Would also love to see the replies. I have just bought Quattros to join my 2SigII's in expanding to a HT setup.
Good luck with your setup
Good luck with your setup
Check the Vandersteen Technical Information Q&A webpage if you'd like Richard Vandersteen's opinion. I remember seeing similar Q&A such as this one:
Steve (3/03/08): I have 2Ci's I bought new ~20yrs ago and they are still working well. I'm looking to change from 2 channel to 5.1 surround (for movies). I would like to buy the new 2Ce sig II's for the fronts (L/R) (esp. for music). Do you recommend I use the 2Ci's or VSM's for rear (side wall) surround sound? If the VSM is recommended over the 2Ci for side surround sound then is there any other use for my 2Ci's (e.g. 7.1 surround rears)? Another idea might be 2Ci's in the rear instead of on the side wall for the rear surround in a 5.1 setup?
Answer: HELLO STEVE, VSM-1'S FOR THE SIDE AND REAR WOULD BE BEST. IF YOU DO NOT NEED SPEAKERS FOR YOUR GARAGE YOU COULD USE THEM IN THE REAR AND VSM-1 FOR THE SIDE. UNLESS YOU HAVE A VERY LONG ROOM YOU ARE BETTER OF DOING 5.1 WITH MORE SUBS AND A UPGRADED CENTER WITH YOUR MONEY.
I have a pair of 1Cs, each with its own 2Wq as mains, a VCC-1 center, and 1Cs as surrounds, with a pair of Paradigm Atoms for rear-surrounds. The 1C surrounds are up on 2 rows of cinderblocks (they are pretty close to the listening area, ~4 to 5 feet, so they need the hieght). They are nearly flush against the side wall, and aimed at each other, with the plane between them just behind my listening chair.
1Cs are usually available used for under $500/pr, so for me, they were cheaper than VSMs.
The soundstage is pretty seemless and wrap-around, despite different amplification for the front and rear speakers. (See my system in my profile for all the gear involved.) I am very pleased with this setup for surround use, although, since it is a combo 2-channel/HT rig, I am thinking about a mains upgrade. Unfortunately, I don't have the space for Vandy 2s or 3s, or the money for Quatros.
Thank you this is exactly what I was looking for, the reason I'm considering the 1C's is because my side walls will be about twelve to fifteen feet from my listening position. As I understand it the VSM's are designed to be mounted on the wall, so in the grand scheme of home theater are the surround sound speakers meant to be that far from the listening position. Along with that line of thinking, with the 1C's pulled out from the side wall about three to four feet, wouldn't this allow for better imaging and a more expansive rear sound stage just as pulling the front speaker out three to five feet from the front wall does. Its just a thought that I'm working on and quarrying others about. I will try this when I get the time. Right now I'm still in the process of moving in and getting unpacked. Just as soon as I get things set up I will post back here with the results. Until then what do the rest of you think about pulling the surrounds out from the side wall if the room will allow it. Plus wouldn't pulling the VSM's out away from the wall change their sound because they are designed to be mounted on the wall?