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November 16, 2011 at 11:54 am #255
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Scott

Intro:

First off, let me say that I’m no audio expert and do not
have much experience at all with high end audio products.  The Aperion Verus Forte Bookshelves were my
first “real” speakers that I’ve had in my home, and the first “real” speakers
that I have spent more than ten minutes listening to.  I’ve had these speakers for about a month now
and have spent quite a bit of time with them listening to both music and
movies.  With that being said, I’ll get
on with my review.

Setup and Room:

Currently, I’m running a pair of these speakers as my
main left and right speakers in my living room. 
I have them paired with a HSU VTF-15H subwoofer for the low end (crossed
over at 80hz) and these are mated to a Marantz 6005 receiver.  My listening area is about 13ft by 13ft, but
the room is about 21 feet long by 13 feet wide. 
The VFB is not quite large enough to really “fill” the room with sound,
but for its size it does a really good job! 
I’m planning to exchange for a larger Aperion Bookshelf speaker soon,
but I wanted to see how the VFB performed in a room about my size first.

A quick note on
“filling” the room with sound:

I’d just like to clarify that when I say that the VFBs
can’t properly “fill” my room with sound, I’m not saying that they can’t get
loud enough, but rather that they don’t sound “big” in my room.  I can easily get these speakers loud enough
to be easily heard throughout the whole house. 
But in my living room, these speakers still sound just a bit “small”
instead of providing a nice “large” sound. 

Build Quality and
Aesthetics:

Again, I’m no expert. 
These speakers are heavy for their and they look great!  The cabinet is solid, beautifully designed,
and oozes quality.

First Impressions:

Upon hooking the speakers up for the first time, and before
they had any time to break in, I could immediately tell that there was a
significant leap in sound quality, imaging, detail, and clarity over most other
speakers I have heard before.

Thoughts on Music
Listening:

Everything is clear, detailed, and imaging is great!  Vocals sound very natural, instruments sound
great, you can hear all the little nuances in a piece of music, and all of the
space between the left and right speaker is filled with music!  For being Aperion’s smallest Verus line
speaker, this thing sure sounds good!  
It handled all the music I could throw at it well, except perhaps for
very heavy rock music.  When playing that
kind of music, things sounded just a little congested to me.  This may not be the speaker, it may be the
receiver not being able to deliver enough power to the speaker, or me having to
turn it up too loud in order to compensate for the VFB’s non-room filling
size.  But aside from that, I’ve been
rewarded with amazing sound for the last month!

Thoughts on
Movies:

The imaging of these speakers really helps out with
movies.  Despite only running a 2.1
configuration, the dialogue always sounded like it was coming from the center
of the screen.  The VFBs made voices
sound natural, provided great detail on every scene (whether it was a calm
scene or action packed), and overall sounded very good and provided a very
decent movie experience.  The speakers
never completely “disappeared” with any of the content I listened to, but they
came close.  Movies were definitely more
immersive than I’m used to.

Shortcomings:

Really, there are only two shortcomings of the VFBs in my
opinion.  Firstly, as mentioned before,
they can’t “fill” a large room well.  But
again, they weren’t designed to.  If you
have a small listening area or don’t mind if your whole room is filled with
sound then the VFBs would be a great choice for you.  Secondly, the VFBs don’t have great bass
extension.  This isn’t a huge issue for
me because I’m running a sub with them, but if you don’t have a sub or like to
listen to 2 channel music without one, you’ll be missing a lot of low end.

Conclusion:

Aside from these speakers sounding a little congested on
some heavy rock music, not being able to fill my room super well, and lacking
in the bass department, there’s really nothing not to like about these
speakers.  They provide very clear and
detailed sound, they image very well, and they sound very natural.  Female and male voices sound great, and
instrumental music is a treat!  I really
enjoy these speakers, and I’m sure you would too!

November 17, 2011 at 9:04 am #1596
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Jason Hicks

I didn't realize you had pulled the trigger, so I am glad to hear that you have joined us!  [8-|]

Thanks for taking the time to write that up (and of course for the order!), it's always great when customers provide that much detailed feedback both for us here at Aperion and for others out there that are considering a purchase.  

Just let me know if I can help out with anything else, thanks! 

November 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm #911
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Scott

Hey Jason,

I'm glad to have joined you as well!  I tried posting the review on the VFB speaker page, but I couldn't log in for some reason.  Perhaps you have a way of posting my review there yourself?  I'd just like to make sure that my review is easy to find for anyone that is looking for it!

Thanks! 

November 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm #1597
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Jason Hicks

[quote user="Scott E."]

Hey Jason,

I'm glad to have joined you as well!  I tried posting the review on the VFB speaker page, but I couldn't log in for some reason.  Perhaps you have a way of posting my review there yourself?  I'd just like to make sure that my review is easy to find for anyone that is looking for it!

Thanks! 

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Good talking to you today Scott E, glad you got the review posted, just let me know if you need help with anything else, thanks!

November 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm #912
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Scott

I agree, I think the VFB will perform very well in that role.  Just exchanged my VFBs for a pair of VGBs and I'm enjoying the sound of them as well!  Anyway, the VFB is one heck of a speaker for such a small package!

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