Frequently asked questions
- What’s a good size for my listening room and what should I do about its acoustics?
- Which amplifier should I use with Verity Audio products?
- What’s the minimum impedance of my loudspeaker?
- Which speaker cables and connecting cables do you recommend?
- Are Verity Audio loudspeakers compatible with new high-resolution digital formats?
- I understand Verity loudspeakers feature a unique rear-firing woofer bass system. Does this design cause phase and delay problems?
- Should the woofer module of my Parsifal face the front or the rear?
- I like quick, tight, well-controlled bass. Is it true that large woofers like the one used in the Lohengrin might lack speed?
- It’s a well-known fact that many hybrid loudspeakers with both a standard midrange and a ribbon tweeter have integration issues. How does Verity Audio address this problem?
- What’s the warranty on Verity Audio products?
There are many proper listening room dimensions, including the standard IEC room: 26’ x 16’ x 10’. You may scale the room up or down as you wish, but try to stick to the same ratios. It’s best to avoid having a room where the length of one side is an exact multiple of the length of another. We recommend ratios of 1.6, 1.618 or 1.625. Our loudspeakers are designed for integration into a normally furnished living room. No additional room treatment is required unless there are severe acoustic problems. In such a case, we invite you to refer to your dealer, who will point out the best solutions to your particular problem.
Due to their musicality, all Verity Audio loudspeakers perform well with detailed and accurate wide-bandwidth amplifiers. Our main loudspeaker line performs well at low power but does even better the more power it gets. For example, the Parsifal Ovation performs very well at 50 watts RMS but will effortlessly yield even better results with additional power. The easy-to-drive impedance of the Fidelio makes it a great loudspeaker for low-power single-ended amplifiers as well as high-power solid-state amplifiers. Our eXR loudspeakers (Lohengrin and Sarastro) have higher sensitivity and therefore do very well with an even wider range of amplifiers. If you plan to use a vacuum tube amplifier, we strongly recommend using an 8-ohm impedance tap. Your dealer is your best reference and will help you choose properly.
|Lohengrin||4.4 ohms||85 Hz|
|Sarastro||5.2 ohms||100 Hz|
|Parsifal||4.9 ohms||104 Hz|
|Parsifal Monitor||6.8 ohms||200 Hz|
|Fidelio||5.7 ohms||220 Hz|
|Tamino x2, c2||7.6 ohms||230 Hz|
|Tamino Monitor, h2 & v2||7.8 ohms||220 Hz|
Cables are the last piece of equipment you should buy to complete your audio system. The combination of your loudspeakers, your room and your electronics is what gives your setup its own character: a proper cable selection serves to harmonize and balance the result so you get the sound you want. Your dealer is your best resource in this regard. Remember that all Verity Audio loudspeakers are inherently neutral and very well balanced, so fast, neutral cables are the best choice.
All Tamino, Fidelio and Parsifal loudspeakers are single-wired. A Parsifal can be bi-wired or bi-amplified if an optional external filter if added: do not attempt to bi-wire or bi-amplify a Parsifal without this module. There is a high-pass section inside the woofer cabinet of the Parsifal Monitor. A direct connection to the Parsifal Monitor bypasses this high-pass section and pushes the loudspeaker to work at full range, which considerably limits its dynamic range, increases distortion and overloads the upper bass.
Products from our eXR Loudspeaker Line (namely, the Sarastro and the Lohengrin) can be bi-wired and bi-amplified.
Any loudspeaker is compatible with these new formats, but only few are accurate enough to fulfill the potential of new technologies. Our eXR line (Sarastro and Lohengrin) and the new Parsifal Ovation can accurately and dynamically reproduce any extended range signal up to 60 kHz.
Our Parsifal loudspeakers have been chosen as reference loudspeakers for demonstrations of the 24 bits, 96 kHz format. Chesky Records has first introduced this new technology at the January 1997 WCES using Parsifal loudspeakers. Chesky Records, Classic Records and dCS still use the Parsifal as a reference speaker in their labs and studios.
I understand Verity loudspeakers feature a unique rear-firing woofer bass system. Does this design cause phase and delay problems?
The rear-firing woofer is just one component of our bass system, whose advantages are such that they completely overwhelm any eventual negative effect caused by minor woofer phase or delay problems. In any case, and this is true with ALL loudspeakers, proper placement of the system inside the room is key to achieving accurate bass reproduction. The low crossover frequency of our designs reduces any ill effects to insignificance. Should you wish to know more, we welcome you to refer to our PDF file titled “Low Frequency Reproduction”. It demonstrates how a properly designed rear-oriented woofer configuration reduces distortion and increases dynamic range, overall coherence, and the bass extension and output level of loudspeakers of a given size in a given room.
We recommend the woofer module of the Parsifal face the rear for optimal bass reproduction. The woofer may also face the front if conditions are not ideal, for example if the loudspeaker is too close or too far from the back wall, or if surrounding walls absorb or diffuse sound too much. Installing the rear-firing woofer 1.2 meters away from the back wall generally produces the most balanced bass.
I like quick, tight, well-controlled bass. Is it true that large woofers like the one used in the Lohengrin might lack speed?
In truth, smaller, quicker woofers don’t necessarily sound better. What matters here is how much air a speaker can move in a given time. A larger cone needs less motion to move the same amount of air as a smaller one. Therefore, a 7.5" woofer needs to be four times as fast as a 15" woofer to move the same amount of air in a given time. The end result is the same except that the 15" won’t have to move as much, thus causing less distortion. A properly designed 15" woofer can even be quicker than a smaller one in terms of volume of air moved per second. The 15" woofer of the Lohengrin counts as a larger woofer. Emulating a larger woofer by combining multiple smaller ones is generally a matter of making the design cheaper and implies many compromises.
It’s a well-known fact that many hybrid loudspeakers with both a standard midrange and a ribbon tweeter have integration issues. How does Verity Audio address this problem?
It’s true that a number of hybrid loudspeakers used to have integration issues. Component synergy is a criterion of utmost importance to Verity, and we wouldn’t make hybrid loudspeakers if their integration was impossible. Integration problems can arise from any combination of different kinds of drivers. Those problems will be even more obvious to the experienced listener if the poorly integrated part is a ribbon tweeter. Similarity of the dispersion, dynamic and distortion characteristics of the different parts is a key component of the proper matching of two drivers. Furthermore, said characteristics should be evaluated according to psychoacoustics. The relations between them are rather complex, so it would be difficult to provide an exhaustive explanation in a few lines. However, here are a few examples of how we achieve proper integration: a short-length (2") ribbon tweeter allowing homogenous dispersion, a high-frequency crossover (around 5,000 Hz) and a high-speed midrange whose dispersion at higher frequencies is well adapted to that of the ribbon tweeter.
Verity Audio products are under limited warranty for five years. When a second-hand Verity product is bought from one of our authorized dealers, the warranty is transferred to the new owner.
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