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Vandersteen VSM-1
3 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
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Description: On Wall Speaker


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

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I bought these speakers to complete my all Vandersteen setup when I decided to set up a home theater. After having used Vandersteen's 1Cs for about six years, there was no reason to pick another brand. I bought these for half the price and in immaculate condition off of Audiogon and the investment definitely paid off.
These speakers are not your conventional surround speakers. They are bulky, heavy and huge for a surround speaker. They can't be placed on the floor, can't be mounted on a stand and can't be mounted in wall. However, for all the pains one would take to get these hooked up, the sound from these speakers make you forget the troubles in no time. Just like every other Vandersteen speaker, these just disappear and the soundstage just envelopes without giving any idea of where the source of sound is. They handle exceptionally well at loud volumes and sudden sonic bursts that is common to movie soundtracks. The speaker doesn't seem to budge once it's in place and there's absolutely no coloration due to cabinet vibration or driver fatigue. Extremely well composed speaker.
I also hooked these speakers up with my Vandersteen 2Wq and heard them in a stereo mode and was amazed at how well they performed.
If you want to take these to the next level, pair them up with Vandersteen's 2wq and hear them sing.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by IN2MUSIK a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Like the reviewer before me I have an all vandersteen speaker setup. Iam a pro installer and have installed many a surround channel, and let tell you the is the most holosonic speaker that i have ever heard. So if you are looking for rear channels look no further.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001



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

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I use two pairs of these speakers in a 7.1 configuration, one pair as sides, and one pair as rears. They complement the Vandersteen Fives and VCC-5 center used for the front.

Although the Vandersteen VSM-1 are meant to be installed on a wall, they are not small speakers. At about 2 feet high and 1 foot wide, they don't exactly disappear on most living room walls. However, their size allows them to produce more bass than the typical on/in-wall speaker. As is typical of Vandersteen speakers, they use a grill sock to cover most of the speakers surface, with a wood cap and wood base. The veneer is applied on the top and front of the wood, but not on the bottom. Therefore, you won't want to mount these too high on the wall where the bottom will be easily seen. Even so, they should be mounted 1 to 2 feet above the seated listening position and preferably behind the listening position. They are also available with metal grills that can be painted.

When used in an all Vandersteen speaker system, as I do, the VSM-1s create a seamless surround experience. They can accurately portray diffused sounds such as rain and wind as well as direct sounds such as a door slams or gun fire. Although, hey make themselves more noticeable then typical dipoles, they do so in an engaging manner. Surround sounds are more focused and better placed in the sound stage. I feel this presentation is truer to the music or movie sound than using dipoles. In fact, the imaging is so good, that when sitting between the surrounds, the rear speakers are superfluous. In many instances, the sound is better without the rears engaged which can confuse the precision of the imaging. However, for listeners who are not seated between the side surrounds, the rears provide a positive contribution to the surround experience.

At $949 dollars, the VSM-1 are pricey for surround speakers. However, when you consider their build quality along with the engineering and sound quality they produce, the price is justified. For those who want more, there is a signature version for $1,795 that uses upgraded crossover components for ultimate transparency. However, unless the rest of your equipment justifies it, the base version is more then good enough.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $949.00

Purchased At:   Audio Connection




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