How does the "VSL Special Edition" strings/Woodwinds/Brass instruments sound compare to the full versions (ie. Strings I & II, Brass I & II, ..etc.) from a pure "quality" of sound, "dynamics", "playability", "expressiveness", ....etc. point of view. I'm trying to evaluate the "quality" of the instruments rather than "quantity", since it is obvious that the full versions have quite a bit more articulations to offer.
The reason I'm asking this question is because the VSL-SE instruments have less velocity layers per instrument, (ie. VSL SE Strings are only two velocity layers, when compared to the full versions, and the VSL-SE instruments are not sampled every half step, but rather every whole step, so there is quite a few compromises as far as the quality is concerned, which I feel is quite an important factor, for example, I find it quite limiting to have two velocity layers for complex and very expressive orchestral sounds such as strings.
Looking at VSL-SE from a pure value for your money perspective, it is definitely a very tempting package, but again, I'm concerned about the quality factor, which does play a big role as far as my needs are concerned. I could consider the purchase (maybe at a slower pace) of some of the VSL full versions, instead of VSL-SE, which will cost me quite a bit more than VSL-SE, but without sacrificing quality.
Any feedback or opinions on this topic would be very helpful.