Which model is best for me?
The Constellation 2 and Aviator ranges each comprise 2 stand-mount models and 2 floorstand models. 1 set comprises 130cm bass/mid drivers and the second 160cm bass/mid drivers.
The larger 160cm drivers models are capable of more bass and are more efficient, (produce more sound per watt). They would suit a larger room, whereas the 130cm versions, a smaller room.
Lynx 2 (stand-mount)
Delphinius 2 (stand-mount)
Pegasus 2 (Floorstander)
The Belong S are limited to 60 units per annum due to their complicated Corian® cabinets. The Academy are for those seeking the ultimate sound experience. The Constellation 2 and Aviator models are usually stepping stones en-route to the Academy, via our trade-in program, for most customers.
How much power do I need?
Chario are a 4ohm load, so works with most amplifiers (check your amplifiers specifications). Amplifiers are usually measured at 8ohms, so one may double that when measuring a 4ohm load (this is a general rule - double check your amplifiers specifications).
If your listening habits tend towards the loud, then you will need a powerful amplifier, 100w+. Likewise, if your listening habits tend towards the soft, then a low powered amplifier of 15w will suffice.
Otherwise for a small room (≤9m2) an amplifiers from 25 watts+ at 8ohm for moderate listening levels and for larger spaces (≤20m2), 50 watts+ at 8ohms for moderate listening levels.
Please note: Speakers are passive, power is determined by your amplifier. A speaker is like a trailer and the amplifier is like your towing vehicle. You won't need a V8 if you towing a light trailer at low speeds, (the metaphor serves to highlight an efficient speaker at low listening levels). You will require one though when towing something heavier at higher speeds (the metaphor serves to highlight listening at high dB listening levels).
Match accordingly and remember that there is no substitiure for quality.
What amplifier do you recommend?
There are a number of amplifier technologies to be aware of:
Class A - inefficient but OH SO GREAT sound quality. It's like an incandecent light bulb, it produces more heat than power.
Class A/B - A more efficient version of Class A but suffers from crossover distortion. It's a mature technology and the best brands manage this Achilles heel well.
Class D - Best possible efficiency. Sound quality has improved tremendously in recent years. It's like an LED light bulb, produces more power than heat.
Class G - a more efficient version of Class A/B.
It's not necessarilly the technology but how it is implemented, that determines results. Choose a decent brand because they have proven their art. Chario are designed to bring out your amplifiers best, so the better the amplifier, the better your Chario's will sound. We have a selection of amplifiers in our Boutique shop to ease your choice.
What speaker-cable brand do you recommend?
Chario work well with all decent brands. There are many factors that influence loudspeaker cable other than the conducting material or the copper. These include RFI, dielectric, magnetism, etc. To ease your choice here, we have selected some that works well with Chario which you may view in our Boutique under Ancillaries.
How do I set-up my speakers?
• Whatever you do to one stereo speaker, do the same to the other. EG: keep both speakers equidistant from the rear wall, at the same height and use the same cable lengths for both.
• Bass boom masks fine treble detail. Find your rooms (acoustic) position by placing both speakers against the wall. Listen, move both into the room and repeat until an ideal balance of bass and treble is found.
• Next place your loudspeakers far apart from each other, forming an equilateral triangle between speakers and listening seat. Listen, move them towards each other, adhering to the distance found above & repeat until the best holographic image is found.
• Stability improves bass. Place a spirit level on top of your speaker, adjust spikes until stable. Avoid corners (except for subwoofers).
How long does it take to 'Break-In' the speakers?
When new, your loudspeaker's motor systems (rubber surround, spider, etc.) are a little taut. Don't worry about it, there's no reason to be anxious about it. Play them as per normal and the materials will relax over a 50 - 100 hour period. Over this period the bass and treble will homegenise. It's fascinating to hear the transition, enjoy it - it only happens once! A cold loudspeaker will be more taut than a warmer one for a similar reason, but will come on song because the motor systems already have "memory". (this is true for the whole system and it takes an hour or so before it begins to sing - switch on an hour or so before sitting down if possible)
Single Wire or Bi-Wire/ Bi-Amp?
Bi-Wire requires multiple cables and Bi-Amp: -multiple amplifiers. Chario, due to the qulaity of the parts used, are single wired, except for the Academy and senior Aviator models.This means you require only one amplifier and one set of cables.
Chario believe it is better practise to select a single high quality amplifier & cable instead of dividing your budget to allow for multiple amplifiers and cables. This is less of a concern when money is no object, like with senior Aviator and Academy ranges.