OP, are you head still spinning?
Still debating? Not really sure which brand to go with?
A lot of us have had that issue.
My suggestion to you: pick one of those 3 and be happy with it. I'm sure either one will make you happy.
Special note: don't ever look back (like me)
Why? 'cuz if you do, months from now, years from now, you'll say to yourself "hmm, I'm wondering how the Chanes/the Emos/the Ascends sound compared to this"
Or unless you don't mind to pay shipping, you can order all of them and do home audition and be done with it. I didn't have time and budget for those so I pulled a trigger on one set.
Yes, in the back of my mind, I'm still thinking about others.
The Emos are ugly, sure but I don't mind, I have no problem with the look. In fact, it gets "ok" every day goes by. Maybe I'm getting used to their look.
The Chanes certainly won't win the beauty contest either. Nothing fancy or worth to stare at a black square rectangular boxes with sharp edges. It isn't Sierra Tower, isn't RBH Imperion (spelling?), isn't HTD L3 either.
It's your choice, an ugly look vs a boring look.
Performing wise, I don't own the Ascends or the Chanes so I don't know but I do NOT believe anyone is superior to others.
Fanboys/girls can jump in but 1. it's your SETUP, 2. it's in your HOME/ROOM, 3. it's your EARS.
What I say or think that better for me, doesn't mean it will be any good for you.
ONLY you can make the decision.
My personal note: I grade those 3 based on the level of popularity: Ascend -> Chane -> Emo.
The Emos (espeically the C2/T2) were making a lot of noise about a year go, everyone was talking about them, almost daily. They are dying down now.
I hope they keep it hot.
If you buy a product, a quality product and never/rarely contact for support, you can go with any brand but if you want some sorts of support, Chane is on my list.
Jon Lane (apologize that I don't follow him a lot) is Chane's president? CEO? owner? Anyway, he is on site and provide a lot of info. I'm sure you're in a good hand.
I was waiting for Chane L series (L7?) for SO LONGGGGGG
The human pregnancy lasts for almost 10 months but Chane L-series pregnancy seems to last for 10 years