I am not a great writer and describer of audio gear and performance, but I know what I like, and I have heard some very high end systems at shows, at LA and Orange County Audio Society meetings, and fellow audiophile homes and GTG.
I have been a VMPS owner since 2004 when I first got my VMPS RM-40, 626R, and Larger subwoofers. I immediately liked the sound and presentation to the soundstage and imaging. Over the years, I became friends with Brian Cheney and even helped him in setting up, and photos for some of his Las Vegas shows.
I have found myself enjoying all kinds and brands of speakers, but had never heard anything I like better than my RM-40, or that even came close. When Brian died so did VMPS. Not that I was searching for anything, because I was already happy with my 2 channel and home theater sound. Then I picked up a better home theater processor, the Yamaha CX A-5100, which had Dolby Atmos channels and I started looking.
My former VMPS dealer told me he had found a new speaker company that was as good or even better than VMPS. Since I was looking for a smaller speaker for Atmos use I picked up 2 pairs of the EVOKE Ruby speakers. Of course these are the smallest speakers Evoke makes, so I was not expecting too much. What a nice surprise I had when they arrived.
First, just to see how good they were, I actually placed them on stands and disconnected my RM40. To me, the RM40 is the best speaker money can buy. It does it all, and has my favorite things like detail, and all the soundstage qualities. Well let me just say my mind was blown. After adjusting the bass filter up to 60-70Hz, I was amazed at how this little speaker set up a soundstage, and had even better imaging, than the RM40. Now of course, the size of the speaker had its limits and it did not have the overall room filling fullness of the RM40. Some of this might have been due to the sheer size difference and not having time to play with the cross-over point to the VMPS Larger subs.
Make no mistake about it though, this speaker can play quite loud, without complaint, and the details and imaging it gives is better than the RM40. I am a very happy camper. My only dilemma now is feeling like I am wasting the talent of the Ruby if I move it to the Atmos role. So for the last few months the Ruby has been replacing the RM40 in my home theater system, and I use one of the second pair as a center replacing my VMPS LRC.
So, while I am not as good at describing things, I can highly recommend these for any and all VMPS fans, as well as anyone, who wants clear highs, detail, and rich mids, as well as unreal imaging.