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ylee 01-10-2018 10:59 PM

New Vandersteen Amp
 
Caught wind of this on Facebook at first and then in the general 'Net:

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2018/...r-at-ces-2018/

Details I see include single-ended circuits (as opposed to fully balanced) and adjustable high pass filter to work with Vandersteen's powered bass speakers as well as more conventional speakers. Should be interesting to audition. It seems to address a question I posed to Richard, as I'm sure others have - "what amps would you recommend for your <speaker>?"

PHC1 01-10-2018 11:03 PM

They look like Egyptian Tombs... Pretty fugly for $57k


https://i2.wp.com/parttimeaudiophile...1000,489&ssl=1

ylee 01-10-2018 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PHC1 (Post 891926)
They look like Egyptian Tombs... Pretty fugly for $57k


https://i2.wp.com/parttimeaudiophile...1000,489&ssl=1

The M7-HPA cost $52k/pair, so the M5-HPA described as costing substantially less should be far cheaper. I agree they aren't exactly lookers.

The Trace 01-10-2018 11:31 PM

Vandersteen price
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ylee (Post 891931)
The M7-HPA cost $52k/pair, so the M5-HPA described as costing substantially less should be far cheaper. I agree they aren't exactly lookers.

They are 15k. As stated in numerous articles 250 into 8 ohms.

Masterlu 01-11-2018 01:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ylee (Post 891931)
The M7-HPA cost $52k/pair, so the M5-HPA described as costing substantially less should be far cheaper. I agree they aren't exactly lookers.

Reminds me of a safety deposit box at the bank. :dunno:

JMD 01-11-2018 02:06 AM

Agree it's not much to look at but if it is one of Dean from PSE's designs it will sound good. You can get much the same in a better looking chassis and a tubed input stage from the Aestetix Atlas starting at $10k. It also has the same high pass options and Richard has used it in shows for years. A friend of mine from college was a Vandersteen dealer for over 20 years and when he first started selling them was also a PSE dealer and that was the go to amp for the Vandersteen speakers in SS amps with ARC for tubes. Later when Dean's business started to go down he recommended DR designed Classe' amps.

wawa_chan 01-11-2018 09:11 AM

New Vandersteen Amp
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by The Trace (Post 891940)
They are 15k. As stated in numerous articles 250 into 8 ohms.


Hmm, sites are reporting 150/300 8/4 ohm rating for the M5-HPA.

I agree, not much of a looker.

ylee 01-11-2018 05:23 PM

From Michael Fremer of AnalogPlanet:

"Firstly was the Vandersteen room where the sound is always good. This year the company introduced a new mono block amplifier the M5-HPA. It's a minimalist solid state design outputting 300 watts into 4 ohms and 150 into 8. The $15,000 a pair amps driving a pair of moderately priced ($13,900/pr) Vandersteen Quatro Wood CT speakers produced the best sound I heard yesterday, with a midrange transparency that kept me listening for more than a half hour to my high resolution files from vinyl. I could have sat for the rest of the afternoon hogging the programming but wisely I relinquished control."

Still-One 01-11-2018 05:39 PM

If they are even close in SQ to the SQ of his 7 Series amps that pair so nicely with his 7 series speakers at ~$15k they would be a steal. I agree they don't have the best industrial design.

PlanarSpeakerFan 01-11-2018 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Still-One (Post 892111)
If they are even close in SQ to the SQ of his 7 Series amps that pair so nicely with his 7 series speakers at ~$15k they would be a steal. I agree they don't have the best industrial design.

+1

They should mate nicely with the Vandersteen 5A Carbon’s or the Quatro CT.

Ken


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