Among the top three "reasonably priced" loudspeakers I have had the pleasure of hearing. Enjoy!
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TY Dodgealum and Samhar for your good wishes.
Marakanetz, yes, they did. I listen almost exclusively to big-orchestra Classical and film music plus some Classical small-group music, mostly piano and cello...and Diana Krall. They sound superb on small-group music, never making the instrument bigger than life.
I never listen to rock and fusion. I imagine the 5As are a little too 'relaxed' sounding for music that's intended to be rather in-your-face.
BTW they have such great-sounding and extended bass, I no longer use the SuperSubs to reinforce the front-L/R channels. It's now used only for the '.1' channel of multichannel audio and video discs.
Great purchase. Congrats.
I just want to add that it looks like you bought a used pair. You might want to check the date on the batteries in both the external and the internal crossovers. If you are not sure how old the batteries are, replace them. Vandy 5 is very sensitive to battery. If they aren't fresh, it won't sound its best.
TY, all, VM. As I listen more, I increasingly appreciate their excellence.
I intend to very carefully improve parts in the x-over. I understand V'steen matches drivers to each other and to crossover parts, so I'll have to be very careful to match values. I'm astounded the speakers sound as excellent as they do with such medium-quality parts--WIMA 'propylenes!--in them.
Sidssip, I won't be 'randomly' replacing anything in the crossovers, and I'm confident that RV know FAR more about crossover parts than I do. I also know, however, that the 5As, even at $17K/pair, and built to a price. Said another way, V'steen builds them with as good parts as he can and still price them at $17K and sell enough to be profitable and stay in business.
The Model 7 uses Dueland cast caps (plus another brand, IIRC), and they retail for $45K.
I'll be careful. :-)