Introducing the Model 2 Trade-In Program!

Introducing the Limited Offer Model 2 Trade-In Program!

Amazingly, over 100,000 pairs of Models 2s are out there in the world, sold since the speaker went into production in 1977. How GREAT would it be if all of you Model 2 owners out there had a clear path to upgrade to Vandersteen's latest and greatest? 

For a limited time- now until December 31st, 2017- participating Vandersteen Audio dealers will offer you up to $500 trade-in value for your Model 2 loudpseakers. Trade-ins are valid toward the Treo and above only.

Contact participating dealers for details. We expect the trade-in offer to make the most sense on Models 2s up through the Model 2CI as they are typically not worth more than $500 on the used market. The Model designation will be visible on the back plate right next to the serial number and are therefore very easy to identify.

Click HERE to locate your nearest Vandersteen dealer today!

Another Reviewer/Vandersteen Owner- Pete Roth and Model Seven Mk II and M7-HPA!

Amazing- another major reviewer is a Vandersteen owner!

Soundstage's Pete Roth now has bought our Model Seven Mk II and M7-HPA amps for his reference system, and you won't believe what he has to say about our flagship powered speaker system!

"The M7-HPA amplifiers have joined my Vandersteen Model Sevens, now upgraded to Mk.II status, to form the backbone of my reference system. The quality of sound I’m hearing from them is beyond what I could have hoped for, let alone expected, even a year or two ago."

Click HERE to read the whole review!

Another Reviewer Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is! Eric Neff and the Treo CT!

This INCREDIBLE review from Hi-Fi Plus' Eric Neff chronicles a reviewer's personal journey from the venerable Model 2 CE Signature to the Treo CT he now owns and listens to every day…

“The Treo CT’s ticked all the boxes and did so at an attainable price point. A sensible price and performance without compromise is the key, here, because once you have shown the new gear to your friends and they have gone home, we all want to be thrilled with what we are hearing when we listen by ourselves. The Treo CT’s will do that for you for many years to come.” -Eric Neff

Click HERE to read the whole review!

Quatro Wood CT Wins 2016 Brutus Award from Positive Feedback Online!

 

The Quatro Wood CT not only earned one of Vandersteen's greatest reviews of all time from Positive Feedback Online Editor Dave Clark, but also one of our greatest honors when Dave and his wife Carol couldn't stand to part with the review speakers and bought them. That wasn't all as Dave also selected the Quatro Wood CT as a Brutus Award winner for 2016. Thanks for testifying Dave and Carol!


Click HERE to read Positive Feedback Online's Brutus Awards feature.


 

NEW Richard Vandersteen Audio Seminars Announced!

Thursday March 16th, 7-9 PM: HiFi Buys, 3157 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta GA

Join Richard Vandersteen & the crew at HiFi Buys for an enlightening evening featuring jaw-dropping audio presentations and a panel discussion including reps from some of the best brands in the business!

Click HERE for more details from HiFi Buys.

Wednesday March 22nd, 7-9 PM: Ultra Fidelis, 7125 W North Ave., Wauwatosa WI

RSVP at 414-221-0200 or email jonathan.spelt@ultrafi.com

A special treat for Ultra Fidelis customers! 

In these times when it seems a challenge to find anything universal, one thing we can all agree on is that our music and home theater systems brighten and restore the zest in our lives. Join us for lighthearted conversation and share your passion with Richard Vandersteen and other HiFi enthusiasts on a most welcomed Spring night in East Tosa.

Click HERE for more details from Ultra Fidelis.

Richard Vandersteen Live and In Person: Winter Seminars Announced!

Wednesday February 15th, 7-9pm: Audio Alternative, 1849 Michael Lane, Fort Collins, CO

Please RSVP at 720-221-1496

Audio Alternative will host Richard Vandersteen and the debut of the amazing new Vandersteen SYSTEM NINE. SYSTEM NINE is comprised of Vandersteen's legendary Model Seven Mk II flagship speaker, the liquid-cooled M7-HPA amplifier and the brand-new SUB NINE stereo subwoofer system. SYSTEM NINE is the ultimate Vandersteen experience!

Thursday February 16th, 5-8pm: AudioConcepts, 11661 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Please RSVP at 214-360-9520 or info@audioconceptsonline.com

Meet Richard Vandersteen and learn everything you ever wanted to know about Vandersteen Audio (and hi-fi in general) but were afraid to ask! Enjoy an evening of spectacular audio demos and soak in the decades of knowledge Richard will share with all of you. 

Vandersteen Model Seven Mk II and M7-HPA Stereophile Editor's Choice Winners!

