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    Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Has anyone added the bases to their Model 7s? I am curious what differences you heard.

    I just ordered them at the advice of Richard who thought they were more likely to make a bigger improvement in sound than adding the System 9 subs. When I last saw him at Axpona he explained how the biggest issue with the Model 7s is the lack of mass for the cabinet. The bases were designed to address that flaw.

    I will report back after I have had them for a week or so.
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio Phono Pre; Analog: Wave Kinetics NVS with Durand Telos composite arm; SME 3012R arm, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement v2; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810, Studer A812, Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Big 7 MK2 DAC, Oppo UDP-203;

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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    My granite bases were installed yesterday. It is quite a process to do it correctly. John and Tom from Audio Connections spent 3 hours in my room installing them and realigning the Model 7s. Each base weighs about 85 pounds.

    I will post some listening impressions once I have spent some time with them.
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio Phono Pre; Analog: Wave Kinetics NVS with Durand Telos composite arm; SME 3012R arm, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement v2; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810, Studer A812, Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Big 7 MK2 DAC, Oppo UDP-203;

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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Waiting for that report...
    With photos !

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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Well...it has only been 2 days but there is a definitely better focus for the bass and mid range. Not that either of these were bloated but I can hear how things have tightened up.

    Here are a couple photos:



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    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio Phono Pre; Analog: Wave Kinetics NVS with Durand Telos composite arm; SME 3012R arm, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement v2; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810, Studer A812, Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Big 7 MK2 DAC, Oppo UDP-203;

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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    They look great.
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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Quote Originally Posted by dminches View Post
    Well...it has only been 2 days but there is a definitely better focus for the bass and mid range. Not that either of these were bloated but I can hear how things have tightened up.



    Thanks a lot.
    They are big and they look great with the same format as the speaker base.

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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Very nice looking. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the sonic benefits.

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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    Very nice looking. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying the sonic benefits.

    Ken
    What’s interesting is that John from Audio Connection called Richard about my room and thought I should consider getting the system nine subs but Richard said the granite bases are more important. During the installation Richard called John and asked how things were going. It is great to work with a small company like Vandersteen.
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7s, 4 M&K ST-150Ts, 1 VCC-5; Amplification: 2 Vandersteen M7-HPAs, CI Audio D200 MKII, Ayre V-6xe; Preamp: Doshi Audio Line Stage v3.0; Phono Pre: Doshi Audio Phono Pre; Analog: Wave Kinetics NVS with Durand Telos composite arm; SME 3012R arm, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement v2; Reel to Reel: Technics RS-1500; Doshi Tape Pre-Amp; Studer A810, Studer A812, Tascam BR-20; Multi-channel: Bryston SP-3; Digital: Custom PC> Lampizator Big 7 MK2 DAC, Oppo UDP-203;

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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Quote Originally Posted by dminches View Post
    What’s interesting is that John from Audio Connection called Richard about my room and thought I should consider getting the system nine subs but Richard said the granite bases are more important. During the installation Richard called John and asked how things were going. It is great to work with a small company like Vandersteen.
    It looks like virtually your whole system is from small companies (like mine, although yours is on a higher level ). Every time I drive on I-5 between Sacramento and Kettleman City I think of Vandersteen when I see the exit sign for Hanford (like I think of Wyred4Sound a bit later on the same drive when I go through Atascadero, and then later of Vandersteen again when I go through Nipomo, where their subwoofer amp/X-over is designed and built).
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    Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Bespoke bases, nice!


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    Re: Vandersteen Granite Bases

    Quote Originally Posted by dminches View Post
    What’s interesting is that John from Audio Connection called Richard about my room and thought I should consider getting the system nine subs but Richard said the granite bases are more important. During the installation Richard called John and asked how things were going. It is great to work with a small company like Vandersteen.
    You made the right choice getting the integral granite bases. They do a great job of adding mass to the speaker cabinets and reducing resonance.

    Handing off the lowest bass from dual opposing 12 inch aluminum cone subwoofers in a push-pull configuration (a brilliant design) to a single 13 inch paper/rohacell/paper sandwich cone subwoofer does not appeal to me either logically or sonically. I’ve listened to the Sub 9’s many times and in my opinion, the dual 12 inch internal subwoofers have better articulation and lower distortion.

    Richard is really hands on and engaged with the customer. He was on the telephone with my dealer’s technician when he rebiased my M7-HPA monoblocks. He also followed up with me to ensure that I was satisfied with the change.

    Ken
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    Source: MSB Select II DAC with Two Mono Powerbases, Femto 33 Clock, Renderer V2 Digital Input Module and Roon Nucleus Plus
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2
    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000’s with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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