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  • The New Chane 700 Series

    We know that Chane's A series models are successful alternatives to Big Brand speaker sound in the ~$300 market. Special tech and careful design give the A models that extra clarity, power, and musicality that sets them apart.

    Naturally we've been asked what a next-level series would look like: You're probably aware of our upcoming L series but what if we developed light professional-style models too.

    It's an intriguing question and one we've been thinking about for years; the reason is that prosumer speakers can offer superb musicality and listenability, which is not the reputation prosound usually has.

    If the question is what constitutes very effective value in prosumer speaker components, our answer is the new Chane 700 series of loudspeakers. 700 series models include select drivers with the unusual combination of prosumer output with very high fidelity. The 700 series then carries high performance value in components forward through high value, high performance Chane cabinetry and design.

    Find the right parts and join them well to reach a new benchmark. The new Chane 700 series comprises at least six eventual models that bring together an unusual combination of large acoustical size, precision engineering, and audiophile sound signatures. It may not be an intuitive combination for some, but it works.

    Instead of 5.25” woofers, the 700 series models start with 8” woofers for three models. They have exceptional quality and superb linearity, even from an audiophile standpoint. More on them later. Each 700 series model has a high quality aluminum horn and 1" compression driver, some of them imported from preeminent Italian prosound makers.

    To these drivers we've added a unique and effective design plan and crossover type, and our usual heavy, high-end build quality. Finishes are either our economical black overlay or for the first time in some models, a satin black paint.

    This series includes the following models (and rolls out with the promotional values listed at the end of this thread).

    Model 752. Twin 8” two-way LCR speaker for main or center use. MTM driver array and standard A series black ash finish with bullnosed driver baffles. 1” compression driver and medium size constant-directivity aluminum horn.

    Model 753. Triple 8” floor tower speaker. TMWWW driver array. Also standard A series finish with the molded front baffle. 6.5” midrange and 1” compression driver and constant-directivity aluminum horn to match the 752.

    Model 740s is an onwall surround or effects channel speaker, limited to 70Hz. Premium quality 6.5" midwoofer and small aluminum treble horn with 1" compression driver.

    The 752 can be used vertically or horizontally because it is a symmetrical speaker with a rotating treble system, just like our A2.x models. A typical use is as a center speaker for the 753 tower. It is a sealed speaker with bass extension to 45Hz for full-range use. A vertical pair makes superb sound in stereo.

    Model 753 is the largest, the only floor model, and like the matching 752 is a full range, sealed speaker.

    The Chane 700 series is our first to use a horn treble systems. The very capable planar tweeter in our A series has real advantages over most domes, but the compression horn is another step up, at least in terms of dynamics and sound pressure. I'll add that the musicality is exceptional, even leading-edge, which dispels the myth that horns can't sound good. Frankly, they can and sometimes they sound superb.

    Think of it this way: The 752 is a much larger A2.x, and the 753 tower is basically an expanded, enlarged, powered-up Chane A5.x. Due to the added driven area, scale of sound and sheer acoustical output increases without an increase in average distortion. (Chane's Loudspeaker Basics section tells how to evaluate speakers not by price but by acoustical class. The 700 series are in our biggest class.)

    The prosound compression drivers and constant directivity aluminum horns are a logical next step but they're also an important benchmark that inform the rest of each new design. They acoustically support and are supported by lots of driven cone area, which raises output and dynamic scale and ease way beyond the norm.

    This is just about the only way to really expand a speaker without impractical, expensive, and difficult measures. This method keeps the design simple for maximum realism and life, and with no typical horn sound, it satisfies music lovers right along with film buffs.

    The rest of each 700 series speaker expresses Chane's design style. The 8” drivers are proven Danish audiophile components with expected features like cast alloy frames, vented motor poles, optimized magnetics, linear suspensions, and low coloration. A matching 6.5" paper midrange completes the 753 floor speaker.

    Cabinets are Chane's solid, braced enclosures built from 18mm and 25mm stock, and finishes are bumped to a fine pebbled front baffle. Overall quality from our factory is high throughout, from the CNC milling to the exteriors.

    At its heart, each 700 series model also deploys a special Chane-engineered and hand-tuned crossover specifically designed to be a distinct level up and meet our standards for even “faster” and more spacious sound, natural musicality, low electronic signature, and good load behavior for just about any amplifier. This internal design pays special attention to all domains, and is what actually accounts for the 700 series' greater-than-the-sum-of-the-parts sound, the same unique element that so many times catapulted our A series models to the top of their respective size and price categories.

    I'll develop the rest of the limited 700 series offering in my next posts. I invite you to subscribe to this thread.

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    Let's get into more of the 700 series' specifics and show you just how unique this range is.

    The 700 series involves an unusual combo of features: A premium, audiophile speaker engineered to Chane's high design and tuning standards yet with the high output and low distortion suited for dedicated home theater. We'll wrap it all in high value.

    Audiophile and home theater don't usually go together. They should; they're the music and cinema in our name and the 700 series is Chane's first effort to take you distinctly to the prosumer class. If you haven't heard something like this one day you might want to.

