The original Model 2 started it all for Vandersteen Audio in 1977. Beginning with that iconic speaker, Vanersteen Audio has designed and built innovative loudspeakers using advanced concepts such as minimum-area baffles for driver mountings that virtually eliminate cabinet edge and grille diffraction anomalies and alignment of driver elements to insure proper time arrival. Vandersteen Audio was the first loudspeaker manufacturer to use the Gen-Rad 2512 FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) Computer Analyzer, originally developed for the aerospace industry, for in-house research and development and remains a leader in interfacing complex computerized analysis of loudspeaker parameters and performance with practical design and engineering.
The Model 2Ce Signature II’s designed is informed from years of experience designing and building loudspeakers of unparalleled value and performance. It couples proven technology with advanced materials, construction and design for a speaker system that is always true to both science and music.
The components used in the Model 2Ce Signature II combine classic strength and durability with innovative design and construction. The alloy dome tweeter is a dual-chamber design to improve range and linearity. It is critically damped to extend the high frequencies past audibility without the excessive ringing associated with open or underdamped 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 baskets' inherent rigidity and superior vibration control increase cone movement accuracy and reduce sympathetic resonances for cleaner and more natural sound. Both drivers use filled polycones to insure high stiffness, superior internal dampening and greater neutrality than metal alloy, woven plastic or treated paper cones. The stiff, low weight polycones resist flexing under all drive conditions for lower distortion and increased detail. The midrange driver features special construction and advanced acoustical techniques to significantly reduce internal diffraction.
While the Model 2's aesthetic and basic design principles have remained constant over the years, under the hood the Model 2Ce Signature II is a dramatically different speaker thanks to continual refinement and nonstop tinkering by Richard Vandersteen. The Model 2 has never sounded better!