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Title: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 17 Oct 2009, 05:43 pm
I was trawling the web to pull together as many reviews of our favorite speakers as I could to provide a single resource here and then found the work had largely been done already:

http://search.ecoustics.com/editorial/reviews/von-schweikert-speakers/recent-date/all

This is a good collection, but am sure there are more out there. It might be ideal at some point to list the reviews individually here in case that page above disappears but for now, have fun.

I am making this topic sticky so it stays on the front page. Feel free to add new reviews here.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 17 Oct 2009, 07:24 pm
Thanks Delacroix.  I wish the VR11s were included.  Albert needs to send me a pair to audition and review so I can put it on the eCoustics list :thumb:

Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Jaco Pastorius on 17 Dec 2009, 05:29 pm
Here are those from VS own site: http://www.vonschweikert.com/techspecs/recognition.php#4 
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: ceedee on 19 Dec 2009, 09:25 am
Hi Gavin,

To complete the list.

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=63432.0

One year ago I was able to meet these masters.
They will never leave out of my mind.

Cor


Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 19 Dec 2009, 03:41 pm
Cor,

I'd forgotten about your post.  The most impressive...make that shocking, thing about that room is the use of VR5s as rear channel speakers.  We mere mortals have to practically kill to obtain them for 2CH use!  On another note, the VR11s nor the VR9s ever make Stereophile's or Absolute Sound's list of speakers to die for.  VSA speakers remain the best-kept secret in audio.

Gavin
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: ceedee on 19 Dec 2009, 07:37 pm

Hi Gavin,

Don't be shocked about the VR 5 SE acting as rears.

The role of the rear VR 5 SE is as important as the VR 11 at front and the Visiun as Center.
The surround-sound-support of the VSA is very valuable to make Film & Video reproduction a real live experience.

The VR 5 SE is a perfect match to complete the 360 degree soundfield.

When we were enjoying the animation-movie 'Cars' there was a very realistic sound all over the room supporting us what we saw on the screen into a true story. Specially when that plane came over from left front to right rear there was a shock of fear by the realism. It looked and sounded like the plane disappeared into the VR 5 SE.

This combination is really fearing real.

Beware if you have the opportunity to join this combination once.

Regards,

Cor

Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 19 Dec 2009, 07:55 pm
Hi Cor,

I don't doubt you for a minute but I am very pleased with my Speakercraft in wall rears for a total investment of less than $500.  Call me crazy but the idea of investing over $20K in rear channel speakers seems a bit over the top.  Of course if you've got the $$ and an understanding wife, go for it! :lol:
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: ceedee on 19 Dec 2009, 08:03 pm
Hi Gavin,

The investment in serious rearspeakers is only valuable when you once have the experience of the result.

It feels like reality, it is the reality.

I know, until that you can enjoy any other level.

Cor
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Steve on 13 Jan 2010, 07:36 pm
I have the opportunity to audition the VR-3s, on loan for several weeks, and wow they are very very nice sounding. I also have heard the VR-4s in my testing room, that were upgraded by the factory some years ago, and am also very very impressed. Simply stellar sounding. I can easily, highly recommend them.

Steve Sammet
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: ceedee on 14 Jan 2010, 08:31 am
Lucky you Steve,

Now you have made us all very curious.

Hope they will be available soon.

Regards,

Cor
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Steve on 14 Jan 2010, 07:18 pm
Lucky you Steve,

Now you have made us all very curious.

Hope they will be available soon.

Regards,

Cor

Hi Cor,

I am having trouble understanding what is available soon? Probably my limited understanding in some area. To my limited knowledge the VR-3s (mid 90s?) and 4s are older models that Bernie has and left with me to audition. Very very impressive speakers indeed. I like Albert's philosophy when designing.

Anyway, could you fill in my missing knowledge so I can catch up as I have not been that attentive?

Thanks Cor and have a great week.

Steve
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 14 Jan 2010, 07:29 pm
A formal review perhaps?  :dunno:
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: JackD201 on 14 Jan 2010, 07:34 pm
Hey Steve, there are rumors that a new 3 is in the works  :wink:
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Charles Calkins on 14 Jan 2010, 07:53 pm
I bought my VR-4 GEN III HSE speakers from Paul Garner of VSA about five years ago. Still got them and I'm keeping them. But like all the speakers made in the whole wide world they sound much better with top notch electronics. I've tried a bunch of different pre's and amps over the years. All very good gear. Right now I have a Mac 220 pre and a Mac 352 amp running the show. The Vr-4's have never sounded so good. I'm one happy camper!! Just my two cents worth.

