Von Schweikert Audio, to everyone's great relief, has changed its name. No more misspellings, Von Schweikert is now known as V Speakers.
Along with the new name, V's entire speaker line is getting a new identity. The legendary VR-4 JR MKIIs are now simply called the "Virtues" and run $5695. The $995 VR-1s now go under the name "Victory." Above, the smaller $75,000 VR-9 SEs are now the "Valiant" while the big $150,000 VR-11 shall forever be called "Vanquish." Seeing a trend here? The VR-7s probably have the best name: "Vast." I'm surprised there's no "Vendetta." Shame.
The new "Valiant" speakers (VR-10 MKII) are surely some of the largest speakers in the world. At $85,000, that gives V a total of five speakers above $20k which, I believe, is a record for a speaker company. Double towers per side, the bass block has four 15" woofers with 1000 watts covering 10Hz up to 60Hz. The $65,000 more expensive Vanquish doesn't go the double tower route but uses an identical main stack. So why more expensive? The drivers in the VR-10 are similar but cheaper. So instead of the Seas 8" magnesium driver (retail $177.45 at Madisound), the Valiant uses the Seas 8" aluminum ($73.85). Add 'em up, throw in an upgraded crossover, electronics, cabling and, viola, there's your $65,000.
Also new from V Speakers is online purchasing. Strangely, the www.vspeakers.com site doesn't have a shopping cart. Instead, www.higherfi.com, the eBay of ridiculously expensive speakers, is handling transactions. Regarding online vs. retail and protecting retailer margins, the V Speakers site says this:
"V" speakers by Von Schweikert Audio are available for purchase either online or at our dealers. Both our online and dealer prices are the same.
But a little trip to the Higher-Fi site reveals a 30% price drop. Why?
The 30% discount shown assumes you will donate a working component (speakers, cd player, receiver, etc) to the charity of your choice or send it in to us so we can donate it for you. This is part of our "Share The Music" campaign to provide music to those less fortunate, please support our program.