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Make sure to check out Stereophile's 2016 Product of the Year! Vandersteen's Model Seven Mk II and M7-HPA amps were Finalists in their respective Product of the Year categories, and the Model Seven MK II was a Finalist for Overall Product of the year. In addition Editor John Atkinson gave both products Editor's Choice writing:

"Many loudspeakers have pass through my listening room int he last year, but the one I most missed after its return to its manufacturer was this expensive, full-range Vandersteen. Driven by its almost-as-expensive dedicated amplifiers, it produced sound that was consistently to die for.”

Click HERE to read the entire feature!

Click HERE to read John Atkinson's full review of our flagship Model Seven Mk II speakers and our liquid-cooled M7-HPA amplifiers.

Model Seven Mk II & M7-HPA Stereophile Class A Recommended Components!

"Best attainable sound for a component of its kind ... A Class A system is one for which you don't have to make a leap of faith to believe you're hearing the real thing." -Stereophile, October 2016

Stereophile's October 2016 issue saw Vandersteen Audio's flagship Model Seven Mk II and M7-HPA amplifier recognized as Class A Recommended Components! This best-of-the-best pick is on the strength of Editor John Atkinson's over-the-top May 2016 review of the powered speaker system. 

A bass player himself, JA lauded both the extension and transparency of our powered bass, noting that the Vandersteen system made differences between components more audible: "The Vandersteen system was sufficiently transparent in the bass that I could readily hear how the dCS Vivaldi kept the intentionally phat bass-guitar lines better differentiated from the kick drum than did the PS Audio DirectStream DAC, especially when the bassist drops an octave at the start of a phrase."

Hearing that the "high frequencies seamlessly blended with their midrange," JA also noted  "delicious solidity to the sound even when the recording was mono ..."

JA concluded his extraordinary string of accolades by praising the system for "true full-range sound, superb transparency and soundstaging, and a magically palpable way with recorded voices."

Our Treo was also included in Class B, so all current Vandersteen products that have been reviewed by Stereophile are Recommended Components!

Click HERE for Stereophile's Recommended Components.

Click HERE to read John Atkinson's full review of our flagship Model Seven Mk II speakers and our liquid-cooled M7-HPA amplifiers.

Positive Feedback Editor Dave Clark Didn't Just Love Our Quatro Wood CTs- He Bought Them!

AMAZING new review of our Quatro Wood CT by Dave Clark, Editor at Positive Feedback Online! 

Dave said so many wonderful things, and in summary said, " ... the Quatros fit the bill for musicality, extended frequency response, dynamically spot on, and being drop dead attractive to look at. Thanks Richard. Much love to you and all at Vandersteen. The CT is a real winner. A real keeper."

Perhaps our favorite line is from Dave's wife Carol: "These speakers are simply awesome."

That's the mic drop! Thanks Dave! And Carol!

Click HERE to read the whole review!

Audio Connection Hosts Event, Introduces Ayre's New QX-5 On Model Seven Mk IIs!

Longtime and premier-level Vandersteen dealer Audio Connection of Verona, New Jersey recently hosted an event introducing the new QX-5 Twenty from our friends at Ayre Acoustics. The QX-5 was demoed on Audio Connection's Model Seven Mk IIs and a fine time and beautiful sound was enjoyed by all.

John Rutan and his crew at Audio Connection know how to build systems and can help you get the most out of the stereo you have today and the one you might want tomorrow. Visit the store and hear our best speakers sounding their best!

To read a full report on the event, click HERE to check out Michael LaVorgna's full report from AudioStream.com. Mike stays fit catching up with all the latest trends in the world of digital audio, downloads, streaming and more! If you get your music from digits, you'll want to keep with AudioStream! 

Model Seven Mk II and M7-HPA Amps Sing for Stereophile Editor John Atkinson in May Issue!


Stereophile's May 2016 issue features a knockout debut for our flagship powered-speaker system, which is comprised of our flagship Model Seven Mk II loudspeaker and the liquid-cooled M7-HPA monoblock power amplifier! JA lauded both the extension and transparency of our powered bass, and concluded an extraordinary string of accolades by praising the system for its "true full-range sound, superb transparency and soundstaging, and a magically palpable way with recorded voices." To wow a seasoned listener like JA to this degree is very gratifying to say the least!

However, regarding the sonics John also said something else very very meaningful to those of us who've long appreciated the spatial detail and "dimensional purity" of Vandersteen speakers. In discussing the expansion of soundstage depth with a particular recording he noted the increased distance between two of the players, saying, "I can only conjecture that that the Vandersteens' time-coherent behavior ... allows the brain to more readily make sense of the aural cues in the recording reconstruct an internal model of the recorded acoustic." Amen!

As wonderful as these accolades are the conclusion is even more extraordinary. Not only is this $114k statement system called out as a value, JA says that in today's uber high-end market this sysem is actually comparable to the performance-driven value proposition of the legendary Model 2! 

