Posted December 26 2003 - 06:53 AM
The Aperion's and the S38-II's came in this week. Here's a brief overview.
First and foremost the JBL S38-II's are way bigger than I anticipated. It would take 4 of the Aperion speakers stacked 2x2 to take up about as much space of the S38s. In fact, they are about the same size as the Aperion 10" sub.
So, sadly, due to size constraints the S38s were deemed unsuitable.
The cherry veneer on the Aperions is slightly darker than on the S38s. Doesn't really make a difference to me, tho.
With the grills off, however, the S38s look bad ass.
Well, even though my sister didn't want them, I had to listen to the S38s. So I set them up and did some comparisons. Maybe it was the room or something, but I thought the aperions and the S38s sounded a lot a like. Similar characteristics, but the S38s sounded "more". Midrange was more pronounced, but there was an airy quality to them that was distracting. Maybe the room. Maybe cause they are brand new.
Even though I thought the S38s sounded a bit better I was more impressed with the aperions because they are so small, look so nice, and produce a nice, smooth sound.
The Real Winner
...is me. For various reasons I won't go into the placement of the aperions for surround duty proved to be a real pain. In the end I suggested putting my Mirage OMNI-250s in the rear corners of the room. I wasn't using them, after all. So we did and it sounded great. I guess the omni-directional aspect of the Mirage speakers lends itself well to surround duty.
And, in return, I get to keep the S38s. Granted, I traded an $800 set of speakers for a $280 set of speakers, but:
1) Due to space issues I can use a pair bookshelf speakers whereas the Mirage towers sat unused.
2) I wasn't too keen on the Mirage's sound quality with hard rock music - way too ambient. The S38s, I hear, will do well with AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest screaming through them.
3) She's my sister, so I don't mind.
I wish I could say more about the S38s. I just didn't get to listen to them very much and it will take a while for them to break in.
I was really impressed with the Aperions. Great aesthetics, small size, and surprisingly rich and vibrant sound. If you're considering these I suggest taking the plunge and giving them a go. They sound really nice.
And the Aperion 10" sub is just freakin' awesome. With music it's beautiful. It blends in very well. With movies it's authorative. Powerful and smooth.