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Aperion Audio Verus Grand Bookshelf Speaker Review

by August 18, 2011
  • Product Name: Verus Grand Bookshelf Speaker
  • Manufacturer: Aperion Audio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: August 18, 2011 22:35
  • MSRP: $ 598/pr (free shipping)
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  • Frequency Response:                (+/- 3dB) 59Hz to 20,000Hz

                                                       (+/- 6dB) 54Hz to 20,000Hz

  • Impedance:                               6 ohms
  • Sensitivity:                                84dB
  • Recommended Amp Power:      30-200 Watts
  • Tweeter:                                    1" Custom Aperion ASR Soft Dome Tweeter
  • Woofer:                                    5" Woven Kevlar Woofer with Aluminum Phase Plug
  • Driver Configuration:                 2-Way 
  • Enclosure Type:                        Anti-Resonant, Internally Braced, Rear Ported
  • Dimensions:                              13" H x 7.5" W x 9" D
  • Weight:                                     14lbs
  • Ten year warranty
  • FREE SHIPPING - a $33 value per pair*
  • FREE lifetime technical support
  • FREE speaker care kit


  • Pristine fidelity
  • Furniture grade finish
  • Excellent craftsmanship


  • Limited bass output
  • Raises the bar too high for the competition


Aperion Audio Verus Grand Bookshelf Speaker Introduction

We'vVerus.jpge been reviewing Aperion Audio speakers pretty much since they began selling speakers online.  In that time, they've always managed to produce good-sounding, finely crafted speakers at reasonable prices.  Over the years we planted a bug in their ear for achieving higher aspirations.  The response seems to be the Verus line of loudspeakers.  We were so impressed with their Verus Grand towers that we decided it was time to give the Verus Grand Bookshelf speakers their own dedicated review.  Being a fan of quality bookshelf speakers, I personally and quite eagerly took on this task.  I enjoyed my time with their Intimus 5B bookshelf speakers and was curious to find out of their Verus bookshelf was worth the extra $150 smackaroos.  

As with all Aperion Audio speakers, the Verus Grand Bookshelfs showed up well packaged (within a single heavily insulated box).  The craftsmanship of their cabinets is well worth a little extra precaution on their part and appreciated by their customers and reviewers alike.  The speakers came packed in socks for added high end appeal and included Michael Jackson style white gloves for careful handling. 

I thought it would be good measure to do a quick comparison of the 5B vs Verus Grand products so potential buyers would have a perspective as to what their extra hard earned $150 would get them.

Metric Intimus 5B Verus Grand Bookshelf
MSRP: $450/pair $598/pair
Frequency Response (+/- 3dB) 75Hz to 20,000Hz (+/- 6dB) 62Hz to 20,000Hz (+/- 3dB) 59-20,000 Hz (+/- 6dB) 54-22,000 Hz
Sensitivity 84dB @ 2.83V 87dB at 2.83V
Tweeter 1" Audiophile-grade Silk-Dome Tweeter 1" Custom Aperion ASR Tweeter
Woofer 5.25" Woven-Fiberglass Mid-Woofer Mid-Woofer 5" Woven Kevlar Woofer with Aluminum Phase Plug
Enclosure Type 1" HDF Anti-Resonant, Internally Braced, Rear Ported
Dimensions 12" H x 6.75" W x 8" D 13" H x 7.5" W x 9" D


In addition to driver upgrades, the Verus Grand Bookshelf speaker is 3dB more efficient and is tuned lower (59Hz vs 75Hz) making it easier to blend with a sub to provide a truly full-range musical representation. 

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Recent Forum Posts:

ichigo posts on January 06, 2012 22:34
Hmm I wonder will spectral decay plots ever make it into the reviews like Stereophile does? Would be interesting to see any cone resonance behavior.
cosoundman posts on January 04, 2012 18:55
Great lil' package!

For the Verus Grand Bookshelf speakers ($598 value) from Aperion Audio,
These are super lil' guys for everything above sub level. Get four (4) for front and rear's, a matching center (hmmmm) atleast 2 GOOD subs, and you'll be rocking!
Earhead posts on November 16, 2011 19:06
Question about these speakers…

Will these work if I mounted them in a book shelf (11“ deep X 11” high X 26“ wide)? I noticed that they have a rear port that would be pretty much covered up in my application. If not, any recommendations? We just downsized and my 42” towers don't fit my wife's idea of a man cave.
AcuDefTechGuy posts on August 23, 2011 12:57
Fowl, post: 826633
Hi AcuDefTechGuy,

To the less educated in speaker numbers like myself, who does this all mean?

The first lesson is that measurements don't tell you everything; the final test is the actual audition of the speakers.

But the measurements of the frequency response gives us a clue as to how accurate the speakers are.

The whole audio spectrum is 20Hz-20kHz, but the “critical” audible spectrum is 200Hz-10kHz.

Within this range, speakers that have a tolerance of +/-3dB are said to be accurate per industry standards. If they have a +/-2dB, that is even better.

So those Aperion speakers are all within +/-3dB tolerance, which means they are fairly accurate on-axis and up to 15 degrees off-axis.

But….. these measurements do not give us the extremely important off-axis (60 degrees horizontal Polar Response) responses, which are as important, if not more important.

Soundstage/Canada NRC, Stereophile, and Audioholics will give you better information as far as the Polar Response (off axis).

Take home message, if you want a speaker that measures accurately, the on-axis FR needs to be no more than +/-3dB 200Hz-10kHz, and the 60 degrees horizontal off-axis needs to be no more than +/-6dB 200Hz-10kHz IMO.

Not many speakers will have a +/-3dB @ 60 degrees off-axis from 200Hz-10kHz.

Unfortunately, a lot of speakers will be +/-12dB or worse @ 60 degrees off-axis.
Fowl posts on August 23, 2011 11:14
AcuDefTechGuy, post: 826449
The Verus Grand Tower’s listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal and vertical responses) measures +0.59/–2.21 decibels from 200 hertz to 10 kilohertz. The –3-dB point is at 43 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 34 Hz.

The Verus Grand Center’s listening-window response measures +2.40/–2.74 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. An average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal responses measures +2.27/–2.54 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 59 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 51 Hz.

The Verus Grand Bookshelf’s listening-window response measures +2.79/–1.83 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 68 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 59 Hz.


Hi AcuDefTechGuy,

To the less educated in speaker numbers like myself, who does this all mean?
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