Read the whole review HERE! Note that the online version has expanded text and many fanstastic images that weren't included in the print version!

This review of our best of the best products are a strong testament to Vandersteen's stature as a technology-driven company that offers its customers extraordinary performance and value across the broadest range of budgets in the industry! 
 

Landmark Review: The Absolute Sound on the "Uncommon Musicality" of the Treo CT!

The April 2016 issue of The Absolute Sound features the kind of review that only comes along so often, an absolutely wonderful take on our Treo CT from longtime TAS Associate Editor Neil Gader. The Treo CT was stylishly photographed on the cover and the feature opened on another gorgeous two-page spread. The review opening is a stunner in a somewhat existential sense for TAS writers and readers. the Treo CT is essentially hailed as an exemplar of the “the sound of live, unamplified acoustic music performed in a natural setting- traditionally defined in these pages as ‘the absolute sound’ …” The individual attributes are numerous, and perhaps best summed up to Vandersteen listeners as “he gets it!” We’ll simply refer you to the whole review HERE and leave you with Neil’s conclusion: "... you cannot get a more purely musical loudspeaker in this price range than the Treo CT. A true delight."

Vandersteen Model Seven Mk II The Audio Beat's 2015 Product of the Year!

Vandersteen Audio's Model Seven Mk II was awarded The Audio Beat's 2015 Product of the Year! TAB's Marc Mickelson presented the award at CES 2016, and we are all extremely gratified, and what a tremendous start to 2016!

TAB's European Editor Roy Gregory wrote a wonderful review last year that wonderfully captured the things that are unique and especially moving about listening to Vandersteens in general, and obviously the flaghsip Model Seven Mk II as the ultimate expression of Richard Vandersteen's speaker design philosophies. If you've not read it yet, you are in for a genuine treat, it click HERE.

Marc Mickelson and other staffers at TAB have listened very carefully to first the Model Seven and then the MK II at many shows. Apparently when Roy thought the Seven Mk II worthy, the rest of the team unanimously agreed!

Below is TAB's Marc Mickelson presnting RV with the award. Thanks again to The Audio Beat for the careful listening, the passion and the accolades!

Vandersteen Audio Relaunches the Model 5A Carbon w/ Analog and MQA at CES 2016!

Meridian MQA-Enabled DAC will also be featured with Vandersteen's liquid-cooled M7-HPA amplifiers, Balance turntable and electronics from Brinkmann Audio, AudioQuests's Niagara 7000 Power and More. 

Join Us in Suite 29-201!

Vandersteen Audio will showcase the newly revitalized Model 5A Carbon at CES 2016, finished in stunning Grigio Metallic Alloy automotive paint. Always a tremendous performer, the Model 5A Carbon now ships standard with automotive paint finish, allowing it to visually blend into any domestic environment with grace. The 5A Carbon will be powered by Vandersteen's radical new M7-HPA amplifier.

Sources for this system include ultra-high resolution analog from Brinkmann's flagship Balance turntable and a new and very welcome addition- an MQA-enabled Meridian 818V3 DAC. It's been some years since Vandersteen has demonstrated digital audio, and yes this means we think MQA is something special!
   

Suite 29-201 System:

  • Vandersteen Audio Model 5A Carbon Loudspeakers & M7-HPA Amplifiers
  • Brinkmann Audio Balance Turntable with 12.1 Tonearm, Pi Cartridge
  • Meridian 818V3 MQA-Enabled DAC
  • Brinkmann Audio Marconi Preamplifier and Edison Tube Hybrid Phono Stage 
  • AudioQuest Niagara 7000 Power-Line Conditioner
  • Harmonic Resolution Systems SXR Isolation Stands and Bases
  • System Cabling by AudioQuest

Amazing New Review of the Flagship Model Seven Mk II by The Audio Beat's Roy Gregory!

The Audio Beat's Roy Gregory has reviewed our flagship Model Seven Mk II, and we're beyond thrilled! Obviously the review is a rave, but what's truly unique about this review is the command of the language and Roy's ability to cast the emotional sensation of listening to these speakers into words. There is an "it" that our speakers have that everybody who listens to them can hear. Roy casts a brighter light on exactly what this elusive "it" is than any review we've ever read of our speakers! 

Thanks to Roy, Marc Mickelson and the entire team at The Audio Beat

Read the entire review HERE.

TAS' Robert Harley: Vandersteen/Optimal Enchantment Best in Show at THE Newport 2015!

TAS' Robert Harley knows high-end audio, and knows Vandersteen. Back in the day, he reviewed the original Model 5, and later sung the praises of the original Model Seven in a wonderfully comprehensive and enthusiastic review. Robert swims at the deep end of the high-end audio pool, devoting much of his time and energy as a reviewer to the cutting edge, cost-no-object segment of the hobby. His perspective on the very best of the best is a learned one, as he has so much experience with virtually all of the products that define the current state-of-the-art.

