APS Audio Klasik by krypt
I've been producing music for several years (since about 2007). It was always a supplementary activity for me, I needed a hobby during university time, and later on, after regular work. I got hooked on music produciton and so my journey began. Recently I came to a conclusion that such hobby is great, but it is high time to buy better equipment, wich increases the quality of work and also gives more joy from using it. After changing audio interface to SPL Crimson [which is excellent gear by the way!] I decided, it is turn for nice speakers. For the past 6 months I did some market research, did some talking and shopvisiting and that resulted in few candidates for my next pair of speakers:
Eve Audio, APS, Adam and Event. Previously I used Alesis M1 520 Active [Which I thought were decent] but also I was familiar with Yamahas HS80, KRK RP5 and 8 and some Berhingers.
I listened and did some short production sessions also on Dynaudio Monitors BM5A MKIII which I appreciated (but they did not knock me down.
At first, I was interested in Event 20/30. My budget for a pair was about 1000-1200EUR. It turned out, that in my city (in Poland), they were impossible to buy and even to try. Then I turned towards highly acclaimed Eve Audio Sc 205 and Sc 207. I listened to them (IN SHOP) and they were very good, but not mind blowing. Just full spectrum detailed speakers. I also wanted to try Adams, but in the meantime I reminded myself about this polish company APS and their Aeon speakers, which were also appreciated by some friends. So I went to a studio to test their speakers.
Here is a photo from the studio where I tested them:
I tried APS Klasik, APS Aeon and APS Coax + 12'' APS sub.
Aeon were nice (but not mindblowing - I'd say better than Dynaudios, but the mids were worse than Eve's). Coaxes with sub were mindblowing (but I was afraid of sub, and their price was also too high - 2+1 for 2500EUR). After I listened to Klasiks, I knew, they were speakers for me.Very natural sounding, custom designed and also matching my budget: a pair for 1200EUR.
Compared to the biggest, 8'' AEONS, I did not notice much difference in low freqs. I am basshead, and I like loads of bass (but at the same time I am aware of precision and not overdosing it) and in the studio it seemed like 7'' Klasiks performed as good as bigger speakers. They performed better thant they looked and their size could imply, so it was intriguing. But the biggest difference were mid freqs - which are very important to me. Compared to AEONS, Klasiks were much wider and very clear. Detailed, but at the same time natural. I decided to order them. I needed to wait 2-3 weeks for them to be produced in custom design. I must admit that the sound in studio was strange (or maybe I was not accustomed to studio sound), so I was a little anxious if my decision was right and how will they perform in my studio.
In March (it was about 20th March or later) my speakers arrived. They were home delivered. I installed them in my small room (circa 10m2, 3,5x3, wooden walls - see pictures). After I launched the speakers I could not belive the sound. Even the lowest lows were detailed - I listened to some dubstep podcast just to check, when the subwoofer is needed. It wasn't needed anywhere. The subbassline part was so clear, that I had the impression that I almost can see it as a separate track in DAW (which it obviously is), but first time I heard it not 'melted' with kick and other sounds, and that was mindblowing. Part of the good work is of course my small wooden room, but if speakers would not be so good, I would not write this review. Then again, mids and high's were so much wider than in my old speakers. At last I could hear even small amount of reverb and EQ after aplying it when producing a track. Before, I didn't hear such small changes. Now I hear A LOT. And last thing - my KLASIK mixes sound very good on every gear I am listening to them. Im focusing on ambient textures and deep-driven beat - you can check my latest mix on my soundcloud. Even if you don't like such kind of music I think the production quality is very good (it is of course unmastered, I leave mastering to the labels).
[Hit me a prv msg and I will provide you a link to a mix on Klasiks]
I know, there are more expensive speakers. I know, that I am not a pro. But after few years of listening and producing I can say, that Klasiks are the best speakers I listened so far. It is very hard to overvalue them. Maybe it's a little of sentiment that at least I could choose the best product from a company that is local, but if they were not so good, I would have chosen EVEs. My next step is buying APS Trinity. Very expensive for me at the moment (ca. 6000EUR) but the sound of those little fellas has stolen my heart. I belive it will happen again after buying their bigger sisters
At the photos you can see Alesis M1 Active. I wanted to keep them for benchmark, but there is no point. Compared to Klasiks, they are no benchmark at all. They are useless.
I could write much more about the speakers - specially about bass precision - hit me with priv msg if you need more info.