Floor-standing speakers that produce full-range sound often take up valuable floor space and become a bit of a focal point for a room, which may or may not be a good thing. For years, manufacturers have been trying to skirt this issue, either by making larger bookshelf speakers or narrower towers. The large bookshelf speakers don't really solve anything, for they need large stands, essentially turning them into floor-standing speakers, whereas narrow tower speakers often sound a bit ... narrow. Enter the Intimus 4T from Aperion Audio. At five inches wide by seven inches deep and 34 inches tall, it resembles a svelte super model, yet it has the pipes of an opera singer.
Retailing for $325 each or $650 per pair, the Intimus 4T comes in two finishes, gloss piano-black and cherry, is sold direct via Aperion's own website and comes with a 30-day risk-free home trial period. Oh, and shipping is free as well. The Intimus 4T is a two-way speaker, featuring a single one-inch silk dome tweeter mated to two four-inch woven fiberglass bass/midrange woofers that give the 4T its reported frequency response of 55-20,000Hz. Not quite full-range, I know, but in smaller rooms or tight spaces, the 4T may surprise you with its perceived bass output. The Intimus 4T isn't as efficient as its big brother, the Intimus 6T, with its 86dB sensitivity rating into six ohms, but rest assured, it can be powered by almost anything you can buy today, including some lower-output integrated amplifiers.
Because the Intimus 4T is a front-ported design with a very narrow footprint, you can integrate the 4T into a wider variety of rooms and living conditions without impacting your living space the way you will with larger floor-standing speakers and even bookshelf speakers. You could even buy four Intimus 4Ts to serve as left and right mains, as well as rears, and buy an Aperion Audio center channel and sub for a very nice, compact, balanced home theater for less than $2,000.