So, when Robert offers praise like "The recent update to Vandersteen’s flagship Model 7 has taken what was already a reference-class loudspeaker to new heights ..." we are rightfully flattered! And all the more so receiving the serious honor of "Best of Show!" 

Read Robert's entire report HERE. Thank you Robert!

A Show Report to Remember from Munich 2015

Yes, we are absolutely posting this Blog from Munich High End 2015 for its terrific coverage of our Model Seven Mk II speaker and M7-HPA amplifier. But the entire scope of reportage by Dennis Davis and Roy Gregory is also the best evidence of why we love and support what The Audio Beat is doing. In an audio world full of beige opinions and show reports that too often poorly mimic the travel section of a newspaper, here we find bold opinions and thoughtful discussion of not just the gear plunked down in every room, but the over-arcing trends that define the current state of the hobby. Truly great stuff!

To read about the system we at Vandersteen Audio put together with our friends at Brinkmann Audio, HRS and AudioQuest click HERE.

For TAB's full Munich High End 2015 coverage click HERE. 

Vandesteen and Optimal Enchantment Together Again at T.H.E. 2015!

Join Optimal Enchantment and Vandersteen Audio at T.H.E. Newport 2015!

Suite 341: Flagship-Level System Will Feature Vandersteen Audio's New Model Seven Mk II Speakers with M-7 HPA Amps & More

  • Model Seven Mk II features superior  midrange/tweeter integration and improved subwoofer system for more open, expansive soundstage and even greater bass authority
  • M7-HPA is 600-watt liquid cooled, tube-hybrid amplifier designed exclusively for Vandersteen Audio 's powered-bass speakers 
     

T.H.E. Newport 2015 Suite 341. Vandersteen Audio will be making its most ambitious showing at T.H.E. yet. Its flagship-level system will showcase both Vandersteen's new flagship speaker, the Model Seven Mk II, and Vandersteen's radical new M7-HPA monoblock amplifiers. Vandersteen's system will be built around a Basis Audio Inspiration turntable with Audio Research Corporation REF-Series front-end electronics, isolation stands and bases from Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) and cabling by AudioQuest.

The original Model Seven has been in constant production for over five years, an unprecedented run during which it's been firmly ensconced as a Stereophile Class A Recommendation, a perennial TAS Editor's Choice winner and has won universal praise from reviewers and consumers around the world.

The improvements with the Model Seven Mk II are driven by the discovery that mechanically altering the “acoustic lens” that surrounds midrange and tweeter aligns the acoustic centers of those drivers just enough to substantially decrease the amount of hand tuning required for the compensation network. The result is even more natural, open sound for a soundstage that is palpably taller, wider and more “3D” in its image focus and specificity. Further improvement was realized by weaving the voice coil leads directly into the spiders of the push-pull subwoofer cones in the powered subwoofer, strengthening the connection between the integral power amplifier and subwoofer, allowing increased linear excursion for even greater bass authority in the subterranean (100Hz and below) frequencies.

The M7-HPA (High-Pass Amplifier) is designed and built from the ground up to maximize the performance potential of Vandersteen’s powered-bass speakers, and represents a radical, ground-up rethinking of what a power amplifier and speaker system can be. (And should be!) Vandersteen has pioneered the use of subwoofer amplifiers custom-tailored to each speaker design in its powered-bass loudspeakers in conjunction with passive 100Hz high-pass filters for the ultimate performance. When paired with a Vandersteen powered-bass speaker like the flagship Model Seven Mk II, the M7-HPA monoblock forms a complete powered-bass speaker system in which the entire frequency range is driven by perfectly-tailored amplification.  

Please join Vandersteen and Optimal Enchantment for great music, great sound and great company!

Visit Vandersteen Audio and Optimal Enchantment at Suite 341 and Hear: 

  • Vandersteen Audio Model Seven Mk II Loudspeakers and M7-HPA Liquid-Cooled Monoblock Power Amplifiers
  • Basis Audio Inspiration Turntable, Superarm 9 Tonearm and Lyra Atlas Phono Cartridge
  • Audio Research REF 10 Preamp and REF Phono 10 Phono Stage 
  • Harmonic Resolution Systems Isolation Stands
  • AudioQuest Cables

Vandersteen's 2nd Room Features Treo CT, World Premier of Audio Research's GSi 75 Integrated Amplifier, CD6 DAC, World-Class Computer Audio with AudioQuest!

Join Vandersteen in Europe and Meet the Model Seven Mk II!

Vandersteen Audio's Model Seven Mk II Speaker and M-7 HPA Amps Make European Debut at High End 2015!

