Verity Audio parsifal Floorstanding Speakers

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Foong a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic loudspeaker made for audiophiles who listen for music, not sound. Unfailingly musical, they produce smooth, beautiful music that has all the usual audiophile superlatives plus one more thing. This is a loudspeaker with soul.

I've been in this hobby for 20 years and never have I "just want to sit down and hear the music" as much as I have with these speakers.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Karl S a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I have not used the Verity Parsifal product but listened to it in a good demo room. As I have been listening to so many speakers around the world, it is relatively easy to position this speaker against others.

It is a very musical speaker that is playing without any strain nor effort. It is very smooth with no particular emphasis on any frequency. It does demonstrate a recessed medium due to the nature of the technical engineering choices, which gives it a slightly light character. However it does not appear thin, simply because the bass is quite present and the treble is not emphasized. However for those that do like very solid and dense music reproduction, that is not the speaker to look at. It does sound similar to a good electrostat in terms of medium transparency however with more bass and a little more body in the medium.

The bass is underdamped and relatively soft. That plays out to the overall easy and relaxed quality of the music flowing from this speaker, but on heavy bass music, the bass will have a tendancy to boom and you can hear the port in action.

The overall presentation is soft, somehow unfocused and easy as there is an inversion of phase happening due to the 3rd order crossover used for going from the medium to treeble. You can always try to invert the polarity via the cabling, even though it is not the way the designer has intended this speaker to work. That will in effect make the sound more direct and immediate and will reinforce the transiants.

The speaker is indeed transparent and produces a very refined and elegant sound which is very musical and addictive. Transparency is very similar to the Vandersteen or a very good electrostat but with less emphasis on details. The music presents itself more as a whole with less continuity and less details. So all the contrary of a Thiel or a BW. Sometimes I felt like it was a little too melted together and I would have prefered a more distinct separation of instruments.

Also, the polypropylene cones, used in this speaker in particular, have a very identifiable set of sonic characters. They produce a smooth sound and one that is polite. This character is quite similar to the Spendor (even though the Spendor would have more body and presence). No matter how hard you push them, they will remain polite and you never get a sense of being attracted into the music. It is a speaker that definitely lets you seat and listen to the music but will not grab you by its intensity. Orchestral music is enjoyable, though you would never feel the power behind it. That is typically due to transiants being smoothed. The Spendor have that same quality. Even though details are more fleshed out, and there is strong bass, big drum attacks never really get in your face the way BW does.

The good aspect of it, is that you can get a lot of satisfaction listening at low levels. It produces a fairly similar and coherent sound at all levels. So for those that like listening at night and have difficult neighbours, that is an excellent choice.

The speaker is quite dynamic in a natural and unforced manner. The music will just flow without you noticing it, yet as noted above the sheer gusta and power of recordings will never show as transiants lack sharpness and substance.
There is though an excellent consistency and the sound does seem cut in the same cloth; so it is very consistent and crossover are never really heard.

The soundtage is quite good. It will not compete with a Magnepan in that aspect, or other large speakers such as the Legacy Whisper or even the BW800, but for the size of the speaker, it does project a fairly large image in all directions. I did not get the sense that the image would extend beyond the speaker right and left sides, but I do not have enough listening to be certain of this. The fact though that fdetails are not fleshed out, will not highlight the soundstage depth and really that becomes much less of an issue with this speaker. The soundtage and separation of instruments is not an important character for that speaker. In addition the medium being somehwo recessed will make voice less present and wil give them a ghostly (light) quality compared to what you can get with more bodied speakers such as Proac. That is part of the grace and charm of the speaker. No speaker is perfect, it is just a matter of personal preferences and how you listen to music.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pantophil a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This review is on the Encore version.
I bought my Parsifals on Audiogon and it is easily the best purchase of my life (even better than my M3 :-).
These speakers brought me so much closer to music and the emotional message they convey is stronger than any other audio component I heard, including Avantgarde Duo's and the big Wilsons.
When you first listen to them what you notice right away is their transparent, natural midrange and very holographic presentation. The soundstage they cast is simply phenomenal! Human voices are so real, lifelike and pure, it's scary! You will be hard pressed to find a speaker at any price that reproduces voices and acoustic instruments in a more lifelike manner than the Parsifals.
These speakers are not big but the bass they put out belies their size: it's very, very deep, with great control "kick". It may not have exactly the same dynamic impact as the bigger Wilsons (although I think it is almost as good as the Watt/Puppies 7's), but it is really amazing. The Scaaning Audio Technology woofer really kicks ass!
The top end has great resolution but at the same time always remains silky smooth.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $8800.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by da davo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I am new in the audiophile world, but did already do some research and I must say that these speakers are the best I ever heard. Dynamics, air, 3D, depth, clarity,... you name it. This rather small loudspeaker seems to fill the whole room. I heard these speakers with the Jeff Rowland 3O2 amp, Teac CD-player and Belcanto DAC and it was magnificant.
Even if they are rather forward sounding, they are not making you nervous nor are they fatiguing you, you swallow an enormous amount of musicality but never want to run away because it is too much. I now understand also that you can really see/hear the positioning of the artists at the recording venue (Especially during the Missa Creola CD with Jose Carreras it was marvellous to see Jose upfront, the Choir in the back and the instruments placed accordingly)

Another set-up that came close (but was not as good in soundstage, clarity,...) was Mark Levinson pre with Classé CAM 350 mono's and B&W 800.

One obstacle for me not to buy them ...As one of the former reviewers said... I will have to sell my house and wife etc... I can tell that I really have been thinking about it (best way to get rid of the WAF ):-))) They are so damn good !

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hobo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I SEARCHED LONG AND HARD FOR GOOD SPEAKERS. THESE WERE THE ONLY SPEAKERS THAT GAVE ME THAT RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. EVERYTHING ELSE TRULY PALES IN COMPARISON.

SIMPLY THE BEST DAMN SPEAKERS I HAVE EVER HEARD.

ENUF SAID. GO HEAR FOR YOURSELF.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $5350.00




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