The year is 2018 and the Vandersteen Model 2 series are now 41 years old! That is an amazing record for a speaker that has continued to punish its competitors that has come along and gone. In its current 2Ce Signature guise, it cost a not so princely sum of $2,700. But for a performance level of maybe 80% of the current offering and costing under $500, the 2Ci we have here is the princely bargain. Its still the same 3-way with a 3/4″ tweeter, 4.5″ midwoofer and a 8″ bass woofer. Frequency response is a very respectable 28Hz to 20KHz (try finding such numbers among other sub-$500 speakers) with a nominal impedance of 7 ohm and a sensitivity of 88db. Vandersteen does recommend a minimum of 50W to drive these speakers stoutly but we ran it with 200W and it was stunning. Imaging was big and 3D-like (with proper positioning in the room) with very good dynamics. They are such accomplished speakers that even today, you would be hard pressed to find anything that will sound better than they and cost under $500. A real timeless classic. Speakers will need bi-wired speaker cables or you can make a simple jumper for it. Speakers are 37″ tall, 16″ wide and 10″ deep. Stands will add another 7″ to the overall height.
Overall condition of the speaker is not bad. Minor scuff marks on wood panels and the presence of fabric balling on the grille cloth. Both are easily remedied with a new coat of paint and refreshing the fabric with a new one which you could order from Vandersteen. We don’t have the original boxes but will securely pack them for safe shipping. This will be a three box shipment with the stands packed into a box of their own.