Vandersteen, Brinkmann & HRS at Atrium 4, E108

The Munich High End show is now the most significant date on the global hi-fi calendar, and Vandersteen Audio will be making its most ambitious showing yet. High End 2015 will mark the European debut of both Vandersteen's new flagship speaker, the Model Seven Mk II, and Vandersteen's radical new M7-HPA monoblock amplifiers. Vandersteen's system will be built around a Brinkmann Audio Spyder turntable with Brinkmann front-end electronics, isolation stands and bases from Harmonic Resolution Systems and cabling by AudioQuest.

The original Model Seven has been in constant production for over five years, an unprecedented run during which it's been firmly ensconced as a Stereophile Class A Recommendation, a perennial TAS Editor's Choice winner and has won universal praise from reviewers and consumers around the world.

The improvements with the Model Seven Mk II are driven by the discovery that mechanically altering the “acoustic lens” that surrounds midrange and tweeter aligns the acoustic centers of those drivers just enough to substantially decrease the amount of hand tuning required for the compensation network. The result is even more natural, open sound for a soundstage that is palpably taller, wider and more “3D” in its image focus and specificity. Further improvement was realized by weaving the voice coil leads directly into the spiders of the push-pull subwoofer cones in the powered subwoofer, strengthening the connection between the integral power amplifier and subwoofer, allowing increased linear excursion for even greater bass authority in the subterranean (100Hz and below) frequencies.

The M7-HPA (High-Pass Amplifier) is designed and built from the ground up to maximize the performance potential of Vandersteen’s powered-bass speakers, and represents a radical, ground-up rethinking of what a power amplifier and speaker system can be. (And should be!) Vandersteen has pioneered the use of subwoofer amplifiers custom-tailored to each speaker design in its powered-bass loudspeakers in conjunction with passive 100Hz high-pass filters for the ultimate performance. When paired with a Vandersteen powered-bass speaker like the flagship Model Seven Mk II, the M7-HPA monoblock forms a complete powered-bass speaker system in which the entire frequency range is driven by perfectly-tailored amplification.  

Please join Vandersteen in Munich for great music, great sound and great company!

Visit Vandersteen Audio and its Partners in Atrium 4, E108 and Hear: 

  • Vandersteen Audio Model Seven Mk II Loudspeakers and M7-HPA Liquid-Cooled Monoblock Power Amplifiers
  • Brinkmann Audio Spyder Turntable, Edison Phono Stage, Marconi Preamplifier 
  • Harmonic Resolution Systems Isolation Stands
  • AudioQuest Cables

Model Seven Mk II Debut Best in Show CES 2015!

We are very gratified to report that the Model Seven Mk II debuted at CES 2015 and was recognized as Best of Show by Marc Mickelson and Paul Bolin at The Audio Beat! The Seven was a hard speaker for Richard, Nathan and the Vandersteen team to improve on, and we appreciate the warm reception from the press immensely. But this award is especially meaningful to us coming from The Audio Beat because their show reports are so detailed full of persepctive. So many show reports are laundry lists of gear, and some Bloggers seem to be racing from room to room as though a quantity of posts is more meaningful to hi-fi enthusiasts than fewer, more thoughtful ones. Not so with Marc and his guys!

Please make a point to read TAB's entire CES 2015 coverage by clicking HERE.

Read TAB's post on our system HERE.

Best preview quote ever: "The outcome was stunning- not just one of the best systems at CES, but one of the best demo systems we've heard, period."

Wow! And thanks!

  

Vandersteen Model Seven MK II to Debut at CES 2015!

Improved tweeter/midrange integration, improved subwoofer driver produces more open, expansive soundstage, greater bass authority 

  • Hear the Model Seven MK II at The Venetian, Suite 29-201

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We are very proud to introduce the Model Seven Mk II, the newest Vandersteen flagship! The original Model Seven has been in constant production for over five years, an unprecedented run during which it's been firmly ensconced as a Stereophile Class A Recommendation, a perennial TAS Editor's Choice winner and has won universal praise from reviewers and consumers around the world. All of which is testament to the fact that it’s a tough speaker to improve upon! However, Richard and Nathan Vandersten, the architects of this ambitious project, found that mechanically altering the “acoustic lens” that surrounds midrange and tweeter aligned the acoustic centers of those drivers just enough to substantially decrease the amount of hand tuning required for the compensation network. The result is even more natural, open sound for a soundstage that is palpably taller, wider and more “3D” in its image focus and specificity. 
 

