Originally Posted by pebkacTX
Thank you. I really appreciate it. Do you plan on upgrading to the new series or see a reason to? How do the speakers handle movies and music in your mixed space?
The Chane A Series in 5.0 is terrific and I plan to keep it in my family room for as long as they are still working. They handle movies wonderfully, and having everything timbre-matched in 5.0 is great - I cannot tell where one speaker stops and the other begins. The A1.5s as surround speakers are total overkill, but it's the kind of overkill I like. Sometimes I get a louder surround effect than usual (think action or horror films) and it can make me jump in my seat.
I usually listen to music in 2.1 mode, with the A5.4s, and they are...well, how can I say this without overselling
them? They make me want to listen to more and more music
. They even make me want to listen to music genres I don't care for, simply b/c they sound so great. I can't really describe it, but with synthwave, new age, and classical music (basically instrumental music) they're just fun to listen to, and CLEAN. They take it to another level when you add a vocalist. Sinatra/showtunes/broadway type music is unreal to me. The vocals are just velvety-smooth
. Of course, pop and metal sound terrific. The only music that is lacking with the A5.4s is music that is poorly produced. In my signature thread I discuss the difference between a poor recording (Rust in Peace by Megadeth) vs. a remastered recording, and the difference is striking. The remaster even has sounds that seem to be coming from behind me in 2.0. It's a depth of soundstage that I've never heard before.
As far as upgrading to the new 700's or L's, that will be part of a new basement system build which will take place in the future (likely quite a while from now). It will be a more dedicated space, with better/proper speaker placement possible, unlike the family room. I plan to audition the L's, 700's, and probably the PSA horns and JTRs. It will be fun, but if I get there before 2030 I'll consider myself blessed.
The last piece of the current (family room) puzzle is upgrading my boomy and slow Klipsch sub to (likely) dual Chane subs. The Chane/Snell hybrid subs are set to debut any day now, and sell for cheap (limited run, limited supply), so I'm probably going dual subs for the first time. These subs are supposed to be musical/tight/punchy, so they'll have the biggest impact on music. But I suspect two of them will kill my Klipsch with regards to both output and extension to low-Hz.