Oops. The Fischer Mahler 2 is on Channel Classics, not Pentatone.
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Very nice review! I agree with everything you said as it mirrors my experience with the 3A Signatures. I too have a small room, 13x14x7 (the room is actually 17x14, but a half wall cuts the room down to the smaller dimensions) and can relate to that aspect of performance. I think the speakers are capable of better performance in a larger room, but I don't have a larger room available. One problem I had was boomy bass, attributed to the small size of the room. I solved most of the problem by using a single 2Wq in the corner. The level of the 2Wq can be adjusted separate of the main speakers plus corner placement offers a little smoother response in the bass.
Nice review. As a not-completely-satisfied Vandersteen owner (including 3A's) for the last 7 years, I'd recommend paying close attention to Krisjan's system-matching. Based upon what I've heard and switched around in my own system, I think Cary equipment mates very well with Vandersteens. The Vandersteens pretty well play what you feed them, in my experience, and if you feed them analytical-sounding electronics, that's what you'll hear. My best results were with a Linn CD12, Cary SLP2002, and ARC VT100 on the 4 ohm tap, all wired together with Cardas Cross. Had I kept going, I would have ended up with a Cary amp, too, but the "monolith" quality of the appearance (an unfortunate characteristic well-noted by Krisjan also) was leading to domestic issues, so I switched to Harbeth M30s.
Very fair review. Thanks.