The Von Schweikert VR55 Aktive speakers at $60K per pair are reference-level sound. The bass section is active, with a 525 watt built-in amplifier. The amplifier uses Hypex technology from CIAudio. The spec sheet claims “superb bass depth” of 21hz at -2db. Drivers include beryllium tweeters and honeycomb ceramic mids and woofers. A cabinet using a triple-laminated design helps keep noise at bay. Interesting enough, there is a rear-firing ribbon tweeter (!), which creates a nice sense of space. Overall frequency response goes up to 42kHz with a sensitivity is 90db. This speaker can be driven by even a SET amplifier! Build quality looks exceptional and features a beautiful automotive finish with an elegant “V” emblazoned on the front.
The best one-word description I could give to this system’s sound: effortless. A full, rich midrange and an openness to the sound that I found seductive. The bass response was off the charts, fast, tight, and natural. It felt real. Highs were open but not crispy. No doubt the superbly neutral Constellation gear was a factor, but what else would one have with a reference caliber transducer?
I really enjoyed this system. I’d say it was one of my top five rooms at RMAF 2015.