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.