Don't rule out the Vandersteen 5/5A before you audition a pair. Very impressive to this listener's ears.
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I'm highly familiar with both and the Quatro in my system is still better than the 5 non CT version. I have Treo's right now and have them up for sale on another site as I want the Quatro. I purchase Vandersteen's new because that's the only way you can do any upgrades in the future. Those older 5's ARE great speakers. They are a bit too big for my room though and I want the CT tweeter, otherwise I'd just keep the ones I have. I have only listened to Vandy's for the last few years and am blown away.
2psyop, so true. The Quatro is the sweet spot, but the Treo CT is a very special speaker for the 8500 or so (I don't really know off hand). I am getting a bunch of offers right now for my regular Treo's. They aren't quite the CT's, but they get you 95% there (if not more) for half of the regular price of a new pair. I'm loving the Treo's, especially since I got the Ayre QX5 Twenty DAC. I'm hearing bass that I didn't know they had. Shows how important room and source really are.