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Aperion Audio Verus Grand Tower Loudspeaker First Look

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Aperion Audio Verus Grand Tower

Aperion Audio Verus Grand Tower

Summary

  • Product Name: Verus Grand Tower
  • Manufacturer: Aperion Audio
  • Review Date: October 22, 2010 16:15
  • MSRP: $1,798/pair for the Verus Grand Tower, $699 Verus Grand Center, $598/pair Verus Grand Bookshelf
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now

Key Features of the Aperion Verus Grand Tower

  • 3-way, bass reflex design
  • 1-inch Aperion Axially Stabilized Radiator silk dome tweeter
  • Two 5-inch woven Kevlar mid-range drivers with aluminum phase plugs
  • Two 6-inch woven Kevlar woofers with butyl rubber surrounds
  • Bi-ampable 5-way gold-plated binding posts
  • Furniture-grade gloss cherry wood veneer or gloss piano black finish
  • Curvilinear cabinet with compound angles and internal bracing
  • Acoustically transparent cloth-covered metal grille

Specifications of the Aperion Verus Grand Tower

  • Frequency response: (+/- 3 dB) 45-20,000 Hz; (+/- 6 dB) 35-22,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 6 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Recommended power: 20-300 watts
  • Driver configuration: 3-way
  • Bass alignment: bass reflex (dual port)
  • Dimensions: 43.5 inches high by 8 inches wide by 12 inches deep
  • Weight: 65 pounds

Executive Overview

Aperion_Versus_groupIf you look in any product line, in any field, there are magical price points. These are the price points where consumers are expecting a product to fall in. If you walked onto a car lot and saw a new BMW and the dealer told you he wanted $10.99 for it, you'd immediately think something was wrong. Maybe the car is stolen, maybe the dealer is having some sort of psychotic break... but something is askew. Manufacturers work hard to make sure that their products hit these price point with, at the very least, the features that the consumer expects. If possible, they try and exceed those expectations.

One of the magic price points in speakers sub-$2000 a pair. If you ask for more than $2k a pair for your speakers, you've priced a lot of people out. But even at $1999, you can still capture the consumer that is thinking of spending around $1500 a pair. Normally, however, you expect a floorstanding speaker at this price point.

Aperion Audio has recently released a new line of the speakers called the Verus (not Versus as we originally misread it) Grand. So far they have released the Verus Grand Tower at $1,798 a pair, the Verus Grand Bookshelf for $598 a pair, and the Verus Grand Center for $699 each. There has been no mention of a dedicated subwoofer or surrounds in this line yet but we wouldn't be surprised if those were in the works as well.

The key advancement to the Verus Grand line in the tweeter. Sporting what Aperion calls an Axially Stabilized Radiator design, this 1" silk dome tweeter is designed not only to handle the top end, but also the upper-mid frequencies. This is an interesting design and one we're curious to see how well it will work. The tweeter is flanked by two 5" Kevlar midrange woofers with aluminum phase plugs in a D'Appolito configuration. Below, there are two 6" Kevlar woofers. 

tweeter2     mid

The speakers employ a 3-way, bass-reflex design. Since there is no hint of a front port, the dual ports on the Verus Grand Towers must be on the back. There are dual sets of gold plated 5-way binding posts for bi-amping or buy-wiring. The High Density Fiber cabinets are curved to counteract standing waves and internally braced. The speakers themselves are a robust 65lbs a piece. The entire Verus Grand line comes in the ever popular gloss black or cherry finishes. There is an included fabric covered metal perforated grill that uses the much more popular magnetic connection rather than a physical one. We like this solution as it leaves the front of the speaker completely clean which is great if you like to listen with the grill off (which we do).

The specifications of the Verus Grand Tower speakers reach a fairly impressive 45Hz on the low end at -3dB or down to 35Hz at -6dB. While this won't preclude the use of a sub for movies, you'll probably get away without one for most music. The speakers are a fairly efficient 92dB with a nominal impedance of 6 ohms. Depending on the minimum impedance, the Verus Grand Towers should play nice with most midline and up receivers though will certainly benefit from additional amplification. The footprint of the Verus Grand Tower isn't overly large at 8" wide by 12" deep. They include a slight outrigger for the included feet and carpet spikes. This should counteract any instability from the 43.5" height.

Conclusion

If we had to make a checklist of sub-$2k floorstanding speaker "must-haves," the Aperion Verus Grand Towers would score well. Furniture grade finish? Check. Gloss black or cherry real wood veneer? Check. Overbuilt cabinets, sub 50Hz frequency response, and compatibility with many receivers? Check, check, and check. The only thing we don't know about the Verus Grand Towers is how they sound. But that's about to change. We've managed to secure, to the best of our knowledge, the first review pair. If you can't wait, you can pre-order now. Shipping starts October 30th. Aperion is still supporting their Risk-Free 30-Day In-Home Audition, free shipping, and free lifetime customer support with this new line. With free shipping both ways (even if you don't like them), it takes a lot of a stress of ordering online away.

For more information, please visit www.aperionaudio.com.

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B1-66ER posts on November 02, 2010 00:00
sholling, post: 763353
I would far rather see a company put the money into top notch drivers and a well designed crossover than put it into bass extension. We have subwoofers for that job. Now if we were talking about 10,000-15,000 speakers it would make sense.
While I agree with you fully, you still have understand that as long as this remains a male E-penis hobby, rational concepts like subwoofers wont apply. Subwoofers aren't seen, they're just heard (felt). And they work, kicking *** over even the hugest phallic tower. But still, towers with subterrarian W.A.F are mainstays at any Electronics Convention, as if to say, “This Tower is the apex of all things manly, you must have this or you have NOTHING!” So it stands to reason we aren't buying towers for their performance, we're buying them for our status.
I personally am not a fan of many speakers with more than 3 drivers, and have found bookshelves as accurate as any, and passing of an old time convention of wisdom in audio (the more drivers, the more problems). If a bookshelf can get down to 90 hz, I'm in good shape as my dual 10's in each corner make everything else lovely.
That said, I, too, would expect 30 hz performance in such a tower as these.
sholling posts on November 01, 2010 19:19
AcuDefTechGuy, post: 763343
If it is truly “Grand”, shouldn't we be expecting more than just “50Hz”?

For a “regular” tower, like the Infinity P362, I might expect a “sub-50Hz”.

But I would expect nothing less than sub-30Hz for a “Grand” tower.
I would far rather see a company put the money into top notch drivers and a well designed crossover than put it into bass extension. We have subwoofers for that job. Now if we were talking about 10,000-15,000 speakers it would make sense.
AcuDefTechGuy posts on November 01, 2010 18:47
admin, post: 761036
Grand Towers…

…sub 50Hz frequency response…


If it is truly “Grand”, shouldn't we be expecting more than just “50Hz”?

For a “regular” tower, like the Infinity P362, I might expect a “sub-50Hz”.

But I would expect nothing less than sub-30Hz for a “Grand” tower.
Tom Attoh posts on November 01, 2010 10:30
I checked with Aperion and the cabinets are actually MDF and not HDF.
Slee_Stack posts on October 22, 2010 22:25
They look nice. Out of my budget though. Anything north of $1K/pr just isn't happening for me. I'll buy ‘$2k’ speakers, but only if I find them clearance or used for 1/2 price.
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