Model 2Ce Signature III

Many products are offhandedly referred to as "legendary" but few fit the description so completely and truly as the Vandersteen Model 2. In constant production since 1977, over 100,000 pairs of Vandersteen Model 2s have been sold in its various incarnations over the decades. The Model 2 has always been a disruptive game changer and today the 2Ce Signature III is as compelling an example of cost-effective performance as the original Model 2 was in 1977. Price Shown Includes Stands.

Starting at $3,279 pair

Prices shown do not include duty, taxes, or freight

The Model 2Ce Signature III is inspired by seven generations and 43+ years of experience designing and building loudspeakers and is an icon of unparalleled value and performance.  The Model 2Ce Signature III purifies the signal path by removing the unused contour controls.  With a new circuit-board and improved components, this is the best clarity and timbre accuracy yet in a Model 2. 

While the electrical path is improved the proven driver components used in the Model 2Ce Signature II remain in the Model 2Ce Signature III  combining strength and durability with innovative design and construction. The alloy dome tweeter is a dual-chamber design improving range and linearity and is carefully damped eliminating the excessive ringing associated with metal dome tweeters. The alloy used for the dome was chosen for its superior strength and resistance to break-up.

The midrange and woofer use costly cast-metal baskets rather than the more common stamped baskets. The cast-metal patented open baskets' inherent rigidity and superior vibration control increase cone movement accuracy and reduce sympathetic resonances for cleaner and more natural sound. The bass driver employes a filled poly-cone to insure high stiffness, superior internal dampening, and greater neutrality than metal alloy, woven plastic, or treated paper cones in its range. The stiff, low weight poly-cones resist flexing under all drive conditions for lower distortion and increased detail. The ultra-critical midrange region driver features a tri-wovern composite with special construction and advanced acoustical techniques to significantly reduce internal diffraction.  

Beginning with this iconic Model 2 speaker in 1977, Vandersteen Audio continues to mandate minimum-area baffles for driver mountings that eliminate most cabinet edge and grille diffraction anomalies, and also driver element alignment ensuring proper time arrival.  Vandersteen does not rely on listening alone to make these claims, Vandersteen Audio is the first loudspeaker manufacturer to use the Gen-Rad 2512 Fast Fourier Transform Computer Analyzer in research and development and remains a leader for interfacing complex loudspeaker parameters and performance computer analysis with practical design and engineering. The Model 2 series III  continues Vandesteen's quest to couple proven technology with advanced materials, construction, and design for a speaker system that is always true to both science and music at a value price point.

Welcome to the 8th generation Model 2 - A classic and iconic loudspeaker built continuously since 1977 in the U.S.A.   

Model 2Ce Signature III Specifications


1” Exclusive Dual-Chamber, Transmission-Line Loaded, Ceramic-Coated Alloy Dome with Ferrofluid Voice-Coil Cooling


4.5” Reflection-Free Tri-Woven Composite Cone with Die-Cast Aerodynamic Basket and Magnet System with Ferrofluid Voice-Coil Cooling 


8” Mineral-Filled Polycone with Die-Cast Basket, Dual-Layer Voice Coil with Ventilated Aluminum Former, 40 oz. Focused-Gap Magnet Structure 

Active Acoustic Coupler

10” Critically-Damped Long-Fiber Cone, Heavy-Duty 1.5” 4-Layer Voice Coil with Ventilated Aluminum Former, 40 oz. Focused-Gap Magnet Structure

Recommended Amplification

40-160 Watts Into 8 Ohms

Frequency Response

29Hz – 29kHz +/- 3dB

32Hz - 21kHz +/-1.5dB


86 dB, 1 meter with 2.83 volt input


7 ohms nominal 4 ohms minimum


First order/6dB per octave, 80Hz, 600Hz, 5kHz

Input Terminals

Barrier strips, 7/16" max width

Dimensions (WHD)

16” x 39.75” x 10.25”


60 lbs. Ea. Net

Country of Manufacture

Made in the USA
  • Dec 5, 2018
    Model 2Ce Signature III

    In fact, the Model 2 is the best-selling audiophile loudspeaker of the modern era, with more than 100,000 pairs sold—all of them made in the U.S. That the Model 2 is still enjoying robust sales more than 40 years after its introduction is a testament to the speaker’s fundamental rightness of design and sound quality. The Model 2 is one of the defining classics of American high-end audio.

    Wayne Garcia

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  • Aug 15, 2018
    Model 2Ce Signature III

    "If you are an audio connoisseur, aka audiophile, you will likely have heard of Vandersteen Audio. .Founded by Richard Vandersteen around 40 odd years ago, Vandersteen Audio is on the forefront of ultra-high-end consumer audio products. Vandersteen Audio push the bounds of what’s possible to produce speakers the way they SHOULD sound – as if you are sitting in the recording studio listening to each element being recorded. The company has produced several patented audio technologies which form the signature sound of Vandersteen Audio."

    Matt Hallowes

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  • Jan 16, 2007
    Model 2Ce Signature III

    "Today’s 2Ce Signature II is an unambiguouslyfine loudspeaker, and from what I recall of its forebears, the latest refinements have endowed it with even more openness and clarity ... every time I brought home a new record or remembered an old one, regardless of style, I played it without worry and loved it without measure."

    Art Dudley

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  • Dec 1, 2002
    Model 2Ce Signature III

    " ... the Vandersteen 2CE Signature is my idea of hi-fi—it’s a high-performance speaker that might just be the best value in the industry."

    Shane Buettner

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