Are they 5's or 5A's...are the Quatros wood or cloth??
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I'm with Jim. I might look at some other things too, at those prices. (For example, the Gallo 3.5s now listed here.)
I've only compared the Quattro wood and 5A, but that makes me think, like the others, that the 700 w'd be well spent, if you're committed to used Vandys, and your room can handle the big 5s.
A slight variation on a common theme.
For this delta in price, the 5s seem like a better idea. OTOH, both of these speakers bark up substantially the same tree and - to my ear- sound quite similar, so long as:
the program material/room size does not require the 5's superior deep bass capability. That would be almost always, IME.
While the 5s do have other advantages over the Qs, the difference isn't dramatic and the latter are really very good speakers in their own right. So why not save the $?
Because the 5s at that price are a better deal. IMHO, if you can get the price on the Qs down about another $700-$1K, you'll have a real decision on your hands.
As some have pointed out exactly what Quattro and I assume the reqular 5 and not the 5A.
But I think the following can be said: The built in "subs" of the 5s are better than the Quattros. I think the 5s 7 inch bass/low mid driver is better than whats used in the basic quattro. Does even the best Quattro use that driver at this point? I also think the cabinet of the 5 performs better than that of the Quattro.
700 bucks matters, but I think it does get you more if you can swing it. Also as pointed out, size of room could be a significant factor. Another thing, find out how old the 5s are, they have been in production for a quite a while. I believe they have had various small improvements over the years with no model change.
Samhar I know you had 3 a sigs and 2 Wqs
but you mentioned you were never able to run your Aesthetix pre amp in balanced mode
which is at its best in balanced dif XLR and also never had Quicksilver v4s in a balanced differential version.
This combination makes for a huge difference with any speaker let alone a high passed bi amped pair You were going thru 2 phase inverters or a more complected circuit. sorry you had no guidance at the time with this.
Your point is?????
5's are as good or better than Sophia 1's?????
I didn't hear what the 3A Sigs and 2Wq's were capable of ?????
The 5's are much better than the combo I had?????
Your a dealer and must defend a product you carry!!!!!!????
You're still pissed off because I suggested an Ear pre over an Aesthetix Calypso to someone ????
I never said the 5's weren't any good I just think the Sophia 1's are a choice to consider at that price especially if someone likes dynamics and inner detail!!!
One other thing you might keep in mind: if you go with the 5's, you do have an upgrade path (though admittedly not a cheap one) to 5a status should funds and tastes dictate that in the future. If you go with the Quatros, you pretty much have them (not that that is a bad thing by any stretch) for the duration. At least that's the situation today -- Richard could always spin up a Quatro Series II someday.
Full disclosure: I have 5a's and love 'em.
Thanks for all of y’alls input. I have a very large room that these will be in. The reason I brought it up was to see if the $700 give or take was worth it. I love astronomy and there is always the “aperture envy” syndrome, this is good but more is better. ;) So the idea that if I had the quatros I would always want the 5’s has a certain element of truth to it. I am just starting to save money as this will be a couple year project of saving and acquisition for a new overall system with the speakers probably being last unless a killer deal comes along. Any other opinions on the sound differences or which is easier to set-up. I will be using a parasound jc2 and a21 for the 2ch and have not decided on an avr for the ht set-up.
Joe in Mobile