Expertly cast as the supporting member of the Verus Family, the Forte Satellite Speaker is poised to bring you amazing surround sound from a speaker that's barely 9" tall.
The secret is our brand new Aperion PhaseSync driver, which bundles our patent-pending Axially Stabilized Radiator tweeter with a woofer in a space-saving design. Teamed up with the Verus Forte Center and one of our Bravus Subwoofers, the Verus Forte Bookshelf delivers an astonishing wall of sound. They're also ideal for use as surround speakers in any home theater situation.
But these small speakers won't just keep your ears happy--your eyes also get in on this party. We’ve encased the Verus Forte line in slender, curved cabinets, then finished them in gloss cherry wood veneer. The only thing more stunning is the price.
*Free shipping value is based on ground shipping costs from Portland, OR to New York, NY. Individual rates vary.
|Frequency Response||(+/- 3dB) 80-20,000 Hz - (+/- 6dB) 72-22,000 Hz|
|Recommended Power||30-150 Watts|
|Tweeter||Custom Aperion ASR Tweeter|
|Midrange||Custom 4.25" Aperion PhaseSync Driver with Integrated ASR Tweeter|
|Enclosure Type||Ported, MDF|
|Dimensions||9" H x 5" W x 5.7" D|
|Placement Location||Front Speakers in Small Rooms, Surround Speakers|
New Aperion PhaseSync Driver
The Verus Forte line is intended for intimate spaces, and we wanted everyone in the room to have the best seat. So we built a new driver that optimizes on- and off-axis performance in the smallest size possible. The PhaseSync Driver packs the woofer and ASR tweeter into a single space-saving package. Coupled with the midrange driver, the Aperion PhaseSync lets Verus Forte deliver as much true-to-life sound as speakers nearly twice the size.
New Aperion Axially Stabilized Radiator
We engineered the new silk dome ASR to handle frequencies beneath most tweeters. Now the mid-high frequencies emit the same crystalline tones as their counterparts in the penthouse. From the pluck of a violin string to the screech of tires, the result is pure, authentic sound.
The slim curves of the Verus line’s first-rate cabinetry make us think "supermodel"—but the primo acoustic qualities means she’d have to sound as good as she looks. The finishing touch for every Verus speaker is a high-gloss cherry-wood veneer or piano-black lacquer that’s so right for every décor, your coffee table will be jealous.
5-way gold-plated binding posts
The 5-way gold-plated binding posts let you connect your speakers any which way you choose: bare wire, banana plugs, spades, round pins or flat pins. Not only does the gold plating give your system some bling, it also serves a more practical purpose: to resist corrosion and provide the best possible connection to your receiver.
Magnetically Held Perforated Metal Grilles
To protect the speaker innards from accidents, pets or curious fingers, the entire Verus line sports perforated metal grilles that let sound flow through unchecked, improving imaging and reducing high-frequency reflection. Hidden magnets hold the grilles in recessed baffles.
Great speakers - my system is completePosted on 12/16/2014 Thees speakers were one of the best investments I made in my home audio system. They pack a punch and I feel that my system is complete, for now...
Amazing Little Speaker!Posted on 6/8/2012 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.
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.
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.
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!
Now this was fun!Posted on 6/8/2012 Having suffered my collection of MP3s and Apple Lossless on an old MAC G5 with poor computer speakers, I thought I'd jump into a new trend. I used my TOSLINK optical out to a V-DAC with a Pyramid power supply (PS-3KX) and old Yamaha two-channel amp and a pair of Aperion Forte satellites.
This topic has as many opinions as, well, you know. But here I started with one element at a time: Aperion with amp. Just that alone was good. Then added TOSLINK and V-DAC. Wow. And finally, I added the power supply. Fantastic.
This is a solid coaxial speaker with a -3db at around 78 Hz and a crossover it seemed around 1700-2000Hz for the tweeter. Can't remember the readings exactly.
The imaging is wonderful at this computer distance, but I was astonished by how well it filled the room. The definition and articulation in the midrange is excellent while the higher frequencies seem a tad aggressive, but with some burn-in this should soften a bit. Regardless i can listen for hours.
My first pair arrived with one speaker having a disconnected tweeter presumably from shipping and Aperion jumped right on it with an immediate replacement.
Well done. Highly recommended.
Home Theater Review Evaluates the Verus Forte Satellite SpeakerPosted on 5/25/2012 Performance: Four out of Five Stars
Value: Four out of Five Stars
Overall Rating: Four out of Five Stars
"It's hard to fault a speaker that sells direct for $350 a pair and looks and sounds as good as the Verus Forte Satellite loudspeaker does. Sure they don't have subterranean bass nor do they possess earth-shattering dynamics but as surround sound speakers, they're phenomenal and even as stereo mains in smaller rooms they'll impress - especially when it comes to vocals. Plus, when you consider you get a 30-day, risk free trial to see if they're you're cup of tea, there isn't much risk in deciding if the Verus Forte Satellite loudspeakers are right for you."
<em>- Andrew Robinson, hometheaterreview.com, July 2011</em>
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Big Picture Big Sound Gives the "Biggie" Award to the Verus Forte SpeakersPosted on 5/25/2012 "In a world where we rely on communicating through third parties, it's nice to see a company that actually wants to rub elbows with its customers. Maybe they just love to be loved, because Aperion's Verus Forte Speaker Line has exactly the types of products you'll want to call them up and thank them for."
"...you can be assured that the value that these speakers offer is already exceptionally high, so the cash you invest in a Verus Forte system is indeed money well spent."
<em>- Rachel Cericola, Big Picture Big Sound, May 2011</em>
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Digital Trends "Editors' Choice" Award Given to Aperion's Verus Forte Tower SystemPosted on 5/25/2012 "9 out of 10. Due to their excellent musicality, large sound in a small footprint and high value, the <a href="http://www.aperionaudio.com/speakers/verus-home-theater-speakers/verus-forte-tower-speaker">Verus Forte Towers</a> earn our Editor's Choice Award."
"We were equally impressed with the satellites. The high frequencies they put out were a dead-on match for those emanating from the mains and center channel. They clearly lacked the bass authority that the other three channels offered, but did a solid job as a surround speaker. For those who do a lot of multi-channel listening, a larger surround may be warranted but we think that, otherwise, the Forte satellites are a strong candidate as a musical speaker in a number of small room or close-in listening situations. Paired with a subwoofer, the satellites would make pretty dynamite computer speakers or even handle background music for a small room."
"Aperion's Verus Forte speakers, particularly the floor-standing tower model, offer an appreciable improvement over the company's already solid <a href="http://www.aperionaudio.com/speakers/intimus-home-theater-speakers">Intimus</a> offerings. The differences between the two lines is most obvious in the high frequency section where the tweeters higher-power handling and lower frequency capabilities serve to make the speakers sound articulate, accurate and detailed enough to satisfy just about any critical listener. Their more stylistic cabinets add to the speaker's refinement and make a pleasant statement in a room. At $495.00 each, the Verus Forte Tower represents a very solid value, if a bit more expensive than the company's Intimus line. We think these speakers will appeal to budget-audiophiles who want a speaker that challenges the law of diminishing returns by offering an incredibly refined, full bodied sound in an attractive package under the $1k price point. Add to the towers a very capable center channel and surrounds and you've got a surround speaker system that will most certainly be the envy of your friends and neighbors."
<em>- Caleb Denison, DigitalTrends.com, March 2011</em></a>