"The Vandersteen Kēnto is the English gentleman who is sincere, polite, and refined. Highly respected, impeccable, and well regarded, but you’re not getting a hug. "See Full Review
"That's primarily what I want from a pair of loudspeakers—not deep bass (which these Vandersteens do have); not wide dynamics (at which the Wood CTs excel); not clean, uncolored mids and highs (something the Vandersteens readily offer); but a stereo virtual reality engine to connect me with the music I want [to] listen to. On that ground, a pair of Vandersteen's Quatro CTs scores big-time."
In fact, the Model 2 is the best-selling audiophile loudspeaker of the modern era, with more than 100,000 pairs sold—all of them made in the U.S. That the Model 2 is still enjoying robust sales more than 40 years after its introduction is a testament to the speaker’s fundamental rightness of design and sound quality. The Model 2 is one of the defining classics of American high-end audio.See Full Review
"If you are an audio connoisseur, aka audiophile, you will likely have heard of Vandersteen Audio. .Founded by Richard Vandersteen around 40 odd years ago, Vandersteen Audio is on the forefront of ultra-high-end consumer audio products. Vandersteen Audio push the bounds of what’s possible to produce speakers the way they SHOULD sound – as if you are sitting in the recording studio listening to each element being recorded. The company has produced several patented audio technologies which form the signature sound of Vandersteen Audio."See Full Review
"The Model Seven's bass EQ was a godsend. While higher frequenices were addressable with RPG Diffusor products at the first- and second-reflection points on the sidewalls and ceiling, without the low-frequency tuning adjustments of the Sevens' subwoofers the low-frequency readings at my listening position still looked like the Rocky Mountains - and the booms and suckouts those readings predicted were what I heard. After adjustment, except for one narrowband room mode, the bass fell within a flat (+2dB/3-dB) response all the way down to 20Hz."See Full Review
" ... the evenness and weight of the bass-guitar lines in this classic recording were impressive. The Vandersteens' high frequencies seamlessly blended with their midrange ... the Vandersteen system threw a detailed, precisely positioned soundstage." -John Atkinson, StereophileSee Full Review
"Many loudspeakers have passed through my listening room in the past year, but the one I most missed after its return to its manufacturer was this expensive, full-range Vandersteen. Driven by its almost-as-expensive dedicated amplifiers, it produced sound that was consistently to die for." -John Atkinson, Stereophile
"Many loudspeakers have passed through my listening room in the past year, but the one I most missed after its return to its manufacturer was this expensive, full-range Vandersteen. Driven by its almost-as-expensive dedicated amplifiers, it produced sound that was consistently to die for." -John Atkinson, StereophileSee Full Review
"My basic impression was that the M7-HPA sounded sweet without any attenuation of the high frequencies. Whether it was Lorde's "Royals" or the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's 1998 Wigmore Hall recital (ALAC file ripped from CD, Wigmore Hall Live 0013), there was a compelling palpability to these ladies' aural images."See Full Review
"We can go on and on with esoteric prose, but these speakers handle the musical fundamentals better than many speakers, regardless of price. You’ll nd the VLR in our print annual next month as one of our Products of the Year in the small-speaker category. I can think of no small speaker more deserving." - Jeff Dorgay
"Even in an era in which significant advances in dynamic-driver technology have produced greater transparency, higher resolution, and lower coloration, the Model 7 stands out for its complete lack of dynamic-driver “sound.” The 7 strips away a layer of coloration and artifacts, revealing an absolutely glorious purity of timbre that must be heard to be believed."See Full Review
"The Model 7’s sound was extraordinary: coherent, open, uncolored, dynamic, and with a purity of timbre that was striking. But the Model 7 really excelled in resolving very low-level details such as reverb decay and the sense of space around instruments. I’ve heard Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Couldn’t Stand the Weather on many systems over the years, but I’ve never heard the sense of presence to his guitar, the vivid impression of a guitar amplifier in the studio, and of the fine texture of the instrument’s decay that I heard from the Model 7."
"They (Quatro Woods) delivered a huge, detailed, transparent soundstage that gave me all of the music without obscuring any of its details. And I found the speaker's representations of female voices, stringed instruments, and ambient detail about as good as those of any speaker I've ever heard ..."See Full Review
"Today’s 2Ce Signature II is an unambiguouslyfine loudspeaker, and from what I recall of its forebears, the latest refinements have endowed it with even more openness and clarity ... every time I brought home a new record or remembered an old one, regardless of style, I played it without worry and loved it without measure."
" ... the Quatros' organizational talents, and their ability to project three-dimensional spaces and array precisely focused, solid images within those spaces, bested those of every other speaker I've reviewed, including my reference Wilson MAXX2s, which sound somewhat vague by comparison."See Full Review
"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."
"The 3As offer the transparency of planar or dipole speakers while yielding the dynamic range associated with cabinet speakers. The excellent design of drivers and crossover network allow for powerful, controlled, rich bass that many listeners demand. No matter your musical preference, these are speakers that deserve careful audition."