Even before you hear it, you can’t help but be impressed with Aperion’s downright lavish build quality standards. Thanks to its 1-inch thick High Density Fiberboard (HDF) cabinet, the Intimus 632-LR feels positively inert and its stunning real cherry wood and piano black finishes are on par with bona-fide highend speakers. The 1-inch silk-dome tweeter and 6.5-inch carbon fiber woofer were designed by Aperion engineers. Oh, and Aperion sells direct with a risk-free, 30-day in-home trial, ships for free, and doesn’t charge sales tax!
Tip: The speaker comes with a 1/4” threaded insert on its bottom that can be used to secure the speaker to a wall bracket or floorstand.
The Intimus 632-LR maintains a neutral, low-distortion sound from its potent low-end (down to the 40Hz range in my large room); not too warm, not too forward midrange; right on up to its lively top end. Soundstaging isn’t what I’d call expansive, but it’s certainly respectable.
Radiohead’s In Rainbows (CD, not download) [ATO Records/Red] dished up fabulous textures, with throbbing, remarkably deep bass stirrings. The sheer density of the band’s ever-evolving soundscapes was engrossing.
Neil Young’s Live At Massey Hall 1971 DVD-Audio [Reprise] was startling in its transparency; I felt like I was there with just Neil and his guitar. Perfect!