Surround Sound Speaker Systems
- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 14 June 2012
Aperion Forte Home Theater System In Use
Right off the bat, I was quite impressed with how articulate the Aperion system was even before any real break-in period. Now these aren't the first speakers to convey an articulate signature before an appropriate break-in, but they were not articulate at the expense of being etched or hard-edged like many other affordable speakers. So this articulate quality along with the aforementioned sound staging became the sonic signatures for the Aperion Forte system.
I still let the system break in for a few weeks, just for sake of breaking them in and the system benefitted by revealing more inner detail in music. Then I settled in for some serious listening with my copy of the Blu-ray release of La Traviata. This is a 2007 La Scala production of the Giuseppe Verdi opera conducted by Lorin Maazel and starring Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas and Roberto Frontali.
The Aperion Forte system placed me close to the action, sounding like I was in row 5. The Forte center did well with the vocals, but I didn't want to push it too hard on this lossless encode with its amazing dynamic range. But the Fortes were showing their mettle and I crept up on the volume little by little until I found myself listening at near live levels when the opera's sad conclusion played out. There was good off-axis response with a smooth response spectrum that held up no matter where I sat in the room.
I then watched the Source Code Blu-ray over the Aperion Forte system. In my opinion, Source Code is a very entertaining film with a high replay value much in the way the plot is reminiscent of "Ground Hog Day" with its repetitive scene re-winds/re-do's.
Each time the train scene re-opened or closed with a bang, the Bravus II 10 D sub impressed me with exceptional output that shook the sofa much more than its size would suggest. This soundtrack has a healthy surround mix too. Normally, direct-radiating surrounds aren't the greatest at envelopment in my theater, but the little Fortes resemble a point source in their design and were not at all shabby in the envelopment department with acceptable specificity or diffusivity depending on the material.
Next up was the Tedechi Truck Band's first album, "Revelator" on vinyl. This group features a husband wife team on guitar and vocals. "Revelator" took home a Grammy in 2012 for the Best Blues Album of the Year. It also garnered an armload of Blues Music Awards in 2012. I think these are well-deserved honors and this album has vaulted to the top of my list of favorites for ye olde vinyl playback rig due to the terrific music and musicianship. I also think Susan Tedeschi is the next best thing since Bonnie Raitt. She really is that good.
Played back with Dolby PL II, the Aperion Forte center handled Tedeschi's voice with good clarity and presence - not nasally or chesty and the sibilants were remarkably clean. Again, the system's smooth frequency response passed on the warmth of this record. This system did fall short of the best examples out there when it came to the layering of music. The sound was just a bit dimensionally flat.
I closed out my evaluation with The Muppets Blu-ray. This movie is predictable and campy with some extremely banal humor. But there are cameos and guest appearances galore while the music is a total delight throughout. The music, effects and vocals sound excellent on this lossless surround encode, too.
On the music side, the award-winning number "Muppet or a Man" was nothing short of scintillating over the Aperion Forte system. The Forte system is a superior reproducer of sonic details for systems in its price class. This comes with a clean, extended treble too. The Aperion Forte's really are equally adept at movies and music. That's not a cliché this time around.