VANDERSTEEN: Model Seven loudspeaker – test review

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Model Seven

Michael Fremer (Stereophile). It's difficult to believe that the former top model of Vandersteen Audio's line of loudspeakers, the Model 5, has been in production in one form or another since 1997. Time passes quickly when you're having fun. Like all Vandersteen speakers, the 5 was and remains a good value and performance proposition. For all the 5's high technology and excellent performance both measured and audible, its price now starts at under $20,000/pair (up from about $10,000/pair when the 5 was introduced in 1997), including a built-in, proprietary powered subwoofer in each cabinet, and a sophisticated equalization system for room compensation.

In the past, Richard Vandersteen has managed to keep costs down by doing away with stylish cabinets and wrapping his speakers' raw infrastructures in cloth socks—or, as in the Model 5, by splitting the difference: wood veneer below, a big burka-like hood above. But with the new Model Seven ($45,000/pair), Richard V. chucks any pretense of "value," aiming squarely for high style and even higher performance with a relatively small, dense package of new technology clad not in a sock or rich veneers, but in a sleekly angled, high-tech cabinet finished in flamboyant automotive paints.

While the playing field has changed, particularly in terms of the ……..

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