Phase Technology Velocity V-10 Speaker System Reviewed

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Installation/Setup/Ease of Use
The fashionable good looks allow the V-10 system to blend in nicely with virtually any setting.  The tower speakers flanked my Mitsubishi rear projection HDTV quite nicely. They come with small stands that can be fitted with floor spikes for an added protection from resonance. My best option for placement of the center channel was high on top of my Mitsubishi since there is no way to mount it below the screen. The V-6 center channel can be positioned either upright or on its side, so I chose to place it on its side and angled it slightly downward toward the listening position.

Additional Resources
• Read a review of Phase Technologies' CI Series In-wall Speakers here.
• Read more high end floorstanding speaker reviews from Phase Tech, B&W, PSB, Paradigm, Magnepan, MartinLogan and many others.

The V-Surround speakers have a small bracket on the back of each unit for wall mounting and a two-way bipolar/dipolar switch to change the speaker characteristics. I found my best results came from simply setting the surrounds on shelves in each rear corner of my room and selecting the dipolar option. This provided a more ambient sound.

The HV-1000 powered subwoofer performed ideally in a corner of the room. I used Monster Cable THX audio interconnects to attach my receiver to the sub's line level inputs to measure the crossover performance. An alternative to this method is bypassing the crossover by joining the two components with a cable to the Low Frequency Effect (LFE) input. Once everything was set up, I whipped out my stack of reference material.

Final Take - I tested the V-10 ensemble with Toy Story 2 through a V-903 DVD player. The opening scene of Buzz Lightyear rocketing through the universe puts surround sound systems through their paces. The V-10 speakers were accurate with a detailed top end. Lows were deep and impressive with thunderous jets emanating from the sub, but with a bit too much depth. I made some minor adjustments to tone down the slightly muddy effects. By switching the phase of the subwoofer 180 degrees, the output changed relative to the front speakers. This
change, along with bass level and crossover frequency adjustments, improved the middle ground to near perfection. The array gave a vigorous audio representation during playback of a DTS test disc. During a battle scene in Pirates of the Caribbean, not only were explosions impressively forceful, but the sound of wood splintering and ropes creaking were well embodied. During X2, dialogue was solid, ubiquitous and natural. The roaring of jet engines coupled with tornado activity sounded clean with dynamic special effect sounds. With each movie, the clarity at all listening levels (from soft and faint to loud and obnoxious) was awe-inspiring. Moving around the room with other speakers often yields a problematic off-axis response. But not with the V-10 ensemble. I was able to stand up and move about and even change seating positions without any noticeable change in soundstage thanks to the Absolute Phase Crossover. It's simply amazing.

Switching gears to music playback, I first selected Shania Twain's The Woman In Me. Female vocals are the hardest to reproduce accurately, so I knew this would give a true test of the V-10's capabilities. On "Any Man of Mine", Shania's vocals were negligibly harsh, but the midrange complimented the energetic bass often discounted in country music. On "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!", the guitar sounded clear and lucid. Transients were precise and ever-present at all volume levels.

Listening to David Sanborn wail on his saxophone is a pleasure unto itself. Since the days of 8-track tapes I have studied every note on his album Hideaway. On "Lisa", Sanborn plays a wide range of octaves during his performance. The Velocity speakers did a great job with the woodwind instrument. The horn bellowed prominently without distorting and reed action was even discernable. I continued the jazz theme with Al Jarreau's Breakin' Away album. His distinct vocals sounded full and rich with a booming bottom end. After listening to a few more discs, I had reached my verdict.

The V-10 speaker system is one of the best overall sounding systems I have had the pleasure of listening to at any price. The exceptional performance at all listening levels with varied media proved to be unrivaled. The system's performance is refined and dazzling. Add to this a good-looking, elegant exterior and you have a real winner. The Velocity V-10 system would be a bargain at three times the price, but taking into account the affordability Phase Technology represents here, this system is an unbeatable value.

Additional Resources
• Read a review of Phase Technologies' CI Series In-wall Speakers here.
• Read more high end floorstanding speaker reviews from Phase Tech, B&W, PSB, Paradigm, Magnepan, MartinLogan and many others.

Phase Technology Velocity V-10 Premier System

V-10 Tower Speakers
1" soft dome tweeter / 7" VDT driver
35Hz-20kHz frequency response
8 ohms impedance
15-150 watts recommended power
Dimensions: 40.5"H x 8.5"W x 12"D
Weight: 36 lbs. each

V-6 Center Channel
1" soft dome tweeter
5.25"VDT driver / 5.25" bass radiator
56Hz-20kHz frequency response
8 ohms impedance
15-120 watts recommended power
Dimensions:18"H x 7"W x 8.75"D
Weight:12 lbs.

V-Surround Speakers
(2)1" soft dome tweeters / 5.25" VDT driver
70Hz-20kHz frequency response
8 ohms impedance
15-120 watts recommended power
Dimensions: 9"H x 11.75"W x 4.75"D
Weight:10 lbs. each

HV-1000 Subwooler
10" mica/graphite polypropylene driver
250-watt amplifier
29Hz-110Hz frequency response
0-180 degree phase switch
24dB octave variable low pass crossover slow
Dimensions:17"H x 11.75"W x 16"D
Weight: 28 lbs.

10-year warranty / 3-year amplifier warranty
MSRP: $1,925

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HTR Product Rating for Phase Technology Velocity V-10 Speaker System

Criteria Rating

Performance

3

Value

3

Overall

3

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