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God, it is taking all of my willpower not to fork over a bunch of money for these guys. They look gorgeous, and have gotten reviewed well everywhere.

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Does anyone here own these or have demoed them? I'd love some real opinions on the build quality and sound. Or at least someone else to gawk over these speakers as hard as I do thumb.gif
post #2 of 5
For $3,800 I think you can do better:

NHT Classic Four Front Left/Right ($1998)
NHT Classic Three Center ($499)
NHT Classic Two Rears ($598)

SVS PB-12 NSD Subwoofer ($769)

True 3-way fronts (vs Aperion's MTMs)--meaning far more consistent sound radiating pattern, and a far superior subwoofer.

Also IMO Aperion's cabinet bracing is insufficient, here is a comparison of the cabinet resonance of Grand's Predecessor (the 6T; actually weighs more) vs the NHT Absolute Tower (which actually has 1/2 inch less bracing than the Classic 4):

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Finally...here's what bracing from $10,000 speakers look like biggrin.gif

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Edited by astrallite - 12/8/11 at 12:14am
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Thanks for the input! I haven't really checked out anything from NHT before. They look very solid, but I've not heard any of these towers with built in subs before. Will you really need a sub to round out an NHT system? I suppose I can see the integrated 10'' 's not quite reaching down low enough. Seems like you'd also need some great room correction to integrate 3 subs into your system, or am I looking at this the wrong way?

Either way, I doubt I'd be grabbing the sub from Aperion, like you mentioned.

I've heard good things about the Golden Ear Triton 2's as well, but the center channel that comes with looks so weak compared to their towers. I believe those have subs built into the base as well, and ribbon tweeters.
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The 10" woofers in the NHT's have good extension but remember dedicated subwoofers can be placed and seperately EQed to remove bass nulls which might not be fixed by simply EQing the fronts. Also they aren't really "subwoofers", while it's rated at 27Hz (-3db)--which is commendable--these measurements are at 1W (86dB essentially)--and will look very different at 100db due to power compression (it won't have the excursion ability to remain linear at high SPL like a proper sub).

Also another critical thing that's overlooked is that bass frequencies (120Hz and below) put stress on an amplifier and letting a dedicated subwoofer handle this means your receiver (or power amp) is freed from this duty, and gives it more available power for transients during playback. A THX reference 80Hz crossover isn't a brick wall and there will still be noticeable output down to 40Hz, so there's no "wasting of the floorstander woofers" so to speak.

Haven't heard the Golden Ears either but those centers do look weak.
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There certainly isn't any harm in checking out the aperions - they do have the best trial policy in the business. They pay shipping both ways if you don't like them smile.gif
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