October 31, 2008 by Audioholics.com
Aperion Audio’s Intimus 4B Harmony SD Speaker System may be a lot to pronounce all in one breath - but it may be worth it, if that means you’ll get to put them into your listening room. These speakers are incredibly well-built, and do very well in a near-field environment. They are beautiful to look at and the new Bravus dual 8-inch subwoofer leaves a good impression. For those with larger rooms, look to one of Aperion’s bigger systems to give you more dynamics and a better fit.
Aperion ships each speaker with its own soft cloth protective sack. Aperion’s packaging ranks among the best I’ve ever seen. The speakers were double boxed and encased in custom fitted closed-cell foam padding. If every speaker company packed their products as well the world would have far fewer UPS-trashed speakers. Not only are the speakers double-boxed, each is wrapped in a felt bag and well-protected inside the inner carton as well.
I have come to expect overbuilt enclosures from Aperion, but had no idea they’d extend it to their satellite boxes as well. Each Intimus 4B speaker is made of 3/4-inch HDF (high density fiberboard) which simply laughs off our knock test. Compare this to other systems which uses molded plastic or some other material which isn’t nearly as rigid. The 4B’s are a sealed enclosure and feature a new 4-inch woven-fiberglass midrange woofer and new 1-inch silk-dome tweeter. The enclosure features Aperion’s new curved look which provides a beautiful 1/4-inch relief along the front and rear edges. This really makes the speaker stand out and is light years beyond any other box we’ve seen at this price. If that weren’t enough, the finish is simply amazing - either one - and we wondered at how they could build this much speaker for so little. On the back we found a nice recessed plate which held real gold-plated 5-way binding posts, not some cheap spring clips or other makeshift space-saving connection. Aperion looked to really take its full-sized bookshelf speakers and simply shrink them to fit into a smaller enclosure.
The Intimus 4B speakers only go down to 120Hz (+/-3dB) so it’s important to use a subwoofer with any system that has these up front (we used them for the main speakers and also the surrounds, which we mounted on Sanus BF31 speaker stands). The size of the speaker and its subsequent response make it perfect for near-field listening. If you try to fill a large room (more than 1600 cubic feet) with the Intimus 4Bs you may attain volume, but you’ll find that the top end starts to break-up and the sound will quickly become compressed. This isn’t a knock on the speakers so much as a simple reminder to use the right speakers for the right room. Aperion makes larger systems, so don’t overtax the product. After all, you don’t use a screwdriver as a chisel… What’s that? You do? Well, work with me here - it’s called an analogy.
Read the complete review at Audioholics.com
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