My impressions from his review were that the Songtowers and VGT were probably toe-to-toe but the VGC wiped the floor with whatever he's got right now (SongCenter?)
It makes me wanna get a VGC. Do you think it would aesthetically match EMP e5Tis?
Well, either I missed something or you are doing a healthy amount of reading between the lines in reaching that interpretation.
I think he only runs the SongTowers in a 2.0 or 2.1 configuration, but don't know that. I've never read mention of a SongCenter.
Almost always, Tom does make comparisons to his reference speakers, and, in this case, the SongTowers are almost a perfect match-up with the Verus Grand Towers.
If you look at the ratings on the last pages (which is admittedly strange since we are comparing a 5.1 system with a pair of tower speakers), the scores are as follows:
Category - Aperion/Salk
Build Quality - 5/5
Appearance - 4/5
Treble Extension - 4/5
Treble Smoothness - 5/4
Midrange Accuracy - 5/4
Bass Extension - 3/5
Bass Accuracy - 4/5
Imaging - 5/5
Soundstage - 5/3
Dynamic Range - 5/4
Fit and Finish - 4/5
Performance - 4.5/4.5
Value - 5/4
So much of the question is what degree of the Aperion's superior treble smoothness and midrange accuracy might be attributed to the center? It is impressive that the SongTower dome tweeter offers more extension than the latest and greatest Aperion tweeter. Bass ratings for the Aperion are reasonably directed at the subwoofer, so that is left open.
However, when I get down to the performance and value ratings, knowing that this includes a poor subwoofer in the mix, I think that the Aperion looks pretty strong.
Another way of looking at it is if you remove the sub scores, everything that relates to sound quality is a 5 for the Aperions except the treble extension.
So, it may well be hair-brained of me to attempt to compare scores like this, but the absence of a comparison between the SongTowers and the Verus Grand Towers is too conspicuous to be left unquestioned (at least for me).
These are two very substantial offerings for audioholics wanting to maximize their audio budget.
In a perfect world, it would be easy, Salk would have the same return policy as Aperion, and you could just buy both, listen to them in your own home for up to 30 days and return the one you don't like for a full refund!