Originally Posted by USAFChief
My very premature review of the VFTs because I can't help myself and there's just not much posted out there yet regarding their sound.
First off, my listening room is 15X20X8, carpeted with lots of soft furniture and odds and ends to diffuse the sound and reduce reflections (with exception of ceiling). I'm powering the vertically challenged towers with an Outlaw 970 pre/pro and 7125 amp (125 watts into 8 ohms X 7). Source is an Oppo BDP-95 using pure analog bypass on pre/pro. Yes, I'm an on-line audio retail junkie. Don't get me wrong, the brick and mortar folks do offer some perks (sound audition/advice/mark-up/instant gratification), but for me, I'd rather show some patience and keep some of my hard earned money in my pocket.
Appearance If you own Aperion already, you know the deal here. Amazing quality and craftsmanship for speakers costing $490 each. For some perspective, I'm trading out my 4 yr old cherished 532 L/Rs (bookshelf speakers). I purchased the VFTs as a compromise (the VGTs can't ship to JP) with the back-up plan of trading up in a year if I'm disappointed. Hook up took a whole 5 minutes, left the same 80 Hz analog crossover on 970, set new levels and was ready for some early listeningso I thought.
AQ All I can say is this is some kind of optical illusion. I really was not ready for the visceral impact that smacked me in the face. These mini-towers brand new were spilling out a wall of sound with depth and texture the bookshelves simply could not possibly replicate.
High Freq... The highly regarded tweeter is the box, cereal and surprisesimply as good as or better than advertised. Highly detailed, crisp, responsive but never harsh.
The mids To me, this is where my 532s struggled the most (and most other bookshelves for that matter). The voices were recessed in the 532s and didn't have the punch or clarity I wanted. Well, problem solved. I'm still floored by the amount of sound that is reproduced by these mini-might's. Patricia Barber's vocals were focused to a specific single point (thought the MFSL SACD was a MCH with a separate center channel). Her voice was clear and resonated beautifully in the room. I did not expect the level of instrument separation, depth or soundstage. I didn't want to get up.
Bass P Barber's work can be an excellent litmus test to the capabilities of your speakers to produce tight, detailed, deep bass. While this may be the VFTs biggest challenge, it did not disappoint. It will not best the output of the large floor standing speakers, but still produced excellent, satisfying results in my 2,400 cu ft room.
Final initial thoughtsOf course above is a very early take on the VFTs, but I really wanted to share my thoughts for those on the fence or concerned about their compact size. Room size will always be a determining factor, but if you are anywhere near my 2,400 cu ft, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by these speakers. If the VFTs were a boxer, I'd liken them to Manny Pacquiaonumber one pound-for-pound boxer. Like Manny, not sure there's anyone out there in the 30 lb speaker class that can beat the VFTs. Small, compact, but packs a wallop! Hats off to Aperion again. If I get the VGTs, it might just be a separate purchasenot sure I'll be trading these anytime soon.