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Ummm, pale in comparison??? Are you serious? Pale how? I always laughed at some of the folks who over engineer products and add major cost without adding sound quality. That said, Vandersteens drivers are built as well as anything out there. It costs a lot of money or them to make them the way they do, but that's the only way for him to get the sound that he wants. What most fail to understand is that Avalon (when Charley Hansen was there) and Richard Vandersteen are the only true pistonic driven drivers. A lot goes into his drivers that you don't see. Heck Wilsons still using cheap paper cone drivers in their speakers and those break up at 30 HZ and are distorted. Sorry, but I'd have to disagree as to the quality not comparing to other drivers. That said, SQ is what it's all about and most I know love their speakers, even if they have others. I know of a lot of reviewers and manufacturers who own Vandersteen 5 or 7's and paid for them themselves, because they feel they are the best speakers in the world right now.
What most fail to understand is that Avalon (when Charley Hansen was there) and Richard Vandersteen are the only true pistonic driven drivers.
Vandersteen uses laser interferometry as shown in their Model Seven lit on the driver page of the midrange at 5K. All of their tweeters are pistonic as well as all drivers in the Model Seven for their respective frequency ranges.Guys, if you want to argue, RV is the guy to argue with. Personally, I don't care one bit. All I know is that I spent all day Saturday at Audio Connections and listened to Quatro's and the 7 mk 2's and enjoyed the music. It was fun. The common sound signature was point source with deep and tunefully tight bass. All frequency's were right on. Not saying that other speakers don't sound great, but over the last two years now, I've been sold on Vandersteen's. I also love the new Proac D48R's and even the Maggies when set up properly sound great from the lower mids up to the upper frequencies. I don't like the bass on the Maggies no matter what the set up, but that's me. The Tidal speakers set up with all Tidal gear really sounded great to me also, but in the end I love the Vandersteen line up and down.That's why I'm selling the Treo's as I"ve stated. I want the bass tuning ability of the Quatro. We can talk about the perfect anything and it doesn't exist I guess, but to come as close as they are coming, to document it to show exactly what you are getting and to get the sound correct the way they do is amazing to me as we couldn't get this close just a few years ago. Other too are getting better and better. As much as I don't like Wilson speakers, I like their new range better, but I still wouldn't own them. Same for the B&W Diamond 3 series. Just not my cup of tea (my favorite two dealers sell these and are doing good with them). Not here to argue graphs or interferometry (I can't even spell the word, lol). Just loving the music. Is that a fanboy? I hate that word, but use whatever words you like. We all hear differently and if you are spending this kind of money, you need to go listen for yourself. I've always said that. Even when I did consulting years ago, I'd only let folks purchase what they listened to. How many times have we all been surprised by going to listen to something and then being told to listen to something else and loving that OTHER product? Well, that's my story with Vandersteen. It's only since the advent of the newer speakers that I've loved them. A few other lines are like that for me also. I do still love Proac's too as I've owned them for over 25 years now in many of their iterations. See I can applaud many other lines and not just what I personally own. I'm fortunate to be able to get out a lot and audition so many lines of gear. Just lucky.
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