Vandersteen Quattro Woods

Richard Vandersteen can't leave a good thing alone. He got to tinkering with his Quatro ($6995/pair, reviewed by Mikey Fremer in the forthcoming July issue of Stereophile) by replacing the fabric shells with wood, reinforcing the speaker's base with X material, and replacing the tweeter with the model from his 5 Signature. The result is a small, floorstanding loudspeaker with huge sound. The Quatro Woods run $10,000/pair.

Vandersteen seems to have gotten the imaging magic of a small enclosure loudspeaker with the slam of a big floorstander. Ali Farka Toure's blues were full of tonal color and physical presence.