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The Affordable Standmount Monitor
Chane's fifth-generation A1.5 brings real high tech and engineering to affordable main monitor speakers. While scores of lighter, less capable offerings rely on generic technology, Chane reinvented the affordable class with features that really matter for bigger, more dynamic sound. Inspired by the natural, open, easy sound of the classic reference monitors, the A1.5 updates the type with thoroughly modern elements for higher, cleaner output and wider response in larger spaces.
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I have owned these speakers for about 7 months and use them primarily for Home Theater purposes (at least once a day), they are connected to a 2018 Denon-X3500H Receiver which is connect to a LG-OLED C8 (2018 version). I do not use a SubWoofer (in an apartment, would be too loud), and use 4 rear speakers (small energy satellite speakers), I use the Chane 2.4 as my center. I very much enjoy this setup, the sound is clear and detailed. The only speakers I have owned/own that I can compare these to are the Energy's, a pair of Sony Core speakers, HTD Level 3 Bookshelf, Polk S-15 bookshelf, and Polk LSIM Center speaker. I personally think these are better all-around speakers, delivering just enough bass, highs, and clarity in dialogue. If anything I think they can be improved when I add a sub to my set, but that will have to wait. I also sometimes want a little more higher highs, but I know that can be fatiguing. Overall I highly recommend :)
I got 2 A1.5's and an A2.4 for my living room home theater (about 50/50 music and HT). It's a big space - around 5000 ft^3 - and these more than fill it with sound with headroom to spare. They are incredibly neutral, so much more so than what I was used to that it took me a little while to adjust. But now, whether it's metal or classical, I'm hearing things I never knew I was missing. I tend to agree with the consensus that there simply isn't anything that competes with these speakers for less than double the cost (and maybe not even then). These are the kind of speakers that people will be reminiscing about years from now.
These speakers are great! I'll be completely honest and admit I'm no audiophile and don't have much to compare against. I'm just getting into audio and saw great reviews about the 1.4's, so I went for the 1.5's. So far my mind has been blown by how good they sound with both music and movies. You may not find this review helpful if you're looking for in depth discussion about how the ribbon tweeter sounds or how it compares to other speakers in the range, but I can at least say there is one very happy customer. Also, my wife (who knows even less than I do) absolutely approves, so there must be something there. Great product - can't wait to spend so much more time with these!
I've owned a lot of bookshelves. Paradigm mini monitor; Paradigm mini monitor V2; B&W DM602 S2; B&W DM602 S3; Polk LSi7; Polk RTi6; Polk RTi35; Jamo E825; Klipsch RP160M; HTD Level 3; SVS Prime Bookshelf.
I can honestly say these A1.5 are better then all I have owned. I really believe in a Ribbon Tweeter (has all the Pros of a Horn without the cons) The highs are so detailed without fatigue. I can definitely tell there is more separation. One of my favorites songs to listen is , Coming home baby by Grace Mahya.
How do they compare to the SVS Primes (my most recent speakers)? The Primes are not known for bass....SVS knew what they were doing. The Primes have a amazing flat frequency response. They can play very loud with low distortion. The metallic tweeter can be a lil harsh and some of the higher frequencies can get muddy... which makes sense the crossovers is 2 caps, 2 coils, and a small resistor which makes up a 2nd order crossover with a level matching on the tweeter.
I would not use the Prime on a desk or near field & you MUST use a Sub with them IMHO.
The A1.5 can do everything the Primes can but at a lower cost and a crap ton more bass. The highs are more detailed and separated but not so harsh... no metallic tweeter...and the A1.5 have a impressive crossover. The nice thing is they come with port plugs so they can be very close to a wall or used on a desk top and near field.
I'll be a Chane customer for life.
I purchased a pair of the new Chane A1.5s for use as L/R surrounds in my 7.2 system. They came as part of a major upgrade, along with Chane A5.4s as L/R and a Chane A2.4 as a center channel. As such, my entire system was boosted to audiophile levels.
As surround speakers, I am definitely NOT taking full advantage of the A1.5s. These smaller bookshelf speakers are fully capable as L/Rs in a 2.0 or 2.1 system, according to many other users. However, I can definitely say that, coupled with the A2.4 and A5.4s up front, the A1.5s pair wonderfully for 5.0 sound. I've been consistently shocked at how well sounds travel around my room now, with incredible clarity and power. The XBL2 bass technology in the A1.5s is the real deal, and the planar leaf tweeter is incredible.
Watching surround-coded films (DVD or Blu-ray, or even on cable TV) is a new experience. I can close my eyes and hear space ships flying around the MLP in a fully transparent fashion, meaning I cannot discern where the A1.5s start and stop and where the sound is picked up by the A5.4s or A2.4, other than noting that the sound is "traveling." This timbre-matching and lack of localization allows fuller immersion in the action on screen and removes any distractions which could be caused by sounds coming out of surround speakers.
The best thing I can say about the A1.5s is that they have me curious how they'd sound as L/Rs in a 2.0 system, so much so that at some point in the near future I'll disconnect my A5.4s and try the A1.5s in the same position.
For my full research and review process, please check here; I did an exhaustive amount of research before settling on a Chane 5.0 system: