Originally Posted by dsg2003gt
I am considering the Aperion Versus Forte Tower fronts, Versus Forte center and Versus forte Satellites.
I am worried that the fronts wont have enough bass for my liking, I do about 30/30/30 music/movies/games. My room is 13x10 carpeteted with a 9ft ceiling. I can bring the speakers out from the front wall by 1-2 ft. I know I can try them at home, but everything I buy is a hassle in some way, so I am just looking for an opinion now.
If I weren't to go with aperion, I would try out the Energy RC-70, RC-LCR and RC-10 package. I am concerned with the RC package, that while the may have stronger bass, the package might be lacking in the midrange-vocals section.
Also, for my room and use, should I maybe consider the Intimus 5 series instead? Is the main difference between the two sets just the finish?
eta: If it matters, the speakers would be powered by a Pio 94 tsx.
I'll give my input, since I own the RC-10/RC-LCR, still own 5C/4T that I'm not using (trying to sell), and demo'd the Verus Forte Center with the 4T's for the 30-day period...
Personally, I'd take the Energy RC-LCR over the 5C or VFC (and the RC-10 over the 4T, if that matters). I cannot speak for the Verus Forte Towers.
I feel the RC-LCR, overall, gives the best dialogue of the 3. At least in my room, it can sound a little thick on the low end at times, although plugging the ports helped for me. Also, the low volume resolution isn't the best I've heard, but I don't feel it's appreciably worse than the 5C, although I think the boosted treble output of the 5C gives the sense that it's clearer at low volumes.
The 5C just never sounded right in my room. To me, the treble wasn't as smooth and was sometimes a little too forward for my liking, compared to the RC-LCR, and I thought it sounded a little "boxier," if that makes sense. Also, both Denon and Marantz AVRs I used it with wanted to set the xover to 120Hz after running Audyssey, which was something I wasn't ok with. I do still think it's a good center at its price point... I just prefer the RC-LCR.
I felt the VFC was smoother/more balanced than the 5C... but thought it also sounded a little small/confined in comparison to the RC-LCR.
All of that said, you could very well prefer either the Verus or Forte over the Energy RC, and completely disagree with my opinions. Best thing you could do is listen to them yourself it at all possible. Maybe try to find someone in the Energy owner's thread that would let you hear their RC speakers.
And since Aperion has a no risk policy, there's really no reason not to audition those in your own home.