• The ability to make your speakers look (in
terms of color and, more important, size) like your big flat HDTV is a
most creative solution to one of today's most pressing home theater
• Morel Vario brings audiophile sound and
build quality to a category of speakers that all too often has moved
down-market. Your 1080p HDTV is going to look great on the wall, making
a beamingly good picture using Blu-ray discs. Many want speakers that
can match the video performance with beamingly good sound.
• At 89
dB efficient, the Morel Vario system can sound good on one of today's
newest HDMI switching receivers. Would they like an audiophile
amplifier? Absolutely yes, but it's not mandatory, as you will find
with many of today's $5,500 home theater speaker packages.Low Points
Morel speakers are poorly distributed. It's as if the parent company
wants to keep what they are doing a secret, so it is realistically
possible that, in your town, you won't be able to actually hear a
demonstration of these speakers at a dealer. They also do not have good
images of installed systems to show you the sex appeal of the Vario
system in an installation in a glossy photo or a meaningful JPG.
Speakers like this need to be both seen and heard, because the truth
is, most people who drop $5,500 on a Sony Bravia XBR LCD HDTV could
spend another $5,500 on speakers if they knew about something like the
Morel Vario, but the distribution channels and supplemental materials
are shamefully lacking for these speakers to cross over to the
It's likely somewhere in your
home you have or will have a big flat HDTV-based system. If you want to
pair audiophile quality sound with your stunningly beautiful video
image in that room, you might want to consider the Morel Vario system.
It's pricey, for good reason - it's built well and is a
small-distribution, imported product that packs heat in ways that other
plastic-looking on-wall speakers do not. The Morel Vario system has
implementation that would have gotten praise for being a good idea even
if they didn't sound all that hot, but truth be told, they sound great.
If you are looking for high-end on-wall speakers, put in the extra
effort to find a Morel dealer with an active demo. It's even worth
hopping on a plane to do so.Additional Resources
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