|Morel Vario On-wall 5.1 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers On-wall Loudspeakers|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Tuesday, 01 August 2006|
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I have been struggling to find fault with the Varios sonically, but I can’t for the life of me find anything objectionable, at least to my ears and personal tastes. For me, they are as close to on-wall perfection as I have had in my home to date, putting to shame some very formidable competition, I must say. However, I was less than thrilled with the mounting procedure. I have never in my life cursed a product as much as I did the Varios during installation. The brackets, while strong, are simply too snug, allowing for zero play in the mounting process, which makes it painstakingly difficult and frustrating. Even once I found out the secret to mounting bliss, I was still unable to simply slide them onto the brackets at will. My recommendation to potential buyers is to have your dealer install them while you sit back and sip lemonade from the comfort of your listening chair. Also, the expanding cabinet design of the Varios is a nice touch. However, if you’re not careful, the bottom of the speaker will simply slide clean off if you loosen the two bolts too far, as I did once or twice.
Lastly, while I really do like Morel’s binding posts, I wish there was a more user-friendly way to make them able to accept all sorts of wire without having to run cable behind the drywall for those folks who may be renting their homes. I suppose one could always do what I did and take advantage of one of the many “flat” speaker cables out there in the marketplace, but you may not want to change your cables, especially if you have a substantial amount of money already invested in them.
With a retail price just shy of six grand, the Vario 5.1 on-wall speaker system isn’t a purchase to be taken lightly. However, when you combine their sonic strengths with the fact that they take up almost no floor space and do so without necessarily requiring you to punch holes in your wall, you might start to justify the higher price tag. They are, without a doubt, some of the finest-sounding loudspeakers I’ve heard to date, regardless of style and/or price. Sure, the Varios’ installation process might have you reaching for the Advil by day’s end; the overall enjoyment that awaits you will more than make up for the minor inconvenience of putting them in your home. As with any major speaker purchase (and I consider six grand to be major), your ears will be the judge, but allow me leave you with this: if I had the dough, they would be staying in my home. So, for those of you lucky enough to welcome the Varios into your own homes, feel free to give me a call. I’ll bring the popcorn.