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The Treos blow away the 3A Sigs. Bass is slightly less deep than the 3A's but its much faster and more articulate.  I play a lot of rock and reggae and the Treos will do that kind of music very well as long as you have a powerful amp. 

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Agreed Art.  Moved to Quatro's from Treo's and LOVED them.  To me, it's not close to the 3's at all.  I personally like tight, fast and tuneful bass which the Treo gives you.  Just my choice, but I fully get where many like a larger 3.  The nice thing is that they are all so good and can play any music.  They do less wrong possibly.  Not sure if that says it correctly or not, lol. 

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The sliders are squishy.  Very convenient, though. 

Lots of people love how these squishy sorts of isolation feet work.  My guess is that folks who like the Vandersteen sound don't like the sound squishy feet provide when used under loudspeakers.

C'est la vie.

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Herbies sliders are out and speakers are now spiked directly to the tile over concrete floor. Better? Yes for sure. I've been planning on doing this for some time but laziness and being really busy is no excuse I guess. Not a huge difference but the bass is better and everything is a bit more "vivid".  I can see people with brighter systems/speakers benefitting from the Herbies sliders. They did make my old 3A sigs sound better though.

Cheers!

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I should have spent more time listening before making my previous post...after listening for a bit longer my opinion of spiking directly to the floor has changed. I started noticing some harshness to complex music at higher volumes, so I placed my hand on a speaker and it was vibrating much more than ever before. I placed the Herbies sliders back in and the vibration of the speaker cabinets was reduced significantly and the sound became cleaner and I could hear deeper into the music. It appears that mellow music at low-mid volume sounds more vivid but as soon as the musical complexity and volume increase the sound becomes fatiguing.  Apparently my tile over concrete floor is reflecting the speaker vibration back into the cabinet rather than draining it away. I repeated this process twice with all kinds of different music and in my case the Herbies sliders are better.

 

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Thanks! It just got a lot better after upgrading to some Analysis Plus Big Silver Oval speaker cables. Gave me a lot more resolution top to bottom. I can turn it up loud and it's just effortless with a big bold full sound. 

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I agree on aesthetics.  I just purchased the AQ Fog Lifters.  the speaker cables will be a 3' run with a bit longer pigtails.  I'll use small plants on the floor as well as two larger ones next to the TV's sides to hide it all.  The trees help break up the sound waves by the cabinet/TV and look great doing it.

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