Although the crucial aspects of the cabinet construction remain, the tighter physical integration of the tweeter/midrange interface creates a more elegant appearance with the grill cloth on, and a look we are pleased to note also increases the visual similarity between the speaker and the upcoming M7-HPA amplifier. Another improvement was realized by weaving the voice coil leads directly into the spiders of the push-pull subwoofer cones in the powered subwoofer, strengthening the conneciton between the integrated power amplifier and subwoofer, allowing increased linear excursion for even greater bass authority in the subterranean (100Hz and below) frequencies.
 

The Model Seven Mk II is available now at $62,000/pr. US Retail. The original Model Seven can be ordered for 3 months at its current $52,000/pr. Starting March 1st, 2015 the Model Seven will be discontinued and the Model Seven Mk II alone will be the Vandersteen flagship. 
 

Original Model Seven owners wishing to upgrade their speakers can do so. US Retail for the upgrade is $10,000/pr. plus freight one way.


The Model Seven Mk II will be featured  in a superlative audio system at CES 2015, Venetian Suite 29-201, comprised of the following:

  • Vandersteen Model Seven MK II Loudspeakers
  • Vandersteen M7-HPA Liquid-Cooled Monoblock Amplifiers
  • Brinkmann Audio Spyder Turntable Configured with Two Tonearms, Lyra Atlas Stereo Cartridge and Lyra Kleos Mono Cartridge
  • Audio Research REF 5SE Preamp and REF Phono 10 Phono Stage
  • Isolation by Harmonic Resolution Systems
  • Cables by AudioQuest

Richard Vandersteen Live and In Person: Fall Tour Dates Announced!

Richard Vandersteen has announced his fall tour dates. This year's tour is the most exciting in years, and the highlight will be Richard visiting the dealers who demonstrate the flagship Model Seven to personally introduce Vandersteen Audio’s new liquid-cooled M7-HPA (High-Pass Amplifier) monoblock power amplifier. The M7-HPA and a Vandersteen powered-bass speaker combine to form a complete, full-range system in which all of the amplification is perfectly tailored to the speaker's driver components and electronics. This is a complete and radical rethinking of what a power amplifier and speaker system can be, and should be, and the revolutionary next step in power amplifier design and loudspeaker performance.

Join Richard on the following dates at the following places to see and hear the M7-HPA and Flagship Model Seven:

Monday, November 17th, 6pm: Don Better Audio, Shaker Heights, Ohio. RSVP to (216) 375-1393

Saturday, November 22nd, 2pm & 5pm: Audio Connection, Verona, New Jersey. RSVP to (973) 239 1799 

Richard will also be visting the following dealers for a series of fun and informative in-store seminars and playing music on the fantastic Model 5A Carbon:

Saturday, November 15th, 2pm: Advanced Audio Systems, Tacoma, Washington. RSVP to (253) 472-3133

Wednesday, November 19th, 6pm: AudioConcepts, Dallas, Texas. RSVP (214) 360-9520

    

RMAF 2014: Rocky Mtn. High On The Sound at Audio Alternative!

Show reports often read like the Travel and/or Leisure sections of a magazine or newspaper; entertaining but less filling. That's why Roy Gregory's RMAF 2014 show report for The Audio Beat is such a refreshing exception! Roy is not a guy who checkes off the boxes by peeking his head in and out of a room. He not only knows the gear used by manufacturers and dealers at a show inside and out, he provides extraordinarily substantive insights based on what he heard last year and this year as well as an educated perspective on how they compare. 

Yes, we know this is self serving as we are indeed pleased as punch with Roy's write up of our room at RMAF. But If you read Roy's entire post HERE we think you'll agree it's loaded with this level of knowledge and attention to detail from top to bottom, and that it honors the massive amount of resources the industry and its dealers put into shows like these!

Richard Vandersteen Live and In Person! Saturday, November 1st, Only at Optimal Enchantment!

On Saturday, November 1st Optimal Enchantment in Santa Monica, CA, will host Richard Vandersteen, who will personally introduce Vandersteen Audio’s liquid-cooled M7-HPA (High-Pass Amplifier) monoblock power amplifier, the revolutionary next step in power amplifier design and loudspeaker performance. Richard will explore the ins and outs of his new amplifier design, which is built from the ground up to maximize the performance potential of Vandersteen’s powered-bass speakers and represents a radical, ground-up rethinking of what a power amplifier and speaker system can be. (And should be!) Richard will be in the store from 1:00 pm until 5:30pm on Saturday, November 1st. Please RSVP at (310) 393-4434 or optimalenchantment@gmail.com

Audio Connection/Vandersteen Audio Best of Show at NYAS 2014!

In awarding Audio Connection's room Best of Show at NYAS 2014, TAS's Alan Taffel touted the sound from Vandersteen Audio's Model Seven/M7-HPA combo as "stunningly live and musical." 

Summing it up, Taffel wrote: "Peerless." Read Alan's entire report HERE.