                                               Cheers
                                              Charlie
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: ceedee on 14 Jan 2010, 09:38 pm
Hi Steve,

I thought you were talking about the new model based on the VR 3 from the mid 90s.

Do you mean this model?

http://www.vonschweikert.com/vrline/VR-3M.HTM

Regards,

Cor


Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Steve on 14 Jan 2010, 11:53 pm
Hey Steve, there are rumors that a new 3 is in the works  :wink:

Thanks Jack, good to hear as they are most definitely worth it. VR-3 is from mid 90s. ES347 here is what I found concerning the VR-3s Bernie loaned me. The VR-4s were some months ago so I cannot honestly make a valid comparison but it was really great.

The VR-3s have a beautiful midrange extremely close to single drivers. I had the back control set to approximately 6:15 for voices that sounded the most natural in my test area.  Adjusted too high and there was a slight edge to the voices due to higher harmonics being acentuated, but too low and the voices seemed rounded off. 6:15 or so seemed just right to me. I love the adjustment feature.

On the best recordings the voices were very realistic as if almost  being there in the studio. One has to experience it to really understand what I mean.

Mids/highs were really nice and accurate. Cymbals were clean and natural with a very nice shimmer. Depending upon the recording and mic placement, some bright sounding speakers give the impression of the cymbals being up front with snares farther back, creating the impression of  the drum set being in two places at the same time. Same if the tweeter were down a notch or two below what it should be, except the cymbals might be behind the snares. Not with the VR-3s. The cymbals were with the snares; one could see the kit together.

Bass is what I would call "tuneful" with minimal boxiness, bloat, and artifacts that I hear from most sealed or bass reflex types. I like it because it does not mask upper bass/midrange information and yet one can easily hear the strings being played, and yet the bass has plenty of ummph, just clean accurate bass. I have Pictures at the Exhibition on pipe organ (performed by Jean Guillou at the Great Organ of the Tonhalle, Zurich) which reaches 16hz in this recording, and it sounds clean without boxiness or bloat. Really an outstanding job of not letting any bass problems affect other portions of the music. No rattles or any cabinet problems either. 

Soundstage is excellent with music and voices easily extending beyond the wall behind the speakers. Using Stereophile CD3 track 10, Soundstage, the gent appears he is actually 30 - 50 feet behind the wall. He walks up to the piano/mic, and he is at the wall or more forward, so great front to back ratio/three dimensional sound as it should be.

Take 5 is a unique recording to test as the snares gradually move back over a few seconds (although artificially) as it is being played around the 2:35 second mark give or take. This is easily heard on the VR-3s. Females such as Charlotte Church and Norah Jones are so lifelike.

All and all this speaker is easily a winner and a new model VR-3 should do well if/when introduced, which I hope Albert does.

Cheers.

Steve

P.s. This is the first speaker I have tested that I have not had to tweek.

Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 15 Jan 2010, 12:34 am
So Bernie is still hauling his equipment around eh?  Taking a pair of VSA speakers all the way up to northern IL for someone to audition is what I call one dedicated audiophile!  Bernie showed up here armed with cds, cables and even one of your preamps.  I was reluctant to tear things apart to hear the pre but now wish I had.  Glad you liked his VR3s.  If you ever find yourself in the general vicinity of Indy, you are more than welcome to stop by for 2-man rave. 

Gavin
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Steve on 15 Jan 2010, 12:48 am
So Bernie is still hauling his equipment around eh?  Taking a pair of VSA speakers all the way up to northern IL for someone to audition is what I call one dedicated audiophile!  Bernie showed up here armed with cds, cables and even one of your preamps.  I was reluctant to tear things apart to hear the pre but now wish I had.  Glad you liked his VR3s.  If you ever find yourself in the general vicinity of Indy, you are more than welcome to stop by for 2-man rave. 

Gavin

Thanks Gavin and yes, Bernie is a very dedicated audiophile. I really appreciated him loaning me the VRs to audition; it is a great experience. If I ever get that way I will look you up and visa versa Gavin.

Thanks again Gavin.

