Over the past 25 years, I have had Vandersteen speakers at my homes and I love them. I am currently running the 3A speakers at my desert home, and have had them for about 15 years there, I guess.
I had the Model 1 at my old house at one time, but they are just not the best of the line; I was not satisfied with them and I replaced them with the 2C at that house (which I sold when I retired).
My current second home has the PSB Image T6 speakers, which I find very good. I also considered the Vandersteen Model 1 and the KEF Q900, but I find the T6 to be a better overall speaker than the others. I have had them for over a year now, and am very happy; they sound great with all types of music.
I was thinking about going with the Vandersteen 2C when I set up the system at my current second home, but I simply did not have have room for the 16" width at this location, and I didn't want the Model 1.
There is no question in my mind that the T6 is a much better speaker than the Vandersteen Model 1C, but the Model 2C is a bit better than the T6, if you have room for it.
If you were not impressed with the T6 speakers, you might want to think real hard about the associated equipment that you heard them with and the acoustics in that location. That can make a huge difference. You should definitely try them at home with your amplifier in your acoustic environment before making a final judgement on them. They can be quite impressive if given a decent setup, and I think your Nova will sound very good with them.
I use them with an Audio Research LS-26 preamp and Bryston 3B-SST amplifier and the sound is nearly as good as my big system with the Vandersteen 3A speakers at my desert house; they really are that good. You don't have to have $10,000 worth of electronics to drive them, but they sound great in this setup. They previously sounded great with a Musical Fidelity M3i integrated amplifier too; I had that here for a while.
If you have a good deal available on the Image T6, I would advise you to jump on it...lol. I very much doubt that you will any less happy with them than I am.
Originally Posted by rbf1138
So I found someone on Craigslist selling both of these speakers locally, used at a good price. I'm going to be running them with just a Peachtree Nova for the foreseeable future, using them for music and HT in a 2 channel setup. Turntable, Macbook Pro (optical out) and a PS3/Xbox 360 will be the main sources.
Having heard both of these, I'm leaning towards the Vandersteens. They seemed to have a warmth and detail to them that was missing from the PSBs.
The PSB seemed a bit less refined, and certainly more neutral.
The reason for my post is that I still have some nagging feeling that the PSBs are the better speaker, with more room for growth, especially if I decided to add a subwoofer, go full 5.1, add an amp to my system,etc. Admittedly this is my first purchase of "real" speakers, so I'm just looking for some guidance and experience.