Originally Posted by Bigbirney
The Chanes are replacing a set of KEF Q300's. ... I just got an email that they are being shipped today. i can't wait.
OK, so curiosity got the better of me and I just spent about an hour with my A1.5s as L/Rs and listened to a lot of music in 2.0.
First of all, let me tell you,
is not exaggerating. The bass from these little bookshelves, with their 5.25" midwoofer, is impressive. As Darth Vader might say, "Most
impressive." XBL2 is no joke. The excursion I witnessed on the midwoofers was huge relative to their small size - I can't say I've ever seen anything like it (other than my A5.4s
Looking at the specs first, I see my A5.4s are more sensitive (90 db with an F3 of 47 Hz) than my A1.5s (84.5 db with an F3 of 50 Hz), so I had to do some volume leveling to compare the two. Once that was done, I listened to the A1.5s in 2.0 with a 5-8 dB bass boost on my Onkyo (the same setting I use for 2.0 listening with the A5.4s). I listened to the Titan A.E.
soundtrack (it features a broad variety of music, from Lit to Powerman 5000 to Jamiroquai to Electrasy), and the same clarity and sound stage I get from my A5.4s was present, albeit a hint
more subdued (?is that the right word?) relative to the A5.4s due to the size difference. Bass was sharp and deep and it all sounded very, very good. This was enough to convince me: if you are limited to the A1.5s as L/R and haven't experienced the A5.4s, you are in a very good place! If memory serves, somewhere in this thread
talked about the design principles behind the A5.x, and it was simply to "amp up" the A1.x and A2.x models, to provide a bit more boost to fill large spaces.
And therein lies a detail I neglected to mention. My MLP is about 15 feet from the L/Rs, in a 2300 cubic foot family room which opens up to ~2600 more cubic feet in the kitchen and doors/hallways. It takes quite a bit of volume to fill this space, which is why I chose the A5.4s. If you have a more modest space to fill, I could argue the A1.5s (or A2.4s) more than fit the bill, and you'll save a pretty penny in the process!
But I wasn't through yet. I turned to my bass challenge: Kid Sensation's Rollin' with Number One
, the same album I use to audition the few speakers I've had the opportunity to listen to in person. With the same 5-8 dB bass boost I use with the A5.4s, the A1.5s, on the track "Back to Boom," filled the room with bass, enough so that I was feeling TR (tactile response) through my recliner and directly in my chest. At 15.5 feet away...perhaps my audio naivete will shine through with this statement, but I don't think that's normal for a 5.25" woofer. I think that's exceptional. I've certainly never heard/experienced anything like it with other similarly-sized woofers. Heck, my Kenwood HTiB speakers couldn't amass that much bass at 6 times the volume and bass boost.
Lest I neglect to mention the top end, let me just say that the mids and highs from the A1.5s are beautifully synced/timbre matched with the A5.4s. So everything sounded great - what sounds great on the A5.x will sound great on the A2.x and A1.x - Jon seems to make this a primary goal in design). I think you'll be happy with your purchase - just give yourself some time to break them in (XBL2 tech seems to require about 20 hours to loosen up) and use your AVR's capabilities (especially EQ) to maximize performance. Once you're all dialed in, let us know your impressions. I still come home every day and smile when I see my Chanes, and all I want to do is sit and listen to music, which I rarely did before!
Edit: one last thing - as I state in my review (JS
) on the Chane site, I am not taking advantage of the A1.5s by using them for surrounds. They sound too good to be relegated to surround duty! But somebody has to sit on the flanks, poor guys.