How is your experience with Vandersteen Model 1's?
I recently got a pair of Vandersteen Model 1's and wondering if anyone here has them and how they sound with some expensive gear.
I just have run of the mills receivers/amps so that may not be best suited for these but so far I really like them.
These are my 1st pair of above normal speakers if you want to rate them at mid/high-fi end.
Thanks for comments.
Very good and clean sound but highly inefficient.
I have A400's as fronts currently and they are the best speakers yet so this post will have them as reference.
Instruments, stereo separation and imaging is amazing in these even with my crappy test setup.
Reminds me of Polk SDA effect in many places.
Vocals come directly from the front center even when these are 8 feet apart and toed in.
Sound is very clean and smooth like studio type, no noise.
Specially with live music type recordings like jazz, blues, these 1's sound almost perfect.
The roughness in voice, plucking of guitar strings, soft thump of drums etc... everything is so separate and right there that it feels eery, hair raising.
I feel like I'm there with the singers while A400's feel like listening to recorded music.
It's just so clean and clear that I don't feel like it's coming from speakers but directly from the instruments.
These don't have bass of A400's but vocals and midrange are even more open and smooth.
Highs are smoother whereas A400's have more sizzles.
These are highly inefficient.
When I listen to these at normal level and switch to A400's, they are at club level.
Also, bass is no contest against A400's but that's expected.
Bass on these is even tighter than A400's but doesn't go as low or as full.
A400's and Polks have bass floating around/resonating everywhere while Vandy's only have bass on the bass note and not much afterwards.
So I guess this is what accurate speaker sounds like.
After taking volume level in account, these sound smoother, cleaner, airy, more presence of highs in the room (due to the open top cabinet, may be?) and vocals are more clear and open than A400's.
These have similar sound characteristics as A400's but more open, smoother and better imaging but bass is not that much so stand alone listening craves for little more bass.
However, one speaker sounds dull compared to other.
So I did a left right sweep and one speaker is slightly less bright.
I fiddled the tweeter control and it does change level so the pots may need cleaning. With one at max tweeter level and another at 0 level, they seem to match.
Hopefully, the terminal cup comes off without taking socks off.
To conclude, I really like these and can spend time listening and enjoying music without a need to switch speakers.
Even the bass sounds good and enough after few minutes of switching from A400's.
Very smooth and relaxing sound yet with all the details in highs and mids.
When listening to 'When Luther played the blues' and 'Thanks to you' from Marantz test cd, A400's sounds recorded music while these 1's feels like I'm listening to live music.
So this is my first pair of high/mid-fi speakers compared to other available everywhere pairs.
I just tested on Pioneer SA-1040 so better setup and amp should make them sing even better.