I got to check out Aperion Audio’s showroom in Portland, Oregon today. Also met Steve who was conducting the demo. He’s a great guy, and I highly recommend anyone who loves sound in the slightest to drop by and have a listen.
I loved the sound the Verus III Grand Towers produced. Soft on the ears, not quite warm, but the 6.5” woofers on the towers are very understated on the spec sheet. Very strong into the bottom octaves, much lower than the stated F3 of 45hz. Room gain obviously comes into play, but regardless, they aren’t there for show
Verus III Grand Bookshelves ($800/pr
Verus III Grand Center ($700/each)
Verus Surrounds ($700/pr
Novus Towers (Coming soon)
Intimus 5T Towers ($800/pr
Intimus 4B Satellites ($200/pr
Bravus II 10D Subwoofer ($700/each)
Bravus II 12D Subwoofer ($1000/each)
Mostly listened to Pink Floyd during the demo time, but comparing all the towers was very cool. The new Novus line coming out falls inbetween the Verus and Intimus line. Hearing the Verus towers kind of ruined the rest of the speakers
The Intimus Towers were very thin compared to the Verus, the Novus line less so. The midrange could not be compared, with the Verus having dual dedicated 5 1/4” midrange drivers, but to my extreme surprise, the Verus Bookshelves were very very strong. I would take these over both the other towers. Midrange was almost identical, bass was surprisingly strong for a 5 1/4” driver. We brought a sub into the mix, and it was a close fight.
Speaking of subs, I also heard the Bravus 10” and 12” subwoofers. They were decent, utilizing dual passive radiators, but were out of their price bracket in raw performance. They had plenty of output for theater, and still held on to their musicality, despite having passive radiators which can sometimes have a slower sound.
So the flagship “identifier” of Aperion Audio is their ASR tweeter. Essentially, they pinned the center of the tweeter to prevent axial rocking which is supposed to reduce distortion. Now personally I was not able to determine if this was audible, but the concept is very cool nonetheless. Another cool additive on the Verus line is the TrebleMod. You can tone down the tweeter by 3dB, if whatever environment you find your speakers placed in is a bit reflective.
I always find value in a company that has their own design, an “identifier” as I called it above. Klipsch has Tractrix Horns, Kef has UniQ, and Aperion has ASR tweeters.
I’ll wrap up my rambling.
If you are looking for speakers that don’t do anything “wrong”, not offensive in the treble range, not too aggressive in the bass range, and smooth in the midrange, I can definitely recommend the Verus line by Aperion Audio. Now this comes with a slight drawback, the price. The Verus Towers are priced at $2500 a pair. I personally did not find the audio they produced to be worth $2500. But I sure did enjoy the sound. Audio is subjective, and what I determine to not be worth $2500, others may find to be worth $5000. So don’t listen to the price tag, listen to the music