Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Parker, CO (The Pinery: 39.456 x -104.703)
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I've had my V-12s for about a month now, and have been listening to a fairly even mix of 2-ch audio from CDs and 5.1 audio from DVDs, HDTV, and DVD-audio... (probably a little more 5.1 from HDTV than the others.)
My setup is a Denon 3803, the V-12 mains, an Infinity center-channel, a Hsu VTF-2 sub (in max extension mode), and some no-name, full-range, indoor/outdoor, 2-way mini speakers as surrounds. (yeah, yeah, I know)
For 2-channel music, the V-12s are very smooth: nice, even response from the low-end to highs, at all volume levels. I've heard my Denon receiver described as being on the 'bright' side, but with the V-12s this is balanced out nicely. The V-12's produce a really detailed audioscape -- I'm hearing new instruments and effects (especially in the lower-midrange) on my CDs that just weren't there before.
BTW, the Hsu sub blends very nicely with the V-12s in a 2.1 configuration.
The V-12s are apparently very efficient, since I had to pump up my center channel +3db and my surrounds +4db to get a reasonable balance in the 5.1 arrangement. (That probably says more about my crappy center & surrounds than the V-12s though...)
For 5.1 music and home theater viewing, I'm really happy with the excellent soundstage and imaging the V-12s are producing. My room layout/speaker placement is not optimal (everything is kinda skewed to the right, relative to the couch), and I was a little worried that I'd lose the audio image, but there turned out to be a good-sized sweet-spot with the V-12s -- enough to easily cover the whole couch.
The V-12s are fairly tall, with the bottom-brackets and carpet spikes installed, they're about 4' high. I think the footprint is roughly 8.5" X 11", plus an inch on each side for the bottom-brackets. Construction is excellent, and they can be bi-wired. This is going to sound goofy, but I really like the metal grill on the front ...because we have cats... They're just not interested in these speakers like they were with my old speakers that had cloth-covered fronts.
Overall, I'm really happy with the price/performance of these speakers. I think I'd have to spend a lot more money to get even marginally better performance. My next upgrade will probably be to get the V-Surrounds, eventually followed by a V-6 to replace the center channel.
Thanks to everyone in this thread who recommended these speakers, you got me on the right track!