Steve
Title: Review of the Uni 2
Post by: Delacroix on 1 Jun 2010, 06:31 pm
Placing it here to keep the reviews thread up to date:

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superioraudio/equipment/0610/von_schweikert_audio_unifield_2.htm
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Antoine on 1 Jul 2010, 09:26 pm
Through Google I found a Polish review of the VR5 SE's here: http://www.vonschweikert.pl/pdf/audio032008vr5.pdf

Does anyone know if a translation into English exists? I tried some online translators but unfortunately they do a very poor job on translating this PDF.
Title: First published review of the VR-33
Post by: Delacroix on 8 Jul 2010, 09:34 pm
Thanks to Damon for posting -- putting here to keep list current:

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue50/vonschweikert_jolida.htm
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: theaudioanalyst on 2 Sep 2010, 07:45 pm
Add a new one to the list....

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue51/vr33.htm

Let me know what you think.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Antoine on 30 Sep 2010, 11:54 pm
HiFiCritics Martin Collums wrote a review of the VR-5 Anniversary and I thought it used to be a paid review but I found it as a free download on HiFi Critics site. Haven't read it yet myself but will so soon.

http://www.hificritic.com/downloads/digital/HIFICRITIC_VonSchweikertVR5.pdf
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 1 Dec 2010, 10:58 pm
Soundstage review of the Uni 1 -- Dec 2010

http://tinyurl.com/233adpr

HIFI+   published November 15th.
http://www.avguide.com/review/the-von-schweikert-unifield-one-loudspeaker-hi-fi-75

thanks to others for pointing these out
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 7 Dec 2010, 12:53 pm
From Albert:

We have just received another review of the UniField Model One mini monitor from the UK magazine called HiFi+. Since we are purchasing the Reprint Rights, we are going to furnish the link to this print magazine for you.

http://www.avguide.com/review/the-von-schweikert-unifield-one-loudspeaker-hi-fi-75

Happy Reading!

By the way, the Sound Stage.com review of the UniField One has been updated with a new Manufacturers Comment that describes the bass tuning process and how the bass can be increased by 3db.

Albert Von Schweikert
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: ListeningEar on 22 Mar 2011, 08:50 am
I was trawling the web to pull together as many reviews of our favorite speakers as I could to provide a single resource here and then found the work had largely been done already:

http://search.ecoustics.com/editorial/reviews/von-schweikert-speakers/recent-date/all

This is a good collection, but am sure there are more out there. It might be ideal at some point to list the reviews individually here in case that page above disappears but for now, have fun.

I am making this topic sticky so it stays on the front page. Feel free to add new reviews here.

The first ever UK review by an audio magazine is missing, it was the full technical review of the VR-1's 'Hi-Fi News' did crica 2003/2004 (Reviewer was well known technical guru Keith Howard).  I may still have some copies of the mag in the loft so will try and scan to pdf if anyone wants a copy.  Send me a PM if you do.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: BigSwede on 28 Mar 2011, 06:24 pm
Stereomojo VR-33 review:

http://www.stereomojo.com/Von%20Schweikert%20VR-33%20Speaker%20Review.htm/VonSchweikertVR-33SpeakerReview.htm
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: DARTH AUDIO on 28 Mar 2011, 07:51 pm
Stereomojo VR-33 review:

http://www.stereomojo.com/Von%20Schweikert%20VR-33%20Speaker%20Review.htm/VonSchweikertVR-33SpeakerReview.htm

Great review!! Way to go Albert. I bought one of the very first pairs of VR-33's (They didn't even have the shipping boxes when I ordered my pair). They are an awesome speaker with any kind of music. These speakers could be easily priced at $15k. I have had people over to my house to here the VR-33's and I tell them they are $15k and some thought that was a great deal??
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: ceedee on 12 Jul 2011, 08:18 am
The first review of the VR 35 Export Deluxe.

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superioraudio/equipment/0711/von_schweikert_vr_35_export_deluxe.htm
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 12 Jul 2011, 03:55 pm
Well done!
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 9 Dec 2011, 02:45 pm
Not strictly a review but relevant here, my interview with Albert for HiFi'Zine:
http://www.hifizine.com/2010/06/albert-von-schweikert-interview/

This is part 1, part 2 (including some questions asked by folks here) can be found here:
http://www.hifizine.com/2010/12/interview-with-albert-von-schweikert-part-2/

Feel free to post comments on the HiFiZine site.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Hoosierdaddy on 14 Aug 2012, 11:01 pm
Recently posted at UltraAudio:

http://www.ultraaudio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=271:von-schweikert-audio-vr-35-export-deluxe-loudspeakers&catid=37:full-length-reviews&Itemid=2

