Vandersteen5A CarbonusedVandersteen 5A Carbon - Cherry / Near Mint / Free Shipping / Upgraded M7 CrossoversI am the co-owner of Ultra Fidelis, a high-end audio and home theater retail shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and we have been an authorized Vandersteen Audio dealer for 25 years. I am offering for sa...17995.00

Vandersteen 5A Carbon - Cherry / Near Mint / Free Shipping / Upgraded M7 Crossovers

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I am the co-owner of Ultra Fidelis, a high-end audio and home theater retail shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and we have been an authorized Vandersteen Audio dealer for 25 years. I am offering for sale my personally-owned pair of Model 5A Carbon loudspeakers with a pair of balanced/XLR M7-HP crossovers; these are a big step up from the crossovers normally included with these speakers and used with the Vandersteen Flagship Model 7. Bear in mind that they are balanced and, therefore, require XLR interconnects between your preamplifier and power amplifier. These speakers are not designed to work with integrated amps or receivers. (If you absolutely need an RCA crossover, I can get the ones normally sold with these speakers, but they are handmade and sometimes have a long lead time....demand sensitive.)

What have the audiophile reviewers said about the 5A-Carbon?

From Stereophile editor John Atkinson after the 2016 CES show: “When he visited the Vandersteen room, Graham Nash said that what he really liked was ‘The midrange of that speaker system, that sounded like my voice. There was plenty of natural detail’. Graham was listening to the new version of Vandersteen Audio’s Model 5A speaker, the 5A Carbon, which features the midrange unit from the Mk.II version of Vandersteen Model 7 speaker. Listening to the classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong album on this system was one of my 2016 CES highlights.”

This was Anthony Cordesman in his Absolute Sound review: “
The Vandersteen 5A Carbon is one of the best speakers I have heard, as well as one of the most practical. I would definitely short-list it if you can afford it. I’m excited enough about the 5A Carbons to make them my reference speakers, and everyone who has come by my home to listen has had the same favorable reaction—including some dealers and my very jaundiced sons and daughter.

I agree with both of them!

I am the original, and only, owner of these speakers and they have always lived in a child-free, pet-free, and smoke-free environment. They are as close to mint as any used equipment can get; there are no dings, scratches, scuffs or blemishes on the either cherry veneer, the black fabric grill covers, or the back metal control panels. The only imperfection I could find is some minor fraying of the cloth jackets where the Audioquest Wind cable on the crossovers are terminated with the XLR male connectors: see photo for close-up image.

Now the shipping, this is where things get tricky and why I am offering it at my full expense. I co-own Ultra Fidelis, but my home is in southwest Colorado. I have the original factory packaging, but the way it works is that each speaker is bolted to a small wood pallet base and then all the packing material is applied and held in place with strapping tape. Both speakers are then strapped together onto one full-sized pallet and shrink-wrapped for transport. The shipping weight is roughly 500lbs and, unless you have a commercial loading dock to accept delivery, I will be paying for liftgate service at both my home and yours. It is a complicated and expensive process, so I cannot promise delivery in less than two weeks. If you have the ability to pick these up, or better access/pricing for LTL shipping, I can definitely offer a discount as the costs are likely to be anywhere from $1,200 - $2,000 depending on where you live. Continental United States only.

Payment may be made via PayPal, Venmo, or wire transfer to me, or Visa/MasterCard through the shop. I will only ship to the address associated with the payment exceptions. There are no additional fees for PayPal or credit card use and no sales tax will be charged.

You can check out our business at and please look at our flawless feedback here on Audiogon if you have any concerns....our reputation and our business are a whole lot more important than any sale, so we always under-promise and over-deliver.

Thanks for looking and please feel free to either e-mail ([email protected]), or give me a call on my cell (414-630-1131) if I can answer any questions.

Scott Wilson
Ultra Fidelis - A Better Audio & Home Theater Experience

(Note: Quoted retail price is the combination of the Model 5A Carbon speakers and M7HP crossovers.)


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