Congratulations and thanks to Audio Connection's John Rutan, and our manufacturing partners in the room: Audio Research, AudioQuest, HRS and Basis Audio, who provided the turntable.

Vandersteen Audio at RMAF 2014

Vandersteen Audio had another FANTASTIC Rocky Mtn. Audio Fest this past weekend in 2014, and for those of you who couldn’t attend but want more real details about Vandersteen’s showing at RMAF 2014, we’ve prepared our own show report for you. We hope you enjoy this and find it informative!

In addition, we’re using this post to shamelessly promote Vandersteen’s consumer newsletter, the first edition of which will land next week. If you sign up HERE that report will include exclusive information on the new Model Seven, and more. And it’s free!

There’s no consumer show that we do that isn’t in partnership with one of our great dealers, and such is the case with RMAF at which our perennial partner is Rick Duplisea at Audio Alternative in Fort Collins, CO. Rick’s store in Colorado is in a large, two-story home and forget that it’s a store, it’s home to some of the best sound we’ve ever heard anywhere and Rick always does a superb job making killer sound in far more difficult environs at the Denver Tech Center Marriott.

This year’s room was special in featuring so many amazing new products. We at Vandersteen showed an experimental update to the mighty Model Seven, which were powered by the very latest iteration of the M7-HPA liquid-cooled amplifiers, and our friends at Brinkmann Audio debuted a brand-new turntable design called the Spyder that can accommodate up to four (!) tonearms. The table was configured with two arms, with a LYRA Atlas cartridge for stereo and a LYRA Kleos Mono for mono records. Trick! Audio Research provided the preamp and phono stage, while AudioQuest provided all the cabling and HRS the isolation system.

Suite 9030 has been Audio Alternative’s for years, and it’s a big room that was available for Rick because other manufacturers lost interest due to one side of the room being open and sucking out all the bass. However, having EQ’d powered-bass speakers at our disposal we’ve slain this dragon year after year and made killer sound, and this year the sound was far beyond anything we’ve achieved before.  It requires a few tricks in setup and bass EQ that aren’t typical- this year we ran the woofer levels hot during the EQ setup to increase the output across the 11 bands knowing the EQ allows much more trim than gain- but we nailed it even better than before.

This year we heard extraordinary transparency with pinpoint imaging and thumping, but totally controlled bass. The tonal purity, inner detail and musical texture was astonishing, and yet the system was completely natural and musically righteous. The micro-level dynamics when vocalists ramped up and down in power was mesmerizing, but overall dynamic contrast was immense! Rick Duplisea has an amazing and eclectic collection of music so we bounced from Diana Krall and Shirley Horn and Ray Brown to the Beatles, Murray Head and XTC and saw jaws drop.

At this show we saw more representatives from other companies in our room than we could believe and received more “best of show” compliments than we have at any other show we can recall. But perhaps the most meaningful compliments came from Rick’s customers, people who have heard Rick’s system at the show year after year. They simply could not believe the improvements they were hearing were due to some minor updates to the Model Seven and the new M7-HPA amplifiers! One of Rick’s customers was shocked to know that the ARC preamp and phono stage were actually a level down in the line from the system that was shown last year!

RV packed the house as he always does in his in-room seminars and informed people how and why he’ been using a high-pass approach to powered bass since the 80’s and how this concept evolved to designing his own High-Pass Amplifiers for use with his powered bass speakers. It was a real education for all who attended!

This is the third time we’ve played these more updated M7-HPA amplifiers, and the results were nothing short of astounding! We haven’t seen the blogs yet, but we are exceptionally pleased with the sound we made and the engagement we saw with show goers in general, and Rick’s customers in particular. 

Vandersteen's Liquid-Cooled M7-HPA and Model Seven Update at RMAF 2014

Please Join Audio Alternative Fort Collins and Vandersteen Audio at RMAF 2014, Suite 9030
The system Audio Alternative has assembled for RMAF 2014 is the ultimate expression of resolution, musicality and Dimensional Purity.In addition to the RMAF debut of Vandersteen Audio’s liquid-cooled M7-HPA (High-Pass Amplifier) monoblock power amplifier, the system will also feature an experimental update to the Model Seven loudspeaker. The M7-HPA is designed and built from the ground up to maximize the performance potential of Vandersteen’s powered-bass speakers, and together with the Model Seven represents a radical, ground-up rethinking of what a power amplifier and speaker system can be. (And should be!)

Enthusiasts can also join Richard Vandersteen for fun and informative in-room seminars that explore the ins and outs of his radical new amplifier design and this latest update to the company flagship.


The system will also boast the North American debut of Brinkmann's new turntable, the Spyder, which is a daring and versatile design that can accommodate up to four (!) 9" - 12" tonearms. The system will round out with Audio Research REFERENCE electronics, isolation by HRS and cabling by AudioQuest.

