Originally Posted by mboy
Looking to upgrade my 15 yr old non se Ascend 340s.
Thinking of the Emotiva T2, C2 vs the Chane setup? Thoughts for those that have heard both? LOW end covered by a Vtf-3 Mk 5. YAMMY a780 pulling receiver duties. 90% movies and TV with 10% semi critical music listening.
Love the ascends but time for something different.
Thinking emotiva for the larger center and drivers etc.
I'd put the Chane and Emotiva speakers neck and neck---can't go wrong with either.
The closest head to head competition I was able to do though was the C1 vs the A2.4 as horizontal centers. I felt the C1 had a more "grounded" or "weighted" sound, whereas the A2.4 simply seemed to throw a much larger, immersive soundstage. Both were equally clear. If I had to choose between the two, I'd simply flip a coin to be dead honest. I suppose the Chanes do have the advantage of being a "true" 8 ohm speaker, but the 10 year old $250 Panasonic AVR I had at the time never even got warm with the C1's alleged 4 ohm impedance either...of course, I should add that I'm not a volume freak so if you are then the Chanes would likely be the safer bet. And the C1 is a sealed cabinet design so it *might* be a better bet if one is stuffing the center inside a cabinet (the A2.4 does come with foam port plugs though).
The C2 however is an interesting prospect...would love to hear it myself some day, and if my media room were bigger I'd be sorely tempted to pull the trigger even though the A2.4 is already doing a fine job.
The main advantage of the Emotivas though is price, IMO...for $700 you can get a pair of T1s (less if you go with their allegedly "factory renewed" units that pop up from time to time), and for $400 their smallest tower the T-Zero which in my opinion is a mind-boggling good deal since it basically saves you the cost of speaker stands yet has dual 5.25" woofers.
Now, looking at the biggest guns, the T2 + C2, that might indeed be crazy overkill with your VTF-3 already in play, but hey for $1400 all told that's an overkill I could live with!
One thing I have to say though, if aesthetics are at all a factor, then Chane would be the better choice...I am still scratching my head at what genius in Tennessee decided it would be a great idea to dress up their otherwise fabulous speakers like Batmobiles, lol.
Now, are either of the above going to be a huge step up from your Ascends? Having owned 3 x 340s myself, I'd say that for HT, a bit doubtful. For music though, my ears would say yes and yes.