Model 5A Carbon

Extreme Full-Range Powered-Bass Speaker

Vandersteen Audio's Model 5A Carbon is the latest evolution of the classic Model 5 and the ultra-competitive little brother to the flagship Model Seven. What separates the 5A Carbon from previous iterations of the 5 Series are its carbon-fiber midrange and tweeter drivers, which are descended directly from the patented Perfect-Piston drivers developed for and used in the flagship Model Seven. These carbon drivers are the result of an unprecedented 10-year research & development effort.

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"The Vandersteen 5A Carbon is one of the best speakers I have heard ... I'm excited enough about the 5A Carbons to make them my new reference speakers ..." 
- Anthony H. Cordesman, The Absolute Sound
 

 

Vandersteen Audio’s Model 5A Carbon is the latest evolution of the classic Model 5 and the ultra-competitive little brother to the flagship Model Seven. The Models 5 and 5A reigned at the top of the Vandersteen line for over a decade, exemplifying many of Richard Vandersteen’s most radically effective design principles. The 5 Series have always been time- and phase-correct speakers that push the technological edge, with extreme-performance features that include an ultra-rigid, constrained-layer head section with Minimum-Baffle construction, a 400-watt powered-bass section with 11-band room EQ, passive high-pass filters and a highly advanced, completely proprietary 12” push-pull subwoofer driver.

What separates the 5A Carbon from previous iterations of the 5 Series are its carbon-fiber midrange and tweeter drivers, which are descended directly from the patented Perfect-Piston drivers developed for and used in the flagship Model Seven. These carbon drivers are the result of an unprecedented 10-year research & development effort by Richard Vandersteen. While the Perfect-Piston midrange and tweeter used in the flagship Model Seven are the fully embodied ideal of Vandersteen’s carbon driver technology, the Model 5A Carbon is a paragon of high-frequency air and extension, midrange openness and resolution, and the kind of tight, tuneful deep bass that only a powered-bass speaker with integral room EQ can provide. The Model 5A Carbon is Richard Vanderteen’s Dimensional Purity concept taken to the extreme!

Model 5A Carbon Specifications

Tweeter

1” Exclusive Dual-Chamber, Transmission-Line Loaded Carbon Dome with Ferrofluid Voice-Coil Cooling 

Rear-Firing Tweeter

.75" Ceramic-Coated Alloy Dome

Midrange

4.5” Patented Perfect Piston Midrange with 3-Layer Carbon Fiber/Balsa/Carbon Fiber Cone, Die-Cast Aerodynamic Basket with Neo-Magnet Assembly and Ferrofluid Voice-Coil Cooling

Mid-Woofer

7" Mineral-Filled Poly/Kevlar Sandwich Cone with Die-Cast Basket and Precision-Formed Magnet Assembly with Copper Faraday Ring

Subwoofer

Dual 12" Trussed-Aluminum Cones, Dual-Motor, Push-Pull Driver with Die-Cast Aerodynamic Basket with Precision-Machined Opposing Magnet Assemblies with Copper Faraday Rings

Subwoofer Amplifier

400-Watt High-Current Power-Factor Corrected Amplifier 

Recommended Amplification

40-300 Watts Into 8 Ohms

Frequency Response

22Hz – 30kHz +/- 2dB

Sensitivity

87 dB, 1 meter/2.83 volt input

Impedance

6 ohms nominal, 4 ohms minimum

Crossovers

First order/6dB per octave, 100Hz, 600Hz, 5kHz

Input Terminals

Barrier strips, 7/16" max width

Dimensions (WHD)

14” x 44” x 20”

Weight

182 lbs. Each Net

Country of Manufacture

Made in the USA
  • Jan 1, 2012
    Model 5A Carbon

    "The Vandersteen 5A Carbon is one of the best speakers I have heard, as well as one of the most practical. I would definitely short-list it if you can afford it, and I’d make an upgrade a critical priority if I owned an earlier Model 5 or 5A ..."

    Anthony H. Cordesman

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  • Jan 16, 2003
    Model 5A Carbon

    "I could continue with additional superlatives but an audition would be better than another thousand words. I think this is the best speaker system available regardless of price. I put my money where my mouth is and bought a pair for myself. Although I’ve probably owned more speakers than most people, I suspect that this is my last pair."
     

    Richard Hardesty

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  • Jan 16, 1999
    Model 5A Carbon

    "The Vandersteen Model 5 is a landmark product not because it establishes some performance benchmark in specific areas, but because it adeptly combines strengths in every area to create an immensely musical experience."
     

    Robert Harley

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