Vandersteen 5 Floorstanding Speakers

4.64/5 (11 Reviews) MSRP : $9800.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Doug Barry a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Give them an audition from a reputable dealer who has them set up correctly in a good room, and who has burned in the associated electronics properly. If they are not set up correctly, you may get a bad impression. I urge anyone thinking of buying Vandersteen speakers, especially the 5's or the 3A Sigs with the 2WQ subs to open their mind and read a bit of Hardesty's material on the subject, and especially on using powered " musical " subs in addition to the full range speakers by using a high pass filter which allows a system approach to amps, power, and ultimate re-creation of music. Not boom box subs, musical low Q subs ( or at least adjustable like the 5's and 2WQ ).

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $10500.00

Purchased At:   Audio Art, Richmond, Virginia



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2001

Bottom Line:   
If you haven't heard a properly set up pair of Model 5s, go and do it right now. If you can appreciate the sound of natural instruments and human voices, you will fall in love. Also, with their 400 watt powered, 12" metal cone, push-pull internal subwoofers- along with the superb Vandersteen x-over system, they really do make the best, most extended and most articulate bass in the world. Bass that doesn't sound like a subwoofer!

Every other speaker sounds blurry, muddy and compressed compared to the Vandersteen Model 5. Even speakers that I otherwise really love!

Just go hear 'em.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $10900.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David McCarthy a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I would like to append an earlier review. Since the 1st review, I have upgraded my amps to Cary 1610's. With more power, the speakers sound quicker and tighter than they did matched with the Cary 805's. Super amp unless you like colored reproduction. 5 Stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2000

Bottom Line:   
The Gentlemen at Advanced Audio (Tacoma, WA) allowed me a chance to sit in the ribbon chair of their new setup; Linn CD (the $20K job), Ayre Amplification, Cardas Cables, and the Vandy 5's. . . I was fortunate enough to hear "The Vikings" from the 'Pomp&Pipes' CD on Ref. Recordings (as well as snippets of the rest of the disc). The sub-bass from the organ filled the room as a 32' pipe should. The other sounds also had equally harmonic correctness and definition. . . spectacular.

Imaging was coherent, focused, but not zealous. However, the salesperson demonstrated some of the adjustments that can be made, and in so doing, the sound collapsed onto itself, sounding as pale as my Mission 772's (US$600/pr.) I also noted that the speakers were placed well away from the rear walls (moreso than what I've seen before). With adjustable bass, I'd think it imperative to take placement into consideration. With the ability to baffle/unbaffle the tweeter (what the salesperson called, "the Martin Logan switch"), placement again becomes crucial.

The flexibility in this speaker is a double-edged sword. I would consider these a must audition, but I would also make the effort to really communicate with your audio store before, during, and after purchase: these are serious speakers for sound tweekers.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I heard these at Audio Connection in Verona NJ and would highly recommend this place. This was the only speaker I have heard that could reproduce a Grateful Dead show similar to the smaller venues they played in the seventies. Micky Hart's drum solo was astonishing. I find the big difference between the Vandersteen and Martin Logan speakers is the Vandersteens present the entire musical experience, the Martin Logans are excellent speakers but often times you will find yourself picking out elements of the recording as opposed to listening to the music. If you enjoy live music give these speakers a listen and it will all make sense.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000




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