Richard Vandersteen's In-Room Seminar Schedule:
Saturday: 1:30pm-2:15, 3:30pm-4:15pm
Sunday 11:15am-12pm, 2:15-3pm


Suite 9030 State-of-the-Art Playback System:
Vandersteen Model Seven (Experimental Update)  Speakers
Vandersteen M7-HPA Liquid-Cooled Monoblock Amps
Brinkmann Spyder two-arm turntable, with LYRA Atlas Stereo and Kleos Mono Cartridges
Audio Research REF 5SE Preamp and REF Phono 2 Phono Stage
Isolation by Harmonic Resolution Systems
All Cabling by AudioQuest
 

AQ's Joe Harley on AQ's sound room and the ethos of high-end audio ...

Our dear friend Joe Harley shows the role reference-level audio systems play in developing a high-end audio company's products, and also shows what the high-end ethos is really about. 

We also remain very very proud that Vandersteen Model Sevens remain AudioQuest's reference speaker!

Join Richard Vandersteen at NYAS and Explore the M7-HPA Liquid-Cooled Amplifier!

Fulton Ferry Suite

10:30am - 11:15am and 2:30pm - 3:15pm on Saturday & Sunday

Join Richard Vandersteen for these in-room seminars at Audio Connection's Fulton Ferry Suite, where Richard will introduce Vandersteen Audio’s liquid-cooled M7-HPA (High-Pass Amplifier) monoblock power amplifier, the revolutionary next step in power amplifier design and loudspeaker performance. Richard will explore the ins and outs of his new amplifier design, which is built from the ground up to maximize the performance potential of Vandersteen’s powered-bass speakers and represents a radical, ground-up rethinking of what a power amplifier and speaker system can be. (And should be!)

See NYAS's website for more HERE.

CNET Bowled Over By The Sound At Audio Connection!

CNET's resident Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg is knocked out by the sound John Rutan is making at Audio Connection, and called out Vandersteen's Models 1, 2 and Seven specifically as the heart of each respective system he listened to.

Read Steve's entire article HERE

Great work John!

Inside the M7-HPA Liquid-Cooled Amplifier ...

Not a full production unit, but we're getting closer!

The warm glow of tubes- the M7-HPA is a hyrbid design that employs tubes in the input stage. In spite of its complexity the M7-HPA has only four parts (per phase) in the signal path and all of the logic and protection circuitry is analog. NO DIGITAL PROCESSING OR LOGIC OF ANY KIND!!!! 

THE Newport- Best of Show from The Audio Beat's Dennis Davis

TAB's Dennis Davis liked what he heard at the show:

"... by Saturday the system was pulling into the competition as a Best of Show contender, sounding vivid and very dynamic. By Sunday, this had become one of a handful of rooms that were hard to leave."

Read Dennis' full report here.

Vandersteen and Brinkmann at Munich 2014- "Second to None."

Vandersteen lit up the Munich High-End 2014 show with our friends at Brinkmann Audio, and Part-Time Audiophile noticed!

Read the whole blog post HERE

Speakers were the Model Seven, while Brinkmann showed its new Spyder turntable, along with its Marconi preamp, Edison tube hybrid phono stage and Mono amps. Isolation stands and bases were provided by Harmonic Resolution Systems and cabling by AudioQuest

The sound was naturally detailed, three-dimensional and rhythmically very alive. Great system!

Vandersteen Audio and Brinkmann Rock Audio Alternative Atlanta

Audio Alternative Atlanta celebrated the arrival of Brinkmann Audio, with a fun night of vinyl played on the Brinkmann Balance, with Vandersteen Model Sevens, Ayre and Audio Research electronics.

Another look at the Sevens, with Arye and ARC and HRS isolation products.

Closer look at the Brinkmann Balance with Brinkmann 12.1 tonearm and Dynavector cartridge. A truly state-of-the-art turntable!

Vandersteen and Brinkmann's Shane Buettner (front right) and Andrea Brinkmann with Alan Jones (top right) and the great crew at Audio Alternative Georgia.

Riders on the Storm ...

TAS's Neil Gader was bowled over by our CES system, which included the Model Seven loudspeakers, and the sonic debut of Vandersteen Audio's upcoming M7-HPA liquid-cooled monoblock amps.

Listening to the Doors' "Riders on the Storm" Neil remarked: "the system conveyed a depth, and immersion along the lines of a quasi-surround effect reminded again, who needs more than two loudspeakers?"

Read Neil's entire blog HERE.

Vandersteen Audio is JA's Best Sound at CES!!

According to Stereophile's John Atkinson, while there was a lot of great rooms at CES 2014, "none were quite so musically perfect across the board!"

Thanks JA!

Read John's entire blog entry HERE.