I don't have photo's of the back that I would post here lol. But it is the exact same control suite that the VR-55 has. But I am allowing the rear ribbon driver to cover a larger bandwidth than the VR-55 I waiting to hear back from my dealer to see if he took any pictures of the back of the ULTRA 55 on the install I'm posting below.
I just liberated this from the Facebook page of our dealer in Georgia The Audio Company who just installed at a clients house the second pair of ULTRA 55's ever made.
The Audio Company added 4 new photos from January to the album: Client system: North Carolina — with Critical Mass Systems and 2 others.
The room that this system is installed in, would be a challenge for most speaker systems, due to the speaker positioning in the very center of the room- far away from the corners and outside walls that usually are relied upon to supply support for sound projection from speaker systems. However, the new Von Schweikert Ultra 55 speakers- in fact, only the second pair produced, and the first pair installed in a client's home- not only were able to be properly tuned and balanced- but absolutely THRIVED in this environment. With the tune-ability of the active bass section, and the uniformity of response offered by the rear ambient driver, the result is speakers that not only give outstanding imaging and dynamics in the normal listening positions in front of the speakers- but also give amazingly good tonal balance and imaging DIRECTLY BEHIND the speakers. They even sound life-like, when listening from the next room over- it was described by the client as sounding like one was in the lobby of a concert hall, when in the next room- but like being IN THE HALL, itself, when anywhere in the room with the speakers!
Now, this level of performance would not be possible, without the exemplary support of the other components in the system. The VAC Statement line-stage and amplifier are some of the only components capable of providing a signal pure and dynamic enough to properly drive these speakers to their maximum potential. The Masterbuilt Signature interconnects and speaker cables provide optimal signal transmission between the components, and the Critical Mass QXK rack system provides the proper stable foundation for the equipment, to allow the components to function at maximum performance. As we've said before- "everything matters"- and systems like this are examples of what levels of audio performance are possible, when everything is matched perfectly and installed with care...
Equipment installed: - VAC Statement Line Stage
- VAC Statement 450S iQ Power Amplifier
- Von Schweikert Ultra 55 Loudspeakers in Cardinal Red
- Critical Mass QXK rack system and amp stand, with Sapphire filters
- Masterbuilt Signature interconnects and bi-wire speaker cables
Oh yeah lol. Maybe I can get The Audio Company to respond to this since they heard ut first hand. I wish I could have been there to experience this with the VAC Statement electronics. I will have to wait till the Tampa show. Thus guy probably has the most expensive in wall/floor wiring
Leif, please help put on your agenda a detailed description of the Ultra 55s, plus the usual White Paper writeup for it explaining the art and science for the design. Without a deep and authoritative source of information from VSR itself, admirers and prospective buyers alike are left to engage randomly with Mr. Google in a haphazard fashion, picking up dribbled 2nd and 3rd-hand information on a piecemeal basis. The current vacuum in marketing output can be improved to start spinning the positive feedback loop for a win/win result for VSR and customers alike. Keep up the good work!