Wow I wish I would have know he was in NC :-(. What five speakers are time aligned?
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Richard was a truck driver prior to becoming a full time audio designer / manufacturer. As such, his working class background and "average joe" approach to conversation is still quite evident. Too many folks forget their roots and leave the "little people" behind when they hit it big. What Richard lacks in "finesse" he more than makes up for in character and honesty.
As to the 5 time aligned speakers, doesn't Richard have five different full range models in his product line ??? : ) Sean
Richard Vandersteen makes wonderful speakers. You were lucky to have this opportunity.
To the list, I would add ACI/Dzurko, Eggleston, Legend, Meadowlark, Sequerra, and Wilson. Several Acarian, B & W, JMlabs, and Tannoy models are also time aligned. The Joseph Pearls are. The Sony ES SS line is. Myriad European mini monitors are time aligned.
In the past, are my Coincident Digital Masters(one reason they are no longer in production being it costs more/takes more time to produce a cabinet). Also in the past were some Frieds, Iris, JSE, and Near.
I am sure I can come up with more, but off the top of my head...
Actually I believe Vandersteen spkrs are the only time aligned without baffles. I mentioned the Meadowlark spkrs at the question and answer session and was told they were similar but had the baffle. I think the time aligned procedure has something to do with the sloping of drivers. In the case of the Meadowlarks the baffles are designed this way. The design of the Vandersteens without the baffle is what makes them so transparent. Of course these are my thoughts and opinions. I'm sure his web page will clarify any mistakes I have made.
Just ran across your posting; Interesting. Glad you enjoyed meeting Richard. I am the shop owner where you met him. I have no idea who you are. Most everyone at the meeting was there by invitation except for a few who saw the notice in Stereophile or on the Vandersteen website.
I wish we had had more time to listen. I had a number of different amps warmed up but due to the large turnout and having to split the group into two sessions, there just wasn't time to do much listening.
Come back and visit sometime.
RT - Taylor House
A year ago ,when I knew literally nothing about high-end audio but had listened to Vandersteen speakers and was floored by their sound , I called his company to ask a few questions. To my amazement ,Vandersteen himself answered the phone and proceded to patiently explain without any attitude why I'd be wasting my time and money buying 15 year old V. speakers. The next day I went out and plunked down $1812.(w.CAL sales tax) for Model2 Signatures and my audiophile journey had begun.A very straight shootin' guy with a voice like Jim Backus.
Vandersteen speakers are TIME AND PHASE Coherent. There are dozens of speakers that are time aligned, and can be found at all price points.
There are only 5 widely available transducers that are time and phase coherent: Von Schweikert, Meadowlark, Dunlavy, Vandersteen, Thiel.
If you are spending alot of doe ray mee, you deserve to audition one of the above. You will buy them, and only replace them to acquire the next level up from one of the above brilliant engineer/designers.
You owe it to yourself, and your hobby, to get further info. on Richard Hardesty's audioperfectionist,com
I recently attended a seminar from Meadowlark designer Pat McGinty, and he says that the sloped baffle isn't all that maintains time-alignment. The slope is to keep the sound-originating (ok, so I can't recall his exact words) points of each driver on the same plane, so they're equi-distant from the listener's ears.
From my understanding, the simplicity of the 1st-order crossover is the major contributor to the time alignment. For more info, check meadowlarkaudio.com