Vandersteen Model 5 Speakers - anybody have these?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by John Morris, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. John Morris

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    This past weekend I listened to a system which used a pair of Vandy Model 5 speakers. WOW! They were some of the best sounding speakers that I've ever heard. But, they were in a system which used Bel monoblock amps, a $6K preamp, and a $5K CD player, so, I'm not sure if what I was hearing was more due to superior electronics or the speakers themselves. Also, the store had the rear firing tweeters turned off. How does the rear firing tweeter affect the speaker's performance and do you use them, or turn them off?

    Finally, what is the best price on these speakers that anyone has found?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. chris c

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    Was this at Audio Concepts? I heard the same setup there a number of times and it always makes me wish I had more money and space. I've heard the Model 5s with lesser electronics and they still sounded great but those BEL amps seem to be a match made in heaven.
     
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    I heard them at the HE show last year on Cary V12 monos, Wadia frontend, and I forgot which preamp. Awesome tt setup as well. My personal best of show last year. Everything just jammed in that room, and a huge soundstage for lots of peeps to hear in many areas of the room.
     
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    Vandy Model 5's often show up on Audiogon for great deals. I also was really impressed with their sound and have been considering (salivating over?) a purchase.

    Mike
     
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    The 5s are terrific speakers. I've heard them in a number of setups and always thought they were very natural and listenable.
     
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    *shiver* aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh, $8k worth of BELs could make just about ANYTHING sound good.
    I would kill for just 1 of those chassis for my mains.....but the wife not letting me pull my speakers out far enough, not to mention the RPTV between the mains kinda defeats the purpose, eh? [​IMG] not to mention that would probably call for a speaker upgrade.....
    Audio Concepts now has a 5 channel SACD in the Ariel room to show what 5 channel music should sound like.....aaahh...
     
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    Same demo, John. And yea, I think quite a bit of time has been spent setting up that room, cause it sounds GOOD. I hadn't heard that Beatle's disc, and was really enjoying the 2 channel even before we got to the 5 channel. Wow! Though I bet you can count the number of reference-level 5 channel discs out therer on 1 or 2 hands.

    The Runco FP in there is nice too.

    Pardon me, I gotta go run out and buy some lottery tickets!
     
  10. Tim Baldwin

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    Never heard any Vandersteens sound less than great. Think I've seen em used perhaps in the 5k range? Think the 3A is the bang-for-buck champ when you can occasionally find them used around 1700.
     
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    While at AC, I was shown their new center: VCC- 5. Sounds quite a bit better than their normal center, which my Dad has with a pair of 2CEs. Though it should, at $2K if I recall correctly.
     
  12. Jason Watson

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    John,

    Did you find the bass at all muddy in the Vandy5 room? I was there last weekend looking for a CD, listened to the 5s, and I thought they sounded great but the bass seemed a little sloppy. I dunno, maybe it was the CD,but deeper piano notes were too bloated or something. Then again, I might just be used to planner bass with music.

    Jason
     

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