Nice review! Favorable comparison to a Wilson Audio Sophia mkI
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: mdconnelly on 16 Aug 2012, 01:25 pm
Nice review of the VR-35s!   I also think they're pretty awesome (I've had a pair now for about 8 months).  I'm just surprised we haven't seen them reviewed more.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 17 Dec 2012, 02:24 pm
My review of the VR22 speaker is published this month (Dec 2012) in HiFi'Zine:

http://www.hifizine.com/2012/12/von-schweikert-vr22/
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: BigSwede on 17 Dec 2012, 10:18 pm
Nicely written review; I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: pipper389 on 4 Mar 2013, 09:08 pm
nice speakers , have an older pair but have never heard these. sure they sound great.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 9 Mar 2013, 03:11 am
VR-44 review

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/von-schweikert-audio-vr-44-aktive-loudspeaker/
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: BigSwede on 26 Aug 2013, 09:23 pm
VR-22

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue68/vsa_22.htm

"Most enthusiastically and musically recommended!"
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: BigSwede on 5 Sep 2013, 01:27 pm
Another, shorter, VR-22 review from Positive Feedback

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue69/vsa_vr22_loudspeakers.htm

"The Von Schweikert VR-22s are quite simply, the most enjoyable speakers I have had in my home, and I will miss them dearly when they travel on."
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 5 Sep 2013, 03:02 pm
Another, shorter, VR-22 review from Positive Feedback

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue69/vsa_vr22_loudspeakers.htm

"The Von Schweikert VR-22s are quite simply, the most enjoyable speakers I have had in my home, and I will miss them dearly when they travel on."

Not faint praise!
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: BigSwede on 12 Dec 2013, 08:47 pm
The VR-22 has received a Writers Choice Award for 2013.

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue70/2013_awards.htm

"They are the biggest bang for the buck audio experience I've had in over a decade of writing about fine audio."
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 1 Apr 2014, 07:13 pm
Unifield Model II Mk2 review in TAS, April 2014

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/von-schweikert-audio-unifield-two-mk2-1/
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Albert Von Schweikert on 5 Apr 2015, 12:35 am
UniField Model Two Mk2 Review

Written by Clement Perry, Publisher, Stereo Times magazine.  If you are into mini monitors, this is a "must read." 

http://www.stereotimes.com/post/von-schweikert-audio--unifield-model-two-mkii-loudspeaker/
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 9 Dec 2015, 01:40 am
VR-55 Aktive review from Absolute Sound, Dec 2015 by Greg Weaver

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/von-schweikert-audio-vr-55-aktive-loudspeaker/
Title: Masterbuilt cables
Post by: BigSwede on 29 Jun 2017, 08:03 pm
This is not a speaker review, not even a VSA review at all, but in reading this review of a Pass Labs integrated:
http://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/pass-labs-int-60-integrated-amplifier/
I ran across this statement:
Quote
Thanks to a generous audiophile friend, a few weeks before posting this review, I was the recipient of a short-term loan of some older versions of  high-order Von Schweikert Audio/Masterbuilt cables: Bi-wire speaker cables, XLR interconnects, and a power cord. I was somewhat shocked (and frankly, a bit dismayed), that the improvement in my system was so obvious. Increased clarity, a further expansion of space, and better focus for starters... While the speaker cables and IC's made definite difference, it was the power cord plugged into the INT-60 that took my system to a new level of performance. These cables are not in my personal budget,  but readers should be aware that even though I have thoroughly enjoyed the INT-60 in my modest system, the amp had untapped potential that these cables brought to the fore.
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: Delacroix on 2 Jul 2020, 06:47 pm
Ultra 55s got a glowing review (including measurements) in the June issue of Stereophile:

https://www.stereophile.com/content/von-schweikert-ultra-55-loudspeaker (https://www.stereophile.com/content/von-schweikert-ultra-55-loudspeaker)

Not sure I remember a formal review there before of a VSA speaker, timing is poignant.

Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: es347 on 3 Jul 2020, 11:47 pm
..way overdue to be sure!  Fremer and his disastrous room but “hey Mikey he likes it”   :lol:

https://youtu.be/vYEXzx-TINc
Title: Re: Collected reviews of Von Schweikert speakers
Post by: SeagoatLeo on 3 Nov 2020, 03:37 am
VR-55 Aktive review from Absolute Sound, Dec 2015 by Greg Weaver

http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/von-schweikert-audio-vr-55-aktive-loudspeaker/
It's interesting that theabsolutesound states the sensitivity at 90db with 8 ohm impedance aktive version while the VS site states 88db and 4 ohms, needing 200 watts min. power.  Maybe it has been slightly redesigned in 5 years and requires more power than in 2015 or theabsolutesound got it wrong (probably the latter).