Originally Posted by joeyvaz
I was wondering if anyone had the opportunity to compare the Grand Verus to the Emotiva 8.3/6.3/erd-1 that is very comparable in price.
I had a complete Emo setup. ERT-8.3s, ERM-6.3 and 4x ERD-1. I sold it all to go with the Aperions. So far all I have is the VGC and am waiting for the VGTs to be here end of this month hopefully. Also awaiting the release of DiPole/BiPoles for the surrounds positions. I may get some VGBs to hold me over.
I will share some of my initial thoughts:
I had a full Klipsch Ref-7 surround setup (RB-75s, RC-7, 4x RS-7s) prior to getting the Emos. I had Klipsch for years and was getting weary of the horns and wanting to try something softer. I felt the dialog from the RC-7 was very muddy and lacked clarity with most of the daily TV viewing source.
The Emotiva's are heavy and built like tanks. Although they have TONs of adjustments (tweeter, midrange, boost/cut, boundary comp etc.) in my environment, I am not sure I could really tell any radical differences in the variety of switch positions. They do sound very good, but I guess I kept feeling a bit under whelmed. The ERM was better for my ears then the RC-7 was, but I feel the VGC is much better. I have had it now for about two weeks so I have had a lot of time to form a solid opinion.
The VGC clarity and balance when it comes to dialog is very good. I don't feel like I struggle to discern the middle range male vocal dialog that tends to easily get muddy and vague. We use our system almost 95% for HT/TV viewing so I have not done any real music listening yet, waiting for the VGTs before I do that.
Finish: The Aperion Grands BLOW AWAY the Emos. No comparison whatsoever. The emo finish although good on paper is an odd duck. Its almost a matt black ordeal that easily shows fingerprints and other smudges. I much prefer a piano black gloss finish or a woodgrain with satin or high gloss finish instead. I have the Cherry VGC and am amazed at how nice it is.
The grills on the Emos are a typical magnet affair, but one frustration was lack of any indent, index etc. to get them on perfectly. You pretty much put them on and wiggle through trial and error until they look straight.
A couple of other notes, the Emos are 4ohm, make sure you have a capable amp. The Efficiency on the VGTs are much better then the 8.3s.
I will have more opinions once my VGTs get here... but so far I have no regrets.
One other thought... because of the Emo finish, I think long term re-sale when you want to upgrade would be more difficult then other similarly priced brands. You almost need to find an Emo fan to buy them from you. I got lucky with mine in that Emo raised the prices from when I purchased them and I got holiday discounts to boot. So I did not take much of a bath when I sold them. Had I paid normal prices, it would have been painful at just only having them a year. For comparison, when I sold my 4+ year old Klipsch Ref-7 setup, I was amazed at how well they kept value (well as much as anything in this hobby can).