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Great low frequency sound, but really lacks high-end
on June 19, 2012
Let me start by saying that I definitely have a high-end component sound system capable of driving the VE-15's to their maximum potential. For several decades I had enjoyed unbelievably terrific sound from the same system but with Cerwin Vega D9 speakers. These D9 had the same type 15" woofer, but each D9 speaker had two 6" poly mid-range speakers, one 1" horn tweeter, and attenuators for both mid-range and high-frequencies. They were outstanding! Alas, after moving to Reno, the dry desert air took a toll on the outer foam pieces of the 15" woofers and they literally fell apart. I bought those D9 new in 1986, and they lasted 24 years, so I was very pleased. I thought about buying relacement foam, but decided instead to give the speakers away and buy new ones. Big mistake, and my unfortuante choice for replacement speakers was the VE-15's.
The VE-15's definitely rock the low-end. Bass notes are fantastic, as good as my previous D9's. However, the VE-15's completely lack high-end, even when I adjust my system's parametric equalizer to try and get them to come alive. I can drive these speakers hard enough that the automatic protection kicks-in and the tweeters go dead long before I can get them to sound like they even want to express high notes. I then need to turn the volume down and wait for them to reset.
No matter what I try, I just cannot get anything near the high-frequency sound quality that I was used to with my D9's out of these new VE-15's. There is just no high-frequency clarity. Music doesn't sound at all like it used to with the superior tweeters of the old D9's.
I'm really just pissed off at myself. I should spent a little bit more and bought either the Cerwin Vega Pro Int-252 Intense or the Cerwin Vega Xls-215. Or I should've just fixed my D9's. Now I really, really miss the sound I used to have. I will probably end up giving away the VE-15s. They are really this disappointing with high frequencies. No crispness at all from the cheap tweeter. My bad. I should've known better.