Vega’s powerful presentation is built on the foundation of its bass. It’s a rounded bass that carries weight; you can feel the flow of the air. The sub-bass is grand in body, and hits with authority. Its low-end extension is excellent, and it comes with that natural dynamic decay we all adore. However, on occasion the grand size of its sub-bass can add a certain boominess to the sound. And with that size, it’s hard to keep up with some of its faster BA competitors.
But this isn’t just a bass that drives the sound with an enhanced sub-bass impact; it provides size and power to the presentation, shaping Vega’s overall sound. The upper bass brings lower harmonics to the foreground, adding a layer of richness to the music that is usually sacrificed to create a cleaner sound. Of course that’s also its downside, as it also isn’t the cleanest stage. As is, this is a full-bodied, rounded bass that doesn’t seek middle ground. It’s not unlike a curvy woman in some aspects – some will swear by it, but it won’t be for everyone.
Vega has an interesting construction of its midrange notes. The enhanced mid- and upper-bass fills up the subsection of the note; male vocals sound deeper, while lower extending instruments like cellos or heavier electric guitars gain in size. It’s a full-sounding presentation which makes it rather engaging to listen to. Such an enhanced bass would normally result in a rather warm and overly smooth tuning, but Vega’s midrange is caught up between that enhanced bass and a lifted treble – two opposing forces. The net effect is a relatively neutral tone. It’s neither bright nor warm, although it can be considered less warm than the average. Nevertheless, it’s a smooth and full-sounding midrange.
While there’s a good balance between the treble and bass, the midrange could be slightly warmer to sound completely accurate in tone. But the treble lift is essential for the clarity of midrange notes, especially with such a bass. The upper midrange is more accurate in tone than the lower range, but there’s an added thickness to the tone that works very well for instruments. Most importantly, Vega’s specialty lies elsewhere: instruments sound powerful, due to their sheer size and clarity. Not in the last part because Vega combines this thicker note presentation with good resolution; notes are full-bodied, but also well-defined.
The midrange is also fairly neutral when it comes to its vocal presentation. Their stage positioning is neutral to slightly laidback. And while it doesn’t create particularly dense or solid vocals, they aren’t thin either. Their tone could be a bit warmer, but it’s a focused and well-defined presentation. And it works well for both male and female vocals. Overall, it isn’t necessarily the most impressive vocal presentation, but there certainly isn’t much to complain about either.
Vega is tuned with a peak around 8 Khz, instrumental for the overall clarity and articulation of midrange notes. If the treble was tuned too tame, it would have resulted in an overly smooth and warm presentation – the enhanced bass with engulf the signature. It gives Vega a bit of bite and aggressiveness, making it sound exciting and energetic. The treble tone itself is brighter than neutral, but not excessively so. It isn’t the most natural in tone, but it has good definition.
It’s clear to see the intention was to boost the treble exactly enough to create the most exciting sound, while remaining smooth. And in general, Vega can be described as having a smooth character. But for a portion of the listeners the treble not only goes right up to the border, but occasionally crosses it. Unfortunately, I am one of those listeners, and Vega isn’t as smooth a listen as I can hear it’s intended to be; there are some occasional traces of sharpness here and there. But primarily taking its intention into account, Vega’s treble performance is fairly good and it scores around average.