I had the opportunity to try out these speakers as near field monitors and keyboard practice speakers. These compact speakers put out plenty of sound and some thought was put into the design as far as audio connections are concerned, making them versatile in most applications.
- Paul G., Seattle, Wa
These speakers shine like no other. I'd buy these again in a heart beat. Best $500 ever spent.
- Shri G., New York, NY
With these speakers I can input analog and digital input, Bluetooth or direct. And the sound is great. Not heavy on the base, but just right. Well balanced and perfect for our space. And now family and visitors can play their own music from laptops, iPads, smart phones and music players.
- Thomas P., West Des Moines, IA
Bottom Line - Great speakers at a reasonable price. The Vanatoo Transparent One speaker is the result of two talented and dedicated engineers following their great passion, without bean-counters interfering. Best speakers under $750 - $1,000. The market place should embrace and support products...
- Russ. H, Livermore, CA
I had listened to a variety of speakers and then carefully studied internet reviews of speakers and comparisons of speakers for weeks before ordering the Vanatoos. I'm keeping them, and am very happy with my choice.
- Gary M., Dover, NH
I never did get a chance to listen to the polk audio Woodbourne but did listen to the klipsch kmc 3 and in comparison the t1's sound way better IMO. Just to add, portability was not an issue just the sound quality, The klipsch is great for that. I highly recommend these speakers!
- Dennis J., Hawthorne, NJ
These Vanatoo Transparent One's are, by far, the best powered speakers on the market today. The bass and balance on these speakers are incredible. These are very hard to beat at their price!
- Anthony R., Port St. Luvie, FL
The design of these speakers are amazing and the smaller compact size is even more amazing consider the loudness and sound quality they produce. They can be used as desktop speakers but they can certainly fill a large room.
- Chris D., Ashburn, VA
A sign of good craftsmanship is not just getting the basics right, its spending time on the little details. You can tell the designers put a lot of love and care into making these and considered the use cases closely.
- Nick P., San Francisco, CA
Shipped and arrived promptly. Well packaged. Extremely heavy compact nice looking speakers with remarkably good sound quality. Easy set up, great connectivity options. Gave a dedicated 2 hours to listening to variety of music (Temptations, Modest Mouse, The National, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Pink...
- Peter A., Kailua, HI
These are incredible. Absolutely incredible. Right out of the box, before burn in, without acoustic isolators, only 4 feet apart, no subwoofer, and they sound incredible.
These speakers (once a little broken in) will definitely challenge what you thought was possible from such a small cabinet!!! Read about speaker placement and invest in good stands! Try to take advantage of the digital input options, and be prepared to beam with pride!!!!!
- Reynard A, Clearwater, FL
The build quality is solid and it is apparent, as others have mentioned, that the speaker design was extremely well thought out; especially for varying room conditions and digital media. You won't believe your ears!
- JF, Naples, FL
I have had these speakers for a week and been letting them burn in the whole time. It's almost as if I didn't need to, the sound is that good. I use a sonos system for this particular pair and the sound is beyond my expectations. The Vanatoos One is clear, conscise and the sound lively. How they...
- Corey H., Fairfax, VA
I was happy with my Creative T12 speakers for my pc desktop. They are fine little speakers. But I wondered if I could get better in a desktop/bookshelf size speaker. So I read the reviews and took a chance on Vanatoo. I mean, these are 3X the money of the other well-rated pc desktop speakers. Dear...
- Glenn A., La Crescenta, CA
Details in my music come out that i've never noticed before, Its so obvious of a change/improvement It's worth writing a review to boast the quality of these Vanatoo T1's. You simply cannot go wrong with the purchase of them, they are perfect for a wide range of uses from computer gaming, HIFI,...
- Tim C., Bothell, WA
I use these every morning to listen to music while I get ready, and since I live in an apartment complex, it is important to me to have amazing quality sound even at low volumes. These speakers are perfect for this. I also use these to preview music that I have recorded and they give you a very...
- Conner M., San Louis Obispo, CA
I am a life-long audiophile and these are VERY good speakers. Nice design... all-in-one with DAC, amps and various digital inputs with automatic switching make this an absolutely amazing package, especially for the price.
