Verity Audio parsifal Floorstanding Speakers

parsifal

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Alex Foong   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 12, 2013]

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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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Karl S   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 07, 2005]
Strength:

That is a speaker that is extremely enjoyable to listen to. It is not made to listen and analyse details in the recording. Grace, transparency, a certain lightness which participates to the sense of elegance. Easy to set up, will not require a lot of power to feed and quality of the finish is exceptional. The speaker is very small, so it will not disturb people with small rooms or ones that have a lot of furniture. My advice though is to associate these speakers with copper based cables to add a little body in the medium (I have been listening with silver cables - JPS - which reinforced the lightness). I would also use with an amp that can provide strong control on the bass to minimize the boominess.

Weakness:

The price for the sound. If one includes the quality of the finish as a strong criteria then the speaker is definitely worth its price. It is a beautifully made speaker, small in size, easy to place in any small or medium sized room and plays music effortless. However if the pure musical performance is the criteria, then you can get speakers that have similar characteristics for much less money. For example the Spendor 9 is an extremely good value for those that like their music to be polite. It is not as beautiful as the Verity, but it will provide more body, more details and also a better controled bass, yet with good sounstaging and keeping the music polite and well away from your face. For those looking at a similarly priced and finished speaker, the Kharma 3.2 would be a better choice in my opinion. It shares the same effortless character with a much better medium and significantly more detail and precision than the Verity. And for those that like a more dynamic presentation and more density, the Wilson WP7 is another very good choice, assuming you can leave with the emphasized upper medium and lower treble, and the price.

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.

Similar Products Used: Thiel 6/7.2, BW 802/802D/801/800, Vandersteen 3, Ascendo, Magnepan, Legacy Whisper, Audio Physics, Triangle, JM Lab, Sonus Faber Amati/Stradivari, Proac D38/D80, ACT100, Kharma, Dynaudio C2/C4/Temptation, Wilson Watt/Puppy 7/MAXX 2, Spendor 8/9, Martin Logan, and others
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4
VALUE
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2
da davo   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 15, 2003]
Strength:

Everything

Weakness:

Hmmmm. I will have to hurt my brains to find a weakness. I can however imagine that Rock and pop is less good on these speakers, but then it is for sure the recording that sucks

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 !

Similar Products Used: B&W, Jamo,...
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Sam   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 12, 2000]
Strength:

Soundstage, resolution of spatial information, beautiful midrange, bass extension, dynamic balance, and sounds as close as I have heard to live music

Weakness:

Very few

These are beautifully made speakers and perhaps the smallest reference audiophile speakers around. They sound wonderful on all music I have tested them on including jazz, classical, pop, rock and funk (they have great bass extension) and convey the human voice as if the person is singing to you in the room.

I intially heard this speaker with the VAC 70/70; the best Conrad-Johnson pre-amp and the top Transparent cables and interconnects. This combo sounded very nice but was not as good and was much more expensive than what I bought which are the TACT Milleneum Mark II; TACT RCS 2.0 (Room Correction System) and JPS labs NC speaker cables. The combination is superb. You can't go wrong with these speakers.

Similar Products Used: Listened several times to following: Proac Future One (beautiful soundstage but only fair bass); Revel Studio (great, but sound and looks seemed like they would be fatiguing); Meadowlark Blue Heron (disappointing); Audio Physic Virgo (soundstage and imaging are great but lacks dynamic range and saturation and texture of music); Dali Grand (great for the price); Aerial 10T (just OK); Acoustic Reproduction Technology (New Scottish Company)(unreal sound, the best of this group excepting the Verity's but only got to hear them once while in London); Sonus Faber Complete line (great speakers and finish but limited bass).
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5
VALUE
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5
Hobo   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 19, 2000]
Strength:

WILL MAKE YOU CRY

Weakness:

NONE

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
YEE   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 08, 2000]
Strength:

Tonal balance and imaging

Weakness:

A bit limited in dynamics.

Great speaker for orchestra, chamber, jazz and such.
Not so good for rock or theather applications.

Similar Products Used: Dynaudio Contour 3.3, Totem Mani 2's
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
jim   an Audiophile [Nov 16, 1998]

after listening to many speakers, including owning thiels and proacs, these are the finest around. the midrange is so fast it produces a sound that is clear with perfect tonal balance. you can really crank these up, the sound never breaks up. five stars!!!

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5
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RATING
peter   an Audiophile [Jan 16, 1999]

Can't say enough good things about these speakers - best I've ever heard even before I upgraded them to the Parsifal Encore. Truly remarkable speakers.

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5
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Peter   an Audio Enthusiast [Apr 30, 1999]

I have been purchasing high-end gear most of my life, ( mostly spekers ) this is it, I'm satisfied, these are truly the very best in their price-range, up to twice the price. They are, well ''alive'' breathing on their own. You dont need the very best amp either, but make sure you have a good front end, as they are very revealing....great accomplishement...do they make any money selling these?satisfied at last...

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5
VALUE
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James May   Audiophile [Nov 20, 1999]
Strength:

The Verity Parsifal Encores have the finest midrange available of all the speakers I've ever heard (and that's a lot!). The speed is tremendous, the imaging is precise, the soundstage huge, yet the sound is never harsh or ab rasive. Sensational bass. Easy to place, small footprint, superb spousal acceptance factor. I simply can't imagine a speaker better than these.

Weakness:

None really, unless you struggle with the 300-400 hour break-in time. Just relax and know the speaker will get better and better.

Few if any speakers have touched my musical heart as the Verity Parsifal Encores. If you are into macho audio, forget it. But if you believe that music should touch the soul, then this is a speaker you must audition. I run them with a VAC Renaissance 30/30 triode amp, more than ample power to blow you out of the room. These speakers are engaging, lyrical, and wonderfully musical. Save your bucks and buy 'em. For what they do they are a bargain!

Similar Products Used: I've owned Thiels, Vandersteens. Fultons, and other high end speakers. None of them can hold a candle to the Verity Parsifals.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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