Speakers after Vandersteen 7

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I look at the dimensions and do wonder...the top of the Sub9 and the bottom of the 7 appear to be a potential match. Both are 20" deep and the bottom of the 7 is 14" across and the bottom of the sub is 17" across...but tapers as it rises.

Additionally, the Sub 7 net weight per speaker is 'only' 170lbs. The Sub-9 cabinet should be able to hold that...i have to imagine spread over 4 footers, that is 42.5 lbs per footer which is not bad.

Again, as you rightfully say, whether it was designed to be setup this way or not is another matter...but aesthetically it certainly looks doable.

You would know a lot more about Vandersteens...so i suspect you are right. But sure would be fun to enable space-constrained owners to be able to stack.
I believe the idea is also to distribute the low frequency, not only to add, as the dual powered (13 inch?) woofers dig deep enough on the 7.
 
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Perhaps this is not the place with lots of Vandy users. But if you know any ex-Vandersteen 7 users, would love to hear what they have moved to. Thanks!
I honestly don’t know anyone that purchased the Vandersteen 7 Mk2 that has moved on from them. I’m sure there is someone out there but I don’t know them. I’ve been to numerous audio shows and high-end dealers and I haven’t listened to any speakers that I preferred over them. And when you factor in their adjustability, they’re tough to beat in a less than perfect listening room.

I’ve heard lots of different amps on the Model 7 Mk2, including Aesthetix, ARC, Ayre, D’Agostino, Pass, Soulution and VTL, and my favorite amps remain the Vandersteen M7-HPA monoblocks by a substantial margin. There is an unmistakable synergy there that enables these amps to step out of the way and let the listener focus on the music.

I’ve had a long private audition of the Sub Nine Subwoofers and I am considering purchasing them because I felt they delivered a noticeable improvement in sound quality. Not only did the bass become more robust, there was greater delineation of vocals and instruments with performers stepping forward a bit. Placing the Model 7 Mk2 on top of the Sub Nines, in my opinion, defeats the entire purpose of having separate subwoofers, which can be optimally placed in the listening room independent of the loudspeakers.

Ken
 
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I honestly don’t know anyone that purchased the Vandersteen 7 Mk2 that has moved on from them. I’m sure there is someone out there but I don’t know them. I’ve been to numerous audio shows and high-end dealers and I haven’t listened to any speakers that I preferred over them. And when you factor in their adjustability, they’re tough to beat in a less than perfect listening room.

I’ve heard lots of different amps on the Model 7 Mk2, including Aesthetix, ARC, Ayre, D’Agostino, Pass, Soulution and VTL, and my favorite amps remain the Vandersteen M7-HPA monoblocks by a substantial margin. There is an unmistakable synergy there that enables these amps to step out of the way and let the listener focus on the music.

I’ve had a long private audition of the Sub Nine Subwoofers and I am considering purchasing them because I felt they delivered a noticeable improvement in sound quality. Not only did the bass become more robust, there was greater delineation of vocals and instruments with performers stepping forward a bit. Placing the Model 7 Mk2 on top of the Sub Nines, in my opinion, defeats the entire purpose of having separate subwoofers, which can be optimally placed in the listening room independent of the loudspeakers.

Ken
Good to see another long term user. The M7HPA is almost 60k a pair and only works with the 7s, so I have been reluctant to give it a try as 60k can get one many if not all interesting amp designs that work with all speakers. Interested to hear how the Agostino and M7HPA differ in your experience?
 
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Good to see another long term user. The M7HPA is almost 60k a pair and only works with the 7s, so I have been reluctant to give it a try as 60k can get one many if not all interesting amp designs that work with all speakers. Interested to hear how the Agostino and M7HPA differ in your experience?
In my opinion, on the Model 7 Mk2, the M7-HPA monoblocks sound more organic and denser in the midrange and treble with just the right amount of bloom. They also have substantially more weight in the lower midrange and bass.

Ken
 
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Good to see another long term user. The M7HPA is almost 60k a pair and only works with the 7s, so I have been reluctant to give it a try as 60k can get one many if not all interesting amp designs that work with all speakers. Interested to hear how the Agostino and M7HPA differ in your experience?
If you don’t want to spend $60K on the M7-HPA but want stellar sounding amps for your Model 7’s, I would recommend the M5-HPA monoblocks. I heard them at Axpona this year and they knocked my socks off. Most of the M7-HPA’s performance at just a fraction of the price. Really impressive.

Ken
 
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If you don’t want to spend $60K on the M7-HPA but want stellar sounding amps for your Model 7’s, I would recommend the M5-HPA monoblocks. I heard them at Axpona this year and they knocked my socks off. Most of the M7-HPA’s performance at just a fraction of the price. Really impressive.

Ken
I would be concerned about the M5-HPAs being underpowered for the M7s unless Richard said they were ok.
 
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I would be concerned about the M5-HPAs being underpowered for the M7s unless Richard said they were ok.
Easy enough to call Richard and ask him, he takes calls. The M5-HPA's are 150 Watts RMS into 8 ohms and 300 Watts RMS into 4 ohms. The Vandersteen 7 Mk2 is 3.0 ohms nominal impedance and there is a hand off to the 400 watt subwoofer amplifiers, which drive the dual 12 inch subwoofers. The Vandy 7 Mk2’s recommended power handling capability is 40-300 watts into 8 ohms, so I am guessing that the M5-HPA will comfortably drive the Model 7 Mk2. However, the M7-HPA is double the power, so if you regularly play at high volume levels, it would probably be the best choice. The M5-HPA's MSRP is $15,000. Quite a deal in my opinion.

Ken
 
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LL21

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I...I’ve had a long private audition of the Sub Nine Subwoofers and I am considering purchasing them because I felt they delivered a noticeable improvement in sound quality. Not only did the bass become more robust, there was greater delineation of vocals and instruments with performers stepping forward a bit. Placing the Model 7 Mk2 on top of the Sub Nines, in my opinion, defeats the entire purpose of having separate subwoofers, which can be optimally placed in the listening room independent of the loudspeakers.

Ken
Fair point on the placement of subs. Do let us know if you get them, and meanwhile thanks for posting about your experiences with them. Accords with feedback from others who have dialed-in subs and spent time with them and/or bought them.
 

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