- Gene K., Amherst, OH
They don't seem to get hot and are small enough to place just about anywhere. The auto source switching is very nice. After two weeks in the dorm, the comment was, "they have a warmth I'm not used to, it's great, great for a small room."
I love this product! The sound quality is brilliant. The speakers perfectly fill my living room in my small apartment and bring color and texture to every note of music that is played through them!
- Jeffrey F, Reno, NV
I received my Vanatoo a few days ago and I am delighted. Just now realize what I have been missing all that time with my Bose dock: great sound precision and clarity. Not only these speakers are extremely versatile (plug any source to it... they have the input for it!) but the Bass are also very...
- Fred B., New York, NY
I don't post a lot of reviews on Amazon. But I LOVE THESE SPEAKERS! Every time I listen to them I am reminded of how happy they make me. If you have speakers attached to your computer and you listen to music on them, buy these speakers!
- Stephen K., Bayside, NY
The two pairs' sound seemed similar, but there was more harmonic detail on the Vanatoos. The music was a bit more lively and the highs were more extended. We ran through the comparison set. Then someone asked to turn the volume up, and on went some cuts from Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense. We...
- Michael M., Salem, OR
Side by side against the Audio Engine's, there's simply no comparison whatsoever. Extraordinary bass, pinpoint imaging, and sparkly highs. As for inputs and features (including bass and treble controls!), they provide versatility beyond anything available at this price.
- Stereoman, Los Angeles, CA
The sound is spectacular (clarity, separation on tracks, range) on the different types of music (acoustic guitar, classical, rock) that I've tried streaming from the AppleTV (via iTunes Match, or AirPlay). The Xbox games and streaming video over the console also have great sound. I like the...
- BB13, Bellevue, WA
Well, in mid April 2013, we finally gave in and got the Vanatoos. The AEs are now in our son's room. He is pleased but we are delighted!
- Anthony L., West Seattle, WA
Sound quality is without question the best I have ever heard in a near-field listening environment on my PC. The rear bass radiator design offers a stunning level of tight bass for a speaker of this size. I mean wow! It feels like throughout quality. The weight feels substantial. The cherry wood...
- Les K., Millbrae, CA
As other reviewers mention, the overall sound quality is awesome for such a small package. You don't need to be an audiophile to recongize the difference in clarity and range compared to other desktop or bookshelf speakers. The Transparent Ones do an impressive job of handling different types of...
- Shawn H, Woodinville, WA
Within minutes after opening the box, I had a fully wireless system controlled through my iPhone (via Apple TV). No setup, passwords or fuss. The connection options and built-in amplifier completely eliminates the need for a stereo, making my audio system truly transparent. The sound quality and...
- Randall S., Spokane, WA
So I am a minimalist. I do not want to buy a set of hi-fi speakers, a DAC, an amplifier, yadda yadda yadda. I want my room to have a clean minimalistic look, and not have to have a power strip to accommodate for all the audio crap an audiophile would typically have. These speakers are hooked up to...
- Ryan O., Elkridge, MD
Love, love, love these speakers! They were incredibly quick and easy to set up and the quality of the sound coming from these speakers is amazing! I connected the speakers via a Mini-TOSLINK to TOSLINK connection to an Airport Express and use the speakers wirelessly to stream music and/or control...
- Sarah W., Los Gatos, CA
Firstly, I was amazed when everything played properly the first time! Secondly, I was struck by the quality of the sound coming from the speakers. I picked Adelle's "Someone Like You" (it was my wife's iPod, OK ?!), selected the proper interface over which to play (in this case, my AE Hub) and I...
- Reese F., Essex Junction, VT
I was very impressed with all levels of tonal reproduction (highs, midrange, and bass). As mentioned in the article you won't get over the top bass from a speaker this small but I did hook up my high quality Velodyne 10 inch sub-woofer and it not only worked flawlessly (regarding auto cross-over...
- Ed C., Santa Cruz, CA
I really enjoy listening to clear, clean music, and it seems you have to pay thousands of dollars to get that level of fidelity in speakers these days. With the Transparent One speakers, you not only get the clarity and precision of high-end speakers, you get it in a very compact, affordable,...
- Mark L., Normandy Park, WA