Manufacturers' Comments
Stereophile|December 2019
Vandersteen Quatro Wood CD and M5-HPA Thank you from all of us here at Vandersteen Audio for the great review by John Atkinson of our Quatro Wood CT speaker and M5-HPA high-pass amps.
Daniela Manger

We realize the time and effort to review and to measure a speaker is daunting, and since John reviewed our flagship Model Seven Mk II and M7-HPA powered speaker system, his praise (and measurements that support that praise) is especially gratifying and duly appreciated!

John’s review thoughtfully touched on many of Vandersteen Audio’s technologies, and indeed the Quatro Wood CT offers many of our most crucial technologies for the least amount of money: our cabinet-within-a-cabinet enclosure construction, which delivers those beautiful waterfall plots, our renowned carbon driver technology, and of course our high-passed powered-bass system with room EQ for perfect bass in virtually any room.

Speaking of the latter, I do want to comment on one of John’s observations regarding the “bass-rich balance” of the Quatro Wood CT. Our dealers are expected to set these speakers up in a customer’s home, and the bass section offers the adjustability needed to season to virtually anyone’s tastes. We at Vandersteen love our bass on the big and fun side, but if the experience is too much of a good thing, all anyone has to do is adjust the Level and/or Contour to get the desired in-room balance. Since adjusting the Level and Contour don’t affect or require adjustment of the 11-band room EQ, which is focused on taming room nodes, adjusting to your sonic taste is quick and easy.

That our new M5-HPA amplifier stood so tall against JA’s reference amplifiers at more than twice the cost was a thrill for us too. With the adjustable high-pass settings, we can’t wait for JA to get more experience with our M5 amps and a broader variety of speakers.

We were also pleased to no end that John has noticed the “evergreen” nature of our approach to designing and launching our products. Vandersteen Audio’s speakers and electronics are designed and engineered to sound great in customers’ homes and to provide complete listening satisfaction for a long, long time. We respect those speakers and amplifiers cost our customers a lot of money. We don’t roll our line every year to create more orders, and we believe our customers should expect products at today’s prices to be designed the way they should be right out of the gate, and not require frequent upgrades or redesigns. And our customers often express appreciation for escaping that audiophile disease we call “upgradeitis” so they can just enjoy the music!

Thanks again for the outstanding review!

Brad O’Toole, Sales Manager Vandersteen Audio

Sutherland Engineering Phono Loco

As stated in my earliest writing on the Phono Loco, “Do not waste your money on expensive RCA to XLR adapters. Get the correctly balanced XLR cable from a good cable manufacturer. If you are not willing to get a balanced cable for the input connections, you should buy a more conventional phono preamp.”

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