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Hello EZHusky, Are these the original model 1? You can tell by looking at the serial number on the back plate of the speaker, if the number has a B or C after it that denotes the version, if no letter then they are the originals. The Vandersteens can provide really quality sound, however they are very picky about placement and the have a definite "sweet spot" (place where they sound the best). The design of these speakers is dependent upon the front to back tilt to in order to align the tweeter and woofer to the distance you are sitting from them. They can provide a very good 3D sound stage when set up correctly.Did you get the Sound Anchor stand with them? This is a low "T" shaped stand attached to the bottom of the speaker and is important in getting the correct tilt.To assist with setup you can download the manual from Vandersteen, this is for the 1C model, but as the basic design of the speaker has changed little, if at all, in 40 years (that says something about the design!) it should be helpful. Let me be clear, the B, C, and Ci models have very different drivers and crossover components, but the physical design is the same as far as my knowledge goes. The manual will greatly assist with room setup, helping you to determine that best spot for your particular room. You can find the download here: https://www.vandersteen.com/resources/document-downloadsThese speakers can be driven with and still sound very good with modest equipment, but will definitely shine with better equipment. I have owned the original Model 1, the 1C and the 2C Vandersteens, and love the Vandersteen sound. I currently own Magnepans, and love the planar sound, I passed my Vandy 1C's on to my sister so I can still visit them regularly . Enjoy these speakers, they can be a bit fussy to set up but they will reward for your efforts!Kurt
Really happy to hear you have the stands, the tilt makes all the difference in opening up the sound stage. It can be time consuming setting them up, but rewarding in the end. Can I ask what you are powering them with (receiver, integrated amp, etc)?
That is a good speaker. Cannot imagine why someone would give it away, but nonetheless given the right placement, quality source and power it will really sing.
It was my grandpa who gave them to me, along with a pioneer pl-518
They have sonic AND personal value then! Once you dial them in, borrow a better amp and expect to be shocked!
Ask somebody. . Maybe local AC folks in your area. The STL gang swaps gear all the time.
Oh that's interesting, I might look into that
Congrats on your new (to you) Vandies. My advice is to be cautious with the tilt. The manual's illustration tends to make the tilt look more severe than what is necessary. Start your adjustment with zero tilt and listen, then add a little tilt at a t time until you feel the sound is right.
And common. Where are you located?
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