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    Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

    Has anyone had the opportunity to listen to the newest Model 7s? If so, how would you compare it to the older version with the single subwoofer?

    I am on the fence about having mine upgraded.
    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: Taiko Audio Extreme> Lampizator Pacific, Oppo UDP-203;

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    Re: Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

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    Re: Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

    Quote Originally Posted by dminches View Post
    Has anyone had the opportunity to listen to the newest Model 7s? If so, how would you compare it to the older version with the single subwoofer?

    I am on the fence about having mine upgraded.
    I have not listened to them yet. I own the previous version, the Model 7 Mk2, which have dual 12 inch opposing slot-loaded subwoofers in each speaker. The Model 7 XTRM has dual 11 inch side-firing subwoofers in each speaker, improved subwoofer equalization and the integrated granite bases.

    Ken
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    Source: MSB Select II DAC with Two Mono Powerbases and Femto 33 Clock; Renderer V2 Digital Input Module and Roon Nucleus Plus; MSB UMT V Signature Transport
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps; MSB M204 Mono Amps
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2
    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000’s with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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    Re: Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    I have not listened to them yet. I own the previous version, the Model 7 Mk2, which have dual 12 inch opposing slot-loaded subwoofers in each speaker. The Model 7 XTRM has dual 11 inch side-firing subwoofers in each speaker, improved subwoofer equalization and the integrated granite bases.

    Ken
    Actually, my original model has the same dual 12" subwoofers. As you said, the XTRM has 2 11" side-firing subwoofers.

    I know the XTRM now includes the granite bases which I already have on mine. I found those to be a significant change which added a lot of stability to the cabinet.

    I guess there aren't a lot of people who have heard both, other than some dealers like John Rutan.
    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: Taiko Audio Extreme> Lampizator Pacific, Oppo UDP-203;

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    Re: Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

    Quote Originally Posted by dminches View Post
    Actually, my original model has the same dual 12" subwoofers. As you said, the XTRM has 2 11" side-firing subwoofers.

    I know the XTRM now includes the granite bases which I already have on mine. I found those to be a significant change which added a lot of stability to the cabinet.

    I guess there aren't a lot of people who have heard both, other than some dealers like John Rutan.
    Since you already have the integrated granite bases, I expect that would cut down the cost of the upgrade quite a bit.

    Ken
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    Source: MSB Select II DAC with Two Mono Powerbases and Femto 33 Clock; Renderer V2 Digital Input Module and Roon Nucleus Plus; MSB UMT V Signature Transport
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps; MSB M204 Mono Amps
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2
    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000’s with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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    Re: Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    Since you already have the integrated granite bases, I expect that would cut down the cost of the upgrade quite a bit.

    Ken
    Good point. The upgrade costs between $25k and $40k depending on the model one owns. I would need both the MKII midrange and the 11” woofers. Sounds like $30k to me…
    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: Taiko Audio Extreme> Lampizator Pacific, Oppo UDP-203;

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    Re: Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

    Quote Originally Posted by dminches View Post
    Good point. The upgrade costs between $25k and $40k depending on the model one owns. I would need both the MKII midrange and the 11” woofers. Sounds like $30k to me…
    Unfortunately Vandersteen appears to have increased the price of the upgrade effective 1/1/22 to the range of $28,430 to $43,050.

    Ken
    "No summit worth climbing is easily attained."
    --------------------------------------------
    Source: MSB Select II DAC with Two Mono Powerbases and Femto 33 Clock; Renderer V2 Digital Input Module and Roon Nucleus Plus; MSB UMT V Signature Transport
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps; MSB M204 Mono Amps
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2
    Power: Two AudioQuest Niagara 5000’s with AudioQuest Dragon and Hurricane Power Cords

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    Re: Vandersteen Model 7 XTRM

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    Unfortunately Vandersteen appears to have increased the price of the upgrade effective 1/1/22 to the range of $28,430 to $43,050.

    Ken
    That's what John told me last week. I was just rounding the cost. Either way it is an expensive upgrade.
    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: Taiko Audio Extreme> Lampizator Pacific, Oppo UDP-203;

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