The build quality and the drivers used in the Stiff Breeze are at a high level and much better than you would expect at this price point.
Because the Stiff Breeze has excellent bottom-end extension, a subwoofer might not be necessary, even if it is used in a home theater system.
The Stiff Breeze produces a reference-level soundstage and has enough pop and overall dynamics that it could be used in a larger acoustic space than many other two-way stand-mounted monitors.
The Stiff Breeze offers beautiful and natural timbres and tonality far above what you would expect at its price range.
To get the Stiff Breezes to perform at their best, the cost of high-quality speaker stands must be included in your budget.
Like any high-resolution speakers, the Stiff Breeze will reveal any flaws in your upstream components. They are very easy to drive; however, that does not mean that they will sound good if your gear is not up to the task.
Competition and Comparison
Two speakers with which I am very familiar that are both in the price bracket of the Stiff Breeze are the Living Sounds Audio Statement Monitor (which is valued at $2,149/pair) and the KEF R-300 (which is valued at $1,800/pair). These are both excellent performers in their own right. Before reviewing the Stiff Breeze, my favorite stand-mount speaker was the Living Sounds Audio Statement Monitor, with which I gave five stars in my review about a year ago. I still think it is a wonderful speaker; however, the Stiff Breeze significantly outperforms it across the board and particularly in the areas discussed in the body of the review. For more resources and reviews, please visit Home Theater Review's bookshelf speaker section.
Vapor Audio, with its Stiff Breeze speaker, has raised the bar for what to expect from a pair of small speakers that costs less than $2,000. The build quality, drivers, and level of sonic performance surpass any speaker that I have auditioned so far in this price range. If you are looking for a physically attractive stand-mount speaker either for your home theater or two-channel system - one that has great kick, aliveness and the ability to play at high-pressure levels yet still sound terrific when played softly - you cannot do better than the Stiff Breeze. It is also easy to drive and offers wonderful timbres and soundstaging. I highly recommend you put this speaker on your audition list.
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