Model 2Ce Signature III
production since 1977 due to unprecedented popular demand, Vandersteen
Audio's Model 2 is among the most wildly successful speakers in history.
Well over 100,000 pairs of Model 2s have been sold in that span, a
striking number of which are still listened to and cherished every day
by real-world music lovers who still believe its performance-driven
value proposition is as good as it gets for them.
Timeless classics like the Model 2 have staying power because the
designer stayed true to a vision. For the Model 2 that is sonic
"dimensional purity". Price Shown Includes Stands.
They now officially had the 8th version of this iconic speaker.
However, the revision could not be complete without looking at the
cabinet and the drivers.
The cabinet, or lack of wood veneer or paint to be exact, remains in
the new offering, as the cabinet is one of the critical elements of the
high sonic value. - To touch this timeless cabinet design would result
in a much higher price. Many other designers have wondered, "how does he
do it at that price?" and the cabinet plays a large part of that value.
They revisited the drivers, and for the money, this driver
combination exceeds expectations, even sharing the midrange of the Treo
CT and Quatro CT. Driver design and calibration remain central to being
the only time and phase-correct speaker company in the world. The alloy
dome tweeter is a dual-chamber design improving range and linearity. It
is carefully damped, eliminating the excessive ringing associated with
metal dome tweeters. The alloy used for the dome offers 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
ultra-critical midrange region driver features a tri-woven composite
with unique construction and advanced acoustical techniques,
significantly reducing internal diffraction. The bass driver employs a
filled poly-cone to ensure high stiffness, superior internal dampening,
and greater neutrality than metal alloy, woven plastic, or treated paper
cones when used in its range. The stiff, low-weight poly-cones resist
flexing under all drive conditions allowing lower distortion and
Vandersteen does not rely on listening alone to make claims of sonic
excellence. 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.
Improving a product that has existed since 1977 is no easy task.
When Vandersteen's design team considers revising any model
loudspeaker, they must adhere to Richard's mandates that have made
Vandersteen a household name amongst audio and music aficionados:
- Every speaker is time and phase-correct
- Every speaker features minimum-area baffles for driver mountings
that eliminate most cabinet edge and grille diffraction anomalies
- Every speaker represents our best effort to offer sonically competitive speaker at its price
- Every speaker provides owners long term reliability Every speaker is 'Made in the USA.'
No speaker better introduces new aficionados to the Vandersteen
mandates than the iconic Model 2. As the team thought about how to
improve this design again, they knew they had already found a way to
potentially enhance the sonic excellence and stay true to the mandates.
The Model 3A Signature and Model 1Ci had a cleaner signal path. The
external barrier strip connection now connects directly to a re-designed
circuit board with upgraded components. By implementing this
architecture, the result proved to be the best Model 2 to date.The
results are improved clarity and better midrange-timbre-accuracy that
now fully realize the advantages of the tri-woven composite midrange.
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