Could the Vandersteen Treo be the world's most perfect speaker?
For me, it certainly IS!! For its size and price it is completely without equal IMO.
I have had Vandersteen Model 3A speakers for many years, and have been to the CES and dealers all over the place for 20 years trying to find something better for under $10,000, but no luck.
Yes, there are many great speakers out there. but every one has some flaw that disqualifies it. The PSB Synchrony One, for example, is a wonderful speaker in most respects but simply does not have the dynamic response to reproduce a Steinway grand piano convincingly.
They either lack some dynamic capabilities, or do not image well, or some part of the spectrum is lacking in purity or SOMETHING. They all have significant flaws.
I bought the Vandersteen Treo because I thought it would be a significant upgrade to my Model 3A speakers.
Instead, I find that I have a speaker that has totally redefined for me what a speaker is capable of.for less than $20,000. I could not believe what I was hearing when I hooked them up. Instead of a slight upgrade, I have ascended to audio Nirvana.
Actually, i have only heard 3 other speakers that can produce the dynamic range and realistic tonal purity of both a Steinway grand piano and a full orchestra. They all cost over $20,000 and are 3 times the size of the Treo.
For a speaker of this size to do that, and it does, for only $6000, and in this size, is an accomplishment that leaves me awe-struck. The tonal purity of the Treos is awesome for any type of music and its dynamic range is unprecedented for a speaker this small.
For me, it is sort of like Ferarri anouncing a maximum-performance new model for $20K instead of the usual $200K.
I can only say that $6000 is cheap cheap cheap for what this speaker delivers.