    If you're a Chane user wondering how the 700 series stacks up against the A series models, be assured that the 700 series is all-Chane, only in a larger class. We give up extreme treble extension to 32.5kHz but add back bass and power. The 700 series does not replace the A series; it extends it. The A series is highly effective in its own right and as we developed the L Series and the 700 Series, proved very hard to beat.

    The technical advantages of the 700 series are these:
    1. A pro-grade, 3.5-octave, true horn treble system for superbly low distortion and coloration
    2. Much higher dynamic listening envelope than speakers with common direct radiating treble
    3. An easy-to-drive, sensitive load
    4. Bass sections with uniformly low group delay and fast sound
    5. A high-sensitivity dedicated 80Hz+ surround and effects speaker
    6. Excellent compatibility with home theater subwoofers
    7. Very tight driver integration via a custom Chane-engineered, domain-optimized crossover for excellent frequency, polar, power, and transient responses
    8. Low coloration, minimized treble wall splash, excellent musicality with high resolution, huge ambient sound stage, pinpoint image, and more powerful dynamics
    Sonically I think the 700 series is going to reset the bar the A5, A2, and other Chane models set but this time for larger systems, rooms and scales.

    I don't think this combination is common, if it's even available at all. Chane has blended very specific aspects of three types of speakers - audiophile stereo, home theater, and monitoring - and we're going to offer them as a limited range of models for a highly competitive cost.

    In my next post I'll publish the specifications for each of the 700 series models. After that we'll roll them out in pictures and measured response data.


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      Model specifications.

      Model 752 2-way, large three driver left-center-right (LCR) speaker with MTM driver array

      Acoustical type – double sealed 8” midbass
      Treble system – 1” exit compression driver, 34mm titanium diaphragm with ellipsoidal suspension, edgewound aluminum coil on Nomex coil former, and proprietary phase plug. 60 x 40 degree constant coverage aluminum horn (rotates for horizontal or vertical use)
      Acoustical alignment – shallow -12dB/octave attenuation below 50Hz for excellent in-room bass as well as good subwoofer integration
      Frequency response – 50Hz – 25kHz +/- 3dB
      Impedance – Nominal 8 ohms, 7 ohms min.
      Sensitivity – 90 dB (2.83v/1w)
      Power – 240w peak program
      Peak output – 110dB
      Group delay, bass – >10ms
      Crossover – time-aligned, quasi zero phase
      Dimensions – 250(w) x 375(d) x 710mm or approximately 10 x 14.75 x 28 inches

      Model 753 3-way, large five driver main tower speaker

      Configuration – triple sealed 8” bass, single 6.5” high-energy midrange
      Treble system – 1” exit compression driver, 34mm titanium diaphragm with ellipsoidal suspension, edgewound aluminum coil on Nomex coil former, and proprietary phase plug. 60 x 40 degree constant coverage aluminum horn
      Acoustical alignment – shallow -12dB/octave attenuation below 45Hz
      Frequency response – 45Hz – 25kHz +/- 3dB
      Impedance – Nominal 6 ohms, 5 ohms min.
      Sensitivity – 92.5 dB (2.83v)
      Sensitivity – 91 dB (1w)
      Power – 360w peak program
      Peak output – 115dB
      Group delay, bass – >10ms
      Crossover – time-aligned, linear phase
      Dimensions – 250(w) x 375(d) x 1200mm or approximately 10 x 14.75 x 47.25 inches, not including base

      Model 740s 2-way, two driver surround/effects, utility speaker and satellite with onwall provisions (arrives in second phase)

      Configuration – single 6.5" bass, tuned port
      Treble system – 1” exit compression driver, 37mm polyimide diaphragm and suspension, Nomex coil former, 4.75” round constant coverage aluminum horn
      Frequency response – 80Hz – 20kHz +/- 3dB
      Impedance – 4 ohms nominal.
      Sensitivity – 90 dB (2.83v)
      Power – 80w peak program
      Peak output – 104dB
      Group delay, bass – >4ms
      Crossover – time-aligned, quasi zero phase
      Dimensions – 205(w) x 190(d) x 330(h)mm or approximately 8.1 x 7.5 x 13 inches

      (Second-phase stand monitor models 740XD, 750XD, and 760XD will be featured in another thread.)


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                        Its wonderful to see this coming to fruition.
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                        The world is a crazy place sometimes.


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                          Very intrigued by the 752 and 753, depending on price...
                          New system: Outlaw RR2160 receiver; speakers & subs TBD!


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                            I assume the 700 series might be high sensitivity? 94-95 dB or so? What can you tell us about the design/sound/placement intent difference between these and the L series? 753 vs. L7 for example. 700 series more home theater, L series a little more for the home?


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                              Originally posted by Spidacat View Post
                              I assume the 700 series might be high sensitivity? 94-95 dB or so? What can you tell us about the design/sound/placement intent difference between these and the L series? 753 vs. L7 for example. 700 series more home theater, L series a little more for the home?
                              The 700s are generally approximately a notch larger than the Ls, which translates into higher sensitivity. However they're not industrial prosound-loud, meaning they'll range between 90 and 94db, nominally, with power ratings between 200 and 300w (avg program). You're correct that the Ls are a mixed use lifestyle line and the large 700s are the black box HT choice (with truly excellent musical performance).

                              I'll post another installment at the end of this week, and plan to have them completely explained when they stock.