If we had to make a checklist of sub-$2k floorstanding speaker "must-haves," the Aperion Verus Grand Towers would score well. Furniture grade finish? Check. Gloss black or cherry real wood veneer? Check. Overbuilt cabinets, sub 50Hz frequency response, and compatibility with many receivers? Check, check, and check. The key advancement to the Verus Grand line in the tweeter. Sporting what Aperion calls an Axially Stabilized Radiator design, this 1" silk dome tweeter is designed not only to handle the top end, but also the upper-mid frequencies. Aperion is still supporting their Risk-Free 30-Day In-Home Audition with this new line. With free shipping both ways (even if you don't like them), it takes a lot of a stress of ordering online away.
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These things would probably be up in direct comparision to the Salk Songtowers in their price range.
They look nice. Out of my budget though. Anything north of $1K/pr just isn't happening for me. I'll buy '$2k' speakers, but only if I find them clearance or used for 1/2 price.
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I checked with Aperion and the cabinets are actually MDF and not HDF.
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I personally am not a fan of many speakers with more than 3 drivers, and have found bookshelves as accurate as any, and passing of an old time convention of wisdom in audio (the more drivers, the more problems). If a bookshelf can get down to 90 hz, I'm in good shape as my dual 10's in each corner make everything else lovely.
That said, I, too, would expect 30 hz performance in such a tower as these.