If the VSM-M looks very much like a monitor loudspeaker mounted to an integrated stand, it’s because that is exactly what it is. At 43 inches high, nearly 9 inches wide and 10 and 0.5 inches deep, it has the small footprint of a monitor. The cabinet features brass-tuning rods on both the front and top and sports a front mounted port, tuned to 37Hz, about half way down the cabinet. Below the port the cabinet is sealed and filled with sand, resulting in a loudspeaker that weighs 85 pounds. Besides adding mass, the weight at the bottom of the cabinet creates a very stable loudspeaker for its height. Sensitivity is rated at a slightly better than normal at 89dB while impedance is an 8 ohms nominal with a very tube friendly 6.5 ohm minimum. Set up for bi-wiring, the VSM-M uses the best posts I’ve heard, the patented Cardas, low-stress, single-hand posts.
The tweeter is the costly and rare Dynaudio Esotar D330/A. A 1″ soft-dome, the tweeter passes signal over to a 6.5″ custom Scan-Speak carbon fiber mid-woofer. The “highly optimized” 2nd order crossover is set at 2200 hertz and utilizes proprietary Hovland inductors, Hovland capacitors, Caddock resistors and Cardas wiring. Merlin supplies an optional, outboard RC network that also sources parts from Hovland, Caddock and Cardas. Lastly, the VSM-M comes with a very generous 10 year parts and labor warranty.
Type: Two-Way Floorstanding Loudspeaker Plus Optional BAM system
Frequency Response: 33Hz to 22 kHz (+/- 2dB, 1 meter on axis). 4dB down at 30Hz with BAM in circuit
Tweeter: 1 inch soft dome Dynaudio Esotar D330/A
Woofer: 6.5 inch paper carbon-fiber cone with csst aluminum basket and low diffraction rubber surround
Crossover: 12dB per octave with crossover point at 2200 Hz. Proprietary inductors, aluminum foil and polypropylene capacitors by Hovland. Caddock Micronox Film resistors and Cardas Cross wire.
Impedance: 8 ohms nominal (6.5 ohms minimum)
Power Handling: 200 watts
Bass Augmentation Module (BAM): · 5.2dB of boost at 35 Hz · Subsonic bass roll-off below 27Hz · Outboard power supply · Optional rechargeable battery power supply · Single ended (RCA) or fully balanced (XLR) models available
Loudspeaker Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.5 x 42.8 (WxDxH in inches) Loudspeaker Weight: 84.5 lbs. each
BAM Dimensions: 6.75 x 8.75 x 2.25 9WxDxH in inches) BAM Weight: 195 lbs. in packaging (one pair in carton with BAM)