Customer ReviewsStraight talk from our customers
- You can't go wrong. It's just that simple. Joel M.
I can't say that I ask much of my Grands. Be there when I get home after long hours of working and schlepping around a world of cantankerous sound. Be unassuming enough to make my wife take two weeks before she can put her finger on exactly what changed in the living room. Be honest with the sound I feed you and do your best to give musicians their proper space, emotion, and delivery.
I'll let you know if they ever let me down...
- BRAVO!! Aperion BRAVO!! Andy N.
Before jumping into Aperion's again, I felt it only prudent to give some other options a listen before making a final decision, so I visited a local high-end audiophile shop where I spent several hours listening to the likes of McIntosh, Totem, and others that cost as much as a car. Finally I came down to earth and spent time with a set of Paradigm studio 100's - which I really liked but which seemed just a bit stale in their tonal quality - perhaps due to the listening room. Having gotten that bug out of my system, I jumped on the Aperion website and discovered the release of their new Verus Grand Towers. After reading the few (but very positive) reviews on them, and the various comments on AVSForum, I decided place my order for a self-indulgent Christmas present of 2 Verus Grand Towers and a Verus Grand Center. (I already had Aperion's for the surrounds). Because they were back ordered for a few weeks due to demand I felt like a kid again waiting for Christmas morning for them to arrive. Once they arrived and I opened them up and was once again pleasantly surprised by the outstanding quality, build, and finish of these beauties as I removed the packaging and the customary Aperion velvet bags that they travel in. Although no SPL meter or white gloves were included this go around, and one of the grills needed to be flipped upside down to conceal a very very minor flaw in the speaker cloth. The towers are about as tall as a standard light switch, and while large and solid seeming, do not to take up much room at all for a tower speaker. The Center is about half the length of the tower, and slightly more narrow, but every bit as beautiful.
Once set -up and calibrated with my Onkyo TX-NR808, I spent a day or so listening to some excellent music recordings by Diana Krell, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd etc., along with some U2, Black Eyed Peas, as well as some great classical pieces. The sound of these speakers was very good right out of the box and that first day was more rewarding than anticipated, but (with a grin in my face as I write this) they began to get better and better sounding as they continued to break in. After 40 or so hours they really began sounding outstanding! They are so clear, so natural and effortless that I would not even consider replacing them with any other option anywhere near their price point. The detailed highs of violins, cymbals, and voices are crisp and clear without being harsh. Both male and female voices are so clear and open that I felt like the singer is in the room, and the quick strength of mid-base and base is so good that I simply can not spend enough time listening to them. It seems that anything I play on them is so clean, open, and detailed, that my entire CD collection is new all over again.
After a few days I added my Bravus 8D sub and watched several moves over the following week or so, including Inception, Iron Man 2, The Hulk, and several others - All on Blu-Ray. Yep, Excellent! As much as I still love my other 5.1 set up, the new Verus set-up in 5.1 is simply outstanding in their sound quality, proper balance, and transparency. While watching "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", it was simply amazing to hear the subtle differences between shotgun shells vs the 9mm shells hitting the ground during a very complex shoot-out scene where all speakers were fully involved, with the sub rumbling, and voices coming from all around. I felt completely part of the move, not overpowered by "speakers", but involved in the story, action, and sounds of what I was watching. I absolutely love these speakers!
One additional benefit to the Verus Grand's is the fact that you can pair them with whatever size subwoofer you want. Unlike speakers that have an internal sub built into the tower, with these beauties you get the tremendous benefit of running them as a true 2 channel with plenty of base authority for all types of music and at whatever volume you can stand, or set it up with any size subwoofer(s) you want that best suits your needs and environment, and still cost the same or less than anything out there that sounds anywhere close to this good. I set my crossover to 40 on my towers which blended very nicely with the Bravus 8D in 2.1, 5.1 mode, yet still allowed me to run the Onkyo in "True Audio" (2.0) and still enjoy all the clean and solid base these towers are capable of. Ultimately I will return my 8D to its previous system and will splurge for a 10 or 12 inch Bravus II sub for movie watching with my Verus system, and continue enjoying music in wonderful 2 channel splendor. After that, I will complete my "all Aperion" home with a set of white Aperion outdoor speakers.
- Impressive Justin T.
- No Regrets Seaborn B W.
I look forward to challenging these towers in the future.
- Best Towers!!! Victress W.
- Simply Elegant and Amazing!! Gerald B.
So I broke down and decided to give Aperion a try...I called and spoke with them about their 30 day audition policy, shipping, etc and I felt a lot better about dropping all that cash for something I was unsure of...
When I got the boxes, I was blown away at the size of the box!! HUGE and HEAVY!!
