February 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm #3829
I’m looking for a new 5.1 speaker system to replace my $350 Sony 7.1 speaker system that I got years ago. I have a decent (for my needs) Sony A/V receiver. I’m obviously not an audiophile, but even I know that the speakers I have are “junk”. Movies aren’t as big of a concern – what’s driving me to upgrade is that when listening to music, I *really* notice how shallow and tinny they sound.
I have a friend who has an Aperion Intimus system, so I know the high quality first hand. However, I want a smaller system then he has (he has towers and bookshelves)… towers and bookshelves would be physically too large to fit my aesthetics for my living room, so I’m willing to sacrifice some mid-range.
I’m trying to decide between the Intimus and Verus Forte Satellite Speakers – I would have four of them for both front and rear speakers. Should there be a “noticeable” difference for music between the Verus satellites and Intimus satellites, or am I wasting money at that point if I’m not pairing them up with bookshelves/towers?
When watching movies in surround sound, would there be any “matching” issues using the Verus satellites with an Intimus center (e.g. 4C)? It seems like the Verus Forte Center speaker is quite a bit more than I really need, especially since I’d like to turn it off when listening to music.
Most of the time when listening to music, I don’t sit facing my front speakers, and I find it distracting that the center speaker tends to overpower everything – I can tell that more sound is coming from one side of the room. Therefor, I like to set the AVR to “multi stereo”, turn off the center speaker, and just use the 4 satellites and a subwoofer, which seems to produce a more even sound throughout the space (it’s an L shaped space, but the main listening area is about 12′ x 12′). I know that probably sounds a little weird, but I haven’t figured out a better solution.
p.s. I know the VF satellites are currently pretty far out on backorder, but that wouldn’t figure into what I’d get. Also, I wish Aperion offered the same finish in “white”.
MIFebruary 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #3835
Thanks for your inquiry! The big difference to my ear between the Verus Forte Satellite and the Intimus 4B is that the Verus tweeter plays a bit smoother than the Intimus tweeter and sounds more natural to me. But honestly if you could do the 5B up front I think they are better speakers for music than either of the satellite models as they will give you a fuller midrange, more bass and more open soundstage.
You can use the 5Bs with the 4C and you can also use it with the Forte Satellites too but you may notice the tweeter difference that I outlined above.
So if you could do a system consisting of 5B/4C/4B and the 8D sub that would be my first recommendation, otherwise you could do the Verus Satellites with the 4C.
I hope that helps but please let me know if you have any other questions, thanks!February 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm #3839
Thanks – I really appreciate it!February 21, 2013 at 9:14 am #3842
My pleasure, thanks!February 21, 2013 at 9:14 am #3843
My pleasure, thanks!
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