Originally Posted by rcoyne
Originally Posted by lad578
I see a few new owners of VGT and I am really interested in your opinions. What would be helpfully especially for me are:
What speaker did you upgrade from?
How do they compare to your previous speaker(s)?
How much auditioning did you do (and what speakers) before jumping on VGT and what swayed you?
In essence, I am looking for good and close comparables for VGT.
I am quite impressed with the looks, build quality and what I really liked about the Verus series is the metal grille. I have little kids and like that protection from little pokey fingers. I currently have Infinity Beta 40 and it also has metal grille and sounds decent. But I am yearning for that next level of upgrade and hoping it will significant enough considering the price jump.
I know the best way to compare is to take them up on the 30 day risk free audition, but your opinions matters as well; I will eventually do this.
Sorry for the long post, and I appreciate your input .
Well, partially in response to Lad578
I did not audition any other speakers.
I "upgraded" from an old SVS SV-01 5.1 system; the front and surrounds were "bookshelf" sized and mounted on the wall fairly high up. I kept the surrounds and the old subwoofer (somewhat on the advice of Aperion tech support believe it or not). I also spent some of the money I saved not upgrading completely by buying a Marantz 6005 (on sale now) to replace an old Yamaha 663 (I think), again on the advice partly of Aperion gurus. Everything just hooked up tonight, Audessey run and engaged with dynamic EQ on.
Popped in Bluray of 25th anniversary R&R Hall of Fame Concert at MSG; listened to Gimme Shelter, Pretty Woman, Legend of Tom Joad, and Fortunate Son. Even with zero/minimal breakin on the speakers, they sound much better. I also listened with the Yamaha receiver prior to hooking up the Marantz--I have to say that with limited listening the Marantz powered speakers really sounded better (regardless of DSP field, etc).
I am not an audiophile in any way, shape or form (I still need to figure out hot to set crossovers and gains I think to get more ooomph out of my subwoofer) but I really like what I hear so far.
Oh, as an aside, I tend to find the wife's disapproval correlates with how good/loud the music sounds/is played, and right now, she is righteously pissed. In fact, she has threatened no more birthday presents for me until I am 90. . . I am waiting until everybody else is at the neighborhood pool prior to popping in "Inception" Bluray.
Not sure if this is at all helpful, but there you have it. I would tend to go ahead and take the plunge, at least for the center and fronts. . .