Verus Grand bookshelf speakers
Today I got a chance to listen to some very nice speakers.
1. The Dali Mentor Menuets at *cough* $1500US / pr.
These speakers are just amazing for their size. They do just so much right. Compared very well to $2k-$5k speakers. But $1500 for mini monitors? Um, yeah, just a little pricey for me.
2. The B&W CM series. Good, not great. Expensive for what you get.
3. B&W 600 series - home theater only. Not a speaker I'd spend money on.
4. The Aperion Verus Grand bookshelves. At $600 for a pair, these things hit way above their price class. Bass extension is very good for such a small speaker. Dynamics were very good as well. Imaging was superb. There was only a small difference in dispersion when changing ear height. Side to side there is essentially none. The vocals and cathedral dynamics on the Tallis Scholars' rendition of Palestrina's Allegri Misserere are superb, well recorded rock is just solid - like it should be, female vocals just beautifully warm without exaggeration. If they err, it is on the side of omission, so no stridency, no significant coloration. And I listened to them on a Marantz receiver, not some very expensive separates at that. I have a suspicion that these with a Peachtree integrated amp would just be great.
I owned a pair of B&W 805's for a decade. The only thing I ever regretted was the need to sell them when moving cross country. Been looking for something to replace them. The Verus Grand's are on my very short list, and since price is an object, there is really nothing that compares at $600 that I've heard. If you need more bass get a sub or the towers. But for apartment dwelling, the bookshelves have enough bass to please without breaking the lease or the peace
In summary, if your budget for speakers is $600, there's the Verus Grand and not much else. I've heard many speakers including Paradigms, Energy, Klipsch, Def Tech, etc... and been underwhelmed, but not with the Aperion GVB.