September 9, 2009 at 3:33 pm #2207
I posted here a couple months ago about downsizing my big AR9s to
bookshelf speakers and the 6Bs were highly recommended. A week ago I
received my new Aperions – not bookshelf models at all – but 6Ts. The
truth is, when I called to order I just couldn't go to bookshelf
speakers on stands. The big towers were too appealing – so that's what
I got. Still, I can justify it considereing they are a
downsize for those big 52" tall, 130 pound ARs. I'm fortunate to have
borrowed a pair of Magnepan 1.6QR planars at the same time – so I can
A-B the Maggies and the 6Ts.
When I opened the 6T boxes, like
everyone, I was amazed at the way they are packaged. Finding that
purple velour sack with it's yellow draw-string was special. For a
minute there I thought someone had sent me two 30-gallon bottles of
Chivas Regal (which would cost about the same as the 6Ts.) What a fine
way to prep a new owner for the "Aperion Experience!" Then, again like
everyone else, I found the speakers to be beautiful! Flawless
high-gloss black and I do mean flawless. I was excited and ready to
Since I'd spent quite a lot of time carefully
experimenting in placing the Maggies (they are temporarily placed on
the short wall of my room, about 5" from the wall) placing the 6Ts on
the long wall was a piece of cake. I started with the drivers at 4"
from the front wall and, after a lot of experimenting, ended up with
them at 28" with a little toe-in, which clearly gave me the best
soundfield and imaging. I was surpised I could get them that close to
the front wall without compromising imaging. My 60" Sony RP sits
between them with no ill effects whatsoever. I thought it would give me
problems so I tried positioning it flush with the plane of the drivers
and then back against the wall. Oddly, I actually prefered the imaging
with the TV against the wall, to the rear of the 6Ts.
sound! I didn't have high hopes that they would compete with the
Maggies but BOY was I wrong! Playing classical string trios, symphonic
recordings, jazz or country, the diminuative (compared to the Maggies)
6Ts hold their own and, at times, sound better than those giant Maggie
monoliths. The only, and I mean only, area where the Maggies are
preferred, is in their open and airy soundstage on certain symphonic
recordings. The Maggies, radiating from the front and rear of those huge panels, fill the end of the room with sound but, IMO, at the slight expense of rock-solid imaging.
I ordered the 5C to see how they sound in surround sound. My old center
was a Boston Acoustic A70 which I bought back in the early 80s, before
center speakers were around. I'm anxious to hear dialog on this smaller
center. Hopefully, I won't have to exchange it for the 6C but, of
course, I will if necessary..
The bottom-line: I'm leaning
heavily toward the Aperions. I've always lusted after Maggies but the
truth is, I'm loving the Aperions more and more, though it's a close
call.That Maggie sound is seductive but so is the sound of the 6Ts.
does a guy do with 2 great old AR9s and 2 Ar93s that weigh a combined
380 pounds? Wish I had another room where I could use them but I don't.
I've got to find a home for these babies – a home where they'll be
appreciated.. They''ve served me very well for over 28 years and I
can't bring myself to store them away in the back of the garage. Lord!
They're like family!
Thanks for listening.
arkiedanSeptember 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm #2407
Awesome, and it's nice to hear that the 6Ts are giving the Maggies a run for the money!
As for what do with them if you can bear to part with them, audiogon.com is the best site I know of to sell your A/V gear.
Thanks for posting and enjoy!
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