Steve-O In all due respect and without putting you down in any way I had to laugh at your VR1 sticking out in front of your TV. Why are you not just putting a regular center on top of your cabinet. Does it sound any better out there like pinnochio. Please know I am just razzing you
Lol, no worries, I'm sure it looks odd, just like a 7' tall 28" diameter sonosub looks odd. I put performance as my top priority though, and a vertical tower center in the same line as the mains will perform better than a horizontal center. It more closely matches the dispersion characteristics, the imaging qualities, and the sonic signature or timbre of the mains. It's also much beefier then the VRC, able to go lower, provide better dynamics, and handle more power. And finally, it has a flatter natural FR than the VRC, as the VRC boosts mids a bit in an attempt to make dialog clearer and to work in junction with the extended "baffle" of your tv screen when placed above it.
Someone even brought up the point that since the VR1 doesn't have a dedicated midrange, and the two 6.5" midwoofers handle everything below the crossover to the tweeter, it will have even better midrange dynamics than the VR3s, making it ideal for a center channel. There's some logic to that.
Also dont the CR's have a totally different tweeter
Yeah, but unless one does a lot of critical multichannel music listening, it really won't matter.