Originally Posted by markwriter
Aperion's founder gave an interview in which he talked about how they subcontract out their design to an experienced designer, and they listen to them in the Aperion listening room -- a conference room. That's all well and good but it absolutely pales in comparison to what goes on at Axiom. They have a 30-year speaker technologist guru in Ian Colquhoun and a full engineering staff, an anechoic chamber, Canada's NRC Labs, double-blind testing, years and years of awards. It's not even close. It's hard to believe that other companies can achieve the same level of SQ with vastly less resources and a much less rigorous development methodology. The fact that some companies are popular has more to say about the marketing and customer service than the sound quality.
That said, Aperion makes a nice looking product and the free shipping both ways makes it easy to try them at home. I agree with dlenart25 that shipping them out make be a good idea.
Lots of speaker companies in Canada use the NRC and end up with very different sounding speakers.
Many smaller boutique speaker companies build incredible speakers without a huge engineering staff and fancy test equipment - Salk, Selah, Tyler Acoustics for example. I don't think most would say their speakers are inferior to Axiom
Harman International dwarfs Axiom and produces moderately priced speakers like Infinity and JBL and higher end products like Revel. Some Harmon speakers may not be as good as Axiom, others blow Axiom speakers out of the water.
Engineering and research budgets don't necessarily result in the absolute finest speakers.
Axiom's engineering objective isn't to build the best speaker in the world - looks to me that they want to build moderately priced speakers that may outperform similarly priced competitors.
I cannot state for a fact that Aperion speakers are superior to Axiom speakers.
I can state that fancy test labs and engineering budget don't necessarily result in superior speakers. And, in relative terms, Axiom's engineering budget is probably miniscule compared to the budgets of the largest multinational audio products companies.
I am certain Sony spends a lot more on audio engineering than Axiom - would you buy Sony speakers?