Chario was founded in 1975 and are Italy's most experienced loudspeaker company. Chario's are hand made using bespoke transducers and cabinets comprising traditional craftsmanship and modern engineering. You may be surprised to learn that transducers are difficult to manufacture and that loudspeaker companies buy from a catalogue including cabinets and transducers.
Vibration is the Villain
Vibration is an asset for musical instruments but not for high end speaker cabinets. Cabinet vibration is lost musical energy and a source of distortion which manifests into Mondegreen
An amusing take on Mondegreen (Warning some rude content)
Chario tackle vibrations via a combination of HDF & walnut
HDF (high density fibreboard) is a composite with isotropic properties (High Friction Losses). This means it disperses energy via fibers in all directions. The Belong range takes this further with Corian®, a man made stone.
Solid Walnut, sourced from sustainable forests in North-East Italy are jointed in dovetail slats for structural rigidity, chosen for its orthotropic properties (lower losses). Disperses energy along its fibers in vertical directions.
These 2 properties combine to disrupt induced vibrations, thus preserving information otherwise lost if only one material were used. BTW: most companies use only one material. The second advantage is that real wood, unlike a veneer, can be jointed and shaped. This means Chario can do away with sharp angles and sculpt their cabinets into more pleasing shapes which are very tactile. Walnut finishes very well, like fine furniture, which is why its sought after by cabinet-makers.
Chario Tweeters (treble)
Neodymium magnets: world's strongest permanent magnet
Soft dome: renders fine detail in a pure luxuriant way
Cross over ≤ 1270HZ (1500hz Constellation): extra wide-frequency improves marriage with bass driver removing cross-over distortion in the otherwise critical cross-over frequency band.
No-Ferrofluid: reliable and consistant performace because there's no ferrofluid failure (leaking & congealing)
Chario Woofers (bass)
Rohacell®: super light & strong means it is efficient and does not deform. (Cone deformation is a source of inharmonic-distortion)
PolyRing® magnets: small (neodymium) discs in a daisy formation around the voice-coil increases the air gap which cools the voice coil and prevents compression.
Full Apex® Cones: monocoque cone without an Apex hole and dust cap ensures bass transients are preserved.
Chario work in all rooms, regardless. Their tweeter and mid transducers are inverted and both port and bass are mounted at the bottom of the cabinet. Bass and mid are >1m apart, allowing large waves (bass) to propogate without disrupting vulnerable mid-detail. (Bass is notorius for this)
They are not fussy regarding placement and don't need a rear wall for bass reinforcement, because they use the floor a more predictable measurement. The distance between floor and bass are the same regardless of room type and can be relied upon for maximum, repeatable performance.
Long story short: Chario's produce a dynamic, luxuriant 3D wall of sound with excellent timbres and colours that are repeatable regardless of room type. A better measurement is how they are received. Well it's difficult to find used models - Chario customers are happy and keep their speakers for decades. This action speaks louder than words!