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

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Aperion Audio Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid XD

Introduction

When I was just getting started in hi-fi back in college, going to look for a new piece of equipment was both exciting, and annoying. Venturing out with a collection of CD’s to evaluate speakers at different shops would often lead to two results: salespeople that would totally ignore me based on my perceived age and income, or salespeople that would try to steer me away from the speakers I could reasonable afford to something far more expensive. In those rare cases that I found a store with a salesperson that actually respected that I wanted a nice set of speakers but did have limited funds and tried to help, I would return there later as my finances allowed.

Specifications

  • Intimus 6T Tower Speaker
  • Design: Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, Two 6.5" Woven Fiberglass Mid/Woofers
  • MFR: 36 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB
  • Dimensions: 41.5" H x 7.75" W x 15.5" D
  • Weight: 70 Pounds/Each
  • Price: $699/Each USA; $1390/Pair USA
  • Intimus 6C Center Channel Speaker
  • Design: Sealed
  • Drivers: One 1" Silk Dome Tweeter, One 5.25" Woven Fiberglass Midrange, Two 6.6" Woven Fiberglass Woofers
  • MFR: 55 Hz - 20 kHz  ± 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB
  • Dimensions: 8.5" H x 25" W x 11" D
  • Weight: 39 Pounds
  • Price: $590 USA
  • Intimus 5DB Dipole/Bipole Surround Speaker
  • Design: Sealed
  • Drivers: Two 1" Silk Dome Tweeters, Two 5.25" Woven Fiberglass Mid/Woofers
  • MFR: 100 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 86 dB
  • Dimensions: 11.75" H x 10.6" W x 7.5" D
  • Weight: 17 Pounds/Each
  • Price: $345/Each USA; $690/Pair USA
  • Bravus 12D - Dual 12" Powered Subwoofer
  • Design: Sealed
  • Drivers: Two 12" Aluminum
  • Amplifier: 500 Watts
  • MFR: 22 Hz - 180 Hz ± 3 dB
  • Dimensions: 17" H x 15.5" W  15.5" D
  • Weight: 62 Pounds
  • Price: $1099 USA
  • Aperion Audio

Unfortunately for me, the Internet Direct companies that exist now were not available to me then. As half of the price of a pair of speakers can be dealer markup, these vendors promise better value and still can offer great support (via email, phone, and/or typically great owner forums). These companies have grown quickly to offer a wide range of products from entry level speakers and subwoofers, to high end reference quality speakers and AV separates. The worry is that you won’t have the chance to evaluate these options in your home as some stores may allow, but many vendors offer free shipping and 30 day guarantees, eliminating the risk on your end. Having read reviews for Aperion Audio over the past few years but unable to listen them myself, I was quite happy to be presented with the opportunity to review their new home theater speaker package.

Based in Oregon, Aperion Audio has been selling speakers direct since 2000 and has built up a very strong reputation for offering not only a great value in speakers, but also quality that is the equal of the high end brands out there. For this review, I was sent their new Intimus 6T-DB Hybrid HD system that consists of a pair of 6T towers for the front channels, a 6C center channel, two 5DB dipole/bipole surrounds, and a Bravus 12D subwoofer that features dual 12” woofers and a parametric EQ.