Review: Van L Quartet Monitor
My musical tastes are classic and progressive rock, jazz, new age, from artist such as Pat Metheny, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Sting, Lyle Lovett, the Kinks, Led Zepellin, Jeff Lorber, Bjork, and other eclectic artists. In general I enjoy listening to a well recored CD from a variety of artists and musical categories.
I value clarity, accuracy, and soundstage. I consider all these points very important criteria for evaluating any equipment, especially speakers.
The thing that I dislike in speakers is flat, one dimensional sound that overdoes either the highs or lows, making the overall sound appear unnatural. Vocals must not sound as if the singer is speaking through a megaphone.
I've had these speakers in my system over two years now and I love them. I wanted a good speaker upgrade from some bookshelf Infinity speakers and I got that and way more. Adding the Van L speakers made vocals sound real, increased the soundstaging, made the sound appear to float in air, separated individual vocals and instruments, and increased my listening experience 100%.The highs frequencies are produced by a Linaem tweeter and are exceptionally clear and well positioned. You must conncet the speakers to one another using a single length of speaker cable as well. The proprietary design makes the soundfield appear very large, giving the appearance of a vaster space in your room than may be present.
The strongpoints are as mentioned above. The only weakness I can mention is that by themselves they are a little light on bass. The manufacturer offers bass cabinets to complement them but I am using a MK subwoofer and that takes care of the bass very well indeed.
If money was no object I would have these speakers right along those of much more expensive cost and reknown (high end Spendor, Avante Garde, and the like). Although they are of bookshelf size they don't act like it. The bass cabinets or subwoofers only enhance an already excellent design.
Denon AVR-75 A/V receiver
McCormack HT-1 Deluxe amp
Marigo V6.0F speaker cables
Siltech SQ-28 interconnects
Van Quartet Speakers
Denon DCM 360 5-disc changer
One 12' Kimber cable speaker wire, model unknown but not entry level, black and blue braided