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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Bowers & Wilkins 804 D4
The boxes sit there in our storage units, opposite the 20 banker’s boxes that hold 33 years’ worth of product-measurement workbooks. The two large boxes are for the Bowers & Wilkins Matrix 801s my wife owned when we got married in 1987.1 The four smaller boxes are for the B&W John Bowers Silver Signatures and their stands, which I purchased after reviewing them in June 1994.2 Both pairs of speakers gave superb sound quality back in the day, but now they sit there in the storage unit, their boxes giving me recriminatory looks when I visit.
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Pro-Ject Debut PRO
I enjoy few things more than setting up a turntable. Whether it’s for myself or for a friend—whether it’s a budget model with a layered MDF plinth and nonadjustable tonearm, or a megabuck, state-of-the-art behemoth—I relish the ritual.
Acoustic Signature Montana NEO
You may be moving to Montana.Acoustic Signature is not an overnight sensation, nor are its turntables driven by dental floss. If you’re not a Frank Zappa fan, you probably have no idea what any of that means, so please Google it. I’ll wait till you get back.
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Accustic Arts AMP V STEREO AMPLIFIER
The $50,000, 176lb Accustic Arts AMP V (pronounced Amp Five) is the heaviest, tall-est, most powerful, most expensive stereo amp to enter my audio system. With rated power of 900Wpc into 8 ohms, 1360Wpc into 4 ohms, and 1500Wpc into 2 ohms, the AMP V, which stands proud at the top of the Accustic Arts amplifier line, surpasses my reference D’Agostino Progression M550’s rated power into 4 ohms by 260Wpc.1
OMA’s K3 direct-drive turntable and custom Schröder tonearm
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