Vandersteen Model II - Very Good Condition 1977 Consecutive Serial Numbers
Vandersteen Model II - Very Good Condition 1977 Consecutive Serial Numbers - VGC - Please see all photos! Drives have been tested and are working. We check the output with a speaker calibration tool and found it to be accurate and the sounds is fantastic. Soundstage is pronounced and perhaps a little flat as it should be. Good overall tonal quality.
The original Model II Speaker remains the one of the most popular high end but reasonably priced (my opinion) speakers systems for the past four-plus decades. Upon release in 1977 the Model 2 featured several innovative design elements that are fundamental to every subsequent speaker that Vandersteen designed. First and most obviously was Vandersteen’s discovery that by minimizing the size and curving the edges of the baffle, he was able to virtually eliminate cabinet edge and grille diffraction issues to obtain a far more accurate sound. This technology was trademarked "Stealth Enclosure". Except for the woofer enclosure, there is essentially no cabinetry to the Model 2, the “enclosure” consists of rectangular top and bottom joined by long “poles” at each corner. The speaker’s profile is a somewhat bulky as it is essentially a fabric-wrapped rectangle. In addition to the interesting cabinet design, the Model II has time-aligned drivers which went hand-in-glove with another Vandersteen hallmark, the use of first-order crossovers to preserve the phase integrity of incoming signals. The combined exceptional performance and remarkable value have managed to win over many ears and hearts for decades.
The Model 2 employs a quartet of drivers:
- 10” active acoustic coupler acts as a subwoofer from 26Hz–35Hz
- 8” woofer handles duties from 35Hz–600Hz
- 4.5” midrange driver covers a very wide range of frequencies from 600Hz–5kHz (meaning there is no crossover point which makes the 2 unusually coherent.
- 1” dome tweeter spans the 5kHz–30kHz range.
Bottom Line: The Model 2 is the best-selling audiophile loudspeaker of the modern era, with more than 100,000 pairs sold—all of them made in the U.S. That the Model 2 is still enjoying robust sales more than 40 years after its introduction is a testament to the speaker’s fundamental rightness of design and sound quality. The Model 2 is one of the defining classics of American high-end audio. It originally sold for $895 a pair, and now the newer model sell for $3500 give or take a few dollars.