The initial responses to Ruby have been great. The following thoughts are those of John Casler.
John has been in the audio industry for years. He was a personal friend of Brian Cheney, owner of VMPS speakers. Johns’ insights are valuable as his commitment is to the music – not profit – an odd thing when you consider he is also a dealer and makes a living on this!
In the beginning, John and several of his golden-ear friends played a key role in the final tuning of Eddie. The development of Ruby was even more rigorous. John won’t sell anything he doesn’t believe in.
There was secrecy in the last several months of final tweaks on Ruby. Here are some of his reactions after the unveiling and some burn in time:
“The properties I am still absolutely amazed about are the sound staging, the imaging, the transparency, and the bass for the size of the woofer.
It is always amazing to me that a speaker of this size can, at reasonable volume levels, just fill a soundstage. Width, height and depth are on steroids when the engineer has produced it in the recording. This often takes special attention to phasing and other technology. Now I think the reason the RUBY soundstage is so expansive with certain recording, is the phase coherence and the synergy of the drivers, and the all aluminum front baffle.
But, I have to tell you; I have several specific reference recordings that tell me what a speaker is capable of – when it is actually in the recording.
OMG! While one might be hard pressed to state that this is the best imaging speakers I have ever heard at this price point, when sitting in from of them running from track to track, I cannot remember anything (except their big brother EDDIE) that has this quality so clearly defined.
When I talk about imaging, I am referring to the ability for you to sit in that sweet spot, and hear, not only individual performers, but also their individual sonic identities, and how they blend with the other performers while maintaining their separate sonic positions and personality. I know I am not describing this well, but it is something that is particular to the EVOKE line and sonic personality.
And last, but not least, RUBY has outstanding bass. Now, this is relative to its 5.25″ woofer.
Several specific reference cuts I use to evaluate bass include Kraftwerk (live album) and another from Infected Mushroom (electronic dance music). (MIND BLOWN!) The bass output with these cuts (show) the DYNAMIC abilities.
Bass is not just about SLAM and DEPTH, which are admirable with these little woofs, but it is about harmonic overtones. Those are those sonic qualities that add richness and texture to a bass line. RUBY has it.
That is all for right now but I wanted you to share with you RUBY and her personalities and qualities.”