"The Best Loudspeakers in the World" ...I couldn't agree more.
I own the New Von Schweikert Audio VR-5SE Loudspeaker. The
VR-5SE is the finest loudspeaker at the $30K to $40K price point,
selling at $25K in all finishes. The VR-5SE has a soundstage as if the
recording studio microphones are feeding the loudspeaker directly.
The VR-5SE's ability to mirror the microphone output is a feat that no
other loudspeaker I have ever heard can accomplish...the Quad Electro
Static's came very close, but the VR-5SE is there. The VR-5SE sound-
stage,imaging and dynamic contrasts are second to none, only the
more expense Von Schweikert loudspeaker offerings can compete with
the VR-5SE loudspeaker.
I am using the Atma-Spere MA-1 MK 111 along with the Zero's Impedance
matching transformers bi-wired to the bass section using the 4X setting.
Ideally the VR-5SE would like to see a high current solid state amp, to get
the best performance from the two 9" woofers. I just love the clarity the
OTL'S bring out in this loudspeaker. The MA-1 MK111 are fast and detailed
for a tube amp.
The Solid State amps I would use are the Following:
Pass Labs X600.5, X350.5, X250.5
Pass Labs XA160 and XA 100 using the Zero Impedance matching transformers
using the 4X setting on the Bass.
Spectron Music Man 3
The VR-5SE can also be bi-amped...although one should use similar amps...
matching amps of different speeds and gains can be tricky.
In conclusion the VR-5SE loudspeaker is a reference tool for any audiophile
wanting to know how good the rest of the systems components are...pre-amp, amp,
digital sources, analog and cabling will have a window to there strengths and weakness.