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Vandersteen Audio Quatro Wood Speakers - Complete Set

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Vandersteen Audio Quatro Wood Speakers - Complete Set

Vandersteen Audio Quatro Wood Speakers - Complete Set

Local Pickup from SkyFi in Northern NJ 07452 (Minus $800)

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


Renown Vandersteen Quatro speakers with the more desirable wood finished cabinet.

The Quatro is a full-range speaker with built-in amplifiers for the lower bass drivers.

These are highly reviewed, be sure to look them up if you're not familiar. 

Included with your purchase are two M5-HP ($595) required in-line unbalanced high pass filters with AudioQuest cabling and terminations. You will need an amplifier capable of RCA connections.

This is a complete set including both speakers, manuals, accessories, and original boxes.

Brand Background:
Vandersteen Audio always has been and always will be a technology company. Vandersteen speakers for decades were built around Richard Vandersteen’s patented reflection-free aerodynamic midrange drivers, which remain paragons of low-distortion musicality. Minimal-baffle cabinets, bi-wiring, resonance-reducing spiked feet, battery-biased crossovers, high-pass-filtered powered subwoofers and powered-bass speakers with built-in room EQ are just some of the innovations that originated with Vandersteen Audio’s speaker products.

These speakers came to us from the original owner.

Amplifier Recommendations:
Both solid state and tube should pair well with these speakers. Manufacturer recommends a minimum 30W. Sensitivity is 87db. From the manual:

"The Quatro is designed for use with amplifiers rated from 30 to 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms. These amplifiers will provide ample power for realistic listening levels in most situations. Amplifiers with less than 75 watts should be tested with the volume control half the way up (the point where most amplifiers clip) to verify that the system can achieve realistic listening levels with- out stress. Amplifiers with more than 200 watts must be used with caution due to the increased potential for speaker damage if they are misused or an accident occurs."

Room Size Recommendation:
Small to Mid Size Room
Mid to Large Size Room
Very Large Room

Single set of 5 binding posts accepting banana and spades. 
Dual set of 5 way binding posts accepting banana and spades.
Triple set of 5 way binding posts accepting banana and spades.

General sound:
Full range warm sound capable of great detail and dynamics.  

Cosmetic condition:
We rated this a 8 with little to no signs of use. See our detailed rating description here.

Working condition, Technical Notes:
Working properly, fully tested in our lab and listening room.  

Speakers, crossovers, boxes, manuals, and floor spikes.

Will be packed in the original Vandersteen shipping cartons will all originally included packing materials.

These will ship on a pallet for a flat $800 in the contiguous USA. Other delivery options possible to our surrounding areas, please inquire. International shipping also available.

Original MSRP:
Approx $10,700

Four-way loudspeaker with powered subwoofer

Drive-units - Each Speaker:
1" dual-chamber coated aluminum-alloy dome tweeter
4.5" curvilinear filled-polycone midrange cone
6.5" woven-fiber–cone woofer
Dual 8" carbon-loaded cellulose-cone subwoofers

Subwoofer Amplifier - Each Speaker:
Built-in 250 W with multiband room-response compensation

Frequency Response:
24 Hz – 30 kHz, ±2 dB 

6 ohms (±3 ohms)

87 dB/W/m

Mandatory In-Line High-Pass Filters:
$595 unbalanced version (RCA)
$795 balanced version (XLR)

Dimensions - Each Speaker:
43" (1100mm) H
10" (255mm) W
19" (485mm) D

Weight - Each Speaker:
110 lbs (50kg)

Likely built in late 2000's or early 2010's

Stereophile by Michael Fremer, July 2006

Link to manual: 
Vandersteen Audio Quatro Wood Speakers

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - Speaker Cables - Better

Kimber Summit Series Monocle XL Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best

Kimber Summit Series BiFocal XL Bi-Wire Speaker Cables (PAIR) - Best If Applicable 

The SkyFi Testing Process for Speakers:
Our speaker evaluation process starts with a visual inspection of all drivers. We are looking for damaged or deteriorating woofer surrounds, dented tweeter domes, and cone damage. We also inspect the speaker connection points for loose or broken connectors.

After the initial visual inspection we connect the speakers to a reference amplifier with our preferred test tracks. With the speakers placed with proper distance we listen to each driver to make sure that they are producing the intended frequencies with no signs of distortion or rattle. During listening tests with test tracks we check for proper stereo imaging and bass response at various listening levels. If there are any audible signs of issues, the speakers are taken to the bench where we perform a frequency sweep to isolate the issue so that it can be resolved by component repair or replacement.

SKU: 103884