The Model Seven Mk II was achieved by mechanically altering the "acoustic lens" that surrounds midrange and tweeter, aligning the acoustic centers of those drivers just enough to substantially decrease the amount of hand-tuning required for the compensation network. The result is even more natural, open sound for a soundstage that is palpably taller, wider, and more "3D" in its image focus and specificity. Additional improvements were realized by weaving the voice-coil leads directly into the spiders of the push-pull subwoofer cones in the powered subwoofer, strengthening the connection between the Model Seven MK II's integral power amplifier and subwoofer, allowing increased linear excursion for even greater bass authority in the subterranean (100Hz and below)
The flagship Model Seven is both the ultimate expression of the design path that Richard Vandersteen has followed for over 35 years of groundbreaking speaker designs, and the single biggest breakthrough in the history of dynamic-driver loudspeakers. The beating heart of the Model Seven is its patented, carbon-fiber-clad Perfect-Piston™ drivers. These amazing carbon cones realize the dream of true pistonic linearity without the unnatural sonic colorations inherent in metal drivers.
Please note this is an archived page. This product is now discontinued and replaced by the KENTO Carbon loudspeaker. 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.
This is an older model that is no longer available. Please see 1Ci+ for current product and pricing. The Model 1Ci is living proof that designing and building a great entry-level speaker doesn't require as much ingenuity and skill as a cost-no-object flagship- it requires even more! The Model 1Ci is a time- and phase-correct speaker constructed in such a way that the alignment and positioning of the drivers allow a point-source wavefront and maximize the phase coherence of the loudspeaker at the listening position. Dimensional Purity in a shockingly affordable full-range speaker.
The Treo is essentially a passive version of the original Quatro Wood, sharing the same driver complement sans the powered-bass system. It too is offered in an array of wood finishes in a strikingly attractive form factor. But the Treo is also a modern take on the legendary Model 2, a paragon of cost-effective performance that's made in the USA, but in an elegant outer package.