Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Aperion Audio Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD 5.1 Speaker System

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Design and Setup

The speakers arrived in some of the sturdiest packaging I have seen, leaving no chance that anything bad could happen to your speakers during transit. Under all of the packaging, each speaker came individually packaged in a dark blue velvet bag to preserve the finish. Typically, I’ve been a fan of piano black for speaker finishes, as the wood finishes that come on speakers I can afford look fairly cheap. Whoever provides the wood for the Aperion speakers has nothing in common with other speakers in their price range, however. The finish of the cherry speakers was nothing short of gorgeous, looking like a high quality piece of furniture and not a mid-priced set of speakers, right down to the nicely rounded corners.

Aperion Audio Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD

The only thing on the speakers that didn’t exude the quality of a much more expensive speaker were the binding posts which were of acceptable quality, but just not of the exceptional nature of the rest of the speaker.

Aperion Audio Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD

Nice touches that were present on the speakers included threaded holes for carpet spikes which are included with the speakers, and a threaded hole on the surrounds that let them easily attach them to my speaker stands. Aperion also included a nice set of wall mounts for the surrounds so you can easily attach them up and out of the way. The center channel speaker includes a switch on the back to select the position of the speaker relative to the display (above or below) and adjusts the speaker accordingly.

Hooking the speakers up was the same as any normal set of speakers, though the much larger center channel required me to install a new shelf as it wouldn’t fit where I usually put my EPOS center channel speaker. I let my receiver run the Audyssey setup to determine the distance and crossover settings for the speakers. It wound up selecting too high of a crossover value for the surrounds which I corrected, and it detected the fronts as full range, which I wasn’t sure of. I decided to run them as full range at first to see how they went, but after trying out a few audio tracks with some heavy bass, I settled on a crossover of 50Hz and got far better performance overall from them. The distances it detected was spot on, which was a first for me with Audyssey.