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Vandersteen Quatro
4 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  6500.00
Description: <ul> <li>1-inch dual chamber</li> <li>Patented open basket 4 1/2-inch midrange</li> <li>6 1/2-inch woven fiber cone</li> <li>24Hz to 30kHz + or - 2dB</li> <li>6 ohms + or - 3 ohms</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bosco a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2011

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for the Quatro Woods but cannot find this model here on Audio Review. This review are for the Woods, which do have differant drivers for the tweeter and midrange. With that said, let me begin. I will be brief and to the point. If you are looking for speakers which reproduce music as close as possible to the live perefirmance at this price point ( 10,000 - 14,000 ) look no further. The soundstage is wide and DEEP. The bass is not bloated or exagerated in any way. You get what the artist performed, nothing more, nothing less. Female vocals send a tingle down my spine ( although male vocals are not as amazing, they are VERY good nonetheless ). They have pinpoint accuracy, you know exactly where each of the artists are located on the soundstage. I am very happy with these, and doubt I will be upgrading for a very long time.

For background, I adutioned Thiel, PSB, B&W, Wilson, and several others. These replaced my old Thiel 3.6's. Associated gear: Mac MC-300 SS amp; Mac C-2200 tube pre-amp; Rega P-3; Marantz digital front end; PS Audio P-500 all connected with Nordost Blue Heaven wire.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dastwood a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I have owned a pair of Quatros for a little over a year, used in a 13.5' x 16' home theater (along with Vandersteen center and side surround speakers). The expense was very substantial and I had to save for a long time to afford them. However, I have never regretted the purchase decision. I auditioned many speakers over a period of months before deciding on the Vandy's including Paradigm Signature S8, B&W 700 and 800 series, Martin Logan, and others, with each audition consisting of 2-3 hours' listening.

It is common wisdom that Vandersteen gives you more for your money, and I do believe that to be true. These speakers reproduce music beatuifully and with tremendous detail and realism. They can keep up with very demanding dynamics (it probably doesn't hurt that they're being driven with a 200 watt Krell amplifier) and the bass extension is very deep. And of course, they have the legendary Vandersteen pinpoint soundstaging.

The most important thing I can say about these speakers is that they have rekindled my joy of music. I buy way more music than I used to and spend lots of time just listening to music.

If I HAD to think of a shortcoming it might be that these speakers, unassisted by an additional subwoofer, may stop a little short of reproducing very sharp bass transients. Basically this means very loud kick drum in rock & roll, bass drum in hip hop, or explosions in movies. Let me be clear-They reproduce true musical bass (acoustic stand-up bass or double-bass, very low organ notes) with remarkable clarity and detail and not just boom. It's just that they don't necessarily supply, in music that has very loud, sharp bass transients, the phenomenon that led Dr. Dre to write "the track hits your eardrum like a slug to your chest."

Quick note: This is for the standard Quatros (not the "wood"). I didn't audition the woods. I DID have a brief (20-30min) listen to the 5As alongside the Quatros and honestly didn't feel there was a tremendous difference.

Happy listening!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris H a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Me again. Same thing, in Tacoma on business and had an extended audition. Same impression, plus. Just when I thought I was in music nirvana, Curtis put on some vinyl. A classical piece on a Reader's Digest recording from the 60's. A garage sale find. My jaw dropped. This is as close to a live orchestra as I've heard through an audio system. We have season tickets to the local symphony so I'm used to what an orchestra sounds like. Not sure what the table was, Lyra cartridge I think, Ayre electronics. Vinyl fans owe themselves a listen. Glorious on CD, magic on vinyl. Music either way. If you are in the area, stop in and ask Curtis to play the Masakela and bring your favorite record.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Purchased At:   Advanced Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris H a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Finally had a chance to hear the Quattro's at Advanced Audio in Tacoma while on business-nice and knowledgable guys by the way. Glorious. Small step from 5A's also on display. Not as pretty as 5A's but more attractive and smaller visual presentation than photos suggest. Made me light headed and short of breath due to emotion evoked on very familiar piece of music. Various cuts from a variety of discs made me laugh, tear up, tap my toes and shake my head in wonder. My next speaker-will eventually replace my 2 CE's-first brand repeat in my years of speaker switching.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Purchased At:   Advanced Audio




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