I was pleasantly surprised to see how well they were packaged and I loved the velvet bag they are wrapped in; I am definitely keeping this packaging in case I ever move. Anyway... The finish is gorgeous, they even included gloves to handle the speakers with... I thought it was to avoid finger prints and smudges, but its so you can grip the speakers!! The piano finish is so smooth and the speaker is soooo heavy, that you can't grip it with your bare hands, it just slides...
OK, so when I cranked up my stereo I was impressed with their sound quality!! They sounded just like the B&Ws!!! Very clear and natural sounding. I was hearing things in songs I never heard before!! And the bass these towers make was really surprising since they have relatively small drivers... but you'll swear there is a sub somewhere!!! Music sounds fantastic!!! I don't even fire up the sub anymore!!
Moving on to movies, the sound quality was awesome!!! For the first time, these speakers had me jumping out of my seat!!! And I thought my previous 12 year old Infinity setup was great; they now sound like crap compared to the VGTs. The towers sounded so awesome, I ended up watching movies in stereo because it sounded that much better than my 5 channel Infinity setup. The imaging was just amazing!!
So, my original plan was to try out the towers for a couple of weeks and decide if I really wanted to keep them, then see if I was going to purchase the center and surrounds later on. Well, the next day I ordered the Verus Grand Center... then a couple of day later the Verus Surrounds. Subs are on the horizon!!
These Verus Grand Towers are awesome speakers!!! Totally blew my expectations away!!!
I highly recommend these to everyone!!!
Thanks Aperion for all your help and for offering such a great product!!!
- Simply marvelous... Ken S.
- Look No Further...This is The Center Channel Speaker You Want!! Gerald B.
When I got my package, I was utterly surprised at the size of the box. The VGC also came wrapped in velvet, gorgeous piano black finish, and this thing is heavy!! The design of it is also magnificent!! Same curves as the VGTs; just a beautiful piece. My only regret is that its huge... It does not fit in front of my big screen on the TV stand. Did I say its HUGE!!
So I just placed it on a couple of speaker stands I had from my previous Infinity speaker set; I really need to find a permanent solution, somewhere to put it, I may have to buy a new TV stand/cabinet all together. sigh
I decided to played some music through it first. I was utterly surprised at how great it sounded!! It was very similar to the VGT, but with slightly less bass, but still bounds and leaps above my old Infinity center which compared to the VGC sounds hollow and tinny. Music sounded great through the VGC...typically, center channels do not handle music well in terms of the full dynamic range of music; the VGC did amazing!!!
When I watched a few movies through it, one was Cowboys and Aliens, the voices sounded natural and authentic; had weight behind the voice... unlike with my previous speaker it sounded small even though it had two 5.25 drivers. For the first time, the action sounds coming from the speakers (VGT and VGC) had me jumping out of my seat!!!! Totally adds a new dimension to movie watching!!
I was so impressed with the Verus Grand Center that I just couldn't wait and ordered a set of Verus Surround speakers...
I highly recommend the Verus Grand Center channel speaker, but be forewarned, its huge!!!
Although, I now see, with size, comes great sound... :P
- Forgotten Hero Zechariah J.
The new Verus Grand Center has the same beautiful shape and lines of the rest of the Verus line.The one new functional use for the shape of the VGC is the ability to angle the speaker for optional positioning. The included feet allowing you to angle up or down for matching your listening position and placement.
After doing a large majority of my listening just on the VGTs I decided to make sure to do some VGC listening. At first I didn't hear any major differences between 6C and the VGC. I started with an A/B comparison between the 6C and the VGC. This really pointed out a few major differences to me.
The VGC really benefits from the new Aperion tweeter. Dialog is very detailed and accurate. I found that it presents no listening fatigue at all. The mids definitely benefit from the new tweeter and mid driver. I feel that the mids are now more open and less congested.
When presented with complex passages with dialog and special effects the VGT presents every detail without effort. This was a very welcome addition to my movie watching experience. --- Now to upgrade my surrounds.
Aperion offers yet another wonderful product at an affordable price. The new Verus line will definitely be in my home for some time.
- Excellent! Andrew I.
In particular this is due to the Verus Grand Center. The finish is amazing. The lines are beautiful. And the sound is incredibly crisp and clear. My parents were in town this weekend and were incredibly impressed with the clarity of dialogue from Hugo (and they are coming from a very high-end M&K system which they bought primarily because of the center channel). I actually like the size of it too - it gives a commanding presence but because of the rounded lines looks more like a piece of furniture than another boxy speaker.
Overall my new speakers have been a huge hit, but the Verus Grand Center has been the definite highlight of all the components.