights won't turn off, etc.

I debated for years over which to go with and finally went that route with the top grain leather on all touch surfaces and bonded on back/sides. Build quality is ok, not stellar but the control problems make them an absolute No.
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Do you know if the defect is unique to the curve model or all the HR models? I was looking at the flash, flex, and dream but can't decide!



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I would avoid Octane seating at all costs. I went with the Curve HR which has a confirmed manufacture defect in the control unit - unreliable, bright blue lights won't turn off, etc.

I debated for years over which to go with and finally went that route with the top grain leather on all touch surfaces and bonded on back/sides. Build quality is ok, not stellar but the control problems make them an absolute No.
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Do you know if the defect is unique to the curve model or all the HR models? I was looking at the flash, flex, and dream but can't decide!
I have no idea but our chairs are having issues one by one. One of the worst purchases I've ever made. I would avoid Octane Seating entirely.
I'm going to have to tear the chairs apart to replace the electronics in them. Utterly ridiculous.
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No Warranty? First I heard of any issues like this. I also noticed that the newer models have a different control module....wondering if the issues are limited to the early HR models. hmmm. I am about to pull the trigger on some seats......can't decide.



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I have no idea but our chairs are having issues one by one. One of the worst purchases I've ever made. I would avoid Octane Seating entirely.
I'm going to have to tear the chairs apart to replace the electronics in them. Utterly ridiculous.
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No Warranty? First I heard of any issues like this. I also noticed that the newer models have a different control module....wondering if the issues are limited to the early HR models. hmmm. I am about to pull the trigger on some seats......can't decide.
After arguing with them, they sent me new control modules for all 7 chairs so I allegedly have functional hardware now - But I will have to rip all 7 chairs apart to install them and I think I even have to file the hole for the module out larger in each chair arm to fit the new ones. And it's not like I can ship the chairs back to them for repair.
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I've had mixed experiences. I have had desk chairs of bonded leather that peeled in 1-2 years, and a bonded leather sofa that, like you said, looks brand new after 10+ years.



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Interesting. I'll take another look at the top grain 9000 leather. Not opposed to it, just was sold the bonded as they said it was a more durable product. I've had mine for about 5.5 years, and while they don't get a TON of use, they still look like they did the day I unboxed them.
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I don’t recommend the Bonded Leather lane 103 matinee chairs. Had mine 6 yrs. peeling badly.

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