Von Schweikert Research VR-5 Floorstanding Speakers

4.58/5 (12 Reviews) MSRP : $5950.00


Product Description

Dynamic-driver four way system using transmission line loading. Wall construction uses heavily braced 1.5” MDF 28-20kHz, +/- 1.5 dB, 20Hz-25kHz –6dB.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Neil a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2012

Bottom Line:   
This is the first speaker I can live with after years of searching. Sonic euphoria in a practical, good looking design that can work in a real living room is nothing to shake a stick at.

The VR5 offers an expansive soundstage, gobs of detail without any trace of grain, harshness or hardness. No midbass bloat, and damn is the midrange just wide open. Treble detail in spades with no fatigue. Another listener once said that listening to his VR5s was like immersion, and that VS makes speakers that produce sound so real you can almost feel it on your skin. I concur. These are stellar.

Hear these if you can - but note that I have the VR5 HSE. I've not heard the standard version, but it may represent a solid value at its price point.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999



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

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I recognize the anthousiastic reviews, sorry for my language i'm from the netherlands. These speakers have it all. Detail, 3d sound with depth and great soundstage. Bass is very warm en fast. In my small listening room the vr 5 gives not an resonance problem. I had alsoo the vr4jr mkI and this speaker gave too many bass, i was not nice to hear. The vr5 is much better. When i'm listening and i close my eyes, i see the recording studio before me and can imagine how the recording took place. In front and the middle the singer, drums behind and between them from the left and the right the other instruments. You'll forget that the music becomes out of the speakers. With the most other speakers, the music you hear that the music comes out of the speakers, the vr5 disappear compleet. There are many good speakers, also of much less price. But everyone has it's own demands and budget to spend. When you have the mony for a pair of vr5 mkII (second hand) it's the money worth. At the other hand for much less money you'll het also a good speaker and you hear still all the details. It's true, when you have an average good system, you must pay a lot of money for little improvement.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by meijer a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2007

Bottom Line:   
One of the best speakers i have ever heard. You must put in a great signal. It is very sensible for quality inputs. When you use average amplifiers and cables the sound will be average. But when you have a good match it sonds incredible.

The detail and imaging are great and the sound is delicated, very smooth and pleasant. In my livingroom it is a strong point that the bass is tight and fast, and not too loud and heavy.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $4750.00

Purchased At:   importer



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jack a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I really wanted to like these speakers, they were bought over the internet based on on-line hype and reviews like this. What a disappointment! You can do much better for less money. These were sold, my next mains will be DIY, if they don't work out then its between Vandersteen and Legacy.

These are supposed to be coherent speakers, but compared to other time and phase aligned speakers these were lacking. I did have better results when the rear firing "ambience" tweeter was disabled, it really seemed to confuse the sound stage. The use of the metallic drivers gives the sound a harsh quality the bass was weak and tuby. The fabric tweeter produced soft muffled highs, horns never sounded right. I was concerned about the use of foam rubber used internally for dampening degrading over time. These speakers also had problems reproducing flugelhorns with any degree of believability. Very narrow "sweet spot", what little sound staging was there was quickly lost when moving your head just a little.

The cabinents are beautiful, the cherry finish is wonderful.
The Cardas binding posts are very nice and allow you to bi-wire.

System:
AI 3
DNA 2 Rev A
Rega Planet
DIY Turntable & DIY Tube phono stage
DIY Silver Teflon ICs
DIY Jon Risch Belden Dual-Coax bi-wire speaker cables
HSE VR5s

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $4700.00

Purchased At:   Internet



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

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The VR-5 with the Hovland Special Edition option is in my opinion unbeatable for the money. The accuracy and detail are amazing without that analytical sound. Bass response is incredible for a speaker having a relatively small "footprint". Tight and fast with no muddiness best describes the bass performance of these speakers. The mids and highs are silky smooth with no harshness or grain. They do require a good break in to sound their best. They are quite forgiving in terms of room placement as well. The quality of their construction and cabinet finish are world class.

I would like to add that Albert Von Schweikert is a true gentleman as well as being a "guru" when it comes to speaker design. He will take the time to explain his product and philosophy so that a potential customer can gain real insight into his speakers'design.

Seeing how good the VR-5's are I can only imagine what the VR-7's must be like!!

System:
McIntosh MC 352 Power Amp
McIntosh C-42 Preamp
Electrocompaniet EMC-1 with 24/192 Upgrade
PS Audio P300 Power Conditioner
Technics Turntable & Grado
Cardas Golden Cross Balanced XLR Interconnects
Analysis Plus Oval 9 Bi-Wired Speaker Cable
Von Schweikert VR-5 HSE

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $8500.00

Purchased At:   Dealer




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