The Best-Selling High-End Loudspeaker of All-Time: Award-Winning Vandersteen Model 2Ce Signature II Tower Loudspeaker Has Been In Constant Production for More Than 35 Years
There's something to be said for longevity. Now in the guise of the Vandersteen Model 2Ce Signature II tower loudspeaker, Model 2 has remained in constant production since 1977 – longer than most audio companies have been around and much longer than most manufacturers last. More than 100,000 pairs later, the latest iteration of this high-value masterwork benefits from refinements that account for its price-defying clarity, openness, extension, and warmth. The limited-baffle, time- and phase-coherent Model 2Ce Signature II also affords spatial perspectives normally only accomplished by planar designs. A timeless classic for the modern age that includes support bases for easy setup, it plays music with a sense of size, balance, and depth that will prompt you to pull out record after record. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"A high-performance speaker that might just be the best value in the industry."
– The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award
“In fact, the Model 2 is the best-selling audiophile loudspeaker of the modern era, with more than 100,000 pairs sold—all of them made in the U.S. That the Model 2 is still enjoying robust sales more than 40 years after its introduction is a testament to the speaker’s fundamental rightness of design and sound quality.”
—Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, December 2018
Strength and Durability, High-End Innovation and Build Quality
Active components utilized in Model 2Ce Signature II combine classic strength and durability with innovative design and construction. A dual-chamber metal alloy-dome tweeter improves range and linearity. It is critically damped to extend the high frequencies past audibility without the excessive ringing associated with open or underdamped metal dome tweeters. The specific alloy used for the dome is chosen for its superior strength and resistance to break-up compared to common fabric and plastic domes.
"Today's 2Ce Signature II is an unambiguously fine loudspeaker, and from what I recall of its forebears, the latest refinements have endowed it with even more openness and clarity..."
– Art Dudley, Stereophile
“If you have never listened to or owned a pair of ultra-high-end speakers, then a pair of Vandersteen Model 2ce Signature II is a good place to start.”
Midrange and Woofers Feature Cast-Metal Baskets for Natural Sound
The midrange and woofer use costly cast-metal baskets instead of the more common stamped variety. The cast-metal basket's inherent rigidity and superior vibration resistance increase cone movement accuracy and reduce sympathetic resonances for cleaner, more natural sound. Both drivers feature filled polycones to insure high stiffness, superior internal dampening, and greater neutrality than metal alloy, woven plastic, or treated paper cones. The stiff, low-weight polycone resists flexing under all drive conditions for lower distortion and increased detail. Model 2Ce Signature II's midrange driver features special construction and advanced acoustical techniques to significantly reduce internal diffraction.
Model 2: The Proud History Stretches Back to 1977
Model 2Ce Signature II's design is informed from years of experience designing and building loudspeakers of unparalleled value and performance. The original Model 2 started it all for Vandersteen Audio. Since that iconic speaker debuted in 1977, Vanersteen Audio has designed and built innovative loudspeakers using advanced concepts such as minimum-area baffles for driver mountings that virtually eliminate cabinet-edge and grille-diffraction anomalies and alignment of driver elements to insure proper time arrival. Vandersteen Audio was the first loudspeaker manufacturer to use the Gen-Rad 2512 FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) Computer Analyzer (originally developed for the aerospace industry) for in-house research and development. It remains a leader in interfacing complex computerized analysis of loudspeaker parameters and performance with practical design and engineering.
Vandersteen: A Proven Track Record of Innovation, Excellence, and Made-in-U.S.A. Quality
Richard Vandersteen's namesake company is synonymous with loudspeaker superiority. The legendary high-end company continues to advance cutting-edge technology. Vandersteen is responsible for making dozens of innovations – minimal-baffle cabinets, bi-wiring, and resonance-reducing spiked feet among them – a reality. Before leaving Vandersteen's California factory, each U.S.A.-built speaker goes through rigorous testing and sophisticated analysis to ensure consistency. Music Direct is honored to carry the entire Vandersteen line, in which every speaker offers tremendous accuracy, natural musicality, and dimensional purity.