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5.0 out of 5 stars Vanatoos or Audioengine A5?, March 17, 2013

I have just spent 4 weeks auditioning a pair of Vanatoo Transparent Ones. Just couldn't do the financial stretch to keep them!

Right now I have in my possession a pair of Audioengine a5s hooked up to a Firestone Audio Fubar 2 DAC+supplier (It had to happen as my wife was bemoaning the removal of the Vanatoos.) It is so interesting to compare them.

The AEs are physically bigger and noticeably so;

AE bass sounds a little forced and flubby compared to the tightness of the Vs, despite the bigger cab;

The AE's do not have the connection flexibility of the Vs;

Definition is not as good on the AE despite a decent outboard DAC;

Now we are getting subjective but AE sounds like a good big computer speaker whereas the V is a veritable Hi-fi speaker. It really is night and day.

When we can, we will get the Vanatoos and keep them.

UPDATE++++++++++++

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



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