I find Vandersteen speakers to be as MUSICAL as you can get. Experts say so year after year. They are repeatedly singled out as some of the very best speakers at every hi-fi show all over the world; over and over and over.
Calling Vandersteen speakers anti-musical is like calling the Pope an atheist. It is absolutely ridiculous.
I suspect you may have heard some Vandersteen speakers hooked up to some harsh-sounding electronics, and don't have enough experience to realize THAT was what was harsh-sounding. Garbage IN; garbage OUT.
I have had Vandersteen 3A speakers for 20 years, and with my Audio Research preamp and Bryston amplifier the sound is to die for. If you could listen to that system, you would change your opinion very quickly.
Furthermore, the whole idea of classifying tweeters by only the physical type of the diaphragm and attributing a particular sound to them shows a gross ignorance of the whole subject. There are good-sounding tweeters of almost every type, and bad ones too. It is the implementation that counts. The details of how they are engineered, and the type of other materials used are a large part of the sound quality.
There are speakers with beryllium-dome tweeters that you would LOVE the sound of. Of course I would have to lie to you about what it was, and then it would be fun to see your reaction when you find out...lol.
Edited by commsysman - 2/6/13 at 5:07pm
Originally Posted by inky blacks
I have yet to listen to a metal dome I could actually enjoy, be they employed by B&W, Vandersteen, or whoever. They are impressive, but I find them anti-musical. Listening to a speaker with a beryllium dome and a metal cone woofer was like looking at an X-ray of the music. Sure, there was allot of detail, but did it sound like music? Not really.
B&W and ADS use to make some very good plastic domes, and there are many good fabric dome tweeters by Scanspeak and others. I just find the sound of hard domes to be,...hard.